Since 2009 I have been participating in One Little Word by Ali Edwards. I've gone through a wide variety of words starting out with Strong, Remember, Organize, Brave, Faith, and Happy last year. This year I am taking my word to an entirely different place. For the last year I have toyed with the word "me" and I've realized I need more Me in my life. So when I sat down and started thinking of my word the first thing to hit me was
I feel it fits so well into the Me path I so desperately need to take.
: to produce small flashes of light
: to perform very well
: to be or become bright and lively
I know in the years we have lived in Maine I have let everyone and everything Dull my Sparkle. I can see it in everything and I don't want that for myself anymore. I don't want my girls growing up and thinking it's okay to let people dull your sparkle. So I am going to spend 2015 embracing my SPARKLE and letting it shine bright.
So as I was searching for Challenges I came across the Banned Books Challenge and who am I to turn down Banned books. So I knew this Banned Books Challenge over at Buckling Bookshelves was perfect for me.
RULES: Any book that has been banned or challenged counts. Books can be any format, any length, and can overlap with other challenges. Graphic novels, children's books, picture books are all fine -- any book that has been banned or challenged works for this challenge.
WHERE CAN I FIND BOOK SUGGESTIONS? There isn't one specific list to work from, but there are many different resources you can check out for ideas:
The ALA's lists of frequently challenged books. There are multiple lists split up by author, year, decade, and a separate list for classics, so there are a lot of options from all different genres.
GoodReads has several listopia lists on the subject -- this is particularly helpful for identifying books you already have on your shelves if you are a user of the site.
If you learn about a book getting challenged in the news, on a book blog, around the web, or wherever else you get your bookish news, it's fair game. One book that made headlines last year was The Miseducation of Cameron Post -- it doesn't need to make any of the big lists to count. And if you learn about a new incident, I'd love to hear about it!
LEVELS: Below are the levels you can choose from. Changing your mind is OK -- you can go up or down in level at any time. I said low-pressure, remember? I'm not the book police, I promise.
Making Waves: 1-2 Challenged Books Trouble-Maker: 3-5 Challenged Books Rabble-Rouser: 6-9 Challenged Books Rebel: 10-14 Challenged Books Leader of a Revolution: 15+ Challenged Books
So I am going to go with Trouble-Maker and let Miss Zee help since she loves her banned books too. 1. the handmaid"s tale 2. Fahrenheit 451 3. coraline 4. the absolutely true diary of apart time indian
I signed up this year for a Series challenge but like how this one sounds more. It gives me some flexibility with books that are not completely finished that I am reading so I signed up for this one over at Socrates' Book Reviews.
Choose a level....
Level 1 (Novice series reader) - Complete 1 series. Level 2 (Testing the waters) - Complete 2 series. Level 3 (Experienced) - Complete 3 series. Level 4 (Expert series reader) - Complete 4 or more series. I am going to start with Level 2 completing 2 Series. Georgina Kincaid Lonely Lace Courtney Crumrin Tantalize
Even though I am setting my Goodreads and Shelfari goal for 80. I am going to push past that with this challenge, hopefully I can make 100 and blow the 80 out of the water. It's going on at Book Dragon's Lair.
There are several levels to choose from Level 1: 100 minimum Level 2: 150 Level 3: 200 Level 4: 250 or more
I am going with Level 1 with 100 books I am at 92 so far
I loved doing the Bingo board this year and I don't know if I will black it out but I am two books away. So when I saw this board over at the Book Date I figured I would try it out for 2015.
1. Library Book 2. Novella 3. Author Outside your own Country 4. Won or Borrowed 5. 2nd book or more in a series ~ Secrets and Lace
1. A top book of 2015 for you
2. Setting that you now want to visit 3. Book by author you really like 4. Book set in Northern Hemisphere 5. Been on your TBR "forever" 1. You heard about the book online 2. Award winning 3. Free choice 4. Debut novel by author 5. Published in 2014
1. Set in the Southern Hemisphere
2. First in a series 3. Published 2000-2013 4. Published pre 2000 5. Type of book you rarely or never read 1. Published in 2015 2. A Keeper 3. Outstanding Hero or Heroine 4. Author new to you 5. You love the cover
I did this challenge from Bookish last year and loved it so much. It kept me more to my list (of course I did stray away from it because who wouldn't when so many great books keep coming out). But I did knock out around 40 books off my list. It might have been more but I don't remember off the top of my head. So I knew I had to do this challenge again. So if your TBR pile is as long as mine swing on over here and sign yourself up too.
