Saturday, November 26, 2011
Now that this Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, I find myself reflecting on the day, both for 2011 and for the years past. Like those before, this year was filled with friends, food, fellowship and football. However, unlike those past years, our families and some of our best friends were missing. Oh how your perspective changes when you are 5000+ miles away from the land you once called home and the family you love. Friends and family who you had spent the past 30+ years with are now only accessible by phone, text, email or video. Was this a difficult Thanksgiving... the short answer is yes! However, what this Thanksgiving did provide was a reminder of what the holiday truly is about.
According to Webster, the word "Thanksgiving" is defined as "a day set apart for giving thanks to God". A question that arises as I consider this is, why just a single day? We all have so much to be thankful for, how could we possibly cram all that into a single 24 hour period of time? So in addition to using just that single day, lets take a moment each day to reflect on the past year and the many blessings we have to be thankful for.
As for me and my family where do I start? God has blessed us so much in the past 12 months. It's still hard to believe its all real. What started out as a nudge from The Man upstairs grew into reality and here I sit typing this in Kasilof, AK. Who would have ever thought this was even possible? The list of things we are all thankful for is as long as the road we traveled to get here... A God who loves us and provides for us daily, a family back home who does the same and friends both old and new who have been such a help and mean so much, just to name a few.
With all this being said, what are you thankful for? Do you take time to give thanks on a regular basis or like so many other people (myself included at times), do you try to pack it all into a single day? In the days, weeks and months ahead take a moment each day to be thankful... but more importantly, take that time to give thanks to those you are thankful to and for.
"Thank You Lord For Your Blessings On Me..."
God Bless & Safe Travels!
A few pics from our Thanksgiving weekend:
Saturday, November 12, 2011
It has been a while since we've posted an update so we wanted to take a moment to catch-up with everyone. For those of you who are on Facebook, you've see a few more updates that those who are not. We've found it's a little easier to keep things updated there given the time constraints of the day. If you are a member of Facebook and have not liked out page yet, you can find it and "Like" it at www.facebook.com/faithtothe49th
It's hard to believe we have been here in AK for over 3 months now. The past month or so has been extremely busy. A new job, new friends and more involvement with our church have kept us hopping during the weeks and weekends! Cole started and finished his basketball season during the month of October and of course we ended the month with trick-or-treating. This year's trick-or-treating was a new experience... for the very first time ever we took the kids trick-or-treating in the snow! It was a great night as this was the first snow of the winter here on the Kenai Peninsula.
The next weekend we awoke to our first large snow (at least by TN terms) which was 8-9". Later that morning our landlord/neighbors came over to see if the boys would like to help with the sled dogs and take a team of the pups on a run. Of course they wanted to, so we dressed and headed over. By the way has anyone ever heard 85+ dogs barking at the same time? Needless to say, it gets kind of loud. While we were there we learned how to place the harnesses on the dogs and hook them to the pull line. After that, the boys took off as the dogs were pulling the 4-wheeler, as there was not yet enough snow yet to run the sled. 30-45 minutes later, the boys returned and were stoked to have had that experience. We helped unhook and unharness the dogs and then headed home. Once we were home the first snowball fight of the winter ensued and somehow I ended up as the looser. 3 on 1 has a way of causing that. :-) Sunday we had a great church service and then a pot-luck dinner for lunch.
The past week has been a mix of cold snowy days and cold clear days. A couple of nights have seen lows in the negative single digits. Friday evening the snow moved back in and we awoke once again to a fresh blanket of 6-8" of new snow Saturday morning. The kids spent the day play and sledding in it while I went into town for our monthly men's prayer breakfast at church. Afterward, I got to witness my very first moose being field dressed and prepared. Those are some extremely large creatures.
Below are the links to several pictures we have taken over the past few weeks. Check them out when you have time. The Lord continues to bless and we are so very grateful. It seems as though we see some new amazing site or have some new amazing experience every other day. If you ever get the chance to visit AK, let me encourage you to take the opportunity to do so. For those who think they will never have the time, let me encourage you to make time. It's an experience and a land you will never forget!
God Bless & Safe Travels!