Family & Friends
Thank you to all you have given so much of their time
and prayers over the last few months. Mike and I greatly
appreciate all of the love and support from family,
friends and strangers. We could not have done it without
you. Thank you to everyone who was able to welcome Mike
home at the base and at the party. We cannot wait to
start our lives together again and hope that each of
you will remain a part of our life together. Thank you
again and we hope to see you all very soon!
Cpl Mike Lake and Ashlee Lake
Dear Mike: You made it!!! Our very own American Hero.
Can't wait to see you on Thursday, of course we have our
instructions from Ashlee she gets to touch you first.
We are very proud of what you have done for our country.
I know these past few weeks and days have been difficult
but we just wanted you to know that we love you just as
if you were our own son. The anticipation of our family
being made whole again is very exciting. Ashlee &
you desire to begin your life as a family and we hope
that we can be part of that new beginning. Our family
and friends can not wait until November 19th when we are
able to celebrate the renewal of your marriage vows. It
has given all of us something to look forward to and the
opportunity for all of our family to finally meet you
in person. God speed Michael. These next few days are
going to be filled with joy and happy thoughts that our
family was blessed by God in bringing you home safe to
us. I truely believe that he has special plans for you
and Ashlee. See you Thursday!!! Love You More Every Day!!!
Vicki, Bill & Millie Dog
Well Michael you have finally made it, you should be standing
on American soil on Friday. I can't believe that one week
from today you should be in Columbus. As you know everyone
is very proud of you and your unit for everything you
have done for us. God has blessed both you and Ashlee
and will continue to do so upon your return home. Your
friends and family are anxiously waitting for you to come
home. See you next week. Love you lots. Vicki, Bill &
I am so glad to hear that you are coming home! i cant
wait to see you! I miss you sooo much! When you get home
we will have to go out t dinner or lunch sometime. My
cheerleading starts in octbor but my first game isnt till
november! i cant wait! well i just wanted to say thanks
for defending our contrey and being there!
your a true hero! ~Paige~
Hi Mike: I am sure that not eating sand and MRE's everyday
for each meal is a treat. Hopefully you are able to eat
as much as you want and enjoy a shower or two. Ashlee
did a wonderful job on TV telling everyone how much she
misses you and can't wait for you to come home. I am glad
your journey home has begun we are all waiting with much
anticipation of your arrival. May God continue to watch
over you and your fellow Marines. We continue to pray
for your safe return. We can now say see you in a few
weeks instead of a few months. Love You Lots!!!! Vicki,
Bill & Millie
Mike, I'm so glad to hear that it's just a few days away.
I know how much you are goping to miss the sand. Maybe
when you get back and your going through withdraws we
can go to the beach or something (ha ha). Kristin and
I went out with Amber the other night uo in Westerville,
it was a good time. It sounds like you have a lot of plans
already when you get back but I am going to have to steal
you for one niight and have a guys night out ( Sorry Ashley).
We have a lot to catch up on when you get home. I still
kepp in touch with your mom. She seems to be a little
more relaxed since the good news that your comming home
soon. Well talk to you soon. - Brandon
To The Best Son-In-Law Ever: Well we have almost made
it, this is going to be just like Christmas the anticipation
of receiving the best gift ever your safe return home.
I know your guy friends think that bridal shower stuff
is for the birds, but let me tell ya you and Ashlee got
alot of really nice gifts. I don't think we could have
fit one more person in my house. It was around 50 people
who attended the event. Can you imagine what it is going
to be like on November 19th. Remember to continue to practice
your dance moves because there is going to be four hours
of dancing. The highlight of the bridal shower however
was your perfect timed phone call. Everyone got to share
in your good news and it made the rest of the day even
more special. Let me know if there is anything I can do
for you prior to your arrival home. Once again sorry that
we didn't have much time to talk on Saturday, but I think
you had more important things to say to your wife instead
of you mother-in-law. It is so nice to share the good
news that soon you will be out of that place. My prayers
and well wishes continue to be with you and your unit.
May God continue to bless you for your safe journey home
to be united with your loved ones. Love you lots!!! Vicki
including the Bill & Millie. See you soon.
