"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label Dear Mom Letters from Afghanistan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dear Mom Letters from Afghanistan. Show all posts

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dear Mom, Letters from Afghanistan

Dear Mom,

To answer some of the questions you asked, here goes: yes Nick* and I are in the same tent, as are a few others that both you and dad met when you visited NY. Pretty much everyone in the tent is "high speed" so all is great!

About the box...LOVED IT! Everyone did in fact! The limon packets were good so definitely send more of those please. Oh and the flavor things that you sent to add to a water bottle- super as all we have to drink is water in the bottles. Hi- C was the best:) What would I like in a box? pens a few, razors, and let's see....a pillow!!! repeat....a pillow!

I love Tom Clancy and anything that will keep my mind busy...but we have limited space so slow and steady as I can read what you send then pass it on.


We call the Afghanistan people local nationals. Their housing is basic. From what I have seen they build their houses out of whatever materials they can find, clay, sheet metal, leftover plywood, and I even saw old ruins that some were living in. To me it looks like old time from the movies...even hundreds of years old time.

I see many Afghan men when they work at our camp working jobs that are supervised... but have not seen one Afghan woman, yet that is to be expected. It is a way different culture in regards to women here. There are lots of kids around the gates and they are like the children we saw every time we crossed the border(in the border towns of Mexico) as they are asking for handouts. "Misser, misser, let me get you a botta of wata," they call to us. If we give eye contact then the only word said is "Candy!" These kids try and trade anything and everything. Pretty ambitious even though it is a bit frustrating. By the way they are all little boys, no little girls.

later again--

I was able to met a German general on base the other day. Pretty amazing is all I can say, and will share more later.

I have not tried any local foods yet, but I am going to try some soon at the local bazaar. Our mess hall(Defac) is open 24 hours so that is a plus(I guess) but the foods are the same old same old, so thanks for the misc fun snacks you sent.

I love you all and can't wait for you know the PILLOW:0)

On Bill's Facebook wall April 8 2010:
SOOOOOO........not even two weeks and I'm dark and amazingly sexy, even more sexy then before. I call it Mr Bill 2.0

Dear Bill,

First off, love the Facebook wall note! I am so grateful that you maintain a positive outlook on life! We are so glad that you do!

Thank you for answering all the questions and filling us in on what is going on. Love to hear that all is well and that you have a wonderful group of bunk mates.

We are all doing well here, missing the Bill 2.0 version to no end but know that every time we write a note we are one week closer to your return home. For Blogland I am going to share something about you that many may not know:

Bill began taking part time jobs since he was 12 years old. First he bagged ice for a local grocery store, then he took a job as a busboy and moved up from there. His mom and dad kind of helped him save his money and allowed him to spend 10% and give 10% to church. He was able to buy his first car in 2007, just around the time he turned 18 years old.
Here is Bill, pleased as can be with his Sunfire. Kind of a sporty cool looking first car isn't it? Bill is and always been a hard working young man that makes his dad and I very proud. As his mom, I wanted to share with you that behind the uniform our troops have real stories, real lives. That is why I really wanted to begin this feature on my blog to share Bill with blog world. He is not too far removed from being a teenager but stands tall for our nation.

Thank you all for stopping by dear readers, and my dear sweetie William the Great, we love you!
Dad, Mom Second Third and Fourth

ps pillow should be there as I type.
pps...since I now have your old cell phone number and forgot to change the ring tone, Grammie Dee wants me to tell you thank you for allowing her" to please enjoy the music why your party is reached(the song is a hip hop song-lol)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dear Mom, Letters from Afghanistan

These messages are from Facebook and through Facebook chat. I am so thankful that we live in times where we can chat with our son who is so far away.

Dear Mom,

With all the prep and hustle to get packed, I seemed to miss the part about pay being once a month! I will be in need of a shave for sure by the time pay is in, as I cannot find my razor. Good thing is that pay will be in soon! I also am looking forward to going to a Bazaar here and buying a blanket and some pillows!

