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Thursday, April 4, 2019

April 7th ~ Happy Birthday to You!

Is a Happy Birthday to a special Wisconsin National Guardsmen.

The following photos are of Sam. The one is his official United States Army photo. The other is when he was in First Grade reading the Gettysburg Address.

 Thank you all for praying for Sam and for his family while he has been at Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and  during his AIT at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Sam will be graduating May 8th and will be back to Wisconsin. 
He will report to the Wisconsin National Guard when he returns to receive his orders.

 During his time at Fort Gordon, working on his AIT he is able to have his phone, computer and can have privileges. During basic training, trainees are not allowed to have phones for 10 weeks. It is snail mail during those 10 weeks. Those trips to the mailbox and finding a letter from Sam was a special treat for this mom! Now days, I receive a "Good Morning Mom" text message and sometimes a photo too.

Happy Birthday Sam


  1. Happy Birthday Sam! I know you're proud of him, Carla and we all are too! Hugs!

  2. Yay to texting!!!!!! Thank him for me for his service and sacrifices! Annster's Domain

  3. Happy Birthday to Sam!! Thank you for your services and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!! Amazing accomplishment. For mom, too... ;)

  4. Hi Carla... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sam. You make your mom very proud. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation in May. That is wonderful.
    Hugs, Julia

  5. Happy Birthday to Sam! May will come soon and just to know that he will report home to Wisconsin for a while will be wonderful for you, Carla. And don't those text messages mean so much! I still light up when I see them from our three sons and one daughter, no matter how old they get.

  6. Happy Birthday Sam! Hope you have a wonderful day.

  7. I know you can't wait till May 8th! What a special person he is, please wish him a very happy birthday from me. Will you wait to celebrate till he gets home?

  8. Happy Birthday Sam. Wooo Hooo almost done Sam with your basic training. I know you are so proud of him.
    Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Happy Birthday to Sam! Yay! I bet the snail mail was special, and I admit I do miss it! So much more fun than email!

  10. Happy birthday to Sam. I'm sure you're glad to be back in daily contact with texts etc but I'm sure the letters you received are safe in a special place.

  11. Wishing Sam a Happy Birthday! I know you will be excited to have him back home for a bit and treasure the messages you received. Letters are so awesome! You can hold on to them and reread them over and over with no fear of losing them due to an accidental deletion! Love and hugs!

  12. Happy Birthday, Sam!! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  13. Wow, that would be so hard in this modern age of technology to have no phone for 10 weeks, for both of you! How treasured those letters will be though! Congratulations to Sam for completing his training, and thankful that he will be back home soon to spend some time with you!!! Have a blessed and wonderful week!

  14. Happy Birthday Sam! You will be SO happy to have him back in your state...less than a momth now!

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  16. Happy Birthday Wishes for Sam.
    I know you are so proud of him, Carla.

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