About The River

Monday, November 14, 2022

Welcome to Camp Lemonnier



Hello Friends, today I will share an update from Sam.

 First, I am so thankful for technology. Sam is able to text message us just about daily. We have received one phone call from him. There was a delay and some static, but it was great to hear his voice. 

Above is his patch. The 157th are now in charge of AFRICOM. The team that the 157th are relieving are from Illinois. They trained the 157th and left to come home to the states. The 157th are now at the ready.



The troops live in shipping containers. Sam's unit are stacked shipping containers and he lives on the third level. Some of the troops try to garden. He always lets his gardening mom know what the growing conditions are.. "not much vegetation here mom."

The November Full Moon in the African Sky.

Thank you for the continued prayers for the 157th.




  1. Thanks for the update. I am so glad you can be in closer contact now, even though he is farther away.

  2. Good Morning Carla. I am so happy you have communication with Sam. This way you know he is doing well daily. That is interesting that they use shipping containers for housing. LOL that he fill you in on the gardening. I think they need you over there Carla to spruce up the place. Prayers continue daily that Sam and his comrades stay safe and enjoy this life experience. xoxo Kris

  3. That's wonderful that you can text every day, Carla. I'm sure that makes all the difference and makes him feel not so far away. Snail mail is always fun to get, but as a mama, I know that daily connection is so special. Hugs!!

  4. So nice you are ale to text with him daily. Just curious as to the time difference. Continued prayers for him to return home safely Janice

  5. Hi Carla, it's great that you can communicate with Sam on a daily basis. Having your son so far away and being able to hear his vice through technology daily is a consolation. Living in shipping containers might not be luxury but it's better than living in trenches. God bless him and keep him safe.

  6. Wow, great to hear he's doing OK. And it's wonderful that you're able to stay in touch so regularly. :)

  7. Those shipping units are very interesting. That full moon is beautiful. We saw it the next day with James (it still looked pretty full) and he loved it. Keeping Sam and his unit in my prayers.

  8. So glad you are able to hear from him regularly.

  9. I am so happy that technology allows for you to hear from Sam daily. That is so wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing with us, I always learn things I would have never known.

  10. Technology can be so wonderful.
    So pleased you are able to hear from Sam regularly.

    All the best Jan

  11. Bless these brave Americans, Lord! Their level of commitment to duty is impressive. I am so grateful. xoxo


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