How many books are you planning to read for this challenge?
1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children
I am going to shoot for Sweet Summer Fling this time!!!!
Love me some library time and even though I signed up for a different Library challenge for Zee and myself, I am signing up for this one too. I think I will combine all of our books since we read most of them together for this one. Plus with our library looking at growing and it is one of the girls and my favorite places (yes, even though all of us own e-readers). I figured we would love this. We are constantly going in and finding a new audio book for while we are in the van, or even music cds for a break from the radio for awhile. The girls also love checking out movies, and Kyrie's new thing is graphic novels. She has blown through those lately and has even moved upstairs to the adult section with a few ya's or no not yet's from me. So if you want to join me hope on over here and sign up too.
1-5 check outs in 2015 – NOVICE
6-11 check outs in 2015 – ROOKIE
12- 16 check outs in 2015 – INTERMEDIATE
17 – 22 check outs in 2015 – SEASONED
23 – 27 check outs in 2015 – EXPERIENCED
28 + check outs in 2015 – GOING PRO!
I think we will shoot for intermediate with this one.
So I am going to keep two lists for this one for me and one for Miss Zee. We sure do love our library!!! The Challenge is hosted here
choose a level - you may move up as needed, just not down.
read books you checked out of the library
books may overlap with other challenges
any format allowed (print, ebook, audio)
reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is. (post with review linky is coming in January)
a blog is not necessary, just comment that you want to join in or link up another way
board book - 3
picture book - 6
early reader - 9 Zee and I will both shoot for 9 books to start with. I'm sure Zee will knock this out well before me
chapter book - 12
middle grades - 18
Young adult - 24
adult - 36
just insert IV - 50
So of course I forgot to keep up but we checked out a ton this year so I will try and update as best as I can 1. Old Mo 2. Happy Pig Day 3. City Dog, Country Frog 4. Pig Has A Plan 5. Let's Say HI to Friends Who Fly 6. In A People House 7. I Have A Garden 8. Glasses for D. W. 9. Princess Posey and the Tiny Treasure 10. Warriors Manga 11. Warriors Manga 12. Warriors Manga 13. Never girls 14. Geronimo Stilton 15. Thea Stilton 16. The Day the Crayons Came Back 17. Baby has a mustache 18. Ivy + Bean 19. Elephant and Piggie 20. The Bad Beginning 21. Pippi On Board
My List 1. The Book of Life 2. Smile 3. The Problem Child 4. The Wishing Spell 5. Seeds of Rebellion 6. Chasing Prophecy 7. Odd Apocalypse 8. Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me 9. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang 10. The Lonesome Gods 11. Coraline 12. Anya's Ghost 15. In Odd We Trust 16. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasure Vol 1 17. Odd is on Our Side 18. N.P. H. Choose Your Own Autobiography 19. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasure Vol 2 20. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter The First Death 21. Foiled 22. Courtney Crumrin & the Night Things 23. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian 24. American Vampire Vol 1 25. Out of the Easy 26. I WAs a Teenage Fairy 27. American Vampire Vol 2 28. True Blood All Together Now 29. Unwritten Vol 2 30. Fever Moon the Fear Dorcha 31. Unwritten Vol 3 32. Unwritten Vol 4 33. The Hobbit Graphic Novel 34. House of Odd 35. True Blood Tainted Love 36. Beautiful Creatures the Manga 37. The Imposters Daughter 38. Pink Smog 39. Awkward Family Photos 40. Courtney Crumrin & the Coven of Mystics 41. Blood Roses 42 Kalona's Fall 43. Courtney Crumrin & the Twilight Kingdom 44. Cursed Foiled Again 45.Courtney Crumrin's Monstrous Holiday 46. Through the Woods 47. Courtney Crumrin the Witch Next Door 48. The Game of Thrones Graphic Novel Vol 1 49. Courtney Crumrin The Final Spell 50. Guilty Pleasure 51. A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel Vol 2 52. The Laughing Corpse 53. A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel Vol 3 54. A Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel 55. The Amulet of Samarkand The Graphic Novel 56. I Am Malala 57. Aesop's Fables 58. A Midsummer Night's Dream 59. Tantalize: Kieren's Story 60. The Witches 61. Psyche in a Dress 62. Milk Eggs Vodka 63. Olive Kitteridge 64. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story 65. How to (un)cage a Girl 66. Macbeth 67. The Christmas Box Miracle 68. The Christmas Box
It's getting close to the end of the year and it means it's time to pick my reading challenges, and my word of the year. I couldn't find the list I picked challenges from last year but I was able to find quite a few reading challenges on my own. So first I am going with Reading Challenge Addict hosted here.
