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1st Hike after Knee Surgery

Posted in Family, and Outdoor Adventures

Our regular 52 Hike Challenge hikes came to a screeching halt with the move and all of the other changes in our lives. I was really missing hiking, but it was necessary to set aside my hiking plans to get things done around the homestead. Getting a homestead up and running is no joke, but that’s a story for another time. When D found out he was definitely going to need knee surgery, we had hoped to get out and do a little hike or two before the surgery, but once again, life had other plans. The positive aspect of…

Finding Beauty in the Storms of Life

Posted in Family, and Military Life

Beauty can be found all around us. There are times when you have to search a little harder to find that beauty. The storms of life can make it difficult to see the beauty, but it’s still there. A glimpse of sunlight through the clouds. A rainbow after a huge thunderstorm. A tiny green bud peeking out of a muddy, flooded area. As of late, my family has been in survival mode. We’ve been striving to find the beauty in the many storms that keep hitting us one after another. Ironically, the weather around us seems to be mimicking life.…

A Season of Change

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Life has turned a bit upside down for the Marine Corps Nomads family as we entered into a huge season of change. From moving to the homestead to sending our girl off to college to being in 3 different locations as a family, this summer has been a true season of change. As we started with all of the changes, I couldn’t help but this of this scripture passage from Ecclesiastes 3: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and…

College Graduation Festivities: Induction into Phi Theta Kappa

Posted in College Life, and Family

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. Mission Statement: The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. M was asked to join PTK last year when she made the President’s List for academics at the college, but she didn’t make it…

Celebrating 18th Birthday at Sea World

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How is it possible that my baby girl is 18-years-old? Time passes so quickly. It seems like it was just yesterday that she was a little girl hoping to go see the dolphins and killer whales at Sea World. At least some things never change. M still loves Sea World and wanted to celebrate her 18th birthday at the park. She had such a great time last yeat at Sea World for her birthday, that she wanted to do it again. When we learned that M would have the day off from college classes on her birthday, we started to plan…