November 21, 2010

Soup and Bread

Tonight was a blessing. It was nourishment for not only my body but for my soul as well. We had our 2nd annual Soup and Bread night at Rock Harbor. Everyone brings a soup of their choice and the church supplies the bread. We gather together to eat and celebrate the God we are all so thankful for and the many blessings He has given us.

We had over 15 different soups to try. Parker and I had a minestrone soup that was delightful! We sat around tables as families and friends and talked and laughed together. As I looked around at everyone I had this amazing feeling of contentment. All those years ago, when Rock Harbor was still just a desire in our hearts, Brian and I would read about the church in Acts 2.

Starting in verse 42 it says “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

We broke bread together tonight with glad and sincere hearts. We had the opportunity to share with each other how the different characteristics of God brought blessings into our lives and how we are thankful for them. It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I saw God’s faithfulness and love in motion and I couldn’t be more thankful.

Will it or won't it?

The kids are praying for it. They want it. They really, really want it. Snow! The weatherman keeps telling us it will. It just hasn't happened yet.

The boys heads are filled with thoughts of snow days and no school. I admit that I am hoping snow happens. I love snow days with the boys.

So, Lord, please hear our bedtime prayers and bring us some of that beautiful white snow!

November 17, 2010

Stop Struggling

Let me set the scene for you. Parker and Tyler love to play combat games. Stuff like Star Wars. It is Sunday morning and we arrive at Safari Sam's at 8am. Anthony is home sick so the two of them had the place to themselves for 2 hours. What could possibly happen.

I walk by and Parker had come up behind Tyler and had his arm around Tyler's neck and is trying to drag him off.
Parker-"Tyler, things will go easier for you if you just stop struggling!"
I put a stop to dragging a brother off somewhere but not before laughing. It was so funny.

Later, it got me thinking. I wonder if God ever mumbles that about us. "Janiesa, things will go easier for you if you just stop fighting me!"

November 16, 2010

Back in time

Today I get to step back in time and watch baby Winter. I am not really sure what you do with girl babies! I hope she has Barbies! Perhaps 6 months is too young for those. Bummer! I will let you know how I fare!

November 12, 2010

A little known fact...

Fibromyalgia 101. One of the first things the doctor tells you after your diagnosis is this...don't get cold. Cold wreaks havoc on us. Since it is thought fibromyalgia is a problem with your nerves, the sensation of being cold can last for hours. You can't avoid the cold so you just have to plan well. Lots of layers!

I bring this up tonight because Rock Harbor had a couples event this evening, which was terrific, but the facility was rather cool. Once I started shivering I knew it was over for me! Currently, the heater has been turned up, Brian is working on lighting the fireplace, there is a hot cup of tea in my hands, I have two pairs of socks on, pants, long sleeve shirt, sweater, and sweatshirt, topped off with a blanket. I am still freezing and the bummer is that I know I will be hurting tomorrow.

It was totally worth it though! It was a great event and thanks to all that worked hard to put it together! And our poem rocked!!

November 11, 2010

To those who fought before us, For those who will follow, May we never forget

My family has a rich history of men who served their country during war time. As we celebrate and honor our Veterans today I would like to introduce you to the veterans in my family.

My great-grandfather, Joseph Cutsinger, served in the Army during World War I. He was stationed in France.
My grandfather, Mal Petty, served in the Navy during World War II. Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941 and my grandfather enlisted on December 8, 1941. After training, he was sent to Moffett Field in California in February of 1942. He became an Aviation Metalsmith and Airship Rigger.

What is an airship? Excellent question! Today, most people use the term blimp. Example, the Goodyear Blimp that you see at large sporting events. The term blimp is used alone to describe a non-rigid airship. This was the type that my grandfather was on. It does not have a metal structure inside the balloon. Instead, they use ballonets filled with air to control and keep the shape of the balloon. The rest of the balloon is filled with helium. Helium expands when you go up and it forces air out of the ballonets. As you descend you put air back into the ballonets.

There are two other type of airships. Semi-rigid and rigid. The term Zeppelin is almost synonymous with the rigid type, with the most famous rigid airship probably being the Hindenburg.

What is the purpose of airships? Another excellent question! An airship would escort ships to protect them from submarines. If a sub attacked a ship, the airship would attack the sub. With the declaration of war, attacks and sinkings increased at an alarming rate. The loss of precious ships, cargo and lives threatened America's war effort. Ships were being sunk faster than they could be replaced. In the Atlantic and Gulf coastal waters of the United States, and in the coastal waters of the Caribbean, Eastern Central America, and Brazil, during the period of hostilities 532 vessels in all were sunk, but not one vessel was sunk by enemy submarine while under escort by an airship. In all, airships escorted 89,000 ships without a single loss. That is important work!

Back to Grandpa! In 1941 the US had 10 airships. By 1945 they had 168, meaning they had to train up pilots and aircrewmen. In 1943 another class was about to begin with about 80 cadets. The Admiral asked the Commanding Officer of each squadron to select one enlisted man to join this class. Grandpa was fortunate to be selected. They graduated December 7, 1943 and on December 8, 1943 were commissioned Ensigns, USNR.

Grandpa was stationed at ZP-41 in Sao Luiz, Brazil. In 1944, he was at the Navy Proving Grounds in Maryland on special assignment and had breakfast with Col. Charles A. Lindbergh. In early 1945, he was transferred back to Moffett Field and was advanced to the rank of Lt. He then went on inactive duty on December 17, 1945.

Grandpa in Sao Luiz, Brazil

Grandpa made some drawings to show what an airship was like.

Grandpa took this photo from his airship.
My Grandpa Roy fought in World War II as a Marine. His oldest brother was in the Air Force and was shot down and killed. In response, he lied about his age and enlisted before he was 18. Grandpa Roy lived with us, so I heard his war stories all the time. Being a kid, I didn't pay much attention to them. You have the perspective that your grandparents will always be there. I was 18 when he died and I wish more than anything that I got a chance to sit down with him, like I did later with my Grandpa Petty, and write down all that history he experienced.
There are two stories that I heard so often they have been burned into my brain. The first is how he and his buddies sat on the edge of their ship and watched torpedoes miss them by inches. That one always made him laugh! The other was about the practical jokes he pulled and how his commanding officer would always yell out "Bailey" when he discovered them. He always laughed at that one too. In fact, we named Parker after that story. He is Parker Bailey!
"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out and meet it." Happy Veterans Day! Thank you!!

When good mohawks go bad!

November 10, 2010

I didn't do nuthin'

I don't know how the cardboard box got on the floor or how the Nerf dart got chewed up. It was like that when I got here! Or maybe it was Tyler or the other one that looks like Tyler, I can't be sure. Look at my cute puppy dog face. You can't be mad at this face!

Carve Away

Anthony and Tyler wanted to carve pumpkins this year. Parker wanted no part of it. Brian ended up with the pumpkin gutting duties, as always. He also patiently helped the boys throughout the night. Both boys did an excellent job. Tyler made a spider and spiderweb. Anthony made three wolves howling at the wind. No triangle eyes for these boys!

November 8, 2010

Where's Halloween?

Tyler was reading my blog and wanted to know where the pictures from Halloween were. I have not been on top of things this last week. More posts to come on that subject but here are the Halloween pics. Just for you, Tyler!

Tyler went as a ninja and Parker went as Cad Bane from Star Wars. We went trick or treat-ing with friends from the hood. It was a school night so we didn't stay out late. Anthony went to youth group as Batman but left before I could get a picture of it. Willey that one is!