Thursday, March 5, 2015

.flight school.

This week, my husband flew the last flight of flight school. 
It's been a long journey. A really long journey. 

Nearly 10 years in the Marine Corps. 
7 years of marriage.
26 months of flight school.
3 kids. (We even had one during flight school).
Countless hours of studying, planning, and flying. 
 I thought today would be a good day to take a look at just a few of the big milestones that led us to this point.
Summer 2008 - Braum graduated from Officer Candidate School
Summer 2010 - Braum graduated from the University of Washington
Fall 2011 - Braum was commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps

Summer 2013 - First day Braum got to wear his flight suit!

Summer 2014 - The day we found out Braum would be flying helicopters!
Next week, Braum will get his Aviator's Wings of Gold.
And we find out what specific helicopter he will be flying. And where we will be living for the next 3 years. 
It's exciting. It's nerve-wracking.
His winging will mark the end of one chapter of our lives, and the beginning of another. 
And we can't wait.  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

.family sunday.

The kids and I have all been sick this week, which has slowed down my thinking, which has slowed down my blogging. I should be back soon, though!

B - This week didn't go as planned with flights, but I'm glad we could still celebrate a little.

J - Captain America has become your new favorite thing. This week you picked out shoes and an action figure. So fun!

W - You have been memorizing Madeline this week. There is nothing cuter than hearing you recite, "To the tiger in the zoo, Madeline just said, 'Poo, Poo!'"

A - We had so much fun together with our first tea party. So grateful for my girly girl!



Monday, February 23, 2015

.tea with me.

I love to take pictures of the fun moments. Today, my sweet Miss Mia and I had our first tea party
I am a big believer in the power of a tea party. 
So is Miss Mia, it would seem.

I hope you enjoy some of my favorite quotes about tea (emphasis mine), and some pictures from our first tea party of many.

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
C.S. Lewis


 There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
 Henry James


It's always tea time.
The Mad Hatter 

Polly put the kettle on, 
We'll all have tea.

 Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?
Peter Pan


"Lovely stuff," she said as she sipped from her teacup.
Beatrix Potter

Sunday, February 22, 2015

.family sunday.

B - It's all coming down to this last week - finish flight school strong, Sweetheart!

J - You make friends wherever you go, sweet boy. It's been fun to see you become so outgoing, especially this week with so many friends coming over, going to friends' homes, and going to the beach.

W - I love to see your sense of humor come out. You make me laugh all the time and your sweet grin is infectious!

A - You are fearless. And determined as all get out. And spunky. You keep us all on our toes. And we love you.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

.pleasant words.

I know you've heard the old phrase "sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me." It's not really true, is it? The truth is words often hurt more.

My words are quick to come, and it has been a lifelong battle to make sure my words are edifying and not destructive.

I was not a perfect child (shocking, I know) and one particular time I had said something mean to my brother (I honestly cannot remember the incident AT ALL), but I remember vividly the discipline. My mother sat me down with her Bible and a concordance and had me look up 10 or so verses talking about the tongue. Talk about hitting close to home. The Bible has a lot to say about the power of the tongue, and as a young girl, I was a bit shocked about how powerful my words were. It was definitely a "punishment" that has stuck with me my whole life.

Words are my way of expression, which is why I love to blog, but they can also be me undoing. I like to think I have my tongue better managed than when I was 9, but some days I am not so sure.

Part of working towards a clean heart and right spirit is to make sure I am thinking on words that build up instead of tear down. My Pandora station is set to hymns today, and the verse from Proverbs above is what I am thinking about today. (This is a verse that hung in my room as a girl, and is one that I memorized early on to remind myself of the power of the tongue. I love the phrase "Sweetness to the soul." What a perfect visual for me - I certainly need sweetness in my soul. It seems, after all, that words not only have the power to hurt more than sticks or stones, they also have the ability to heal. I know I will be working harder than ever to make sure such a powerful tool is managed well.

Blessings, Laura