Tag Archives: USAFA

What a boss

28 Jul

My brother and I both have summer birthdays (and they’re only 10 days apart). So yes, I have a birthday coming up, but this post is all about my little brother.

Today he’s spending his birthday in basic training at the United States Air Force Academy (not exactly a fun birthday). I’ll be sending lots of good thoughts his way, and I ask you to do the same.

He finally finishes basic training on August 7. When he has internet access again, I hope he’ll get to see the picture below and have a good laugh.

Happy Birthday, Joe!

The one where we all grow up

26 Jun

My little brother leaves tomorrow for the United States Air Force Academy. We all knew he’d be leaving, but I can see my parents aren’t ready. And I’m not either. It’s a different type of feeling that’s hard to put into words. We aren’t sad he’s going. On the contrary, we’re really proud and excited for him.

I thought maybe it was because we’ll see him less often, but that’s not it either. We’ve all spent time apart at one point or another. I think what it comes down to is his departure marks a new chapter in the story of our family. This is the chapter where we all grow up.

Sure, my sister and I have been out of college a few years and both have steady jobs and steady boyfriends. But we always knew we could come back home, hang out with our little Joey and feel like kids again. Things are different now; my baby brother is an adult. Yes, we’ll still have awesome times together (and I’ll still act like a kid), but it won’t ever be like it was.

I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. In the next few years we’ll each be finding ourselves and starting our own families. It’s exciting and scary and wonderful. And that’s what the weird feeling is – change. Maybe we don’t feel ready for it, but we are.

So to Joey: Thank you for being my inspiration to dream big. You truly are an amazing person and bring so much joy to our family. Never stop following your dreams. We’ll all be rooting for you, kid.

image via

I heart my family

27 Mar

This past weekend was a rare instance. After my sister’s short stint of living at home, and then moving to Columbus, it’s been awhile since the five us have hung out together.  It made me realize how quickly life changes.

Just yesterday, I was playing in the backyard with my siblings, fighting over whose turn it was on the tire swing. Fast forward to now, both my sister and I have full-time jobs and my brother is about to graduate high school.

And things are about to change even more. We found out last week that my brother was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy. For someone who has dreamed of this since he was 12 years old, it is incredibly overwhelming, and we couldn’t be more proud of him.

If you’re not familiar with the USAFA, let me brag a little. The laws governing appointments require that you have a nomination to attend the Academy (but that doesn’t mean you’ll be accepted). Joe received two nominations, one from Congressman Tim Ryan and one from Senator Sherrod Brown. Now that he’s been given an official appointment, my brother is part of an elite group of individuals. He will receive a top-notch education for free, with a scholarship valued at more than $415,000. It’s incredible, and I’m so happy for him.

It also makes me realize how much things will continue to change over the next few years. Moving forward, it will always be a rare occasion when the five of us are together. That’s why I’ll relish moments like this past weekend. We all sat around the kitchen table telling stories, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. When it comes to my family, it doesn’t get much better than that.

So cheers to my amazing brother and all the exciting changes ahead. It will only make the times we spend together that much better.

{Who would have thought the dork on the right would be a USAFA cadet?}