Friday, March 22, 2013

Remember

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Remember

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I was working at a bank on an army base almost 5 years ago. I was in the drive thru laughing and joking with the other ladies about something silly Im sure. The phone rang and I answered it as always, to hear my husbands voice. He said "Mark is gone". I didn't quite understand at first, it was like my brain couldn't quite process what had happened. Our friend Mark, whom we had lived with for 3 months while we waited for our house, had been killed in Iraq. He was an Apache pilot and he had been shot down. He was also the first friend I had lost to war since my husband joined the military . 

How could he be gone? He was just home on leave? What was going to happen to his fiancee? 

I don't know why this memory popped in my head when I saw the word Remember....I promised to always remember him and his sacrifice. I guess he is on my mind. 

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Can they ever just be little girls?

I read a blog post today that really hit home for me called "Raising Daughter in a world that Devalues Them" It's a controversial topic but worth exploring. I have no issue with Victoria's Secret, I love me some VS pjs, but to purposely design a provocative line of clothes aimed at our teenage girls is just a little much. My daughter is only 3 and I cannot believe some of the clothes they sell in her size. I'm like really? She's just a kid!

That sadder thing to me is that the writer had to shut off comments on her post because people were being hateful. "She doesn't agree with the status quo! Let's destroy her!" Wouldn't it be nice to be able to disagree with all the hostility? Anyway, I digress, here the link if your interested:

http://wearethatfamily.com/2013/03/raising-daughters-in-a-world-that-devalues-them-7-things-we-must-tell-them/

Monday, March 11, 2013

Suck it Up and Drive On Lady!

Often I am still amazed at how loud God can speak. I always feel as if I am struggling to hear him, especially when I am looking for answers. I even took an amazing course on how to hear him. The problem is, He is speaking to me, I am just not really listening.

 Last July my husband received orders for a hardship tour, which means he leaves for a year to an overseas duty station, and my daughter and I cannot go with him. We were stunned because it came out of now where. My husband and I spent months trying to find a way out of it, but nothing worked. We finally accepted that this must be God's will and moved forward...except we really didn't accept it. Deep down I have still been praying for it not to happen. God keeps answering me but I am in denial. 

At church yesterday, we were listening to a speaker who will be traveling to China to preach the Gospel to the Muslim community there. He is taking his whole family and going for 10 years. Wow. He was telling us the story of how he made his decision, and took us back all the way through his army career. Here are the words that basically slapped me upside the head, he said when he receives orders from the army, its not Uncle Sam making the decision! Who do you think controls Uncle Sam? God!

We received those orders because God wants my husband to go and he has a plan! He knows I have been doubting, and praying to change it, and He finally gave up being subtle because I need to be slapped in the face. Suck it up and drive on, lol! I have heard you Lord! Will this separation be hard, yes....but obviously this is something we need to do and he has given me since last July to accept it. Ok...I'm know I'm hard headed..but I do hear you Lord. Such a blessing to hear your voice in so many different ways.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Home

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HOME

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Home, that word conjures so many pictures in my head, I get dizzy. Being a military family it gets hard to identify home anymore. Whenever we visit the place that I grew up, it just doesnt feel like home anymore. Everything has changed, people have changed, and that feeling of comfort you expect is just not there anymore.

For me Home has become my family. Wherever my husband and daughter are, that is home. Wherever my friends who became family are, that is home. Its comforting to know that I take home with me everywhere that I go, and if I ever feel alone, there is a friend out there somewhere who will remind me of home. It really is an amazing feeling to have people as your home, instead of just a place. What a blessed life!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

M.I.A.

Sorry i have been MIAthe last few weeks! As much as i really want to get this blog up and running, the plague hit my home and with my whole family sick, this has definitley been on the back burner! Here's to finally being healthy again! Have a great week!

Brandi