In February of 1989, Steve got orders back to Germany and the girls and I were not happy. Kristie had wanted to graduate from a high school in the United States. She had been a freshman in Virginia, a sophomore in Kansas and now she would do her Junior and Senior years in Kaiserslautern. Holan’s school days in Germany had been terrible and I was not sure it would be a positive move with her learning disability. But the Rotchfords were heading back to Darmstadt so off we went. We were an hour and twenty minutes apart. Still closer than in the States but with the girl’s school work and activities, the guys work schedules it wasn’t like living in the same city, We got together as much as we could. The Rotchfords came to Kaiserslautern for New Years Eve so the adults went out to the Officer’s Club for …
It was the summer of ’82, the guys had been working at CRC Lauda for a year. There were approximately 30 to 35 US Army Officers & Enlisted assigned to the unit. They worked side by side with a German Luftwaffe Tactical Fighter Control Unit which fell under a NATO SOC Command. Their responsible was for the air defense of Central Europe and the Fulda Gap. They went to work in the dark, come home in the dark and worked in “The Bunker” at Bad Mergentheim with no windows. It was time to find a new job and come out of the dark! Steve became the Battery Commander of 10th ADA Group and Fred became an Operation Officer at Headquarters 32nd AADCOM. So the two families packed their stuff and off to Darmstadt we went. Lupe and I were busy with our volunteer work with the schools, church, Officer’s Wives …
We were at Ft. Bliss, TX in 1981 when Steve received orders for Germany. This was our second tour to Germany, the first being to Nürnberg in 1973. Steve traveled to Würzburg in April while the girls and I stayed with Dad and Jean in KY. The girls and I could not travel until Steve found housing for us. Once Steve found an apartment in the little town of Rottendorf, east of Würzburg. we had orders to travel in June. Over the two months, every letter Steve wrote was about this couple he had met. They were the perfect couple, from El Paso, TX, we had so much in common and they had two girls, younger than Kristie but older than Holan. He was so excited about us joining him so we could all be together. As we arrived in Frankfurt, his excitement continued. We were invited to Fred’s promotion, …
I came across this picture the other day which was taken at Christmas 1987. Holan was age 9. It wasn’t until I saw this that I realized Holan is always posing with two thumbs up. Sometimes it is just one thumb up, this one was taken at Christmas 2010.   This picture was taken Christmas of 2012, still has the thumbs of at 34 years old.
October of 1974 we went to the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany and gave Kristie beer for the first time….. in 1978 we were at Suzy’s and Holan had her first beer….. in looking back on these pictures something makes me think we were not being very good parents.
This is a picture of Kristie with her new tea set she got for Christmas in 1978. This is Samantha at midnight on June 29, 2013 making lemonade. 38 years apart but so much the same.
On Tuesday June 6, 1950 I was born to Charles and Geneva Rice. I don’t remember much about the day but have been told that Dad dropped Mom off at the hospital and went to his job at Minton Machinery. My birth certificate doesn’t have a time of birth, weight or length and there is no baby book.   This is Dad and me in front of our house on Grapevine Road. It was on the corner and later became Shady Nook Drive-In. The building in the background is  Fugate Grocery Store where I get my daily fix of popsicles. I went in several times a day and told them to charge the popsicles and didn’t understand why Dad cut off my charging abilities. My thoughts were we didn’t have to pay for the popsicles so why couldn’t I have my popsicles. Cherry was my favorite.   This is one …
In 1970 we were married in Madisonville, KY at Christ The King Catholic Church. We had gotten engaged the summer before right after I graduated from high school. This is the announcement in the local paper of the upcoming wedding.   Several years ago I found the paper clippings and other items and decided to put them in a scrapbook. It was fun reading the article below. Neither Steve or I remembered having a rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid luncheon, or showers.   This is Jociene, she was Mother of the Bride and had raised me from age 13 to 20, the day of the wedding.   Jawana, helping with my garter, and I have been friends since first grade. Tracy and Suzy are helping me with my veil. Tracy became a friend when Steve and I started dating. Such a good friend that it is her wedding dress I am wearing. …
Years ago I use to sew and these are some of the dresses I made.It seems like so long ago and hard to remember staying focus longenough to make them. 1989 Job’s Daughters1989 for Winter Royalty1989 Prom1990 HomecomingThere were other dresses but haven’t found pictures of the yet.
One day this summer while in the pool Katie, Bob and Dee were talking about a great place to eat down around Springfield MO. A place where they throw rolls while you are eating.  It is about 3 1/2 hours from us  but just off the highway if you are going to or from Branson. So we stopped in on our way home. The bowl is filled with fried okra.This is one side of the menu, thought I had scanned both sides but can only find this one.It was about 11:15 when we arrived and were seated right away. Ten minutes later there was a long and a 45 minute wait.Lambert’s have what they call “pass arounds” at no charge when you order a meal. The “pass arounds” are brought to your table by servers carrying pots of fried okra, fried potatoes, macaroni and tomatoes, black eyed peas, and sorghum. …
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