Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Not much new

Just wanted to let everyone know we're still around. Not much new in our world right now. Zach was sick last week.

Oh!!! We did celebrate four years of wedded bliss last week though. It's been amazing and I look forward to many MANY more! Thanks for all the wonderful cards! We still don't have our long distance set up so we haven't been able to call to thank anyone. Our phone card ran out of minutes too. Hopefully we'll get the long distance set up in the next day or two.

I'm trying to find a job. I've decided that a SAHW (stay at home wife) is not for me. I will probably try to find something just part time. I am hoping to get a job at the local college in January. I'll call them in a week or so to see what's going on and what I can do to get started.

We are hoping to go camping this weekend if it's nice out. We would have gone this weekend, but the weather was questionable. I did hold out, but we weren't sure and didn't want to get stuck anywhere.

Not much else new to add right now. Hopefully we'll be more interesting soon enough.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Important lessons in walking

When walking down stairs it is imperative that feet be firmly planted on the next step before trying to go down further. If, for instance, only the heel of the right foot is barely on the higher step, you will likely slip down with little to no control. This can result in the toes and forefoot of the left foot bending completely underneath said foot, causing much discomfort, bruising and swelling. A picture of what could result will be posted soon. It is also important to note that flailing your arms wildly will NOT help and will just make you look more foolish. Ask me how I know...

Hopefully there will be no more lessons of this nature to report to you, our loyal listeners, er, readers.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Happy 216th Birthday USCG!

Today is the 216th birthday of the Coast Guard. Following is a note to my wonderful husband (along with all the other men and women of the USCG) from Adm. Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard.

To the Men and Women of the Coast Guard:

Today marks the 216th Birthday of our Coast Guard. This anniversary offers us a moment to celebrate our rich history, reflect on our past and focus on our future. The Coast Guard’s unique legacy as America’s lifesaver and maritime guardian evolved from the selfless courage and unflinching determination of our predecessors. It is in their honor that we celebrate today. In 1790, Congress authorized secretary of the treasury Alexander Hamilton to build a fleet of ten cutters to secure our freedom and protect our coast. For the next eight years, the Revenue Marine was the nation’s only naval force. Over time, it evolved and acquired new responsibilities to meet the growing needs of a democracy in the early years of a new nation.

The world has changed dramatically since 1790 and continues to change with every day. The global war on terrorism, the Maritime Transportation Security Act, The Homeland Security Act, the National Strategy for Homeland Security, and the National Strategy for Maritime Security have given the Coast Guard additional areas of mission emphasis. Meeting those new maritime security demands, while sustaining the trust and confidence of the public we serve in preserving our maritime safety and exercising our maritime stewardship duties, requires us to continually challenge ourselves and improve the way we do business. By focusing on superior mission execution in all that we do, our active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women are meeting these challenges head on, often times in unique and innovative ways. I am proud of these tremendous efforts and your hard work.

With the arrival of our 217th year of continuous service, we can look forward to the promise of more opportunities to serve America, and even more challenges. I reaffirm my commitment to each of you on this special day to ensure that our Coast Guard men and women are the most versatile workforce in government, equipped with the most capable fleet of ships, aircraft and boats, along with the most effective systems that will support them. We have an extraordinary legacy of excellence as America’s Coast Guard. We will build on that legacy. We will rise to meet the challenges facing us. And we will remain always ready.

Happy Birthday and Semper Paratus!
Admiral Thad Allen

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And here's a prayer for the Coast Guard on it's birthday. I found this on the Navy's Chaplain website:

God, we thank you for this special day. It is our Birthday. It is a day to rest from our daily labor. It is a day to share our daily bread with each other. It is a day to challenge each other to a different kind of excellence. May we be refreshed today – in body and soul. May we be renewed today – in mind and spirit. May we be re-dedicated today – in word and deed. Lord, in everything we do, may we please you, may we be all that we can be and may we do for those whom we help what we would like them to do for us. AMEN.

