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Honor the Merchant Marine on Veterans Day

November 11, 2015

While observing this federal holiday today, please take time to remember ALL who have served in defense of this country.

Veterans Day: Honoring the U.S. Merchant Marine


Thankfulness 2014: Week 2

November 20, 2014

Nov. 8 Tonight I am thankful for the simple fact we are staying in tonight … nowhere to go … no one to see … and I earned it.

Nov. 9 I am thankful for Crook and Heddie needing to take a walk tonight and spending an hour with the Chief enjoying the leisurely pace. Actually I am thankful for that fateful summer day when we stumbled into Her Majesty’s Hounds’ tent and T2 lay amongst the puppies thus beginning our love affair with retired greyhounds 9 years ago. Cassie, Andromeda, and now the twins raced into our hearts even if briefly (Andie was our foster). Being part of HMH, taking them in for G week, and T1’s entrance project and now first research project are just some of the ways they add to our lives. What special and majestic creatures. Definitely a good night for a walk.

Nov. 10 I am thankful for the beautiful fall weather and colors. I love this time of year, always have. Dark greens and browns contrasting with flame reds and brilliant oranges. Warm jackets on sunny days. A time to begin to slow down and prepare to slumber and renew. I am thankful we live where we can experience the wonders of nature and the seasons (though I probably could do without winter if I’m being totally honest).

Nov. 11 Veterans Day I am thankful for the freedoms I enjoy because of the men and women of the past, present, and future who serve honorably to defend those freedoms. There are so many to name just in my family and living where I do I have met some amazing service men and women and vets. Merchant mariners have served alongside our military in times of war as well, supplying our troops and risking their lives. Thank you, Veterans, and God bless.

Nov. 12 I am thankful for situations that scare me and challenge me to rise to the occasion. I am thankful to also have the opportunity to do so on my terms and not out of necessity. I can see how it would be so much easier to shelter and circle the wagons … but even though I am no longer young and dumb I still want the fullness of life. In the past decade I’ve probably grown more in the last three years than in the previous 7 … makes me really look forward to the next decade being even better.

Nov. 13 I am thankful for the warm blankets and shelter of the home we’ve built together as the weather turns a little colder today. It is not just a house. It is the memories, love, and shared experiences. I pray that we are good stewards of these blessings though we fall short.

Nov. 14 I am thankful for the members, past and present of the Piedmont church. When I think of my college friends, with only a few exceptions, it is these that I count. They are the ones who helped me reaffirm my faith, welcome me into their lives and homes, watched my relationship with the Chief blossom, got snowed in at our blizzard wedding, and invited us back to say God speed to an amazing family and still remembered us. And I love seeing and hearing what wonderful young men and women all the children I babysat have become. (Stop making me feel old, ok?) I know God guided me to where I went to college and to these people. Definitely a blessing. It was worth the round trip tonight and thanks to the Chief for driving!


Veterans Day

November 12, 2014

Yesterday, Nov. 11, was Veterans Day. I have so many family members to be grateful to for their service. Too many to name.

Obviously the question of veteran status for merchant mariners comes up. It is a controversial history. It is sad to say that World War II merchant mariners did not receive veteran status until 1988. I met some of the men who worked tirelessly to make that happen. Merchant mariners can still receive veteran status if they participate in supply transport to current era conflicts. I know that Desert Shield/Storm had mariner vets and even some later conflicts. I’m not sure if the current conflicts have resulted in medals and veterans… something to research.

Yesterday an opinion piece was published titled: When Honoring Vets, Include Merchant Marine. It is a good article and inspiring to know that men like Eisenhower and MacArthur saw the invaluable service of the men in the merchant marine.

On a message board of spouses yesterday, the question was posed about how do we explain this life, who is a vet and who isn’t, how we’re different from the armed services, etc. I couldn’t help myself and had to correct everyone that there is no S and they are mariners, not marines–that will go a long way in differentiating the merchant marine from the other branches. I couldn’t help myself–old habits die hard.

Just an additional little share: A high school classmate of mine, an army vet, wrote an article about how to show appreciation to vets in general. Also a good read. How To Show A Veteran Your Appreciation. Good suggestions… I think I have a service project for my scouts in the near future.

I am thankful to the men and women who serve. For the most part, the veterans I know are humble and patriotic and proud of their service. I know there are serious tragedies and much wrong with our military and very few come out of their time of service unchanged. Some have serious gripes about our military and those in charge and a nation that has thrown away so much. They may not even want to be thanked but I appreciate them anyways, especially one in particular. Maybe he would rather be thanked by seeing a world that makes a difference, that changes the status quo, that makes the world a place where we don’t need armies and navies. A world that truly understands freedoms and doesn’t blindly hand them over. Yes, our veterans deserve that too.


