Lauren is a big girl! She can wave!! She waves to herself looking at her hand the whole time when you say "hi baby" or "bye bye". It is adorable! She also got her third tooth in today. I can't believe how fast she is growing. I think of her as a younger baby because she is such a baldy. But she was 8 months old on the 19th!! I am so sad that my family doesn't get to see her grow.
I don't think anyone from Michigan will probably see her until she is 16 months or so. (Unless they come to us) I get so sick of hearing "Why don't you guys just come here?". My husband is an E4 in the Army!! Obviously they have NOOOOOO idea what he makes. :-P If we could go to Michigan...we WOULD! It would be great if we could go back, because I know everyone would like to see the girls. BUT, we did spend a month and a half at home this summer. Come on! It has only been three months. I know I know....WE are the ones that moved away. But, Jeremy enlisting was a very honorable thing to do....and in a time of war. I wish my family would realize that. They think it is so terrible that he "did this" to our family. I tell you the truth...I really enjoy the Army life so far. It's really not that bad. It is kind of nice to be away from "home" in a way. I am getting more involved in our church, our Army friends are like family....we are happy! Yes, I am sad that I can't see my Grandpa that is in the hospital. Yes, I miss him. Yes, I miss ALL of my family. But this was the choice we made for OUR family. You know, we are in Georgia. It isn't another planet. When we lived in Michigan Jeremy asked what I would think of moving to Chicago for a job. I said absolutely not! HAHA. It is like you are in this little bubble and you can't see all of the possibilities outside of that bubble. I was the same way about moving from Michigan. But really people! Michigan has one of the worst economies in the country! Can you blame us really for moving away? Jeremy was unhappy in his job...I was never going to be able to stay home with Leah (and now Lauren) and we changed that. Jeremy is proud of himself and I am so proud of him for what he has accomplished. He is a HERO. He enlisted in a time of war. He didn't go to officer school even though he could have. He enlisted! I think he is pretty awesome. It hurts my feelings when people act like it was less than honorable of him to "do this to our family". You all should be proud of him and honestly THANKFUL for ALL of our servicemen and women. If it weren't for the fact that they all volunteered to do this....your husbands/brothers/sons would have to be forced into it.