Tuesday, April 10, 2012
American Girl: I announced to the house that the American Girl Doll Company was introducing their new Girl of the Year. Macie piped up and asked, “Where is she from?” There was an awkward silence...followed by “America”.
Fossil Cookies: Breesa and Nataly made fossils out of baking ingredients including coffee to make the cookies look like dirt. They smelled so good and looked like cookies. So when daddy got home, Breesa convinced him to try one of her “cookies”. He took a bite, faked a smile, and said, “mmmm, who made these?!?” We could barely hold our laughter as he spit them out and tried to wash the salt out of his mouth!!
Breesa entered in her first science fair. I was so proud of her. She is usually a very soft spoken person. For her to stand up at the table to talk to those judges about made me cry. She got “fourth” place, which is what everyone got after the first three ribbons were handed out. “The only real failure in life is the failure to try.” The prize she picked was a shoe box of animal artifacts: a bird nest, an animal skull, turtle shell, and so on. On one hand, she’s just like me...on the other hand EWWW! There was also a multiuse tool to inspect her goods. She was absolutely thrilled with the science fair and couldn’t wait to do it again. She’s already planning new projects. I love that she’s such a good sport!
I don’t know how I got so lucky to find the love of my life! I realize I am blessed to have found a hardworking man who loves his family. Since we left active duty, Pierce had missed working on his air planes. I didn’t care what he did I was just tired of moving all the time. Even though I wasn’t thrilled about moving to Monroe City, I put my feet down and decided we would stay there and not move again. We talked about him applying for a full time position with the Guard, but I didn’t want to move again. One morning we sat down in church and the music began, I instantly had a tugging at my heart from God. We had not discussed this new job in a while but I knew instantly that I was wrong. I cried all day. All I ever wanted was to be still and have a place to call home for more than two years. I talked with my pastors wife and she said that if God was calling us to move, I would find peace about it. With tears streaming down my face, I told him I would go if he got a job. Of course, he said he didn’t want to go if I was going to be upset. That whole Sunday I cried but something amazing happened on Monday. I woke up ready to pack our bags. God gave me peace. The only problem was that God also wanted to teach me about patience. A year later, we arrived in St Joe and lived together as a family for the first time in eight months. It’s not been easy and I miss our little house. But I can’t believe the blessings God has given us. Pierce has been named the best NCO in his office, on the base, AND in the state. After one year at the 10 level, he will be promoted to a 12 position over many of his coworkers who have applied numerous times. He is still waiting to hear about the National level NCO award. However, I am PROUD to announce he received (or should I say earned) the rank of Master Sergeant, E-7. Our growing family is so proud of him. The little girls love seeing his planes flying and knowing their daddy put it up there. I can’t believe how that one little decision changed our lives. This Valentines Day, we are nearing our ten year anniversary. I can’t wait to see where the next ten years take us!