I am a Reading Challenge Addict.
So we are challenging each of you who can also say that you also are a Reading Challenge Addict. How addicted are you?
Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
In Flight: 11-15 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
Out of This World: 16+ Challenges (Entered & Completed)
Ok so counting my Goodreads and Shelfari I am entering 14 Challenges not counting this one. Wish me luck I might loose my mind.
Goodreads & Shelfari (I am counting these as 1 since they are just a certain number of books)
It's hard to think it has been 15 years. I was so young, you were the big brother I always wanted and the one I needed for so many things but you weren't there anymore. How is someone supposed to deal with loosing a best friend at 15. It was a constant struggle and had it not been for Chris I would have never gotten through it. My world turned upside down when you left it, I knew NO fear I lost it when I lost you. I had this crazy idea nothing bad could happen to me because you were watching me and you wouldn't let it. It's amazing I survived. You brought me out of my shell and turned me into a better version of me. I remember crying at your grave when I found out I was pregnant with Kyrie. Happy and sad all rolled into one. How could something so amazing be happening to me and you not be there to share it with me. She reminds me of the me I was before you came along a little shy and unsure of even herself. Funny to think I was that unsure of myself before I met you. Little things remind me of you constantly and I know your still with me but it's still so hard knowing you aren't there. I don't know how many times after you were gone I called your phone just to hear your voice. Here it is 15 years later and I still can't bring myself to drive a standard, you were supposed to teach me. I break down anytime anyone tries to show me. Sometimes I just cry because I just need to know you are still there. How could a wrong number ever have lead to such a friendship. One to surpass your death and still be there for me when I stumble. David, I miss you so much!!!!
So three blogs was too much for me so I brought everything over from The Path to Forever and will keep up with it here in my regular blog but here are all those posts.
I feel like our VA is failing Seth and it's easier to blame us for this that and the other then actually taking the time to do actual work.
The Path to Forever
We had a dream as a family for Seth to
continue with the Army till retirement raise the girls then at our 20
years retire, but one trip to many to Iraq changed all that. Now we are
learning to rebuild our dream and deal with his injuries as well as TBI
I've been a huge slacker about keeping up with this. We had such an up
and down 2013 but we made it through. 2014 is going to be different I
am going to look at life different downs are not downs they are just
little speed bumps. We did add a dog to our family, Lucky. He was a shelter find and he turned 4 in December.
He has been such a blessing to us. Right off I could see how much
having the dog made a difference with Seth. He might have needed us,
but I'm sure we needed him more. I also got Seth to venture outside of
his bubble a little by spending sometime outside. Hopefully we can
continue it this year. I am also catching up on applications. I sent
one off and will send the other off tomorrow. The fight has been a long
one but I feel that as we approach the 5 year mark (it's hard to
believe it's been that long, it still feels like yesterday I got the
Phone Call that changed EVERYTHING) I am finally getting the hang of all
of this. I also want to help people so they don't stumble through it
all like we did.
The past two weeks I got a whole new definition of Strength! It's so
simple it's just SETH!!!! Seth decided he was done with the pills and
after 2 and a half years of being on morphine by doctors prescription
Seth said I'm DONE! In a little over two weeks Seth kicked the
morphine. This man never stops AMAZING me with his level of strength.
Here is to us rebuilding the Path that took some huge detours and got
derailed but we will make it. We are strong, we are survivors, we have
each other I think that's the most important part!!!!!
I've learned a lot in my new path as the wife of a Wounded Warrior!
