Start the School Year with a Field Trip!!

Have you ever had the chance to take a tour of a real Navy ship?

We did!

It was so impressive!!

It was Navy Days and we took advantage of all the Navy ships stationed in LA Harbor.

I know this picture is hard to see, but it was so beautiful to watch. Every Navy person, retired or active, stopped what they were doing to salute the flag as she was being raised. I admit it. I choked up. I loved seeing this elderly vet in front of me turn and raise his hand to honor our precious flag.

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As the sun broke through the clouds a little bit later I got a picture of the USS Iowa. She is quite a ship! We did not check her out though. That will have to be a field trip for a different day!

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Here was the tour we went on. The USS Anchorage.

She is HUGE!!!


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The view from the back.







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Aug 10, 2014 059 - CopyThen I turned around…impressive!

Aug 10, 2014 058 - CopyOk, so then we got to see a bit of the inside.

When/if Jr joins he will have a lovely sleeping area like this.

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Hopefully he will never have to see this, the hospital area. They do have more room though…

Aug 10, 2014 065 - CopyJr and Dad both loved the weapons guys that were there.

Since you could check them out, they did!

Aug 10, 2014 077 - Copy Aug 10, 2014 078 - Copy Aug 10, 2014 079 - Copy Aug 10, 2014 072 - CopyI was impressed that Jr went ahead and talked with the guys on his own about what they do and how to get to that position. He is growing up!

They let the boys check out their rides too.

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I don’t think we will ever forget this experience!

Here are a few more pictures of the USS Anchorage.

Aug 10, 2014 086 Aug 10, 2014 091Thank you to all the soldiers past and present for your service to this country.

Our family appreciates you and all your sacrifices you make  to keep us free.

May your lives be blessed!


Thank you for sharing our little adventure with us!

Have a blessed day my friend!

Morning Friend!!

Good-Morning-Coffee-Pink Today is:  Tuesday August 12


Outside is: Beautiful! The sun is creeping up over the horizon and peeking through the clouds. The birds are just starting to chirp and I see them flitting around outside my window.


I can smell: my coffee for sure!! I can smell the flowers on the table next to me too. That makes me happy!


In the oven for dinner: Pasta and sausage. It is my summer go to meal. I just sautee up some turkey sausage, onions, snap peas, bell pepper and broccoli in some olive oil then add it to pasta. Dinner done in 15 minutes!! Does not heat up the house too much either!!


Thinking about: All the evil going on in the world.   I am praying for all the innocents that are being murdered for their faith. It breaks my heart to see the horrible acts of satanic minions that are being perpetrated on Christians around the world. I know the same level of violence will be in my country very soon.

“36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy[a] to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36

The end of days…get right with Jesus….NOW!!


Project working on: I am working on getting my Raindrop Technique and VitaFlex perfected for my CARE certification. I really enjoy this and love helping others while I am learning!!


Mood today: Even though I am sad that Robin Williams passed away, and my heart is broken for the Israeli nation, I am content in my daily life today. Taking in all the final moments of summer vacation with the kiddos :)


What I am reading: I just finished Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart.healing oils I am taking a class on that at the end of the month, so I want to be prepared!1 It is really interesting!!

So now I am going to finish, I hope, The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple, also by Dave Stewart. chemistry-of-essential-oils-book-cover


School Stuff: I am so excited!! I am pulling stuff together for the kiddos today!! I have their history, math, vocab, literature, bible, nutrition , PE and science all ready to go!! I have a few more items to pick up then I will post on all they are going to get to do this year!! Whoo hoo!!


Picture to share: Such a proud moment…guess who made E-3???

Aug 10, 2014 001Petty Officer by the winter!! Yeah Baby!!


Have a blessed day my friend!!!





The Most Incredible Artist Ever

Aug 4, 2014 068Is this not so amazingly beautiful?

I look outside and see such an incredible work my Creator has created!

How can people look at this and not believe in God?

Who else could have made such ever changing beauty?

It is perfect.


Isaiah 33:17

Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar.


A little out of context, but still my heart still sees the King of all kings artistic works in this sky.

