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National Maritime Day 2014

May 22, 2014

One of these days, I’d like to get back up to DC or Maryland to celebrate the way I did before children… or even when we toured the N.S. Savannah 6 years ago. But that just wasn’t going to happen for us this year. Ran a 5K on Sunday so that meant no trips and it is a little harder to justify taking the children out of school now (T1 had a standardized test today). So here is the official Presidential proclamation for National Maritime Day 2014. In finding it on the internet I did discover than World Maritime Day is the last Thursday of September (Sept. 25, 2014) and has been a U.N. I.M.O. observance since 1990.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

Presidential Proclamation — National Maritime Day, 2014



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America’s open seas have long been a source of prosperity and strength, and since before our Nation’s founding, the men and women of the United States Merchant Marine have defended them. From securing Atlantic routes during the naval battles of the Revolutionary War to supplying our Armed Forces around the world in the 21st century and delivering American goods to overseas markets in times of peace, they have always played a vital role in our Nation’s success. During National Maritime Day, we celebrate this proud history and salute the mariners who have safeguarded our way of life.

Today’s Merchant Marine upholds its generations-long role as our “fourth arm of defense.” Yet they also go beyond this mission, transporting food where there is hunger and carrying much-needed supplies to those in distress. Thanks to our dedicated mariners, people around the world continue to see the American flag as a symbol of hope.

To create middle-class jobs and maintain our leading position in an ever-changing world, we must provide new marketplaces for our businesses to compete. As we expand commerce, we do so with confidence that the United States Merchant Marine will keep our supply lines secure. Because just as America’s workers and innovators can rise to any challenge, our mariners have demonstrated time and again that they can meet any test. Today, let us reaffirm our support for their essential mission.

The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 20, 1933, has designated May 22 of each year as “National Maritime Day,” and has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2014, as National Maritime Day. I call upon the people of the United States to mark this observance and to display the flag of the United States at their homes and in their communities. I also request that all ships sailing under the American flag dress ship on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

December 27, 2013
Merry Christmas to all! Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to all! Happy New Year!

I’m trying to stay off the computer (FB in particular) for these two weeks the children are on school break but my smart phone is replacing it and I still check e-mail and am beginning to really like Instagram. Really–I’m only on Instagram to stalk my child. Really.

Nothing out of the ordinary for Christmas, just having the Chief home has been great.

Both children managed to throw tantrums on the 21st and 22nd (one each day) and after 5 hours of shopping on the 23rd I was feeling pretty depressed about a lot of things. The freezing rain did not help. How did we go from 70 degrees on the 21st to 38 degrees on the 23rd? My mood improved for Christmas Eve at my in-laws and Christmas Day at my folks.

T2 is under the weather with a confirmed ear infection. I took her to the clinic on the 26th and didn’t even notice I was wearing two different shoes.

The girls and I have been overloading on Doctor Who (maybe too much, according to the Chief who would like us to be a little more productive).

But it has gotten me thinking: if my friend can have a Harry Potter themed 40th birthday (keep in mind, her birthday is just after Halloween), can I have a cosplay costume party for mine? Would anyone come? The Chief will be at sea so he shouldn’t be bothered by the logistics of such an event. T1 would love to come to the party as Katniss and doesn’t think it would cause too much damage to her reputation if I threw such a party.

So if I don’t get back on here to post for New Years, I’ll be on shortly after that. The Chief and I are trying to make plans for our anniversary…



