Thursday, July 04, 2013

Blogging on Borrowed Time


They've not turned it off yet - but we only have 1.5 hours left in this business day.

Arielle and Nolan left this a.m. for an American/Japanese camp down in Sendai. I'm praying they have a great time.  It is a bit odd for Arielle right now as so many have pcsd in the last couple of weeks. I know that feeling.

We went to see WHY we'd not been called about a car we turned in last Saturday. We took that paperwork and delivered it to our insurance agent. We've junked two cars here...by FAR Tommy's was the best to work with. He's timely AND gave us money back besides the money we get on the road tax from at our insurance company.

We took the younger two - bowling. It's raining - what do you do when it rains all the time?  I didn't know Zander has an "end zone" dance. ::snort::


Good day for Dad! 

On the way home we stopped at the grand opening of the new neighborhood Lawsons. I think it is a good thing we are moving this week. I don't know that my discipline will handle driving by that 2 - 8 times a day.

It's hard to believe we leave this home in 4 days and a wakeup....and then 5 days and wakeup in the Inn and we'll be flying out.....not sure how it came so quickly.

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Fourth of July 2013!


A Fourth of July hair style....and it would have been even more awesome if Stacia would have sat still for
Arielle to braid every arm of the star...and if the ribbons weren't all packed. LOL 

 Michael and I filled the morning with Skypes and video messages to family. We wanted all to know we are about to enter an  Internet black out until we move to the base on the 10th.

I took the trailer and van off of storage insurance.

I wired some money to Mom and Dad. Our van was vandalized at the storage area and needed some repairs. They were nice enough to clean it up and make sure the trailer is travel ready. I gave our 30 day notice at the RV storage unit.

Michael took the screen door off and took it to Sanwado where they fix them quickly and cheaply.....He dropped Arielle and I off at Daiso while he did that errand. This was nice as I've been told I MUST get ramen bowls and real spoons before we leave....done.

This is the moment when Arielle realizes her "coco yogurt" drink has chunks of rubbery "something" in it....
It's really not bad if you are EXPECTING chunks in your drink. ::snort:: By the time we got home a new plan was developing for the rest of the day.

I collapsed...I'm on four new meds this week and something is making me feel fairly crummy.  Michael took the kids to watch Monster University while I took a nap. My hero. I had thought I was coming down with fibro, which my mom has. But I've been pain free for six months. I was off statin drugs. I had to go back on statin drugs this week and low and behold the aches are back. I think I know the reason.

Zander has been instigating one last night on the beach. He wanted to roast veggie dogs and have s'mores...It all came together tonight. We got out there early enough to collect firewood in the LIGHT.

For the record, veggie dogs certainly are not a nutritarian item. They hardly count as "nutrient dense" and are highly processed...but my family will eat them as a replacement to hotdogs...and tonight...I needed a veggie dog....and a s'more made with a Reeses cup.....when you are going to splurge - splurge big. ::snort::

It was a happy coincidence to run into Dave, Melissa, Jake, Josh and Mckenna. The kids helped ours gather wood for a bit, while we adults caught up. We'll miss running into people we know most everywhere we go ::snort::



Zander has been collecting "roasting sticks" for the last couple of weeks. I could tell he loved pulling them out when Mike said, "Do we have any sticks?"

Ah - a happy young man. Finally roasting his veggie dog on the beach! AND we had some fireworks we needed to shoot off before we leave.

This is very likely our last fire on the beach in Misawa. Michael suggested we call the Jantz family to see if they wanted to join us. Ah, happy memories. I didn't grab any white sticks tonight....no one dunked in the ocean...we calmly sat around the fire and discussed what it feels like to be the "odd" man out at the end of an assignment...how transitions happen in the military....what we were grieving at the loss of the 6 acre home on Redhill...and then we remembered God's provision.....and realized if God wanted us to have chapel-wide cook outs in our back yard, He would have made it happen...and Zander said, "Well, the chickens always were a long shot." I must say the chickens are what hurt me the most...and yet God is speaking to Zander's young heart about prayer and His character.


I'm reminded of a quote: "TRUST - never put a question mark where the Lord has put a period." We sat with the sorrow of many little things tonight...but we also sat with the joy of knowing God has provided for us yet again...He is answering our prayer to put us in the neighborhood He wants us in...and that brings a sense of eager expectation.

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Public Service Announcement


Sometime tomorrow our internet will be shut off in preparation for our final inspection here on 11 July. 

We will move to Temporary Lodging on the 10th and will have wifi there. 

Do not worry that the moving monsters have overtaken us if we don't have time to blog in the next few days.....

We will return! 

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...