October 30, 2010

Guest Post: What Do You Stand For?

October 30, 2010
If you have known me for any length of time you probably know that I am a hardcore conservative Republican and I love a good open political debate. In my mind next Tuesday is going to be one of the biggest elections I have seen in my lifetime - I feel like this can either "make us or break us".

With that being said I would like to introduce you to Megg. She is a 27 year old Newlywed living in Washington. She has written this post that I am sure all of you can relate to. You can find Megg's blog by clicking here.
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"The following is a paid political advertisement and may not reflect the views of this station."

I can't tell you how many times I have heard that recently while listening to the radio recently. It has gotten to the point where I am counting the days until Nov. 2 when the elections will be over. As a new resident in my state, I have no idea who I will vote for, but two things have stuck in my head:


First, "Dino Rossi is not on our side."

Second, "Patty Murray works for Washington, but which one?"


These are the mantras that I have picked up from the many many political ads that are on the TV today. As a home-owning, property-tax-paying adult, this election was something I actually wanted to pay attention to. I wanted to make a decision that was right for me, and our future family. I live by the old adage that if you don't vote you can't complain. (Not that I plan on complaining, but you get the idea). Now, don't get me wrong. I am not a politics kind of girl. I am most definitely not going to sit here and tell you that I know everything and who to vote for, because to be honest, I have no idea. I did, however, learn something important during this election. I have no idea what Dino Rossi and Patty Murray actually stand for.


Politics have changed significantly in the many years since George Washington became president. The advertisements on the TV and radio for candidates very rarely tell viewers and listeners what the candidates stand for, but rather what their opponents have done wrong. What has gone wrong with our country that candidates choose to spend all their election money bashing their opponents.


In a way, it speaks to our culture today. How often do we spend our time and energy complaining or bashing the things we don't believe, only to ignore the things we do believe in? It so important to let people know what you stand for, rather than who you are against. Don't be like the political candidates who don't know what they stand for...stand up for your beliefs. And don't forget to vote on Tuesday!


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October 28, 2010

Choose

October 28, 2010
Today I am choosing...
to see the sun through the clouds,
to see that our God has big plans and were part of those plans!

Today I am choosing...
to not look to the created, but to the creator,
to find peace in the peacemaker and comfort in the comforter.

Today I am choosing to following BOLDLY.

And if it seem evil unto you to service the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve;
whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood,
or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house,
we will serve the LORD. - Joshua 24:15


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October 25, 2010

Guest Post: A Deeper Kind of Longing

October 25, 2010
I have been looking for someone to guest post for a while now. I thought it would be an interesting way to entertain my readers, get to know another mommy blogger as well as gaining new readers. Through BlogFrog I found Shannon. Shannon is a mom of 4 and a wife of one of our finest service men. I am always humbled by military families and the sacrifice that they make every day! I hope you enjoy her post as much as I have. You can find Shannon's blog by clicking here.
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It’s been 49 days since I have seen my husband. Forty-nine eventful, exhausting, lonely, long days. I miss his sweet face, his up-to-something-smile, the way he reaches out to my hold my hand in the car. I miss seeing him chase my kids around the living room couch like a ridiculously silly monster on the prowl. I miss watching him walk with our baby girl against his shoulder as he peacefully hushes her to sleep. I miss hearing him pray with our children before he tucks them into bed at night. I miss the way he randomly comes up to me as I am putting the dishes away, squeezes me and just smiles. And I know that he is really missing these things, too. I can hear it in his emails, when he asks me to send more pictures when I’ve just emailed a dozen.

This time, he is on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic. He is a US Naval Aircrewman, and as we scurry about with our daily routine of school, housework, child play, and fixing meals, he is flying over miles and miles of ocean, doing his job, as he has done for almost 14 years.

He loves his job. I do, too. We have to. There is no way our family could endure the countless good-byes, the lonely tears, the sense that we are walking through life alone, without feeling very deeply that what he does matters. That what is doing is what he was meant to do.

He’s been to Asia, to Australia, to Europe, to South America, and to Iraq. His missions have ranged from Counter-Drug Ops to SEAL Team Insertion and Extraction; his duties vary from standing by as a search and rescue swimmer to operating and deploying sonar equipment to hunt down ‘the bad guys’. He’s flown in the helicopter next to diplomats and captured terrorists. He’s had some very close calls and he’s also had days were he is bored to tears.

The Navy is not just a job- it is who he is. He is proud to be in the military and serve amongst and alongside fellow sailors. The group he went to Iraq with- those guys will be friends for life. There is not a thing he wouldn’t do for one of them. The experiences they shared……well, I think we as wives don’t even know the half of it.

Likewise, us wives will be connected forever, too. The majority of military families are far away from family, so we become each other’s family. Our kids are also very close, because they know the sadness of life without daddy like no other kids do. I do not think I could make it through the constant deployments if it were not for the other Navy wives I’ve come to love. These women have stood along side me when my husband could not, while I grieved my mom’s death (insert hyperlink: http://nelsonpartyoffive.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-15-girls.html), as I’ve rushed children to the hospital, and as I worried over my yet-to-be-born baby and his health concerns. It hasn’t all been so serious, though. We’ve also taken our kids to the beach at dusk for some moonlight frolicking, laughed over cheese balls as our kiddos tore our homes to shreds, and took the kids on nature walks where we were up to our hips in muck and mud. This lifestyle forces us to bypass small talk and the gradual progress of friendship- these women became my family within weeks of meeting them. We’ve spent weekends and holidays together, us husbandless women with our children running amok. To see us is pretty funny, because between the 3 of us that hang out often, we have a total of 9 children. Basically, when we stepped into a restaurant, most other patrons stepped out J We get each other through, to the end.

