I’m coming home.
For the past 10 months and 22 days, I have been away from my family; Unable to be a fulltime husband and father. That ends today! I am finally being transferred home. Although this seems like a long time, in reality, it has taken much longer for most of my other brothers and sisters to be reunited with their families. So I see this as a blessing. Although I have enjoyed my time downstate and have met some pretty awesome people, I cannot wait to get home to my family and friends. Until next time brothers and sisters; be safe!
It is what it is.
Next stepping stone in my life…
Aug. 19, 2012
Today, a long and hard journey awaits. It is with out a doubt, going to be the most difficult thing I have ever had to go through; physically, mentally, and emotionally. With the love & support from my family & friends, I know I will be able to stick everything out and complete what it is I need to.
My journey, awaits. :)
Aug. 25, 2012
It has definately been quite a first week. I am exhausted. PT starts at 5:15am every day. It has taken a toll on every muscle in my body. (BTW; whoever Jane Fonda is, she needs to be slapped for coming up with such a crazy leg routine.) It’s hard, but I’m sticking it out. Wednesday hit, and I realized just how much I missed my wife and kids. I Even thought about coming home, but I know this is what is best for us in the long run. I passed my first exam with an 86%. Pretty excited about that.. can’t say im to excited about going back tomorrow afternoon. It is what it is though.
35 days left.
Aug. 31, 2012
2nd week, finished!! It’s getting a little easier. My body is finally adjusting to the 5am PT. Everyone in session 12-06B seem pretty cool. We are finally starting to realize that we are no longer individuals, but a brotherhood… We don’t wanna be “soup sandwiches”.
This weeks test was a bit harder then lasts. Scored an 80%. Not as good as I wanted, but its passing. My biggest worry is not passing these tests. Especially if I make it to the final week, and fail the final exam. Crossing my fingers. I am continuing to miss my family like crazy… Looking forward to spending an amazing weekend with my family, and friends. Tomorrow marks 5 years that the love of my life and I have been together. Without her, I don’t believe I would have the strength to get through all this. Love you babe!
30 days left.
Sept. 7, 2012
Well, week 3 down. Starting the “top of the 4th”. This week was a lot easier. We were put up in the hotel, which I do have say, has amazing pillows! Went through DT (Defensive training). Messed my wrist up a bit, but pulled through it. Passed First Aid, CPR, and my 3rd week exam. 90% baby!!! Ran 3.5 miles today in PT. Next wk is gonna be a little harder, legals wk. Study, study, study. Glad to see my family tonight; Had a nice dinner with Kayla and Ian. Looking fwd to the wknd my family.
25 days left.
Sept. 14, 2012
Legals week, done!!! Definitely the hardest week yet. Studied hard every night & PT’d hard every day this week. Scored a 76% on my test this week. Although it wasn’t the grade I wanted, I’m just glad that I passed!! D.I. is really starting to lighten up a bit. This week went by… Faster then the last couple. Can’t wait until I am home more with my wife and kids. The new recruits are getting wrecked…feels nice not to be the center of everyone’s attention. Range week next week. Haven’t shot a gun in years… Shall be interesting.
20 days left.
Sept. 21, 2012
By far the best week yet. Did a lot better then I thought I was going to on the range. Scored a 244/250 on the revolver, 89/99 on the AR-15, and qualified safely with the shotgun. Got a 90% on my exam… It was a good/fun week. Definitely dreading this coming week though; chemicals week. We will see how it goes. Hopefully my eyes don’t fall out, or I don’t die. Haha.
15 days left.
Sept. 29, 2012
“Chemicals are your friends.” This is what they tell you, all week long. Last time I checked, friends didn’t make your eyes burn, nor do they keep you from breathing. Definitely an experience I will never forget or do I wanna go through ever again. Scored well on my test; 94%. Hard parts are over with. Smooth sailing from here on out.
10 days left
Oct. 7, 2012
Welp, another week down. Kept our shit together this week. Didn’t get into any trouble, and passed our inspections. Passed the PPT test on 1m 45sec. Improved my score by 6 seconds. Passed my last exam with an 84%. Time is coming to an end! Cannot wait to be home for a few weeks. Going to Clinton for my OJT. Hope to find out where my permanent facility will be, this week.
5 days left!!!
Oct. 12, 2012
Finished!!! Session 12-06; “second to none”. 67 new brothers and sisters come together and turn over a new leaf. Thank you to everyone for your support and guidance. I look forward to the next 24 years and 10 months of my career.
"I’ve got some friends; some that I hardly know. But we’ve had some times, I wouldn’t trade for the world."
Over the past 2 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with an amazing, strong, young individual. I have watched him grow, laugh, learn, love, and deal with heart ache that I don’t believe some adults could handle.
My time has come to move onto the next step in my life, and unfortunately, he must continue his journey with out me by his side. With the help of those still in his life, I know he will be able to succeed and accomplish anything.
You have touched my heart in ways that I can’t explain. I wish you the best, and want you to remember that I will always be here if you ever need me. Goodluck, J-Dizzle.
In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.