The time is here to say goodbye to my wonderful wife and son. I will miss them both. Kara, is a great wife. Her unwavering support makes me strong, and she is already proving to be a great mommy to our little gift from God, Clayton. I love holding Clayton. I can't believe how much love you can have for a little guy you have only known for approx. four weeks. I guess only a Dad could understand. On Saturday I will say goodbye again. This time it will be for a nine month tour to Afghanistan. When I look at the face of my little, baby boy, I am strengthened in my resolve to stand for freedom. I want my boy to continue to grow up in a land where he can worship, and live as he sees fit, without fear of punishment from the powers that be. I also know that he isn't the only little boy that deserves to live in freedom. So if I can be a part of bringing hope to people who are oppressed by those who would also threaten my son's freedom if they get a chance, then I am ready to go. I love my wife, I love my son, and I will be looking forward to returning to them.