It's hard to think of where we came from and what we have been through
when it feels like we lost that life. We lost the people we relate
too. Our people are Military people, it's a way of life. It's
something people on the outside don't seem to get, unless you have
experienced it. Leaving it behind has left this void in both of us
because we don't know what to do now. We didn't expect this, we were
not ready to be done with it. Now we have to deal. After battling with
things beyond what any one person should deal with it just keeps adding
up. I don't see a break in the dark anymore, the light isn't coming
through the cracks. But we keep forging on to get to where we need to
be. With all that being said we don't ask for help, most of the time no
one even knows we have issues. We fight a battle every day trying to
help him REMEMBER, to fight through the pain. But it's our battle, we
faithfully fight it daily! Because we do this it doesn't change who we
are, it doesn't make him a "Monster" or "Damaged Goods" (and yes, that
is in reference to Dr. Phil). We fight to be Normal, to fit in with
people who don't understand what we gave up, what we have sacrificed and
now we have this stigma to add to it. What the hell, seriously there
are thousands of people out there dealing with these issues and now you
have managed to crush them and make them insignificant. But we will
keep fighting our battle, so our family can be a FAMILY!!!!!!
With all that said. We have had a number of not great days. We have
fighting with the VA in our future because apparently they think we have
nothing better to do. Apparently it's fun to make up things and guess
when you don't know. We were informed he never had a hole in his head
(I saw it, I packed it with gauze, I had to clean it, IT WAS THERE)!!!
So now we have another battle to add to our list of things we have to
fight for. It's funny he fought for his Country with no questions
asked, he did what he was told when he was told. And now that it's
there turn to take care of him, they can't toe the line and do what
needs to be done. Well I am a Warriors Wife, I've been through three
deployments, experienced HELL and stared my biggest fear in the face and
walked away from it! I am not a person to be reckoned with and I WILL
ACCOMPLISH WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE! I'm a new breed of Military Spouse
one you didn't ever foresee and and I am going to get MY WAY! We
deserve nothing less!
just recently became aware of the Caregiver program and signed up for
it. I had to complete a test and we had to have a home study. Now we
are all signed up and things are done we have some repairs to make
before our next home study in March and will continue to have them every
three months. We also have someone to help answer the questions we had
that were not getting answered and found out who to go to for our
I guess I can start with being thankful for being a very inquisitive kid
and up in everything when someone was fixing something or working on
outside stuff. It's come in really useful lately. We tackled the
bathroom for a leak and first off if you can walk away from a situation
with knowledge and it costing you less then a professional and you did
the job yourself then RIGHT ON! So lots of Google, YouTube and trips to
Lowe's later we managed to fix the bathroom. Bless Seth's heart for
struggling to get it all done. Then we have been taking care of lawn
things. He mostly ran the saw while I had to do the heavy lifting and
pulling because he can't do that stuff it's too much for his back. We
got a good chunk of it torn out of there and called it quits for the
day. Today I got out there by myself and went to town on the thing. It
is weird when you have to be the one to tackle the big things because
physically he does not need to be doing them. It does feel wonderful to
know that all that time dealing with deployments and handling stuff
helped me get out there and tear down that stuff. I still have to haul
it away and dig up the vines so they don't come back but I did it! I
looked the impossible in the face and beat it. I took all my
frustration out on it and overcame this huge hurtle. You learn to look
at things differently when you have a injured spouse. The little things
you take for granted come clearly when you are the one who ends up
having to do them. It broke my heart the other day to watch him crawl
up the stairs after falling and refusing help. To watch the daily
struggle that goes on in him and know that I might be the only person
who sees it. But he still gets up every day and does it all over again
and fights through the constant pain to be able to function for me and
his kids. It makes you understand the meaning of the quote "You don't
know how strong you are until being strong is all you have". There have
been times when everything seems like it is collapsing around us but I
know we have the important things to make it through, our love, our
family, our faith and our strength. They might not seem like much to
you but to us they are what keeps us going day to day. It's what gets
us through the hard days. Until you understand what it's like to live
that life you wont ever get it. Almost two years ago our life changed
and every day has been a constant battle to just LIVE! Take time and
enjoy things, appreciate what you have and relish in your
accomplishments. You don't know when those things will not be there or
you will not be able to accomplish them. This whole experience has
taught me to enjoy the small things, try and not sweat the other stuff
and blessed me with a renowned since of Faith. From the day I got the
news I new that Seth had Angels and they protected him for a reason. My
Faith and belief in that has not wavered only gotten stronger. God
only gives us what we can handle, I am just a lot stronger then I could
have ever known. Take each day as the adventure it is, be thankful and
blessed. A Lesser Woman Would have Given in with all I have done, seen
and endured but Love and Faith have a powerful way of making you strong
enough to battle the Demons that arise form PTSD and TBI!
