Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Boys.

The boys have grown so much in the last three years. If you scroll down, you will see pictures of them. They are growing so fast. Blake will be 12 in a couple of weeks. So, yes, I am planning another birthday party. This year, money is a little tight, so we are going to have a pool party (if it doesn't rain) this coming Friday at my sister's house (FREE). I have been trying to come up with ideas.. a theme.. like the #12. Things that come in 12's (dozen) or a beach theme. Any ideas, send them my way.
Drew is six. He is finishing up kindergarten! Hard to believe. I have one going to first grade and one going to seventh grade. Atleast they will never compete in sports or anything else. I will only have one in college at a time.
Shane has been home almost two years now (Memorial Day). We have finally gotten used to him being at home now.  It has been a tough two years but we are finally becoming a family.  This year has been a good year so far! We are almost half way there. I am going to post a couple of new pictures of the boys so you can see how much they have grown.


I finally was able to sync my old blog with my google account, so I am going to attempt to keep this updated.  I love to journal and write down my thoughts.  It is amazing how many people pay attention to facebook and things you post on there. I truly believe God wants to use me to post things I come across that may help others through difficult times.  I think many of us are in difficult situations at some point or another but sometimes pride keeps us from allowing others to pray for us or help us with the problem.  One of my faults is that sometimes I am brutally honest and I am open about my problems sometimes.  Today at church, the preacher talked about this and I was again directed to the true source for answers to my problems - our problems. We must seek the face of God. He is the only one that can truly solve our problems.  1 Peter 5 Humble yourselves before God so that he may exalt you at the proper time.  WOW!
Which came first the cross or the crown? We must take up our cross before he will give us the crown.  As a new Christian, I truly believe that God wants us to be happy and our lives to be filled with joy.  Today, I went to God in humility and pray that he will, in his time, release this burden from me.  It is a God sized problem.  I must wait on him. I must look to Him. I must die daily and live for Him alone.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's been a while...

Wow. I have thought about starting the blog back and I never realized it had been almost three years since the last post. So much has happened since then!!
The last three years have not been that great, but let me tell you 2010 has been a great year!!
There is so much I could share with you.  Shane is at home and has been home for 2 years in May! Can you believe it? The boys are loving it!
Blake is going to be 12 on May 8th. OMG! I cannot believe my baby will be 12.
He goes to Hillcrest and plays basketball and football. He plans to play baseball next year in jr. high. He will be going into 7th grade next fall.
Drew is 6 and will be

Sunday, July 15, 2007

I've Got Your Back - Who's got Mine?

I am a small and precious child,my dad’s been sent to fight…
The only place I’ll see his face,is in my dreams at night.
He will be gone too many days for my young mind to keep track.
I may be sad, but I am proud.My daddy’s got your back.

I am a strong and loving wife,with a husband soon to go.
There are times I’m terrified,in a way most never know.
I bite my lip,and force a smile,as I watch my husband pack…
My heart may break,but I am proud.My husband’s got your back…

I am a soldier…Serving proudly,standing tall.
I fight for freedom,yours and mine,by answering this call.
I do my job while knowing,the thanks it sometimes lacks.
Say a prayer that I’ll come home.It’s me who’s got your back.

An Angel in Our Midst

This week has truly proven to be a difficult one at most. Last Sunday, I received two calls - one from Shane (in Wisconsin) and another from his buddy Stuckey's wife (Peggy). A soldier's wife was driving from Corinth, MS (close to Memphis) to San Antonio TX. Her husband is a medic in Shane's unit and had been really sick for 3-4 weeks. They kept telling him it was allergies. Well, in short, he was hospitalized for a viral infection that attacks your heart. His military career is over and he has to wear a defibrulator vest all the time now until his heart recovers, if it does. He is 28. I was able to stop his wife in Jackson and she spent the night with me. I booked her a flight from Jackson, MS to San Antonio. This was the first time she had flown. While she was here I learned that at the first drill after they were activated, that their rental house burned to the ground and they lost everything - no insurance. They also both had lost their jobs earlier this year.

I share this to say that when you think your life couldn't get much worse, that there is also someone whose life is. I truly think that God sent her to me because of all the struggles I have personally been through this year. (My dad's surgery and strokes, death, mother's wreck, shane deploying, etc.) I really don't think that I really made an impact in their life but at least it gave me a little hope and a chance to pay forward acts of kindness.