He is the first and most perfect artist.

His works are continuously magnificent!

When we try to capture His creative  essence in our own paintings, photography, writings and such, we seem to only get a glimmer of a moment of His phenomenal talent, if we are lucky.

His beauty is all around.

phone photos again 145In a moment He can change one alluring view of the heavens into another glorious image.

Our God is amazing.

He is the foundation of art.

He is the ultimate creator of all.


Such a stunning morning!

Thank you Lord for this moment you shared with me.

It was priceless to my heart, my soul and my prayers.


May the Lord bless you all today!

Boy Fun

We have to have some fun for the boy before school is back in session.

We started with an indoor warehouse that does air softing.

He took a friend and they played for hours!!

Then we took him the other day to his FAVORITE  air soft field!!

Look at him, walking around all cool. He knows this is where he belongs.

Aug 4, 2014 095The weather was behaving too.

There were supposed to be thundershowers with lightning.

Never happened, thank goodness!

Here he is loading up his gun and getting ready for the next round.

Aug 4, 2014 096All these boys are just like him.

They talk the same, walk the same, comment the same, everything!!

Except for…Aug 4, 2014 099…that one boy who has to stand out!


Dude, the camo is not working.

You are a big pink target instead of blending in!!

Here are the rest of the boys all getting instructions and separating into teams.

Aug 4, 2014 098Then off they go!

Love this playing field!!

Aug 4, 2014 097I remember playing with even finger guns just running around the babysitter’s backyard shooting at each other.

We would yell, “I shot you!! You are dead!!”

Then your friend either died a dramatic fake death or yelled back at you that “No,” they were not dead!! You are a terrible shot and missed them by a mile!!

Nope, now it is more intense!!

Looks so fun!!

Aug 4, 2014 101Tactical training at work.

He played hard and loved every minute of it!!

Think we will take him one more time before we really hit the books!!

Maybe 2 more times :)

Have a blessed day friend!!

Fun Weekend!!

It was a birthday party!!


Belle’s good friend Bella had her birthday party and we all were invited!!

It was so cute!!!

Look at the water slide!! It was CRAZY!!

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Bella’s momma is just like me, invite the closest friends but not to many, so the kiddos can play a ton!!

The girls had so much fun!!

Aug 4, 2014 008Then they colored their own Bible Bags!!

Belle was so proud!!

Aug 4, 2014 006They had a cotton candy machine there too!!

Rebecca got to learn how to make it!!

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She is a professional now :)

Aug 4, 2014 009Now the kids want me to buy a machine for the house.

Cavity central, I think not!

We did celebrate with a beautiful cake and delicious ice cream though!

Aug 4, 2014 012Happy birthday Bella!


Aug 4, 2014 018Then the older girls took advantage of the hammock in the backyard breeze.

Aug 4, 2014 022Just chit chatting and bonding.

Such a perfect sister moment I caught.

You know Belle had to try it to!

Move over everyone!!

Just Belle on the hammock!!

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Then presents were opened, that was fun!

Bella got ladder balls.

We had never played that and neither had some of the other kiddos so….

Aug 4, 2014 028The dads all sat together and assembled the set so we could all learn!!

Aug 4, 2014 030I don’t know who liked it more,

the dads

or the boys!

Great outdoor game though! Think I might need to go pick some up!

It was such a great afternoon spent with some truly wonderful friends!!!

Can’t wait to do it again!!

We love you Bella!!

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Thankful Blogging Fun!!

thankful thursday


Just for fun!!

I am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ.

I am thankful for my husband who in loving him gave me a family to also be thankful for!

I am thankful for my husband’s job that provides for this family.

I am thankful for so much more too!!

What are you thankful for friend?

Just curious,

Your awesome car?

Your lovingly wonderful Grandma?

Your amazing friends?

A precious dog you rescued and is now the best pet ever??

The new house you just bought?

A sermon your Pastor gave that truly spoke to your heart?

A new book?

A vacation to go somewhere you have always wanted to visit?

So much to be thankful for in this life!!

 I am thankful for you!!

Have a blessed day friend!!