The weather still has me a bit off as it is blazing hot one moment and then it rains the coldest rain I have ever experienced. Oh and sand is a season here. Combine a windy day with sand and you understand why people cover from head to foot.

[on his wall on facebook he wrote]

So here I am...on a beautiful vacation in the wonderful 5 star resorts of Afghanistan...gonna hit up the beaches tomorrow, stop by this lovely little restaurant, and finish the day of with some yoga...

Love you all...
And Happy Birthday Third...(April 7)

Dear Bill,

I am awaiting news to see when your box arrives. I am so glad that I tucked in cough drops as with the sand this may have been a good thing. I will be sending the emails to all those who will be writing letters to you this evening, and I am very pleased to say that many people wish to keep up with you and write you with news from home!

Tomorrow Third turns 17! Can you believe that? I remember when we brought him home, and you looked up at me and said " I get to have two babies?" This was so cute, because you had already claimed Second as your very own! We are celebrating his birthday on the 13th with a BBQ and paintball activity, where we always go to paintball. He has invited the *crowd* of goofs...

Second had his first callout that was rough. He has been to several fires, and a few rollover accidents, but nothing life and death, until yesterday. I cannot shelter life from you as one need not got too far to witness the realities of speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and others who may not drive so cautiously. I am glad that he has Dad to talk to(and who understands) so that he can continue on in his work.

Fourth is playing with ringtones as I write this. She has plotted to wake up at 11:59 pm and begin the early birthday celebration for Third. As I know Third will not read this, no secrets are revealed(!!!!lol!!!!).

We all are so pleased to see how you are upbeat on your Facebook wall, as keeping a positive attitude is very important! Like I said on the wall, I wish you truly were at a beach resort enjoying the simple life.

We love you
Dad, Mom, Second, Third and Fourth

ps Your friends on Facebook most likely have been very surprised as I have been tending to your teeny farm on farmville. In fact I have sent gifts to them(which I dont think you have ever done...as they respond in shock!!)I may just may be sending a few gifts to my farmville as I do so for you. I know that you wished for me to bank your money in World of War-which I have...and when I was doing so noted that you have a farm, sigh I may be a junkie!!!

pps...I stole this from your Facebook photos as it cracked me up. Seems like the Mexican candy in the stocking may not have been so tasty!! lol
Here's the comment for this photo:
"Its mexican candy, I swear its good!..."

Thank you for always making me smile
Love Mom

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dear Mom~ Letters from Afghanistan

This is a new feature to the farm blog, to share with friends and family news and updates about First(Bill) who is now serving in Afghanistan. If you are interested in sending a care package or letter to Bill please send me an email at penofjen(at) yahoo(dot) com, and I will send you the information. Leave in the message part- Afghanistan/son.

Dear Mom,

I just wanted you to know that I am here and safe although it was a long and seemingly endless trip. The final part of the trip we flew in a helicopter and were only able to bring our assault bag, so the first few days I was without things but no problem as there is so much to say and share about Afghan(istan).

The weather has been weird as it was raining a freezing rain then the next day it turned hotter than all get out. Spring and wacky weather changes are here too!

There are many other nationalities in the coalition, I have seen Swedes, Croatians, Germans, and Brits so far although there are a few more European countries represented. In addition to other nations we also have Navy and Marines stationed here too.

I am in a tent with 12 other guys that I am friends with so housing is good, and boy the AC unit works SUPER. The first few nights without all my gear I nearly froze to death and I slept with my jacket on a towel over that and put my hands in a shirt to keep warm!!

btw- the mud is unlike anything I have ever seen before and have been calling it alien mud, because it is so thick that I can barely describe it! There is so much to say, but I am running out of time, tell everyone I love them and miss them and that I said "Hi"

Dear Bill,

We love you so much and are happy to hear that you are safe and sound and that things are going well for you. Although we are counting down the days until you arrive safely at home, we are also pleased that you understand what service is.

Through your eyes we can see first hand a different culture and way of life, especially for your sister and I this is important because we could not travel with the freedoms that men have in Afghanistan.

We pray that you will continue to be strong in your faith~
Dad Mom
Second, Third, and Fourth