Fifty Years Later

50 years ago on December 1, 1969, Steve huddled around the TV in his dorm at Western Kentucky University as the first draft lottery since 1942 got under way.  He had just turned 21 three days before and was in his junior year.  Within minutes, the relative peace he enjoyed as a college student shattered […]

The Story of Us: 2009

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino was our home base for our 2009 visit to Las Vegas. Our mornings started with the breakfast buffet, which was outstanding. We always topped it off with bread pudding top with vanilla sauce and ice cream. Our main show for this trip was Bette Midler at The Colosseum at Caesars […]

The Story of Us: 2000 – 2008

The year was 2000, we were off to El Paso for the celebration of the marriage of Carmen and Jamie. They met in Germany while attending Frankfurt High School. Over the years, there were many miles separating them but it was their love that endure distance and time. We had some down time from wedding […]

The Story of Us: 1992 – 1999

The clan moved back to the States in 1992, with the Rotchfords going to Kingsville, TX and the Kerricks going to Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Fred was a Professor at Military Science at Texas A&M. Steve taught at the Command General Staff College in the Leadership Department. They were busy with their teaching, the two oldest […]

The Story of Us: Back to Germany

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 […]

The Story of Us: In The States

As we settled into our lives in Virginia Beach and the Rotchfords into El Paso, it was much harder for us to spend time together. The cost of flying for four was too much not to mention the activities of the girls and job requirements for the guys. Now looking back on the years of […]

The Story of Us: Darmstadt

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 […]

The Story of Us: Würzburg

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 […]

Two Thumbs-Up

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 […]

We were such Good parents!

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.