Thirty Days of Thanks Week 2

November 16, 2013
Nov. 9 I am thankful that I’ve had opportunities to see good come out of bad, sometimes horrible, situations. That is a rare luxury when often we cry out “Why?” and never get the answer–or really never hear the answer. More than once God has shown me that if I just let Him he’ll turn it into something for His glory and I end up richly blessed. Undeservedly so but blessed nonetheless. Thanks for showing me again this morning.
Nov. 10 Because it is JL’s birthday, I want to say that I am thankful for her and all the other wonderful counselors at CampTwho have loved on and doted on T1 & T2 (and put up with their neurotic mother). Jeanie, Ashleigh, Gelpi, Hannah, Andie, Gabby J, Gabby Flo, Audrey, Jill, Lucy, Shaina, Julianna, Lara, Leah. And the guy councilors aren’t too shabby themselves!
PS: Without JL & MF, [my son] would not have been able to function at Camp. All the counselors are great, but those two deserve extra special kudos.
H&RH: You should have seen the get-together we organized for her with our students in our village last night. They loved to see her again and we all had a great time.
JL: Oh my goodness. Thank you guys so much. I can feel so much love even thousands of miles away. Camp is a part of my life that made me who I am today. God gets all the glory… it’s not without him I am the way I am. God has blessed each of us with gifts and talents that he uses to spread his kingdom and I am just glad that I have that privilege and use it. Thank you parents and volunteers for your encouragement and support. Without you we wouldn’t be where we are either. God is so good even with a divided Israel and Christianity being sent to the backseat around the world. The world needs more people like you. I am so blessed to have been a part of your lives…thank you for welcoming me and my crazy self.
       Oh my birthday was amazing. This just was the cherry on top of a day full of love and cherished moments. Thank you again.
Nov. 11 I am thankful for all the men and women in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Merchant Marine, and Navy (and National Guard) who have served our country past, present, and future. I am thankful to the families who make the s…acrifices along side them. Thank you John, Frank, Tom, Bill, Steve, John, Tom, John, Joe, Forest, Jack, and the Chief (my family needs to come up with more original names! However it does make it easier to blog anonymously with such generic names!) and that’s not all. Thank you to the many veteran friends who I am privileged to know–growing up in this area brings so many into our lives.
Nov. 12 Been thinking about this one since Sunday in the Young Adults Class … okay, so you know the Chief and I really don’t fall into that catagory anymore but I get so much out of the class. Anyway, I’m thankful to all the people who worked with me as a teen and as a young adult …  Dave, John, Stu, Keith, Dave and Kim, Alfred, Juli and Bill, Lowell. And I am so thankful to those working with our girls now … the B, the Os, the Ks. You are making such a difference!
JP: You were a joy to have in class… always ready with good questions and thought-provoking observations. I was blessed by having the opportunity to teach you.
KB: It’s hard for me to believe you all of you are all grown up now. Dave and I were so blessed to get to know you all. I’m so glad we’ve gotten to connect again!
LW:  It’s a blessing to know you are teaching others now. I remember our Bible studies in the dorm room at LC with B and D.
Nov. 13 As I struggled with this morning’s training run today (“Crying? There is no crying in this gym!”) I have to be thankful and remind myself of the things I can do today that were in doubt two years ago. Each step and each press at the gym are gifts that could have been so easily taken from me. So today was hard? At least I have the choice to decide to run a 5k and put myself through this. Sure, I’m going to have good days and bad days–that’s the nature of the beast (PsA)–and maybe today was a bad one, but I finished.
Nov. 14 Today I am thankful our sweet greyhounds Crookshanks and Hedwig and the greyhound of my heart, Cassiopeia. Being involved with retired racing hounds has been such a blessing–especially the companionship and comfort of having them in the home. Having a greyhound got me to do something I had only dared dream of (because getting up in garb and interacting with playtrons is so not in the comf…ort zone of this introvert) and introduced me to a whole new world and wonderful people (Jenifer & Angie!) that I am now starting to share with my two-legged girls. I love getting to “sneak” them into school for “G” week and watching children interact with them. And as they say, once you go grey you never go back! I can’t imagine our home without at least one greyhound in it ever again.

Nov. 15 Today I’m thankful to companies that still give donations locally. Long day getting ready for my event with 63 girls tomorrow and those donations helped us to stay on budget and make a little profit towards the troop’s goals. Many chain retailers have gone to just supporting one cause but it is nice that some still give back to the communities that support their business. Either way though, the giving practices of many corporations go unknown by most and never get reported, especially when larger companies get dragged through the mud in the press and court. And some corporations are so vilified in the press that when it is known what they give charitably that it is never enough.

KT: Glad people gave……and your troop has a bit of a profit (bonus) : )

SnipeWife: I did a better job of budgeting this year and had more donations so it helped a bunch! Prayers that the 7 hour workshop goes well would be appreciated!

SV: With all your excellent planning, I am sure that it will be a resounding success.  We’re looking forward to it.

CCL: Thank you for all your hard work.

Nov. 16 I am thankful for everyone who made today’s event a success. The parents, leaders, and SUD who brought their girls out for what is essentially “school on Saturday”; the teens who were basically gophers and trash collectors and skit actors; co-leaders who so willingly said “What can I do?”; the Green Knight who picked up 25 pizzas and shouted for everyone to tie their shoes; and the 6 local women who shared their experiences and demonstrated why they are role models. I am exhausted, but it’s a good kind of exhausted.

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