Saturday, February 28, 2009

At the Airport...crazy


Heading to Germany in a few minutes fromt the Charlotte airport
...aghhhhhhh,,,this is crazy,...we got our passports at the last minute...and it was just strange...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Precious Memories







It was a blessing to see our friends who we have not seen for 15 years. WOW. We love them, cherish their friendship and hope to be together someday as we get older. They were our guiding light when things were down. Thank you Lord for their Christian walk and examples of love, selfless devotion and just plain kindnes...Andy and Melinda

On the road again

WKRP in Cincinnati...remember that show...here is cinci


Just chillin...lovin the car life...ha.






Maria...can't open her eyes...the woes of travel

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Gettysburg...the battleground











We hit history...big time. I want the boys to know the importance of our history as American schools no longer teach the proper history. It is better to be there. Better yet, we had a devotion dedicated to spiritual warfare. Look at the battlefield, what do you see? Noah said forest, Rafael said rocks, Anthony said the lines of the battlefield and Brandon said dead people. WOW!!! They all saw something different. WE all have a role in life that is given by God. The enemy wants us to stop using our gifts, get our minds off of the battle and live life with our guard down. Someday the battle will come for our family, we must pray to have it stay strong. What a good devotion from the Lord today.

Chocolate..lots of it




We hit Hershey, Pa..and it was a blast...3d show, ride and create your own candy....WOW

And we're off...











The packing is done, we are officially homeless. It was an emotional rollercoaster for us this past week as we watched our stuff get packed and realized that Germany is on the horizon...for real. No more talk...it is really happening. Only God knew how it would all turn out. Because of this, we believe the Lord laid on our heart to take the family away for awhile to make it easier, to relax...to enjoy each other before the next phase of our life kicks in. So we hit the Wolf Lodge in Virginia...wow. Indoor water parks are great...especially when we can all have fun.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bitter Sweet


I received a shadow box from the office for a retirement gift. It was a wonderful box and they placed the Marine's Prayer in the middle.

Da Boys...lovin life

We want a field trip to the Fudge Factory...it was awesome.

Rafael and Noah in Popcorn mode.

Well,


In the midst of this move to Germany...there are still moments of joy and remembering just how wonderful kids can be. While most of the world seems to frown on us for having so many children, I am comforted when Jesus, God on earth,
picked up a child and placed the child in the middle of the adults and said ..that children are like those of the Kindgom of God. My flesh wants to lash out at people who make fun of us, but God the Holy Spirit reminds me that the world is foolish and they despise anything that is opposite of worldly thinking... These pics warm my heart.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Retirement and Birthday...all in one









What a busy week...wow...can't believe 20 years of the Corps is finally behind...to end it on a birthday going into the 40th year is even greater. I have often said that the Bible is filled with examples of men starting their next journey in life heading into their 40th year. Some go to the desert and others end up on top of the world. God is truly amazing. Thank you all for your kindness, prayers, help, support, tears of joy and examples of life living for our Savior. If it wasn't for Christ, we wouldn't have a family...wouldn't have retired...wouldn't be heading to Germany. "We know that all things work together for GOOD to those who love the Lord..." not Mary, money, the disciples..the saints...ONLY JESUS!!!!!!