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Updates on Jim's deployment status. We hope you will share your thoughts and comments.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

29 Palms Posted by Hello

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

From the kitchen of . . . .Chef James

Hello Everyone -

Sorry for the delay in updating! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed the love and company of your family.

Latest news comes in the form of an injury. While extracting from night maneuvers in the field Jim sprained his knee. Jim has been SIQ (sick in quarters) for the past week with his leg in a temporary cast. He is now on steroids and they seem to be helping. At this point, they are trying to avoid having to send him to another base for x-rays. Jim is frustrated, as the injury has kept him from the most recent mission with his platoon. Hobbling around on crutches doing odd jobs is about all is he allowed to do. He still sounds good, just frustrated.

Packages have finally started to arrive and are truly a highlight. Madelon (Jim's mom) has sent gourmet munchies such as breadsticks, bruschetta and other delicacies that have put a small dent in Jim's craving for good food. A chocolate Easter bunny sent by his co-worker's wife (Jodi) was gone in a flash! But the best story, one that had me highly amused . . . . . Madelon has sent Jim a mini microwave, olive oil, pasta, garlic and cooking utensils!! Something no good Italian boy should be without! Needless to say - "Jim's mom" is all they can talk about at the base. She is a hit for sending the microwave and goodies they all can enjoy. She is setting the bar high on what to send. I know Jim hates doing dishes, so I thought maybe I could send a dishwasher?

If you are interested in sending Jim a letter or package, please e-mail me at cynphelps@aol.com . I will double check to make sure I can provide the address (military concerns regarding safety).

I remind myself that every day that passes is one closer to Jim's return. Thank you for all of your support.

Friday, March 18, 2005

AAA Rating - One Star

With nearly two weeks under his belt, Jim has begun the process of settling in at his base camp. To say the least, conditions are not great! As Jim said, it's very primitive . . . in fact, there's no running water. His mom has already sent a ton of wipes and much needed chapstick!

Yesterday, Jim returned from his first 5 day mission in the field. Unfortunately, Jim came back with a sprained knee! He was hoping the doctor could provide a quick fix so he could be back out with his platoon as soon as possible.

I will keep you posted on his condition and what news we get.

Take care everyone . . . Cynthia

Thursday, March 03, 2005

The trek begins . . .

With two days in Vegas, Jim made up for lost time. He ate and drank his way through the city. . . eating at one of Vegas' best restaurants and enjoying a great bottle of wine. Jim found no shortage of places to shop as he found where the big winners spend big dollars! The time there was undoubtedly too short but they seemed to make the best of what time they had. While in Vegas, Jim had the opportunity to call home numerous times and speak to his family and friends, knowing that time was winding down to make those contacts.

It was only two days later that Jim's platoon was called up for departure. Jim has left the safety and comfort of the United States and is making his way for Iraq. Little information is provided regarding where he will be but we will post his mailing information once received. I recognize the courage it takes for his family as they grapple with the knowledge of their son being in harms way. I pray for Jim's safety and a calm heart - hope you will too.

We will continue to provide updates as they come. Please be patient, as information will come slowly and some of it is sensitive Military information that the family is not allowed to share.

Many thanks to all the friends and family . . .

Cynthia


One last look at Jim in California . . .