My Family's Navy Adventure

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Our family, our way

We have had a busy 2 weeks.  Here is the run down.

Computer virus-Grandpa's funeral-change of ship date-hit a deer-obsession with tutus and cowboy boots-diaper rash-parenting seminar-people drama-out of money-extra hours at work-dog bite-and another 5 pounds straight to the belly.  And several rounds of  our household's favorite game, "what smells?!"  I look in all the usual places.  Baby, dog, diaper pail, washer, sink, trash, fridge, laundry, husband.  We have learned to laugh and follow our nose.

Adam lost his grandpa 2 weeks ago.  He spoke at the funeral and it reminded me what a wonderful man I have.  Grandpa is gone, but so many of the same qualities live in my superman (that is my name for hubby).  When you lose someone great, it makes you examine your own life and legacy.  A while back, we went to an awesome parenting seminar taught by Phil and Linda Stern.  It was full of biblical wisdom and practical advice.  (check out Link ministries)  They spoke a lot about living with integrity in front of your kids and being purposeful about teaching them values.  Children are our legacy.  How our home needs to hold Godly standards, even when the world is saying something very different.

Adam and I really try to set Godly standards in our home and follow them.  Hard work, integrity, honesty, respect, peace, love.  Some days we do better than others.  But we come up on a lot of opposition regarding how we incorperate those values in our home.  We are more strict than most households.  We are very careful about what is on tv, we don't cuss, among other things.  I am amazed about how freely people just give their opinion.  No need to ask, they share anyway.  I don't tell them how to raise their kids- why are they telling me?  How kind. :)  I smile and nod.  I am praying for wisdom to care less about what other's think and more about what God thinks.   I try to only listen to their opinion if I want my life to be like theirs.  But people's negative comments bug the heck out of me.  Adam doesn't care what everyone else thinks, so I care enough for the both of us.

Keeping our household functioning (spiritually, emotionally, physically) will be quite a task when Adam leaves.  I have no clue how to fill the gap.  I am terrified of most things that squeak and crawl, and can't open a pickle jar for the life of me.  As ship date approaches, we have more paperwork to fill out and we are learnng more details about Navy life.  We have to figure out banks, health insurance, POAs, wills, life insurance, training dates, military doctors.  And try to talk the US Navy into letting a crabby 8 month pregnant lady move in early.  Thank goodness for Fleet and Family.

Anyway, thanks listening to the rambling.  Stay tuned we have some very exciting news coming up......maybe next week!?! :)


  1. Can't wait to hear the exciting news! Welcome to blogging, it keeps me sane (well, it tries.) Sounds like we have a TON in common! So happy to have you as a reader, hang in there girl. The Navy is a wild ride. So is motherhood. :) Love!

  2. Thank you Sarie! I love reading your blog. The title gives me an understanding giggle. Thanks for the support and I am sure I will be chatting again soon!