It's been one of those battles between the good and the bad here
lately. It angers me that he has to deal with the idiocy along with
everything else. Really he has given up so much for our family and his
country and here we sit in this in-between place. I hate to see the bad
days, the struggles he goes through for the girls and I to have a semi
normal life. I despise the because he doesn't look or seem broken to
you does NOT mean he isn't. If you don't understand it look it up, ask
questions you don't get it if you guess because you do not want to admit
you don't know it all. It's amazing how when those bad days hit you do
whatever you can to ease the pain off of him even if his pride doesn't
It's funny that you still encounter Stupidity about Seth and all he has
been through so much. The people who believe we have it so easy, I
would gladly trade with them so they can see ya we get to stay home all
day and do Stay at home parent things but it came with it's costs. I am
thankful for all of the people who get all we gave up for this life and
thankful for what Seth gave up for them. I have just been to disgusted
to blog lately about all the people who complain about the little petty
stuff to us. Really do you understand what we have gone through your
problems don't even make an inch of ours. We choose the Army Life
knowing that we would not spend tons of time together, and he would go
off to war. We don't regret the choices we made and we live with the
consequences of those things daily. But I can not listen to how we have
it so easy! You do not see the struggles, you did not see the pain,
you don't know what it's like to have your life shatter to pieces and
have to try and rebuild it the best way you can again. In June and the
beginning of July we had to go to Oklahoma and back for a funeral and
Seth I'm sure pushed himself past his limit so we could be there in time
with driving. We made overnight stops on the way there, and left very
early in the morning so that he could get enough sleep at night before
having to head out again for another 12 hours of driving. We have to
brake our shopping up into days because it's too much for him all at
once. The things you take for granted our the ones we have to fight at
every day. Remember that he gave up so much to just be able to be with
I met a very interesting older man this past weekend that told me about
Adaptive Sports they do up at the VA here. I talked with Seth about
them and even wrote them down for him. Hopefully he remembers the next
time he is out there to check into them. I think it will be good for
him. I also found out they have family support group meetings and I
know it's something I need to look into. It's nice having people who
understand and who have been there too, to talk to. Seth has been
having more bad days then good ones lately and he's taken a number of
falls. Sometimes it's hard to see him struggle with simple things and
know there is nothing I can do or say to help. He is going to step
outside his normal comfort zone and try to be a leader in Scouts.
Hopefully it will give him something he can use some of that knowledge
he learned in the Army to help him and will be a great experience for
both him and the girls. I entered a photo of Seth in a photo challenge
in my Mom's group and he won.
got a letter last week from the VA with Seth's temporary rating. It's
100% which means he can't have a job, so as much as he wanted to do
photography maybe he can keep doing it for his hobby. He's good at it
and it seems to calm him so it will be a win, win type thing. It feels
like we are finally moving somewhere now that we have this rating. Now
we just wait for the permanent status. Fingers crossed everything else
looks like it is falling into somewhat of a place.
