Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Welcome to my Blog.
My plan is to post blogs about my life as a stay at home dad, an Etsy shop owner, A veteran and a guy. Also I wanted a place to share my recipes and some statistics of a new way of eatting to ensure my family is healthy. I hope to be able to let people see a picture of me through words and photos.

Alright lets start with an Introduction to me.

My Name is Joe (Joseph), I was born in Vermont, which is were I grew up. At 19 I joined the US Army and became a Field Artillery crewmember in MLRS (pictured here). I went to basic training in FT Sill Oklahoma and served in 2nd Armored division in FT Hood TX as my first duty station. I then went to South Korea for a year, during my 21st birthday. (more on that later). I then returned to FT Sill for a few years before I was able to go to Baumholder Germany for 3 years in Jan of 2000. Germany was a great place and I loved being able to travel through-out Europe. In Early 2003 my unit was deployed to Kuwait, to be deployed into Iraq to support the combat operations in Operation Enduring Freedom.
I returned from Iraq to return to FT Sill once again in 2004. During the summer of 2004 my unit was deployed to FT Lewis WA, where I trained Officer cadets during their summer training. It is also where I met Jennifer my wonderful other half. I was dishcharged in 2005 and moved to Florida, where Jen's Parents lived. I worked as a Land surveyor for a while, Did some school and eventually we had our Duaghter in May of 2009. 6 months later Jen was offered a position in Huntsville AL, which is where Im writing to you now. We really like this area and the way everything moves and flows here.

In Novemeber of 2009 My Jen and I where trying to figure out what I was going to do while being a Stay at Home dad. Besides all of the cleaning,cooking,child care ect. :)
We also did not like throwing away a ton of baby jars each week.
WE decided on making candles from my daughters used baby food jars. Thus started my Etsy shop. I also learned a few techniques from Jen's mother in making jewelry. I have always enjoyed making things with my hands and since November I have been able to sell of few of my crafts online. My goal is to be able to sell products I make full time eventually.

Jen and I have also taken on a healty food lifestyle, which since I really enjoy making food has became a great passion of mine as well.

This first post is just a general overview of me, and a glimpse in to some things I will blog about in the future. I suppose its a template for me to stay organized as well :)