Friday, November 13, 2009

Honesty Tag

I was just awarded the Honest Scrap award from Bug!

The Rules:
I need to...
1. Say thanks and link to the person who gave you the award.

2. Share ten "honest" things about myself (in some of these cases, I have discovered that the word "honest" is synonymous with "embarrassing").
3. Award this to seven people who's blog design/content I admire or who have encouraged me, and inform them of their win and of the rules of this award.

Now I will list my ten honesties: ;)

1. I really want to go to New Albany, Indiana!

2. My Mom’s nickname for me is “Bubba Stinky.”

3. I took about three lessons on the violin when I was probably 8 years old…but lost interest.

4. I have a love-hate relationship with my deployments. I love them because off all the cool places I’m able to go to, but I hate them because I’m away from my church family in Japan, and communication with Hannah is so hard.

5. I have a terrible fear of sleeping in too late…so I set 5 alarms on my phone to make sure I get up.

6. I really miss High School sometimes. I miss how all I had to do was get up each morning and go to school…it was so much simpler back then…growing up is not easy!

7. I can’t wait till I get out of the Navy and can to go college!

8. I really like spinach…I know it’s weird…

9. When I was little I wanted to be a sheep farmer…

10. I can’t wait till Christmas…for many reasons that most of you already know…

I award the "Honest Scrap" award to:

Bug just because…well, you know!

Kylo, because I have to award at least one guy…I can’t be too biased towards the ladies.

Rosebud, because she’s always been a good friend.

Ana, because her blog has always been a huge encouragement to me.

Leah, because she takes amazing pictures, and also writes some amazing stuff like her sister.

Rebekah, because she’s always commenting on my blog, and I feel badly that I don’t comment on hers more…

And Ashley Greenfield, because I miss hearing from her!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Message from a Patriotic Family...

This was a message I got in my inbox from one of the people on my ship. It had been sent to him from a guy and his family. I have left their names out because I want their identity to be secured...but this email was such a huge encouragement to me, that I had to share it...

Thank you doesn't seem like saying enough to all of you wonderful men and women of the United States Navy. I’m sure you’re wondering what motivated us to contact you, so please let me explain. Over the past few months here in our hometown we have noticed a change in peoples attitude toward Military Service. We don’t see the Yellow Ribbons and American Flags like we used to and it seems that the idea of another Terrorist attack is farther and farther from people’s minds. Some have gone as far as to forget that we truly do live in a dangerous world and there are indeed certain groups of people who wish us harm for simply being American. It seems a far cry from a few short years ago when everyone knew the quality of those that serve our country and were deeply committed to supporting their efforts.
I think that what is most often missed now days is the defense of Freedom, and with that, those who have committed their lives to do so. At a time when we, the ordinary citizens, are consumed with Carbon Emissions and Universal Health Care, we find it all too easy to forget those that truly make a difference in the lives of people around the world, the United States Armed Forces. Unfortunately, some of our fellow citizens ignore the amazing accomplishments of our Military over the past 8 years, and focus on issues that sound really good but in the long run don’t accomplish very much. I won’t pretend to understand the nuances of International Diplomacy or Domestic Policy, however I do know that there are tens of thousands of people in war torn areas who greet even a rumor of the arrival of the United States Military with gratitude and relief. They do this because they know that with these Men and Women comes a chance for peace, security, and the hope for a better tomorrow. I am not sure why we don’t see more of these facts on the Evening News.

Our family simply believes that your efforts are just, and they are having an impact far beyond the security of our beloved country. In these chaotic times we as parents often lament the lack of someone our children can look up to and aspire to follow. Faced with this, we begin to think there are no more Heroes left in the world that embody the qualities that we hope for in future generations. We want to believe in someone who will every day demonstrate the Respect, Self Sacrifice, and Moral Character that is so scarce in our society today even in some of our most trusted elected officials. If only we could open our eyes and see that there are those that still embrace these qualities and realize that they are what we have been hoping for. It is you, the Men and Women of the United States Navy, who are the HEROES that this nation so desperately depends on.

These are not merely empty words of praise, but are heartfelt and sincere due to our own personal experiences. The Sailors it has been our pleasure to know have been a source of strength and joy to my family and I through good times and bad. They have served as an inspiration to my children who view them not as the poor Sailor who is stuck on a Ship somewhere but rather as the Sailor who, as my youngest daughter puts it, “helps keep the bad people away and helps people when they can’t help themselves”. This selfless Dedication to others is what sets the United States Navy apart from the rest of us, and it truly does give, at least our family, peace of mind knowing that you are always there. I have often asked myself, how do you tell someone that is willing to endure untold hardships, danger on and unimaginable scale, and possibly sacrifice their very lives to defend us, how much you appreciate them? I truly wish that I could come up with something that would be an inspiration to you but all I can offer is the voice of one American family to simply say “Thank You”. I hope with this you will understand why you all mean so much to us and why that I felt I had to do something to let you know. If I was to ever ask you for anything it would be this, always remember that you are not forgotten and our only wish is that we could do more to support you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"I'm Goin' Home"

By: Ron Hamilton
I Am tired of the pleasures this old world can afford,
How I thirst for the fountain, that springs forth from the Lord.
Though my sin comes to haunt me, never more shall I roam.
O my soul is worn and weary, I'm goin' home.
I'm goin' home...I'm goin' home.
O, my soul is worn and weary, I'm goin' home.
I will bow to the savior, and repent of my sin.
He will bear every burden, and He'll cleanse me within.
I will praise Him forever, never more shall I roam.
O my soul is worn and weary, I'm goin' home.
I'm goin' home...I'm goin' home.
O, my soul is worn and weary, I'm goin' home.
I thought of this song tonight for a threefold reason. The first reason is for the most immediate reason, at least it could be the most immediate, that all depends on what the Lord a little less than two weeks my ship will be home from it's deployment. I can't wait to be back in my bed in my room on base, and to be able to be back at my church with my church family. I have missed them so much since I left!
The second reason is because in a little more than a month I will be home, in the states that is! I can't wait to see my family, to see Hannah, and everyone back there. By the time I go home it will have been a year since I saw them all back there! I can't wait, it is going to be awesome.
And finally the most important message of all, that I know are the main focus for the words in this song. We are all tired and weary in this life, and we long for the time when we will stand before our Lord and Savior up in heaven and be with Him forever. I long for that day so much...especially when I struggle so much here...I can't wait till I won't feel like I have to worry about anything anymore...I will simply be able to rest in the unfailing love of the Lord, and rest in His arms. What a day that will be...