Thirty Days of Thanks Week 3

November 25, 2013
Nov. 17 I am thankful that during time of counting my blessings we had a lesson this morning on Living Generously. It is a reminder that the words of thanks should not be where it ends if we have the means to do so–our praise, our time, our devotion, our possessions. It goes along so well with the words of encouragement another friend is posting as 30 Days of Giving. Thank you, Daryl. Thank you, Karla.
Nov. 18 Today I am going to be thankful for the sunshine and the 70 degree weather for my last long training run of 2.2 miles because I just checked the long-term weather forecast and it is calling for a 40% chance of snow the night before the 5k. I will spend the next 10 days praying for it to be wrong.
**UPDATE: No longer calling for snow, just rain Tuesday and Wednesday with only a High of 30 degrees on Thanksgiving!**
Nov. 19 Today I am thankful for a young lady named S who probably doesn’t think I’m all that thankful for her when I’m hard on her. Thing is I’m hard on her for little things because she’s got the big things down. Do I expect perfection? No. Just doing my job to take her from “good” to “extraordinary”–something I know she can be.
Nov. 20 I am thankful for the singing class tonight. Making a joyful noise calmed my resentful and anxious spirit. I have been really enjoying these mid-week breaks of fellowship and singing but tonight especially. I was so glad we were able to make it–I needed. (And it doesn’t hurt that Roger gave me and the girls the last of the apple dumplings to take home!)
LWB: Take Home?!! I would’ve downed it on the spot!
SnipeWife: I ate one when I got home but I haven’t told the girls they have one for each of them… guess I will have to share since Roger said they were T2’s.
SnipeWife: I should have eaten them myself and not shared–they spent 10 minutes arguing over who got which one…. 😦
Nov. 21 I am thankful for a home cooked meal. Sometimes the hectic pace keeps us from doing that if we want to eat before 8 PM but tonight thanks to a 4 ingredient recipe and a covered baker we ate well and at our own table. It is not necessarily a blessing to have the convenience of eating out if it happens too much. And the girls gave it two thumbs up so we’ll have to try it on D when he gets home.
SVV: If it is quick and easy, pls share!  We are often eating on the run also and sometimes I think if I see another burger I might scream.  🙂
TM: What did you make?  Share please …..
SnipeWife: the Pampered Chef enchiladas in the covered baker. 4 ingredients. Too easy. 🙂
TM: yummy
Nov. 22 my. dog. ATE. my. phone. Stop laughing. I will be thankful for this. I will.
EP: I don’t know whether to laugh, or cry for you!  Yikes!!!
AEV: Maybe she will hack it up soon. clean it up and good as new 🙂
EP: You need to tell her there are better ways of hinting that you should get a new phone.  😀
SMW: dogs are like babies ,you have to keep those kind of things out of their reach .. lol
AT: if it was on vibrate call it and see if he runs in circles all confused!
EP: In all seriousness, is she okay?  Did she actually swallow the whole thing?
YBB: I told you not to pour gravy all over it.
NPB: It’s an omen… now you can get a big girl smart phone!!!  😉
B-I-L: DOH!!!
SnipeWife:  The dog is okay… she was just starting to work on it but she cracked the camera lens and the screen and put enough pressure on it to dent through to the battery. Have my new phone but had to have D call from the ship to give “permission” for me to get a new phone. Seriously? I have power of attorney and they needed his permission? ARGH! I will be thankful, I will be thankful!
SnipeWife: uh oh… the smart phone may get the better of me… didn’t realize that if I edit the contact list on my phone it would edit the contact address book on Google at the same time!!! ARGH!
TG: welcome to the world of crazy phones
TM: so what phone did u get?
SnipeWife: Samsung Galaxy Stratoshere II
Crookshanks and the damaged phone Copyright by SnipeWife 2013

Crookshanks and the damaged phone Copyright by SnipeWife 2013


Nov. 23 I am thankful for being able to teach at Camp. I’ve often said I get more out of it than the campers or my own children. I don’t know who picks the lessons but I know they are inspired. In the Young Adult class we just studied the same lesson I did on God The Father. We were asked what we got out of reading about the Fall and I was the only one who answered, “Hope.” God the Father l…oved us so much that from the beginning he has a plan to restore us. And today I showed more loving patience for my own child than I ever thought I was capable of (really short temper). It was a lesson I taught at least 3 summers ago but God brought back to my attention this week, when he knew I’d need it. I know one day my child will figure out that unlike God I do not know everything/will not find out everything, but I hope it is a long way off. Right now I just hope I show her God the Father’s love and mercy while I still have to give her the consequences of her actions. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll survive these teen years together.
Nov. 24 I am thankful for the arts. I’m thankful to the Porters for taking me to my first plays and musicals. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to take my own girls to the theatre since they were infants (taught them how to sit through a performance at a YOUNG age!). I’m thankful that today we got to take our scouts to see some VERY talented youth actors & singers perform in Annie, complete wit…h a live music pit. Art is certainly a luxury and I hope my girls are grateful for it and not “entitled” to it, as the sermon mentioned this morning. Who knows, maybe among the other girls a life-long love of theater was born today. I’m also thankful a very special young lady found herself in her first stage experience and her wonderful mother should be so proud.
SM:  Love ya, SnipeWife. Thank you and TM for bringing your troop out. I am so glad you enjoyed it and that you brought your daughters out!!!