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Honey, I'm so proud of you and all that you do for so many people. I can't believe how many lives you have saved or assisted. There are so many people still alive today because of you. You not only save their lives, but they go on to live another day with their families who are eternally grateful for what you have done. Sure, most of them do not know the names of the pilots or crew who saved their life, but you are fulfilling God's work. You are an amazing person and pilot and I am so blessed and proud to have you in my life.

Happy Coast Guard Day everyone! A special thanks goes out to our all of our men in women serving and protecting our homeland. God bless you all!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Duh!

Ok, I really fixed the posts this time! Finally figured out what was wrong and it was me! lol I didn't see the "moderate comments" tab at the top of my screen. Who knew? I had 20 comments waiting to be approved. I'm such a dork!

MIA

Ok guys, I have a confession to make. I think I killed our camera. We went fishing last weekend (and can I tell you I had some amazing pictures?) and when we were crossing back across the creek to go back to the car, I slipped and fell (note: faceplanted) into the ground and rocks. Luckily I wasn't hurt, I thought I had sprained something, but I walked it off. As I'm walking off I turn around and see Zach and Stef looking concerned and Zach holding up our soaking wet camera. Apparently you are supposed to zip the camera bag up when you put it back in there. Who would have guessed. We dried it out and it still won't come on. I'm hoping the memory card is ok, and we are going to take it to Walmart tonight to see if we can get a CD of the pictures. I'm still really upset b/c now that I have no camera, I see all these amazing things I want to take pictures of, but can't. Ugh!!! I'm going to take it to Anchorage with me at the end of the month to drop it by Best Buy - thank goodness for service plans - and will have them mail it back to us.

The reason I'm going to Anchorage is b/c Zach and I are going to enter the next phase of developing our family. Most of you know we have been trying to get pregnant for 2 3/4 years now (but who's counting?). I have a condition known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) that has kept us from achieving our goal. The doctors do not want to keep me on the fertility medicine much longer due to the increased risk of cancer and the fact that I'm not technically obese as many others with this syndrome are - it makes you gain weight and very hard to lose it. In addition to Clomid (the medicine) we are going to also do injectibles. This means I will have to give myself shots. If after two months we are not pregnant, we are going to either try IUI (if you want to know ask or you can look it up) or move on to adoption. I think right now we are thinking we will try one or two months of IUI while also starting the adoption process. We have always known we want to adopt, so it's just another way for us to have a family.

You may be wondering why I'm telling you all this now. I'm kind of wondering this myself, but I felt it was time. We are coming up to our 4 year anniversary - can you believe it? - and we have had to endure way too many questions like "when are you going to start your family" or if I'm holding a baby or child, "that's really fitting for you". Quite frankly I'm kind of sick of it, b/c we both want children so bad that it just kind of rubs it in my face, but I'm also very anxious to let people know that we are looking into adoption.

I've heard many stories of people who have let others know they were looking into adoption and someone knew someone else who had some valuable information. We are really hoping to have a child in our home within the next year or so, but know that it will all happen in God's time. Why we have had to wait is beyond me and to be honest it's beginning to take a toll on me. I'm struggling in my faith, but Zach is such a support. I'm so thankful for him b/c when I'm down, he's there to either put me in my place, lend me a shoulder, help me see things from a different perspective, or all the above. One of the things he's said to me recently was maybe instead of us not being ready for a child (in God's eyes), our child isn't ready for us yet. We are willing to wait for our child, whether it happens biologically or through adoption. Please keep us in your prayers.

I know that this blog is usually really uplifting and light, but I think I needed to get some things off my chest. This may get severely edited or even deleted by weeks end, but maybe not. This is supposed to be a way for us to let our family and friends - all of you - know what's going on in our lives and this is what's going on.

Thanks for making it this far and for all your love and support. Stay tuned tomorrow. You'll have a special treat! It's a special day - for us anyway!