And then our husbands return to us- just as my husband is about to do within the next week. The anticipation and excitement is the same on his return from his 10th deployment as it was on his return from his 1st. No matter how many times we do this, we’re beyond giddy every time a homecoming approaches. When our countdown hits single digits, my home reaches near pandemonium. These are the days we live for—the days that our family is no longer divided, but blissfully reunited. We keep our eyes on the prize, on the day we get to see him step off the helicopter and see my children break out in full-on sprint as soon as their daddy steps one foot over the yellow flight line. And the time he flew home a few weeks early via commercial air from Iraq- my kiddos were knocking people down to get to their Daddy.

The day that Jeremiah comes home- that is the day that we live for. I try to fill our days with love and laughter while he is gone, but what really sustains us is knowing that we will be together again soon. These are the days wee envision when the countdown seems unbearable, when I am exhausted from going it alone. When I feel like I cannot do another day without him, I say a little prayer and keep on truckin’.

We are so proud of our guy! He loves what he does. And so do I. I just love it a whole lot more when’s doing it at home J

---Thanks so much to Summer Jo for hosting me! I had fun writing this and am so thankful for the opportunity to share a bit of our life with your friends and readers! Many blessings to you!





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October 21, 2010

8000 Miles Away

October 21, 2010
We are so thankful that even though daddy is
8000 miles away we can still

talk to him
see him
sing with him
and he can even kiss boo boo's!


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We are so thankful that Skype allows us to do this!
Were super thankful that daddy and papaw are almost home!!

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October 16, 2010

Prayer Journaling

October 16, 2010

I love to keep a prayer journal; it’s a great way for me to organize my thoughts. My mind has a tendency to wander during my prayer and bible study time so journaling helps me to focus. The thing I love most about keeping a prayer journal is to be able to look back and see the specific prayers that the Lord has answered! Over a year ago I had been specifically praying for 6 couples who were all trying to conceive. Now 5 of those couples have babies! How great it is to be able to go back and mark those prayers as answered.

Prayer List: Sometimes your prayer list can get a little overwhelming and you may feel like you cannot find adequate time in prayer when trying to pray for everyone on your list every day. This is where breaking your prayer list up into groups will help. For example, you may use Monday to pray for your family, Tuesday for your church family, Wednesday for the lost, and so on… This has been super helpful to me.

I have a pretty simple method to prayer journaling that may help you. Book studies are a great way for me to study my bible. While doing my book study I often write down thoughts, specific points that stand out or certain scriptures that relate to what I am studying.

A Life Application Study Bible is my favorite tool to use when just doing bible study – I have the New Living Translation. I will usually read a chapter and then read the sub text that goes with that chapter. In the subtext you will find answers to:

· What does this passage really mean?

· How does it apply to my life?

· What do these ancient cultures have to do with today?

· What’s going on in the lives of these Bible people?

Afterward I will try to journal about the passages I have read.

Finally, I use my journal for praise and personal confession. If you do not have a journal I want to encourage you to go out and get one and put it with your bible. I promise you will not regret it!

God Bless!


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October 15, 2010

Sing Sing Sing

October 15, 2010
Colton loves to sing! He often breaks out in song with no warning. One of his favorites is Chris Tomblin's "Sing Sing Sing". I walked in on this a quikly grabbed my video camera. I hope you enjoy!

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Disclaimer: the video is not really good b/c it was super impromptu and I didn't have good lighting.

Chorus:
We will sing sing sing
And make music with the heavens
We will sing sing sing
Grateful that you hear us when we
Shout your praise
Lift high the name of Jesus
Sing sing sing
And make music with the heavens
We will sing sing sing
Grateful that you hear us when we
Shout your praise
Lift high the name of Jesus

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October 14, 2010

Fall with the Brooks'

October 14, 2010

Every year we spend the beginning of fall in Pigeon Forge at "the cabin". These trips are special for several reasons. The first year we went babies were not a thought, well maybe a small thought ;) ... the second year, Chris announced our pregnancy with Colton, the third year was Colton's first "vacation", the 4th year were just found out we were expecting Claire and yes, this year was Claire's first trip to "the cabin". We usually do not do much. Its a time to relax do a little shopping and a lot of eating and of course a small trip to Dollywood. It's a great time to see Chris' grandparents enjoy their great grandchildren.










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October 2, 2010

friend

October 2, 2010

friend (noun): one attached to another by affection or esteem

We just returned from a wonderful vacation in Florida with some of our dearest friends. This is our first time vacationing in September and certainly not our last because the weather was perfect! The last time we vacationed with the Rodriguez family it was just the 4 of us in Destin having as much fun as Newlyweds could possibly have!


This trip to Destin (Seagrove) was totally different....


The Brooks Family and The Rodriguez Family have grown a little!
Colton and Iris are 11 weeks apart and Mayela is 3 weeks older than Claire. All 4 are our Wednesday babies - all born on a Wednesday - Christine reminded me of this while I was in the throws of labor with Claire.

We love our friends!
Now if we can just talk the hubby's into Disney!



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