Thirty Days of Thanks Week 1

November 8, 2013

A friend of mine beat me to the punch:

KGB: A few years ago a friend of mine used the month of November to  list the blessings in her life. I invite all my friends to join us on our quest to remember to be thankful for at least one thing each day in November. (Thank you, SnipeWife)

Nov. 1 Today I am thankful for God and His promises kept.

Nov. 2 I am thankful for fathers. The Chief is a wonderful dad. I don’t parent alone, even from afar he’s part of the whole process and involved with our family. If the girls are going to “find men just like their dad” (which is my prayer) the bar is set pretty high. The Chief is a provider and a leader just like my own dad (and its scary how similar their sense of humor is!). And the Chief is just like his own dad. I am blessed to have all three still in my life (and so are my girls). Please hug your fathers today or send them a note of thanks … I’ve just learned of the 7th friend/acquaintance to lose their father in the past three months.

JP: Well said, SnipeWife.

Nov. 3 I am thankful for Bright Light. She made me a mother, she changed my world. I can’t believe she is 13 and we’re planning for such a bright future and praying every day that she stays on the path she’s chosen to walk and that she will be blessed. She came home last night from a youth retreat telling me about all the energy and love and friends from camp … acting like such a teenager. And this morning, yelling at her sister for not letting the dogs out … acting like such a teenager. Some days I am in such awe of her and to God for giving her to us (what a responsibility!) and other days I know exactly why He gave her to us as my patience wears thin.

Auntie B: You know I love that kid! I love them all, but I loved her from the start. Thing 2 and I had to get there. Thing 1 has always been there. And that my friend is a testament to you being a good Mom and doing the thing my sweet Shirley said was the best thing any Mother could do for her children. Give them a good  father. And you did one better, you built a village of smart, loving and Christians to take the journey with your family. Thank you for sharing with me.

Nov. 4 I am thankful for Happy Girl. She’s my little buddy, dancing to her own tune, challenging life and always smiling. What an interesting mix of so many things … it is never a dull moment. Sometimes she rails about being second but she just doesn’t get that there is only one J and she will always be unique. I am thankful for her easy temperament (except with her sister) and truly blessed by the gift she is to us.

Auntie B: I believe it is no secret that it took a little time for Thing 2 to warm up to me. But once she did, she is an amusing one. The first time I remember her wanting to talk to me was at [your sister’s] legal entanglement to that thing. She yelled “Auntie B come here!” I asked her what she needed, her response “Did you see my flowers?” But I think the biggest bonding moment for T2 and I came courtesy of a goofy feline. She was so adorable taking care of him. Thank you for Thing 2.

Nov. 5 I am Thankful for music. From rocking out to making a melody in my heart, music is a gift and an expression. I’m thankful my children share the Chief’s musical talent and not mine and they enjoy it passionately. But I still love to sing and love to “quack” my way through a song on the oboe the Chief got me this year. I love sharing musical tastes and experiences with my girls. I love it when the words or the tune express just perfectly what it is that I’m feeling.

Nov. 6 I am thankful for cellular communication that keeps me in contact with the Chief while he is away. There are times when I live for the phone to ring to hear his voice and get comfort, and others where the out of the blue phone call just brightens my day just because. We haven’t entered the modern age of skyping or anything like that (we don’t even have smart phones) just his voice is enough.

JBB: I remember the days that we had to wait until they made it to port to find a pay phone (what’s that?) and then try to remember all the things I needed to tell E or hope that I was home at the right time!  Thank goodness for cell phone and email!  Tell the Chief hello for me!

Nov. 7 I am truly thankful for the women who have come into and stayed in my life the past 5 years (a few of you a little longer than that). Through ups and downs, thick and thin, fan clubs and hot tubs, muffins and pie, you know who you are and each and every one of you is so dear to me. Love you all.

TM: love you too and your pie!

YB: Me likey the hot tub adventure! Lol

Nov. 8 Today I am thankful for all my nieces and nephews and all the experiences I’ve gotten to have with them being their Auntie. The oldest have turned into fine young men and women and the youngest always put a smile on my face. We may be a small family but I’m thankful the girls have such friends and wonderful memories. Love you M, K, C, V, E, I, S!

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