Monday, February 5, 2018

Celebrating David's Graduation From Basic Training!!

David's graduation at Ft. Sill was at the end of January and I wanted to go SO BADLY!
We had talked about this so much as a family, but as the day of departure got
closer, it was decided that it would be best if I stayed home.

Having a torn ACL and a leg brace is not conducive to long drives, and maneuvering
around in the travel trailer would be a chore.
Then, there was all the walking as part of the graduation festivities..........

We knew the actual graduation would be live-streamed, so I knew that I could hoot
and holler from the living room.

Joe took great pictures, and he and the boys had a wonderful adventure!



Half the fun of a trip is all the adventure along the way!



Arrived safely, and all set up at Buffalo Bob's RV Park in Lawton, Oklahoma!



The clubhouse was filled with all sorts of interesting things to do!



The first evening they were there, they attended an information meeting on what would
be happening over the next two days for graduation.





The beautiful chapel where the actual graduation was held.



The next day, January 25, was Family Day.  The boys were bundled up against the cold - David
says that Lawton is the coldest place on the face of the earth!
Especially for 4:00 am PT........







After some speeches, and several skits illustrating the transformation of these soldiers
over the past nine weeks, the graduates made their entrance.
David was a flag bearer!



Man, doesn't he look SHARP!!!!!!



So proud of this young man!





I was able to Face time with David before they fed him!
Off to the Golden Corral where he could eat whatever he wanted!


They spent the afternoon at the RV clubhouse after eating and then going to
the Verizon store to get a new phone!


Graduation Day - January 26, 2018



Joe did such a great job in capturing David announcing his name, and then walking
across the stage.  We were cheering him on here at home!





They all ate well again, and then David sorted through some civilian clothes that
he had wanted to take with him to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio.
(He later told me that anything they brought was immediately locked up once they arrived!)

They were all being bused out that night so time was short again.

But wow, what an accomplishment!
We are so proud of you, David, and can't wait to see where the Army sends you!



Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jonathan's Truck - A New Paint Job

Jonathan has a great truck, and he got it for a great price.
However, the Arizona sun has taken its toll on the paint job over the years.



So last Thursday, he came out to the farm to prep his truck and get it painted.
The requirement was fair weather and NO wind.
The weather forecast was not good for Saturday  - a big cold front was to 
move in.....with strong winds.

So, Friday was the day to get it all done!

He washed it, with the help of Isaac and Joshua, several times, and
then had to put plastic and tape all over the not-to-be-painted areas.
Turned out to be quite the job!





Joe arrived back home early afternoon and was able to help out a bit.



Then the spraying began!












The finished product - it looks great!





Well done, Jonathan!
So glad you were able to come out and we could be a part of your big project!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It Wasn't What I Had Planned.........

One of my favorite sayings, when things don't go as planned, is:

 "You never know what another day will bring!"

We tend to think that our days will go the way we want them to and are surprised
when the unexpected happens.

In early December, I rushed into the laundry room to hang up some laundry
 before making dinner, and stepped up on the stool.  It tipped, I grabbed the 
washing machine, and ended up twisting around.
And then I heard a BIG POP !

I was convinced that I had broken my leg.
Fortunately Rachel was home and helped me attempt to get up.
My leg gave way.

I ended up at the Emergency Room, where they determined that no bones
were broken, but they encouraged me to see an orthopedic doctor.

This is how I started out.

The immobilizer - felt good having everything held firmly in place.



After having an MRI, it was determined that I had torn my ACL.
Not good.

But God is faithful, and I am trusting Him to be completely back on BOTH feet!

I started physical therapy right after Christmas and the PT's have all given me
a very good prognosis.

And I'm making progress!

I have a better brace.



I have moved down to ONE crutch!
Which means I'm putting more and more weight on my injured leg,
which is good.



Last week, John, my PT told me to start using the cane when I am inside.
This was frightening!
I've come to realize that I am relying on that extra support, just for security!



So I am progressing, and that's what matters.

Through this whole episode, I have learned that I am more independent than I thought, and
I really don't like to rely on other people for help.

My family has been more than patient with me and have offered tremendous
help and encouragement, which has been a huge blessing!

So here are the Scriptures that are giving me hope:

Isaiah 35:6  NKJV

"Then the lame shall leap like a deer......"

Psalm 18:  33,36  NLT

"He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights."

"You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping."

Back to my strengthening exercises!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Courtney Comes Home!

It's always a special treat when Courtney makes a trip from Huntsville!
Anticipation is high.......and the trip always goes too quickly.





Target practice - in a dress!





Beautiful daughters!



Making a batch of Christmas cookies!





Spending time with siblings!





It was a great visit!  Thank you for making the trip out here!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Christmas 2017 - Family Photos!

A big thank you to Courtney, who rounded everyone up when the lighting was just perfect,
 got us all outside (no easy task), got out her tripod that she had brought from Alabama, and proceeded to get absolutely wonderful pictures of everyone!!!

Even Willie the dog  is in the picture!



Now for the men of the house.....





Now for the ladies.....





Hope all of you had a very blessed Christmas and are looking
expectantly to 2018!!


Monday, December 4, 2017

David - A Dream Come True

David has lived and breathed the military since he was a young boy.
He has always loved history, and I can't tell you how many documentaries
he/we have watched about the Army, Special Forces, Army Rangers, etc.

So, he left in late October for Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
I check out the Facebook and Instagram pages fairly regularly, so I was
overjoyed when I ran across this photo......


Yes, I think he's having the time of his life!