The Boy Went to Camp

Processed with RookieHe packed his bag, put in his BDU’s and was ready to go!

Marksmanship training camp is what the boy signed up for.

He loves his weapons.

So for a week we sent him off to learn all about as many as he could remember and have the chance to actually fire many of them.

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phone3 163Jr looks so happy about the cots!

That is some thick foam there!!

Ha ha ha!!

They had a nice range just for them.

phone3 155Still hard leaving your kiddo for a whole week.

The parents and wives who send their loved one away for 7+ months at a time, they are so strong!!

God is the only way I would be able to make it through that.

Here is the day we picked him up.

phone3 241The boys were so proud they finished and got their hunting licenses too!!

Had to grab his orders and then we got to come back home.

After he said goodbye to all his new friends.

phone3 248These boys all were just like Jr.

I know he really loved finding so many young men that enjoy the same things he does.

They all plan on joining the service in a few years too.

Here is one of the targets Jr brought home that he shot at.

phone3 249From 50 ft away, shooting a rifle for the second time,  I would be lucky to just hit the page.

That is why I have a shotgun!!

Ha ha!

He already has the goal of going back next year and becoming an expert marksman.

I guess he found his calling :)

Have a safe and blessed day friend!

One Thing I Truly Love

 

phone2 005 I love seeing my children pray.

That is such a precious gift.

I was waiting for my daughter to finish helping in Children’s Ministry and they had a tough night.

I love that they all just got together and prayed.

So beautiful!

It made my heart sing,

and still does!

Precious giving women and girls, gathered together, serving others so that they can hear the Word of the Lord from our incredible Pastor, and as tired as they were, found time to honor our Savior together. Thankful that they could serve so that others could worship.

Yes, I love this.

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Blessings to you all!!

Jesus is Watching Always

Another adventure we had was on the freeway.

Ugh.

Driving on a busy Friday, a car cut me off, so I slowed down. I glance around as I am slowing and I see a motorcycle at my 3rd row on the passenger side. All of a sudden “BOOM!” and my van was broken. Sparks flying everywhere! The smell of burning rubber is overwhelming and smoke is coming up from the right passenger tire area. Some how I had enough mind to pull my big bad boy to the side of the freeway. My van could not stop! I slammed on the brakes so hard I thought my foot was going to go through the floorboards! I have no idea how I did it or how I avoided running over the man on the motorcycle that was right on the side of me! With God’s grace I made it to the emergency lane in one piece and came to an eventual stop. The motorcycle guy pulled over too and I jumped out and had to be sure he was alive. I have no idea how I missed hitting him. He had no idea either!! I had to physically touch him and be sure he was real and okay. Praise God he was!! He asked if I had a phone to call for help and when I said I did he left. Still amazed he was not hurt. So here we were stuck.

phone2 031I had Aimee and Belle with me.

Aimee could put her hand out the window and touch the wall.

I could put my arm out the window and touch a car going by.

How I jumped out to check on the motorcycle guy and not get hit is another amazing thing.

Okay so our car is lopsided, so I know this has something to do with our tire. I was a bit shakey and was not going back out there again! Called AAA and had the nicest tow truck driver come and serve us! He calmed Belle and Aimee with his humor but firmness that everything would be okay. Got them settled in the tow truck then we focused on the van. He had no idea how I even managed to control the van at all. The ball that holds the a frame to the tire had split and the bar had gone straight through my tire. No rot or corrosion broke the frame, just a straight split, like a samurai sword had just sliced through it. Pretty much no control on the right side of my van. Just to get the van up on the bed of the tow truck was grueling. He had me and him both pulling the steering wheel to the left to try and get the wheels straight. Dang hard!! Then the scraping noise to drag her up there…nails on a chalkboard…ugh. He said he had never seen one break like that and not roll. Again, thank you Jesus.

phone2 033Here she is up on the tow truck.

Sigh.

So he took me home and dropped the van off in the driveway.

We got some 2×4’s to put under her before he put her totally down because there is no way we could have even gotten a jack under her to change the tire otherwise.

Look at this mess.

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Main thing I noticed, in the second picture, there is really not the damage there should have been. I saw the sparks. I smelled the rubber burning. I know just how many car lanes we skidded through. I heard the car dragging over the grates in the emergency lane, all 6 of them. There is not one bit of proof that any of that happened though. Even the parts underneath the van, why are they not all scratched and damaged? Shouldn’t they be torn up to some degree?  This a big and really heavy van. How is that possible?  God. That is the only answer I have. God brought me through that whole thing. So I praise Him with this story as He is the one that saved me and my girls. Thank you Jesus!! Thank you!!

