10 Things I am thankful for

1. My 10 years in the Army; the experiences and them being over.
2. The people willing to go overseas again and again knowing that they don't want to be there.
3. My three boys fighting to get in bed with momma this morning
4. Remembering three feelings-
a) The last moment I looked at Jane Anne before leaving for Iraq.
b) The first hug I got from her in the airport when I came home for R&R from Iraq (and the tears... and the people clapping)
c) A year's worth of stress washing off of me as I felt the plane's tires hit the ground when I brought my company home from Iraq
5. David. If he was born 100 years earlier, I would be a single father of 1.
6. Jonathan. He has the purest of intentions. Always.
7. Thomas. He is going to keep me laughing for decades.
8. Elisabeth. She's all I could dream of in a daughter.
9. Hard times. God is teaching me more now than I ever dreamed.
10. Jane Anne. The second greatest gift I have ever received.

Veteran's Day

It's different from this side.

It means more.

Ways I have changed:
- I don't like watching war movies with the sound on (I watched the end of Saving Private Ryan on mute- I don't really enjoy the sound of gunfire)

- I think more about those who served during Vietnam, Korea, and WWII and really want to thank them

- I really appreciate my friends who are there or will be going back soon

- As the second Major Owen that served in the Army from my family, I really appreciate my heritage

- I wouldn't change the way I did any of it

Bye Phil

I'm glad he's leaving as the coach because I want to win. I feel sad because the guy gave Tennessee it's best football years ever (and some of the worst). The guy loves Tennessee regardless of his recent lack of popularity.

From the "Tennesseean", a Nashville Newspaper:
"One interesting figure could also give some tips. Fulmer will be offered a position in the athletics department following this season, and he said he would do anything he could to improve the program's direction. "I will help my successor if needed…in any way possible, if he chooses," Fulmer said."

That will be interesting.