Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Dukes...one year later!

Well, it's been an ENTIRE year since I posted last so I thought now was as good a time as any! :)

A LOT has happened since my last post so I will try to hit the high points and then talk about the most recent developments.

Summer finally did hit us northern Oklahoma last year, but we decided to head west to see the season in all it's glory in California. Dustin had a break in pilot training in June so we took advantage of the time and went hiking in Yosemite. It was an amazing trip! We flew into San Diego, rented a car, and headed north (the road trip was part of the plan)! The highlight of the trip was hiking up to Half Dome. It was an awesome, awe-inspiring, blister-inducing, trek that I will NEVER forget!

We had lots of adventures last summer and had a great time, but I must say that the highlight of the entire year happened on Saturday, August 22nd. I was in Minnesota visiting my bestie, Adrienne and her family. I started feeling a little...um, different...and she talked me into taking a pregnancy test. Dustin and I had been praying for a baby to add to our family for a couple of months, so I was excited but trying not to get my hopes up too high. Well, lo and behold, the test was positive!!! :) I certainly couldn't wait to get home to tell Dustin about it, so I'm afraid I had to tell him over the phone! It was a very exciting trip to say the least and me and Dustin's reunion was all the sweeter when I got home. <3

Another big milestone, not only of 2009, but our entire lives was Dustin graduating from Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training and receiving his assignment! After nearly a year of the rigorous program, he got his wings on December 18th, 2009 at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. What a momentous day! Not only did he get his wings, he also received several prestigious awards including Academic Excellence Award, the Flying Training Award, Distinguished Graduate and the AETC Commander's Trophy! I am so proud of my wonderful husband, he just blows me away!! As for the assignment, we found out that he will be stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to train on the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. This is yet another extremely esteemed event as only one student per year is chosen to fly this plane directly out of pilot training...what a stud!! :)

Not long after graduation we made a temporary move to San Antonio, TX, where we have been since January. Dustin had some more training to attend to, so we have been living it up near Randolph Air Force Base and enjoying being in South Texas. The official countdown to the arrival of our first born has begun as well. My due date is April 30th, that puts us at only about 17 days away! I am planning to deliver at Wilford Hall Medical Center located across town at Lackland Air Force Base. My pregnancy has gone very well so far and Lord-willing the labor and delivery will go without a hitch as well.

Dustin is scheduled to finish his training here in Texas on May 3rd, so depending on how the weather holds up and when the baby shows up...we will be heading back to Oklahoma in early to mid-May. We will only be there for a few months before it's time to pack up and make our permanent move to Missouri in July. We look forward to this next transition and covet your prayers during this time!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Spring is in Full Swing...we hope!

Apparently, winter does not want to loosen it's frigid grip on northern Oklahoma, but we think warmer days are ahead!  

Dustin and I are enjoying ourselves as we patiently await his track select in mid-May.  We will at that time find out if he will be flying the T-6 or the T-38 for the next 6 months before we get our next assignment!

We have been keeping busy hanging out with friends, having people over, bowling, etc.  I got to go back home to Houston last weekend and see friends and family and it was SO refreshing!  The Guikemas took me to see Les Miserables and I got to see the latest addition to their wonderful family.  I also got my fill of Mexican food and have been trying to work it off ever since!  ;)

Dustin flew his first formation solo last week and did a great job!  He is enjoying flying and all the components of Air Force life very much!

We are blessed and thankful for all the Lord has done for us.  He is sooo GOOD!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

It's been too long!

I'm afraid it's been a long time since we have updated, but I'd like to be better at this and you have to start somewhere, right??  :)

It's hard to believe that we have been married and living in Enid for almost a year now!  Time is flying by and we are so blessed!  Here a few updates and pictures to catch you up on the last several months:

We acquired a dog from Dustin's brother and have had lots of fun having her around.  Her name is Dizzy!

Dustin has been doing splendidly in Undergraduate Pilot Training in the Air Force and will solo very soon.  Below is Dustin with with his grandpa and the training plane he is learning to fly.

Becca has been working at Davinci's Coffee House since July and is learning a lot about small business and coffee.

Dustin also worked very hard on a landscaping project this summer and it turned out great!

We had a great time seeing friends and family over the holidays.  Our first Christmas as a married couple was so fun!  We had a great time starting our own traditions and carrying some on as well.

God Bless until next time!
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008


After our wedding we spent a week in beautiful St. Lucia.

Wedding Bells...

We celebrated our wedding at Ashton Villa in Galveston, TX on March 8, 2008.

We had a wonderful day of festivities, friends and family!

See a great slideshow of our wedding pictures here:

Christy Varghese comes highly recommended!! :)

A Christmas Engagement

A surprise trip to Coronado Island, a sunset proposal on the beach, dinner with family. :)

Those Dukes...

The Lord has blessed us with friends in many different places all over the world, so we've put together this site to try and stay in touch.

Much has changed in our lives in the past few months! Dustin joined the Air Force about the time Becca returned from traveling around the world. Then we got engaged and married, moved from Houston, TX to Enid, OK, and bought a house.

Currently, Becca is attending to the gargantuan task of setting up shop in our new house, plowing through the mountain of paperwork associated with getting married and moving, working a variety of volunteer efforts, and keeping us fed! Meanwhile, Dustin is working for a training squadron and going to various other training courses while he waits to start pilot training later this year.