Tuesday, May 28, 2013

There's No Place Like Home, There's No Place Like Home...

The motto all Army spouses live by!
There is no place like home.  We've been so privileged to make Kansas, Fort Riley, and Quarters One our home and be a small part of the history of the First Infantry Division. As we embark on our 17th move in 30 years I can't help but think of how grateful I am for our many, many blessings.
 I chose to add sunflowers to the traditional red rose bouquet given to the outgoing commander's spouse.
Kansas is truly the heart of America. I’ve never met people quite like those in Junction City, Manhattan and the surrounding towns. These are communities that love their military families and Soldiers.  If others in our nation have let their interest in the military and the war in Afghanistan wane, that is definitely NOT  the case in the Flint Hills. Pride and patriotism are alive and very well in the Sunflower state.

Sweet farewell notes saved in a hat box, thank you! 
My tenure at Fort Riley was made all the more wonderful because of the senior spouses known as the Victory Group.  Beth, Polly, Sherri, Frances, Sandy, Andrea, Sue, and Donna. Your capacity for giving to the community, and to each other, is boundless.  Together you have over 230 years of Army experience and I have been the grateful recipient of your wisdom and knowledge…thank you for being my friends!
One of our many adventures!
Frances, my battle buddy, we’ve literally traversed the country together. We have cursed, cried, and laughed a lot. And then laughed a whole lot more. You are always up for an adventure and I’m glad to have tagged along.
You are true and loyal and there are no words to tell you what you mean to me, my friend. 

Division Change of Command May 22, 2013
 The grand old house known affectionately as Quarters One is empty, the keys no longer in our possession. The farewells have been said and the flags have been passed. We are already on our way to a new adventure in this Army life. I am definitely going to miss Kansas and all of the dear friends I've made.  
But the sun rose over Fort Riley this morning, business as usual.  Life went on without missing a beat despite our absence...
just the way it is supposed to.
When I think of our time at Fort Riley and Quarters One, I am reminded of Charles Dickens who wrote "It was the best of times, it was the...."  oh wait, who am I kidding?
It was just the best of times.
Thanks for sharing this adventure with me, 'Til we meet again...
Duty First!
1 Barry Avenue
Danger 6 (Whiskey)


  1. thank you so much for opening your home and heart and sharing them with us here. It has truly been remarkable.

  2. Kristen, thank you for your kind words!

  3. As a girl from Oz, there is no place like home. Have truly enjoyed this peek inside our parallel lives...safe travels to you and your good General...LKP

  4. Lucille, thank you! Best wishes to you in your new adventures! Shand :)