Well, I’ve almost caught up posting Felipe’s correspondence. His next letter annouced his departure for the Middle East and his engagement to his girlfriend. David, I am sorry to say that Felipe’s fiance is not an alum.

Date: Sunday, 05 September 2004

Subject: A Time to Fight, a Time to Love

Dear All-

Tomorrow night I set off for the middle east. When all is said and done, I’m ready to go, ready to do my part, and as anxious as the next guy to come home. The love, concern, prayers, pocket battleship, cards, phone calls, decks of cards, e-mails, hugs that I’ve gotten from you all during these last many weeks are what keep my sprirts high in the face of this next challenge. All I can say is thank you.

And I want to share wonderful news with all of you. Erica Gonzalez and I are engaged. She has been a tremendous part of my life for the last few years, and she will be my loving companion for all the years to come. I love her deeply and am blessed to be loved by her.

I wish everyone a wonderful year while I’m gone. I look forward to hearing from all of you during this time.

All my best and all my love,

Congratulations to Erica and Felipe. We at Ephblog wish you many years of happiness once Felipe safely returns from Iraq.

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