So, my Uncle Johnny died last month of a sudden heart attack in his sleep. He was my dad’s only brother. I looked up to him in many ways. He was more than an uncle to me, he was a big brother to me. I feel like he has always been there in my life and is one of the main reasons why I joined the Army and requested the 101st Airborne (AASLT) Division. We are having his memorial ceremony on Saturday the 19th, and I have been asked by my Aunt to say a few words over the ceremony and to present his flag to my cousin. I am very honored to be asked to undertake such a task, however it has not been easy. See Uncle Johnny was not only an uncle and a big brother figure in my life he was also a brother-in-arms. He was deployed during Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He is the only other person in my family, that I know of, that has experienced ground combat as I did. This puts us in a unique relationship. We were able to talk to each other about things that so many others have no ability to understand or talk about. He was cremated so we are going to have somewhat of a different type of service for him, as he wanted. We are still going to do a 21-gun salute and have TAPS played, as he deserves it and we believe he would have wanted it. I just hope that I do him justice and come up with the right words to say to remember someone who signed on the dotted line and meant so much to so many.
The world we live in today is crazy, scary, violent, and UNSECURED! My time in combat taught me these 4 life lessons, being a husband and a dad cemented them into my every waking moment. If this is the case why don’t we as a country secure our boarder? Oh, yeah I forgot it is in-humane to keep people out of our country, at least that is what the liberals would have you believe. But they are the same people that live in houses and communities surrounded by walls, and armed security. As a society we lock our doors on our houses, we lock our cars, why should our countries boarder be any different? Secure the boarder and have everyone come into the country legally through the proper channels. What do we do with the illegals that are already here you ask? Send them back home, that simple they are criminals and should not be here.
End of rant
Well, 2019 is off to a running start. I hope everyone’s New Year went well, and you all have big plans for the upcoming year. My plans are fairly simple. First I want to spend time with my family, get some good hunting done, and enjoy my wife and I’s vacation/ cruise in June! Personally I want to lose about 20 lbs, and get my blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). I started BJJ in March of 2018 and feel like I am progressing fairly well, however with the Holidays I took some time off. Tomorrow the 7th is my first day back in some time so I am sure it will be a slight struggle, but I am up for it. I hope everyone has a good start to the year and as always more to follow.
Merry Christmas all,
Yes, I said Merry Christmas. I am a Christian therefore I celebrate Christmas. If you celebrate something else then so be it, Merry what ever you celebrate! Christmas at my house was amazing. Hell, any Christmas I get to spend at home is amazing, let’s just be honest. After spending 2 Christmas’s in the Desert of Iraq I appreciate any time spent with family especially holidays. I hope that everyone had a great time spending time with family and friends. I will be more diligent about posting so don’t quit on me folks. Life has been pretty stupid crazy lately.
Well folks it’s that time of year again. The holidays, or as I like to still call them, Thanksgiving and Christmas! I understand that it might make things easier to tell someone happy holidays, instead of happy Thanksgiving or Merry Christmas, but we still tell people Happy Veterans Day, Happy New Year, Happy Independence Day, why do we change it for Thanksgiving and exponentially Christmas?? Oh yeah, that’s right we wouldn’t want to upset some soft skinned-liberal-snowflake by forcing our Christian Religion on them by say Merry Christmas now would we! I say, I couldn’t care less what a millennial feels when I say something to them. I find it interesting that our society continues to try and take Christianity out of any and everything they can, but wants to bend over backwards to “integrate” any and all other religions. Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe you should be free to practice whichever religion that you want, but you should not be allowed to try and minimize a religion that has not only been in the country for a long time, but was one of the founding principles of the country. In short MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!
Welcome to the beginning!
Well, at least it is the beginning of this journey. I had a Blog about a year or so ago, but due to circumstances it was taken down. So yes, this is a new beginning.
My name is Jimmy, and I am glad that you have decided to spend some time looking at my site. Whether you were told about this site by myself, a family member, a friend, or you stumbled across it I am glad you are here. This site will be primarily about my life experiences, my thoughts, rants, and other topics that may pop into my head. This WILL NOT be a G-Rated site, but WILL NOT be a R-Rated site either, so consider yourself warned! I hope you stick around and continue this journey with me.
Jimmy, is me! Yup that’s right you found me! Congratulations!
No really in short I am a Dad, a Husband, a Veteran, a 9-1-1 Operator, a Police and Fire Dispatcher, and this list could go on and on. I, like everyone else, where many different hats at many different times. So I guess you can say I want to connect with the Dads, Veterans, and Husbands out there that do this “adulting” thing on a daily basis. I want to provide my personal insight into these aspects of life. I personally know the struggle of holding all three of the titles, at the same time, and am blessed to do so. But there are just some things that people may not understand unless they are blessed to be a Dad, Husband, or Veteran. It is a particularly difficult task to juggle all of these at once!
See it is simple I became a Veteran before I became a Husband or a Dad. I joined the U.S. Army in 2003 and served 4 years with the 1-320th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, Ky. There will be other posts to explain this part of my journey later. I did not become a Husband until 2004, and did not become a Dad until 2009. I can say that the best day of my life was when I joined the Army, and then it was when I became a Husband to my beautiful wife, and THEN I was blessed beyond measure and became a Dad to my beautiful, awesome, frustrating daughter. See, my point is everyone asks what the best day of your life is and that changes as you continue through life as it did for me. But have I answered the question of, Who is Jimmy? In a very vague way yes.
So let me give you a little more detail here, and then I will provide full posts on specifics. Okay, everyone gather around, take a knee and listen up. Yes, I am a Veteran as described previously. I served 2 tours in Iraq from 2003-2004 and from 2005-2006, again more on that later. I have also been married to my wife since 2004 and boy what a ride it has been so far. We are celebrating 15 years next year and it has been amazing. Our daughter just turned 9 and is the typical 9 year old little girl in today’s world.
Now you know more about me. Keep coming back to understand and find out more.