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Greyt News!

January 18, 2015

Back in my earlier days of consistently writing for Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop, the owner of that blog–the fabulous Mama Kat–took notice of my sweet grey Cassie. We exchanged a few comments about our mutual love and affection for these graceful and loveable dogs. When I saw her Instagram feed explode this week with pictures of their adventures in fostering a retired greyhound, I was ecstatic!

Check out her IG account: @mamakatslosinit

Buzzfeed.com posted so many adorable pictures and very valid reasons on why everyone should adopt one of their own in a posted “30 Reasons Greyhounds are Gentle Giants…”

And now I will blow up my feed with a few pictures of our current greys, Crookshanks and Hedwig. They turned six on Dec. 3rd and we adopted them three years ago on January 14th, 2012. Enjoy!

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Heddie

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Crook being stingy and not letting her sister have a bed

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Crook giving me “crazy eyes”. “Not another picture, human or I will come get you!”

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Heddie taking a break in one of the kennels. They rotate where they take their naps all day long. Greyhounds can sleep up to 18 hours a day. Having choices seems to make them happy.

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Crook

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Apparently I wasn’t showing them enough attention so they plopped on the hard floor without cushions to make sure I saw them.

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Right after we picked them up from the kennel for boarding while we were in Hawaii. I missed them so much and they missed us! Not a great picture but it captures the energy in the truck.

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Heddie “captured” a “rabbit” at the Faire and was doing a great bow.

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Heddie greets a special visitor at the Faire. We work three weekends out of 5. The greys love all the attention they get from patrons. It is a great way to educate the public about greyhounds and adoption.

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Crook demonstrates that even the most royal of hounds can get a little goofy. She was in a full-on cockroach for a patron.

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Much more regal. I love Crook’s custom martingale collar by Needlenose Neckware. I looked for current shop information but her FB page hasn’t been active since 2013.

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crazy eyes again… this time in a cockroach

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Sweet sisters. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone that they’re naked (without collars) or we’d get in trouble and have tons of people messaging me about how unsafe it is to have them without their collars.

 

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AMP Opposes Amendment to Eliminate US

January 15, 2015

AMP Opposes Amendment to Eliminate US.

I really hope more oppose this. I am very disappointed (and yet well aware) that so many undervalue and are continually devaluing our maritime industry.

“The McCain amendment would gut the nation’s shipbuilding capacity, outsource our U.S. Naval shipbuilding to foreign builders and cost hundreds of thousands of family-wage jobs across this country.”

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Merry Christmas 2014

December 31, 2014

Christmas 2014
Dear Friends and Loved Ones,

As the year winds down and we’ve just given thanks for all our blessings, we hope this finds you enjoying each day with your loved ones. It has been a year of new experiences and milestones for our family and we have much to be thankful for. the Chief will be heading out to sea just before Christmas so we will make the most of the month before he leaves.

The Chief brought his ship through the Panama Canal Again and is now “tramping” the Gulf of Mexico and up and down the East Coast. For the first time I got to drive to the ship terminal and bring him home. Our dads took the day to drive round trip with me and we got to tour the Chief’s engine room. Now my dad finally knows what the Chief does for a living—seeing it up close puts things in perspective! Glad we had the opportunity as it may not come along again with no set schedule or ports of call. We hope though that the girls will have a chance before the Chief retires.

T1 finished Middle School a straight A student and third place winner of the Regional Science Fair for her project on Engineering—Materials. She applied for and was accepted as one of the 2018 class of the CGS. It is hard to believe she has started high school. She continues rec league soccer, viola, bridged to Senior Girl Scouts, and has joined the drama club. She made 2nd alternate for Junior Regional Orchestra and earned a spot in the high school All County Orchestra. T1 is maturing by leaps and bounds and rising to the challenge of a demanding course load. Try as she might she hasn’t passed me in height (only 5’5 ½”) but she now wears size 9 shoes!

T2 finished 6th grade making Honor Roll all year and with a community service award. She made her debut as Mistress Josie Walker at the faire with our greyhounds. (In case you are wondering, the Chief will never get in garb and join us. Never.) T2 continues playing tenor saxophone and just earned a spot in the middle school All County Band, rec league soccer, Cadette Girl Scouts, and teaching herself Latin putting herself ahead of her classmates. This school year started off rocky with scheduling conflicts but she’s making the most of it (even if she still asks every now and then if she can be home schooled). She has joined the Debate Club and is putting her “passionate persuasiveness” to use. T2 got braces in August, is now back in glasses, and she has finally made it to 5’1”.