Well Mike: I hope that when you receive this e-mail it
is to the point where I can begin to count the days on
my hands when you will be able to begin your journey home.
I know these past few weeks have been hell for you, please
keep focused and continue to be safe. Everyone is so excited
to be able to see you again. However, we already have
been warned by you know who that the do not distrub sign
will be in effect for at least two weeks at your home.
However, the door is always open at our home that when
the two of you decide you need a home cooked meal just
give us a call. You know you will need to keep up your
strength. Ashlee still remains as cute as ever. A whole
list of projects are on the frig at your house to be finished
before you get home, but don't worry I am sure that there
may things that will still need to be done. The weather
here has been perfect your favorite time of year is right
around the corner and just think this time last year you
were planning your proposal. Can you believe it will be
almost a year since you became engaged. Our continued
prayers are with you and your unit. Mike we miss you more
than you could ever imagine. All of our love. "The
Outlaws" Bill, Vicki & Millie. p.s. I know my
e-mail are not as fun as your racing buddies but where
do they come up with this stuff. You are going to have
so much fun when you get home. I think besides your wife
they are going to want to date you too!!! See you in a
few. Love you more each day.
Hey Pee-top!! It's about time you start stealing some
MRE's over there. Get skinnier!! Not much new here. We
went to Steel City this weekend - SWEET Ricky checked
out in 2 seconds (literally). There was 1 two-stroke.
AWESOME!! The 125s (or 250F) were pretty sweet. You didn't
miss much but a couple mollets and me being completely
loaded the night before. Don't remember anything, so you'll
have to ask your wife?? Oh yea, J-Dogg was puking out
his car door this weekend to. I guess Loadman gets it
honestly. Can't wait to see your dirt stash!!
Akira Narita #982
Hi Mike: In about a week it look like your mission will
be complete. We are really excited about you coming home
soon. The bridal shower is this weekend and it looks like
it will be a wonderful event. About 50 people are going
to be there. I will make sure we take lots of pictures
and let you know what type of gifts you and Ashlee receive.
We had a nice visit with Bill's son & wife this weekend
the whole gang was home so we all went out to dinner on
Sunday evening. We can't wait to see you either this month
or next. Continue to be safe. Love You Lots!!! Vicki,
Bill & Millie
Hey Mike, Ashlee was showing me the latest pictures on
this site and the other one last weekend when she was
up here. I agree with you, that tank was cool! We had
a great weekend in Cleveland - Ashlee is making lots of
progress in plans for the wedding and Di and I can't wait
for the Shower and Bachelorette party next weekend! Don't
worry, we'll be good :) Glad to hear you'll be starting
the trip back soon - be safe and we'll see you soon!
Only a little longer! i am counting down the days! i cant
wait to see you again! Your mom sent me pics over the
email of you they are really good! I started school i
week ago! it is really boring! but my teachers are nice!
i have seven teachers! Well i got to go! buh bye!
Stay safe and Brave
Praying with all my heart!!!
Judging from those pics, you could use a few donuts and
a chocolate milk. I guess we have the "Subway"
diet in the US, and you're on the Iraqis' "Sandway"
diet. Pick up the fork, you're making me look even more
out of shape!
Anuyways, I've been really busy with the new job, but
it is going well. These first 6 months will be strenuous
but no big deal. Tony, Sam, J-Dogg and I are going to
Steel City this weekend for the Pro National. The only
one missing is you Guy. When you get back, the crew will
be completed again. Well, I better get going, I've got
a lot to do. Call when you can and stay safe brother.
Dear Mike: Sorry I missed your call. I was very disappointed
that I didn't get to talk to you. You called when I was
in church. We are getting excited about your return. Ashlee
is beyond excited for your return. We went to family day
on Saturday and received alot of good information about
your return. As you know we are very proud of you and
the other members of Lima Company for everything that
you have done and continue to do for our freedom here
at home. I hope that your welcome home package made you
smile for a few days. Ashlee is a great wife and will
be a life long companion for you and will make a wonderful
mother to your future children. We pray for you everyday
for your safe return so that you can reunite with your
family and friends. I am sure you can't wait to sleep
in your own bed, take a shower as long as you like and
eat whenever you want, and hold your wife as long as you
like. I keep telling Ashlee that the two of you will be
like cling on vines for months to come. Just think you
will still be newly weds when you return and get the opportunity
to celebrate your wedding vows again. How special is that
opportuntiy. I know that I can not even relate to what
you have been through in Iraq, but I can share with you
that you are going to have an opportunity to enjoy a lifetime
of happiness with a very special woman. Love you lots!!!