Seth came home yesterday with paperwork to fill out and a sheet for me
to fill out. It's about how things have changed since the accident (I
don't know what else to call it) and the things he can't do and all of
that. I'm terrified I've had all these feelings and things I have been
terrified about but am afraid to tell people. I know there are people
out there who are and have gone through the same thing and know my
"secret fears" because they share them to but what kind of person does
it make me to share them. Seth said to tell them all of them it will
help in the long run for them to judge the care he needs and the extend
of the injuries and the side effects we are dealing with but I feel
like it makes me a bad person for having to say them about him. I have
been torn about them since he told me yesterday and he knows what they
are and if he is comfortable with them being read by these people why
am I not? But I will have to bite the bullet and do it even if it does
make me feel like I'm being mean or the bad guy because I know he
My brain feels like it is on overload. There are days when I just
don't know how I can even function. It's so hard to try and focus on
the good days and not the bad ones. I know it's not his fault and I
have this hate in me that wants to meet the person that did this to him
and beat him in the head so he has to deal with the same thing. It's
hard knowing that most people don't know or understand how I feel and I
feel lost and alone a ton of the time. It would be nice to have a
support group closer to here where I could have wives to talk to that
are going through the same thing. He does things that end up making
him feel worse because he doesn't want to look like he can't take care
of us and then I feel horrible because I know how much it hurts him to
I am part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for my Random Punk Princess
Blog and the topic was so great I thought I would do it on all of my
blogs. Spotlight someone
that you admire or someone that has helped you in life/ business/
school or someone who would be helpful to your readers. So with that
first let me start with the back story. When Seth was finally sent home
to me these pictures are what the back of his head looked like. It's
easy to see there was a good chance he shouldn't have made it. He and
the other guy who took a head injury are two of three people to live
from the type of injury they received to there head. Knowing all of
this, knowing how much pain he was in he never let it slow him down. He
continued to do what he could to be a father for the girls and my
wonderful husband. Sure he forgets a ton of thing but then who wouldn't
in his condition. He choose pills as the last option when nothing
else worked because he didn't want to be dependent on them for the rest
of his life, unfortunately a blow like that to the head leaves you
with no other choice. He amazes me daily when he gets up to face the
world and his problems to make the best of the hand we were dealt. He
really is a huge inspiration to me showing me no matter what you
shouldn't give up. If he can endure that I can endure anything. I
love him, I admire him, he is such an incredible person and I love him
as much now as I did before all this happened well maybe more now.
Seth decided he wanted to do product photos today and he needed
posterboard for a backdrop. So we headed to A C Moore because I had a
coupon, and some money left on my giftcard. He found his posterboard
and I had him get a black one too just in case and I picked up flowers
to make my coffee pens for work out of. Then we headed to the grocery
store where the lady behind the counter paid for our groceries. I don't
know if she did it on purpose (we did ask if she did it right) or if
it was because Seth was in his Purple Heart Hat but sometimes it is
amazing the little things people do because of everything he gave up.
Seth decided he wanted to walk around downtown and take pictures.
Sometimes it amazes me how much pain he is willing to fight through just
for "that shot". Photography has become such a big part of his
rehabilitation program and his 365 program has helped so much with giving him a sense of purpose and something to focus on each day. Plus he is really good at it.
he is trying to get the perfect shot and it does make me see how much
his little hobby has really helped him. I just wish it didn't cost a
I'm so thankful for Seth's Mom. She watched the girls today so we
could run errands in peace and we had a few places to go. By the time
we got to the last store though you could see it in the way Seth walked
that our 4 stops had taken it's toll on his back and he was in serious
pain. At least he did get something positive out of the experience
and he got to stop and photograph something he wanted to photograph.
I'm so thankful he has that outlet to help him cope.
of course I don't know how he tolerates the looks. We walked into a
store today and the guy behind the counter stared at him for the longest
time like he was a freak because he's a 30 year old with a cane. I
know it's not normal but he had his Purple Heart hat on as well he
proudly served and sacrificed a great deal for some punk to look at him
like he's a freak because of it. It just irritates the crap out of me.
we come to the almost two year mark since Seth got hurt and I figured I
would give blogging about it a shot. I realized there were more
people like us that are blindly going around not knowing what to expect
or how to cope. Every day brings it's own challenges there are good
days and really bad days. There is a lot of reminding myself that Seth
is not at 100% which is the hardest for me. So I guess it's best to
start with the beginning. On January 12th, 2009 Seth got hit in Iraq
and I got one of the hardest phone calls of my life. As I fought to
keep it together for the girls while be thankful he was alive. I waited
and jumped whenever the phone rang. Seth got hit in the back of the
head and had a whole in his head. He was medi-vaced to Germany, then
sent stateside to Illinois then back to Ft. Hood. Then we had to learn
how to deal with this. Thankfully we had cognitive rehab to help or
who knows what would have happened. Cognitive rehab showed him how to
be able to function again. So now we are retired (as of November 27th
2010) and we must learn what a 30 year old retired guy does. I'm
worried constantly when he talks of trying to get a job in a normal
setting because I am terrified of what could happen. But we have
learned to deal with this for almost two years we can deal with this