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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Home, sort of

I started this post last night, but the internet decided to be a booger... so here it is now instead!
This was outside our "family tradition" restaurant - "The Lobster Shanty". We eat there every single year when we go visit my grandparents in Satellite Beach. 

 First things first - I heard from Andy already!
 I am so appreciative, really truly I am, of this wonderful modern age that we live in. I may have my moments when I wish I could go back and live in a different century, for kinder manners, and gentler language, and respect for some of the smaller things in life. But when my husband, who is on the complete opposite side of the world, is able to call my cell phone, while I am in Florida visiting my grandparents, and tell me that he is safe... suddenly my complaints about the world suddenly seem smaller. 
 Andy actually called me twice. He called just about the 24 hour mark, which I wasn't really expecting. This is his third time to deploy to the desert, and if my memory serves right from the other two times, if he didn't get a chance to call me from his European layover, I didn't hear from him until day 2 or 3. Since he didn't get to call me from his European layover I wasn't expecting any calls for another day or two. My wonderful Andy worked a miracle though and managed to call me. Of course, it was 3:30 in the morning, his time, when he called me. Perhaps the point that no one else wanted to be awake and using the phone at that time helped him be able to get the chance?! My favorite part of that call was when I asked him where he was, his response was, "somewhere that use to be Soviet". And that was the only answer I got to that question. I don't suppose I need to know... 

 He called again the next day, and we were in the car. I asked my Mom to roll up the windows, so I could hear him. Unfortunately, Zion had his fingers out the window, and they got shut in the window when she rolled it up. His screaming was not a help in allowing me to hear Andy! Then, in the frantic, "is he okay", "what just happened" craziness, I somehow lost my connection with Andy. 
 Truly, it is funny when you look back on it. What are the chances, really? But at the moment, I just wanted to cry! Luckily, Andy was able to call back, and even talk to Canaan and Zion for just a couple of seconds. That was a short phone call, but at least we got to have it, and complete it, rather then just have it be cut off. 

 On a side note, I just want to say that I love my family. They are crazy. But I love them. We were visiting my Dad's side of the family, whom we have never been as emotionally close to, mostly because they just don't "do" emotions. I happened to click a picture this time that caught my grandfather laughing, and as I was looking through the pictures I saw that picture and I realized that I have no memories of him laughing, Ever. 
 I am sure he has laughed before in my lifetime. But not often enough to have created a memory for me. The picture itself really isn't that great, but it is hugely important to me, because it is proof to me that he can laugh. They love to argue politics, and religion, and have challenged my mind often through the years, and made me cry regularly (since some of them have no desire to have a friendship with my savior and best friend Jesus). But, they are family, and I love them. 

Four Generations 

My dad's brother and his wife, my parents, me (with some really "big" hair) and my boys

I just loved Zion's face in this picture. 
They were so focused on their sandcastle construction.

This is one of the finished projects. My dad got right down in the sand and helped them, and it was so cute! 

One last postscript - Andy called again, around 2:30 am this morning. That first response to being awakened from a dead sleep by a ringing phone is always terror, but it only took me about 2 seconds to realize that it was going to be him. 
He is finally at the place he is going to stay for the next six months. He says it looks like a tool shed, is made out of plywood, and holds eight guys. His request was for Sharpie's, so he could decorate the walls - he already has permission, and he loves to draw, so I guess I am going on a  Sharpie run this afternoon. 
I'm not supposed to expect any more calls for a while, since he is there, and safe. Hopefully he will get internet access soon! 


Carrie said...

I love hearing the details about your conversations with Andy! That is SO awesome that he is requesting Sharpies so he can decorate the walls!!! LOVE IT! Is he allowed to take photos of his decorations??
I am thrilled for you that he can and has called and that you had a great visit with your grandparents. Now on to the task at hand: COME SEE US! ha ha!!!!! These 6 months are going to fly and we have lots to get done....(what? Im not sure, but it won't take us long to fill it with plans and ideas and things that I am sure we won't get them all done, but it will be fun!)

Mary Wary said...

I'm glad to hear Carrie say that these 6 months are going to fly. As someone who loves you and is going to have to do WITHOUT you for those months, they dang sure better fly!
I'm so glad you got hear from Andy! Hopefully I'll see you today!

mandy said...

I am so glad you are surrounded by ppl who are looking out for you and helping you. Time will go faster than you thought it would...we will pray it so.

Travis & Kelsey said...

SOOOOO many memories. It is weird to see just the little guys in the picture at the Lobster Shanty. I was just thinking how CRAZY it is that it was just last year that Mare, Edna, Canaan and I went to Disney while at G-ma and G-pas.

EmileeHopeBinkleyTurner said...

So glad to hear the Andy made it in fine. I will see you on Wednesday!

The Duke Family said...

Oh, my golly, you have me in tears right before work! Email me your number. I would love to get with you about sending a package to Andy, with Sharpies among other things he may need. We miss you and love you!