out well but it began to become a very long and sad year for the family. At the
end of last year (December 2004) we went out to San Diego to see Drew off on his first overseas deployment. His squadron was part of the air wing aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (LHD-6). With only an overnight stay in Guam for Christmas they left port quickly to respond
to the tsunami disaster in Indonesia. After a couple of months delivering relief supplies, the task force again headed west
toward the Persian Gulf. Training and field
exercises followed which included a couple of weeks working with the Marine Recon teams.
Drew got a chance to get “sand in (his) boots” and some “carbon in (his) rifle”. The key to this assignment despite his regular job as a fighter jet mechanic, is that it got him out of
galley duty. After this the squadron debarked and operated out of al-Assad Air
Base for a couple of months. Drew made up his mind that he hated shipboard duty
and preferred the solid ground in country. Drew returned to Yuma
early in June after a short port call in Brisbane, Australia.
February Karyn and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed
a relaxing four day stay in Sturbridge, MA. The package included a stay at the Inn and all meals. We spent one day at Sturbridge
Village. Although it was
cold, it was a beautiful day and we joined in on the Winter Festival activities. We
also visited other lesser known locations like a micro-brewery and the Candy
Mansion. Shortly after our
return however, Karyn’s youngest sister Bridget passed away as a result of numerous medical complications. Karyn spent nearly two months in Maryland
helping with the variety of issues.
year my schedule became much more complicated. At work several people retired
or left for other positions. With cutbacks severely limiting new hires, I have
taken on the work of two other folks and part of another’s. Included in
all this has been travel requirements that have taken me out of town about once a month.
Needless to say I have been more than busy.
June Eryn began her course of training at the Warwick Beauty Academy.
She completed the course in October, passed the state exam and received her license.
Also in June, Drew came home for two weeks of “Combat Leave”, and our niece Ashley came to stay for the
This is when
things got very bad. Just a few weeks after Drew returned to Yuma, we received a call from Karyn’s brother CJ that her other sister (Ashley’s
mother) had been killed in an automobile accident. So began the longest summer
in my life. After flying Karyn and Ashley down to Maryland, I drove down and back several times. According
to her mother’s wishes Ashley has come to live with us. Getting the house
rearranged and making plans for her to begin school (her senior year) here in East G.
The funeral brought Karyn’s family together in grief for the second time in less than five months.
Just to add insult
to injury for the year, we lost Adam (our Staffordshire Terrier) to his cancer late in September. He was diagnosed with an inoperable thyroid tumor two and a half years ago, and we were told that it would
spread quickly and overcome him in just a few months. However, until this August
he thrived. Nothing could overcome his great personality and he was a great comfort
to me amidst the worst times through the years we had him. Even the most recent
crisis. Unfortunately he started to deteriorate quickly and I refused to let
him suffer despite his great tolerance.
The end of 2005
finds us once again with a house full. Eryn has not been able to find work in
her specialty, but is working hard just the same. Glenn is still working at Target
with a substantial experience required position and is working on RI College courses at the same time. Ashley is struggling to overcome the grief, the culture shock and a different school system. So 2006 finds us working, not to get back to normal, but fine a “new normal” as I prefer to
In the meantime
we hope you will have a great holiday season and find 2006 a great year, if not a new beginning as we look forward to. Please check out the family links below. Take care, stay safe and keep warm
for the winter.
Glenn and Karyn