So the story continues, one of our neighbors is in need of money right now and happens to be a mechanic. He is available to fix the van. He comes down, checks it out, the part is $80 and then his time. He really needed the extra money to feed his family that week. He had no idea how he was going to do it. He is not Christian but prayed. Amazing how the Lord works right? So here we are, broken van. He needs money and won’t take charity. Perfect!

Now had we rolled the van, it would have been totaled. We would not have needed him to fix anything. His kids might have been hungry that week. He does not do body work and if we had scraped up the under part of the van he could not have helped us with that…hmmmm…I see God all over this!! Amazing that I got to be a part of it!! Kind of a scary way to help out Jesus plan, but worth it.

Have a blessed and safe day friend!!

 

Something To Celebrate

So one of the things we have been up to was visiting family.

We got to visit with some of the kiddos cousins we have not seen in a while :)

We left for the long ride…with a “happy” attitude.

A few hours in the truck were not what the munchkins were looking forward to.

It was totally worth it though to see everybody!

Keeping in touch on facebook is good but seeing everyone in person is way better!!
phone2 046We got there in good time.  We got to see some of the Navy ships in the harbor and they were pretty impressive too.

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We were celebrating my niece graduating from high school.

Yay!!

We also have 2 new grand nieces!!

Double Yay!!!

Lots to celebrate!!

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Check out that cake!!!

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Here is one of my beautiful new nieces!

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Here is her big sis :)

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We also celebrated another niece getting engaged!!!

So many happy things all at once!!

Love it!!

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Our family is wonderful!!

(and pretty darn good looking!!)

Have a blessed day friend!!

Morning Friend!

Good-Morning-Coffee-PinkToday is: July 21

 

Outside is: AMAZING!!  Its already getting warm but the sky is beautiful and the birds are chirping while the big dog is chasing the ones that are flying down to the fountain for a drink.

 

I can smell: the  vanilla yogurt I am eating with blueberries!! Yum!!

 

In the oven for dinner: We are having leftover chicken in tacos with rice and beans. Easy and it won’t make my house too hot today.

 

Thinking about: How much stuff I have been doing!!! It is supposed to be summer vacation from school. It is good to be busy. That is true. I just thought I would be busy with other things. I had plans to sew with my girls, visit friends, have picnics, watch some hallmark Christmas videos, grow a garden…ummm, seems like its not going to happen this year! LOL!! It has all been great busy stuff, and things that I never would have planned on. So God is good and made this summer better than I could have planned!!

 

Project I am working on: I have been spending a lot of time working on my Young Living Raindrop Technique and Vitaflex. This is one of the surprises this summer! I had the incredible opportunity to take classes at a discounted price this summer (would never have been able to afford it otherwise)! I am LOVING IT!!! I am learning how to help people heal through essential oils massage. Raindrop Technique combines the art of aromatherapy with the techniques of Vita Flex and massage in the application of essential oils to various areas of the body. It provides a revolutionary means of bringing balance and harmony to the body – physically, mentally, and emotionally. I have met some amazing Christian men and women through this adventure the Lord has directed me too. Thank you God for putting me on this path!! May I be able to share Your glory through my work with these oils!!

 

Mood today: So far, calm and focused.

 

What I am reading: You have got to read this!! I just started it for a new bible study. It is called “The Meaning of Marriage” by Thomas Keller. It is a really great book!! I don’t want to ruin it for you, but it is about how the vision of what marriage should be has changes since the 60’s  and how we are warping that image even more. It is filled with wisdom. My friends and I are truly enjoying the book and our discussions are keeping us growing in our marriages. You can find it here .

 

School stuff: still prepping

 

Picture to Share:

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I should have shared this one sooner! Aimee’s first time voting!! Such a proud moment!!

 

Have a blessed day friend!!

U.S.Soldiers fought to prevent this: How is this happening???

If you have not been paying attention to what has been going on in the Middle East right now please EDUCATE YOURSELF QUICKLY!!!

The evil that is being poured out on the people of Iraq is sickening.

Every time I check the news links I am heartbroken and can’t believe that this is for real!

Its chilling…

Prayers of comfort for the families left behind (if there even are any) just are not enough.

These atrocities are evil and demonic.

This article that I am attaching a link to has some pretty graphic  images so use discretion. This is also why I am not posting a picture to go with this post.

Heartbreaking…

http://http://www.ijreview.com/2014/06/147609-graphic-images-iraqis-being-executed-what-american-soldiers-fought-to-prevent/

 

Jesus come soon.