We have begun our first furlough or "home assignment" with a bang!!! We arrived in Florida on Sunday the 27th, and have been loving every minute of these past 12 days! We all feel like we're in Paradise, spending every day with Grandpa Jim, Grandma Kathy, Uncle Brian and Aunt Lori and Reagan and Jackson!! There is always something fun on the schedule for every day...beach, fishing, swimming, Disney...but most of all we just LOVE being with our family here! This first two weeks is being spent with Wendi's family, and it has been just perfect! After being away for 2 1/2 years, it's been so sweet to be with my parents and sister again, and to get to know her sweet little ones. Erin (my other sister) is due any day with her fourth child, so is not able to be down here with us during these two weeks of vacation. We will be with her and her family at their place in North Carolina the first week of July, where my whole family will be together...and we're all so looking forward to that! We're flying to Illinois on Monday, and are looking forward to being with all of Ed's family then and also our extended family and our friends.