See you soon. Vicki, Bill & Millie
Buddy, Kristin and I here. We just looked at some pictures
your mom sent of you from over in Iraq. Huh, I didn't
know they sold crack cocaine over there. Funny that I
get to make fun of you now for being skinny. What goes
around comes around right. Well the first annual Derga
Poker Run was last weekend. We had a pretty good turn
out and raised almost 5,000 dollars. The money went to
Stephanie Derga but she dosent want it. So she is going
to give it to some other Lima Company Fund that I dont
know to much about yet. Hey only a couple weeks to go.
We all can't wait to see you and we miss you lots.
Kristin and Brandon
We just wanted to say hello to you and tell you that you're
still in our prayers. We're anxious to hear from you so
call us when you get a chance. We sold our house and have
to be out by Sept. 14th so you might want to call on Jerad's
cell phone. If you don't have the number Ashlee does.
We're in the process of building a house on Beaver Run
Rd. Yes, close to the other Angles! We don't know who
is building it yet, but we're getting close to narrowing
it down. Can't wait until you're home so you and Ash can
come over for another cookout! We love you and miss you.
Keep your spirits up and come home safely! Love Jerad
and Mel Angle
How have you been? Ive been good! i start school in one
week!!I cant wait! well i justed wanted to say hey! i
have to get ready to go school shopping!! buh bye!!
Praying for u w/ all my heart!
stay strong and brave!!
I just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you
often. Denny is so anxious for you to come home. I think
he has some hunting in mind after your return. Sounds
like your family is planning some parties for you to attend.
I am sure that sounds real good to you. We just want to
thank you again for all you have done to keep us safe.
Jane and Denny Gorman
Hi Mike this is Kaye, Vicki's friend. As I was addressing
this message I could hear Vicki squeal. Ashlee just called
informing her mother you had just called and received
the "mystery" package. It has been fun and scary
being so close to the two of them. I received a thank
you card today from Ashlee for a housing warming gift.
It was a party dish and she said it has already been put
to use several times. I'm not sure what that means. As
we all know she's the wild and crazy type. (just kidding!?!?!)
I really wanted to share with you a special tribute they
had in the office lobby today. 1st Lt. Charles L. Walkin,
III in the Army National Guard was killed a year ago.
He worked for the Federal Highway Administration and his
co-workers vowed to always remember him and they had his
mother come. The ceremony not only was a tribute to him
but was inclusive of all military. At the end they asked
if there was anyone in the audience that had family currently
serving in Iraq and Vicki stepped forward. She was already
emotional, however, sucked up and acknoweledged you and
gave thanks and appreciation for everyones' prayers and
I just heard you are wearing underwear on your head. I'm
not sure Licking County will know what to do with the
two of you when you return! All kidding aside, the Lord
is watching over the both of you and we will continue
to pray for your safe return.
Mike: Just think you will be back in the US in a month.
We can't wait until you are home so that the celebrating
can begin. I just came from a special gathering in our
building honoring everyone who is serving in Iraq. I find
it very touching that our country has grown together to
support our troops overseas. You would have been pleased
with the presentation. Once again we wanted you to know
that we are honored that you are part of our family. Please
continue to remain strong and focused on your mission.
We are anxiously waiting your safe return. I also wanted
you to know that the wedding plans are moving forward
and it is going to be a hugh event. You are going to be
to cute in a tux. Hopefully, we have a band lined up so
get your dancing shoes dusted off. You had better be practicing
your dance moves. Keep the faith as with everyday our
prayers and thoughts are with you. Love you more everyday.
Your extended family Vicki, Bill & Millie.