This week we learned that our Mississippi soldier's were not going to secure a flight home from Wisconsin and that they would need to pay for their own flights. A little disappointed to say the least. The boiling point of the situation was that the 1203rd unit from Alabama had the good fortune for a VFW post to raise funds to fly the ALABAMA soldiers home during leave.
We were truly upset that we (MS) had not been made aware of this so that we too could have possibly raised money to pay for our 95 soldiers to fly home together as well.
After I spent $700 on a plane ticket for Shane, I started emailing every legislative person in Alabama and Mississippi that I could think of.

As part of the family support group, it was my duty to try to help get these guys home without adding additional expenses on their families. In most cases, they do not have friends and family offering to help pay with the cost of a ticket. I know this from personal experience. If it would not have been for the patriot guard (motorcycle group) taking up a collection - Shane would not have made it home for my dad's funeral. Nor would the wife of the soldier in San Antonio have had a ticket to fly to SA. THANK YOU PATRIOT RIDERS!!!

It is not that we blame the 1203rd soldiers that they got a plane ticket home, we are angry because Mississippi could have taken care of their soldiers (if they wanted to). We blame the MS command staff for falsely leading our guys to believe that they were going to be taken care of. Although this unit legally falls under the US Army DOD, I know that if our legislative team asked the US Army DOD to fly our guys home they would. The MS Air National Guard flies missions called Air Guard Lifts all the time.

My platform was not to raise money for my husband's ticket, that went on a credit card. My platform is that there are young soldiers who have never seen war before, they have sacrificed their time with family back home to fight a war in a foreign country. Coming home is not guaranteed. This is a moral issue for me. Why can't our state military officials do the right thing and bring these guys home for a break. This may be the last chance some of them get.

To this end, I just want to say that there are good people out there. A dear friend put me in contact with a father who lost his son during the last deployment of the 155. He offered to pay for a ticket for a young soldier with wife and kids who could not afford to fly home.
I talked to Shane and told him that this had to be a very special person. He gave me the name of a solider - Andrew. He is in his early 20s with two small children at home. This ANGEL paid almost $1000 to have this soldier flown home. Ironically, this father's some was named "Drew" too. It brought me to tears.

God is in this for sure. May God Bless both families - the giver and the recipient. I am blessed to be a part of this kind act.

"Greater love hath no man that this, that he lay down his own life for his friends." John 15:12

In honor of Specialist Joseph Andrew Rahaim - Det. 1 Company A, 155th Infantry Batallion
This Soldier Laid down his life on February 19, 2005 - Operation Iraqi Freedom

Monday, July 09, 2007

Need Help!

If you would like to sponsor a soldier from Mississippi during their deployment in IRAQ, please contact me and I will send you the name of a soldier.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Our Papaw

Our Papaw Archie went to be with Jesus on June 8, 2008. Our dad was already in Wisconsin at Fort McCoy. We sent a Red Cross Message so that he could come home for the funeral. The Red Cross told him that his ticket would cost $1500!! Apparently the Red Cross does not pay for soldiers tickets to come home for Bereavement. We searched and searched for a way for him to come home. We looked for skymiles to be donated or any other means in which to get our daddy home. With some searching we finally got in touch with Delta and they gave us a lower rate of $590. We did get him home on Sunday night and he had to leave on Thursday. This has been extremely difficult for little Drew who is only 3. He has lost his papaw, who he stayed with every day, and his dad is gone. He doesn't understand where they are and why they have not come home. Please pray for our family.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Look how much we have grown!!

Our dad is in Wisconsin getting ready to go back to IRAQ in August. We already miss him very much.
He has only been home for 1 year and 5 months.

We would really like to collect a lot of GLOBAL phone cards so that he can call us often.

My dad also has an ipod. We would love to send him ITUNE gift cards as well.

It gets expensive to ship basic products to him such as toothpaste, soap, razors, towels, books, etc.
He loves to get movies, tomato soup, crackers, and other items. There are many soldiers that do not receive packages from home. My husband is the unit coordinator who sets up a share table for all the soldiers in his unit.

Please mail your gifts to: Penny Barrentine, PO Box 849, Jackson, MS 39205

We appreciate your help!

Penny, Blake and Drew

Thursday, August 03, 2006

SEND A CARDIf you go to this web site, , you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!!This is a great site. Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second.Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our guys and gals over there need to know we are behind them...