Thursday, September 30, 2010

My leave so far...

Alright...so my leave has been really fun so far. I apologize to all my facebook friends who are my followers...you are having to see these pictures twice.


My sister's dog Mia. This was taken soon after I got home.


The family dog Ginger.


Listening to Meagan Greenfield play the Piano. I spent an evening at their house last week.


Meagan and Hannah Greenfield.


The three of us being strange.


Meagan and I.


Hannah and I.


Cuddling with Mia, and petting Tigris.


Two weeks ago I made curry for my family, well I should say I found a recipe and Mom and I made it. This is a pic of me eating it. Notice the headband? I wore that thing all day...

Alright...well that's all the pics for now. My sister Sara gets married on Saturday at 2PM (Eastern Time Zone). It's going to be fun, but I'll be happy when it's over! Monday, and Tuesday night I went to Kirtland Bethel Baptist Church in Kirtland, Ohio because the Pettit's have been there this week. I'm going to be going again tonight! I wish I could go again tomorrow night, because they're having an Irish concert, but we have the wedding rehearsal tomorrow night! Oh well...I did find out one cool thing though. Bro. Pettit said that pretty soon they are going to be coming out with a song book off a lot of their songs. I'm going to try and buy it as soon as it comes out!

Also...I talked to Northland and they told me to send my ACT scores, and my High School Transcripts. So I went online the other day and put in an order to have my ACT scores sent there, and I went to my High School yesterday and asked them to send my transcripts to Northland. So hopefully I'll be getting my acceptance letter soon? Only the Lord knows. So if you guys could be praying, I would appreciate it!

Anyways...I've already rambled on for far too long!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Perfect Peace

by: Laura Story

Stay close by my side
Keep your eyes on me
Though this life is hard
I will give you perfect peace

In this time of trial
Pain that no one sees
Trust me when I say
I will give you perfect peace

And you'll never walk alone
And you'll never be in need
Though I may not calm the storms around you
You can hide in me
Burdens that you bear
Offer no relief
Let me bear your load
'Cause I will give you perfect peace
Stay close by my side
And you'll never walk alone
Keep your eyes on me
And you'll never be in need
Though this life is hard
Know that I will always give you perfect peace
I will give you perfect peace

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Updates...

This post is mainly for anyone who are not friends of mine on facebook. Just want to do a quick post on what's going on in my life lately.

I just found out this morning that my leave request for September 15th - October 14th was approved! I can't wait to go home!

Also, I submitted my application to Northland yesterday. Along with my application I have to have three people, including my Pastor fill out "Personal Reference Forms." One person has already filled one out, and I'm waiting on the other two to respond to my emails. Oh, and I also had to fill out a Personal Evaluation Form, which I also filled out yesterday. After that is all done...I wait for my acceptance letter. If any of you think of me with this...please be praying! I'm trying to give it over to God...after all...He's in control!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Coming Home

I’ve wandered far away from God, now I am coming home.
The paths of sin too long I’ve trod, Lord, I am coming home.

I’ve wasted many precious years, but now I’m coming home.
I now repent with bitter tears, lord, I am coming home.

Coming home, Lord nevermore to roam.
Open wide Your arms, Your arms of love, Lord, I am coming home.

My soul is sick, my heart is sore, now I am coming home.
My strength renew, my hope restore, now I am coming home.

Coming home, Lord nevermore to roam.
Open wide Your arms, Your arms of love, Lord, I am coming home.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Summer Deployment 2010 - The Philippines and South Korea

So some of you may remember, but my ship has been to the Philippines before. Well, last time I was there, I went on a tour to Corregidor Island...the site of an old U.S. Army base back durring WWII. I won't go through all the history that I did when I was last here, if you want to read about it you can read the post I did on it last time we were here. It's called General Douglas McArthur, Corregidor, Philippines, and my Step-Grandfather...

So anyways...as I said in that article, when I went on the tour I forgot the memory card for my camera. So this time we went, I remembered my memory card! I'll share with you some of the pictures I took!


This is a picture of our tour bus.


Some big guns.


Looking down the barrel of one of those big guns.


An even bigger gun.


This is a part of the Pacific War Memorial on the island.


Another part of the Pacific War Memorial. The "Eternal Flame of Freedom.


I love this statue. It depicts a U.S. Soldier and a Philippine Soldier helping each other to walk. It is a symbol of the friendship between our two nations, and also a testament of how we fought together durring the battle for the Philippines.


The "Mile Long Baracks." Called this because of it's length. It is not actually a mile long, but it's pretty long.


The Base Movie Theater. Doesn't look like much today does it?


The remains of a indoor pool inside one of the baracks.


One of the gun emplacements that was almost completely destroyed durring the assault by the Japanese, and then again by U.S. when the retook the island.


One of the "Disappearing Guns" on the island. It's called this because it couldn't be seen from a distance until it came up to fire. It would start out in this position where it was loaded, and when it was fired it would move up into sight.


And just in case that one breaks, there's a spare.


Never thought you'd consider a gun this size to be small, huh?



Malinta Tunnel.


A statue depicting General Douglas McArthur as he was leaving the island. The plaque below reads "I Shall Return." He kept his promise too...

After the Philippines we went to South Korea for our bi-anual exercise. I've only been out to do site seeing a few times in South Korea. Most of the time that we are there I usually just stay on the boat. So this last picture was the only picture I took while we were there.


The view from the boat in Busan, South Korea.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Summer Deployment 2010 - Palau

Our first port on our deployment was Palau. It was an awesome place. I went snorkeling...got a chance to swim with stingless jellyfish, explore caves...it was awesome. I hope you enjoy the pics!


Here's the Blue Ridge anchored out in Palau. We had liberty boats to take us from the ship to the pier, and back again.


Palau is known for it's Rock Islands.



A natural arch in Palau, on the Rock Islands.



I went on a Historical tour to the Island of Peleliu. The island was the location for one of the first major battles of the pacific campaign durring WWII.



Japanese Tank


American Tank


Marine Landing Craft



One of the caves made by the Japanese durring their occupation of the Island. This one is known as the "Thousand Man Cave." This one had a pretty extensive network. I went back in there and did some exploring too. It was really cool!


Alright...so this picture was taken back in Korror. We went to an Indian restaurant called the Taj. They had really good food! This is what I got. It was really good...and cool!


Alright...so you are probably wondering about this picture. When we went to dinner I noticed this tiny little crab on our table. My friend Bagley put her finger next to him so you could see how small he was. We named him George...although sadly we had to leave him when we left the restaurant.