Sunday, May 24, 2009

...worth a thousand words

This weekend, we went up to northwest Arkansas to see my nephew, Jeffery, graduate from Rogers High School with more honors than you can shake a stick at.

The photo here pretty well says it all. Young Jeffery was surprised by the appearance of his father, Jeff, who is currently training to go to Afghanistan. Jeff is a staff sergeant in the Air Force and Jeffery is going to West Point in the fall.

How's that for a military family?

So, congratulations, Jeffery! I'm sure you'll do us all proud.


MamaFlo said...

But we have you husband was in the military for 30 years, and I was in the military when we met, and our daughter did ROTC and was also in the military for 5 years (then there were also fathers and siblings, etc). The military has been good for our family and I hope it is for yours too. I hope everyone comes home safe and sound.

The Natural State Hawg said...

MamaFlo -- Well, you've got my family beat, for sure. However, my wife was in the Army, her older sister and our brother-in-law were both in the Navy for quite some time (Jeff has since switched to Air Force reserves), her father was in the Army, her older brother was in Desert Storm (Army), her younger brother was among the first in Iraq in 2003 (Army again), her aunt and uncle both retired after 30 years in the Navy, her aunt was in the Navy -- and I'm sure there are others!

The military has been very good to my wife's family. And your family, too, of course. I'd say the service from both her family and yours is very commendable, indeed.

Sherry said...

Coongratulations to both of them. My daughter was in Afghanistan, thankfully for a short time only and thankfully she returned from there. said...

Congratulations, Jeffery!

I know you do well at West Point and make your family proud.


Eat Well. Live Well.

Beth said...

Congratulations to your nephew!

Karen said...

Congratulations to him! That was an awesome surprise from his dad. Family means everything!

The Natural State Hawg said...

Sherry -- Thank God she returned safely, huh? I hope the same can be said of my brother-in-law.

Paul, Beth and Karen -- I'll pass on those well-wishes to young Jeffery. And, of course, we've been bragging on the lad throughout central Arkansas. What an accomplishment and what dedication from him. We're all very proud.

And, yes, that was a great surprise from his dad. As y'all can imagine, Jeff is beaming with pride over his son.