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I'm a displaced South/Central Texan living in Louisville Kentucky
I am a princess because I am a child of the Risen King! My background is Baptist, but believe I have a relationship not a religion. I married my childhood sweetheart and together we have raised two wonderful children and got them married off. I love everything about being a wife and mother. Now guess what? I am going to be a GRANDMA!! We are so excited for this next step in our lives.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Onward and Upward


 The last Orbiter has landed, ending the Space Shuttle program. I am so PROUD to have been a part of this wonderful close nit family.  My husband programmed the on board systems, meaning the computer that lead the other computers to make the amazing Orbiter able to fly.  He  has been held in high regards by  NASA, the Astronauts, and contractors. Here is a list of his amazing accomplishments!

Space Flight Awareness – Award from the NASA astronaut office to the top 0.1% of NASA/Contractor employees for significant contributions to the success of the Space Shuttle program. This is the highest tribute paid by NASA to NASA/Contractor employees.

Silver Snoopy – Award from the NASA astronaut office to the top 1% of NASA/Contractor employees for significant contributions to the success of the Space Shuttle program.

Outstanding Achievement Award (IBM)
We enjoyed our time with so many wonderful people who gave %100 serving our country like nothing I have ever seen in any other way.
 Inside mission control

Complete set of all manned space shuttle missions. This is all shuttle flights from 1981 to 2011 plus the NASA Shuttle Program Emblem and the Russian version of mission STS-60. 

Flying over Ellington Air force Base in Houston about to land.

 At Ellington Air force Base in Houston pit stop for refueling on its way to Florida after a landing. I think this was in 1996.

Practice time out in the fields this is also where we had many soccer games and their are many lunch time joggers especially by the Astronauts.



There was also very upsetting loss that I still have a hard time with today.  Remember, these are people in our community that we go to church with, our kids go to school with their kids, and of course Trent worked with.
3 of these were in our closest friend group. Oh David “Charlie” Brown how I really miss you, Dick, June is amazing and everyone knows it. your son is following in your foot steps and oh how beautiful your little girl is!  Ronny I can still hear your laugh and how you would make the kids giggle!


It's now time to move on to the next generation of Space travel.  We have discovered so much from the simple but what would you do with out it, Velcro! to many new ways to fight cancer and other diseases and so much more! So though it may have sad under tones for us there is an excitement as we know what the program is doing.

Memories

Thank you for indulging me for a little while as I took a walk down memory lane and said good bye to an era that has been a big part of our life.


8 comments:

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Kudos to you husband and his years at NASA. My Dad worked for NASA (Huntsville, AL) all the years I was growing up, so I understand your feelings.
Best,
Susan

By the Bluegrass said...

Wow! So cool! I think the space program is so interesting. So, what are you doing in Louisville? And, where in Louisville do you live? I'm in Prospect. I grew up in Louisville, moved around a bit after college and then came back.
xo,
Sena

Martina said...

So amazing this post! Like your retro style here too Wanda - am your newest follower!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

watched the returning on tv yesterday. Have been at Cape C many years ago..
Hope your Thursday is a great one so far, Wanda. Mine is coming to an end.. xxxx

Sue said...

Kudos to your hubby, and thanks for his contributions to our country.

=)

PS. I'm pretty late for Alphabe-Thursday this week, so here's my link:
Vistas

House Revivals said...

Wow! How amazing to have been a part of our history in this way! You must be so very proud of your husband!

A Serenade for Solitude said...

Wow, what an accomplished man you have! How wonderful and awesome!

Thanks for the tidbit on freezing milk. Tonight I had my first dose of wanting something that was at the store too far away to get--ingredients for a spontaneous treat. Instead, I'm learning another lesson on being prepared--for treats and all!

xx, Cassie

Amanda said...

That's so neat that your husband has been so involved with the shuttle program! Fascinating stuff. My uncle's first cousin was an astronaut (Kenny Reightler), but it's been probably 10 or 15 years since he's gone up... That's the closest connection I have! :)

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