Me? Still doing great with my psoriatic arthritis. Still training and will have run three 5Ks this year—the Marine Corps Historic, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (got my personal best time so far!) and will run the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 14th. I am subbing more than ever and have added Clarissa’s two high schools to my list. Seriously, it is still babysitting. I am enjoying running the older Girl Scouts and watching these girls stick with it. I also started teaching a new version of my girls’ Bible Study on becoming women of God to a group of 7th-12th graders. It has been a revitalizing experience.

We had the trip of a lifetime in July with the Chief’s family—a Hawaiian island cruise. We celebrated FIL & MIL’s 50th anniversary as well as many other family milestones (the Chief’s 45th and my 40th birthdays). We also started planning BIL and L’s upcoming nuptials in 2015. We got to see where they grew up and to visit our Hawaiian o’hana—the Cs and Ms. Truly it was the trip of a lifetime full of so many memories.

The lessons we learned this year are it pays to have “connections” on a cruise ship (wink!), drag your children kicking and screaming to the teen clubs for their own good—and you’ll barely see them on board, our part in God’s story is being written and rewritten all the time—trust Him!, and Mele Kalikimaka is the right way to say “Merry Christmas!”

All our love,

SnipeWife, the Chief, T1 & T2
Crookshanks & Hedwig

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With Grateful Hearts

December 26, 2014

We just sat two hours in traffic for a trip that should have taken roughly 50 minutes. It had surprisingly only taken those 50 short minutes the previous 5 times we’d done in the past three days. I think we’re ready to sit at home for a little bit.

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips asked on his Instagram photo post this morning “As we end another Christmas season, I wanna know if you all got what you wanted, and if so, what was it?” and I will keep my opinions to myself about some of the posts but it got me thinking about our Christmas.

While so much has changed–friends have lost loved ones, friendships have died an unnatural death because of earlier events this year (see Parenting 1, 2, & 3), and for the first time in many years I wasn’t able to go to the local Candlelight Tour of Homes (something that always got me in a Christmas mood and something that I did for me)–I am not as moody or not in the Christmas spirit as I was last year or in other years if the Chief wasn’t home. Maybe my month of Thankfulness has left a residual feeling of good will or a peace that allows me to roll with things a bit more. Maybe it is because the girls are older and we were sans the spoiled temper tantrums we had last year although they are still pretty good at picking on one another.

Whatever it is … I’ll take it.

Sure I don’t have the energy I’d like, but it isn’t leaving me in a depressed funk. I think the Chief has been a little more understanding of the lethargy that makes me a little less than productive (and yet I managed to sub 3 days straight for the first time and I think he appreciates that even more). I think the Chief and I are a little more appreciative of each other.

So to answer you, Mr. Phillips, what I got for Christmas:

1. being able to sponsor two students at a residential foster case school along with our scout troop and being able to send T1 and T2 on a mission trip with the church to deliver those presents and minister to those students. I think our children got the bigger blessing of being able to serve others and gain an appreciation for the smaller things in life.

2. the Chief asked for a relief to cover him for two extra weeks and then a week before Christmas that relief told the Chief to stay home for Christmas. I guess because I’ve had experiences with other MMs and their spouses not being so generous or taking our small children into account I am especially grateful. I plan to send a card and some cash in the Chief’s seabag to give to his relief as they do the change-over to say “thank you and enjoy a night out on us.” As of this writing we still aren’t sure of when the Chief will actually rejoin the ship.

and 3. being able to anonymously give. As the Chief and I had conversations about life insurance and other uncomfortable but necessary things in light of a recent tragedy, I told him that it was weighing on my heart to by-pass the online funds and give directly to the family a substantial cash donation so that they could have some now. The Chief agreed on my amount and we asked our congregation to facilitate a check to allow us to be anonymous. The other part of this story is that I had been looking since Black Friday for a wok for the Chief–something he’s asked for but he has specific needs and because I wouldn’t just go and buy him a table saw, I’d usually just get him a gift card, I was about to give up and do the same for the wok–and on the 21st I had confessed to the Chief that I really didn’t have anything for him under the tree. He just shrugged and said, “We just took care of my Christmas gift [the check]”. When I say I admire the Chief for his generosity, that is an understatement. Truly.

And it is these things I think that have carried the Christmas spirit through this month for me. A busy but fulfilling and rewarding month (even if my race wasn’t ideal) and one that wasn’t too stressed out. We enjoyed our scout talent show and party (and saw a menorah lighting for the first time); the girls’ winter concerts and the Chief was here to see them!; a holiday party at one of my best friend’s; babysitting my nephews while the girls were on their mission trip (and giving my sister and her husband a night out by themselves for the first time in a year); Christmas Eve with my in-laws; Christmas day with my parents; and another family gathering on short notice today–even if we say in two hours of traffic to get home.

If I had to look back, I am so blessed to be in such a different place than I was a year ago, even with all the changes. And I love being able to give to others and present enough to do so.

Merry Christmas to all. God Bless.

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