Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Spring is for TRAVELING!

To say that we have had a busy spring would be the understatement of the century.  I know that everyone has their own busyness so I’m sure mine may seem not very interesting or challenging to some.  For us it was…..a whirlwind.  Our travels have included the following states/countries: California; Colorado; Vancouver, Canada; Alaska; Texas; Louisiana.  Whew!  That makes me tired just typing it…not to mention DRIVING to most of it!  Now, don’t get me wrong.  We LOVE IT!  We truly enjoyed all of our travels this spring.  It was just a lot crammed together.  So, let’s start at the beginning. 
Some of you may know and some may not.  David is in the Air Force Reserves.  After he separated from active duty in January ’08 he was still wanting to “do his part” for our country.  In June of ’08 there was an opportunity presented to him to join the Air Force Reserves at a unit in California.  He jumped in and has been doing it ever since.  He is a traditional reservist which means he works once a month and 2 weeks a year for the AF Reserves.  It was a small sacrifice when we lived in California.  Don’t get me wrong.  We missed him on the weekends (I esp. missed the help when the boys were super little) but he got to come home in the evening so we still saw him a little bit.  Now that we are in Colorado and he is still serving in his unit in California it’s a little more……challenging.  I tell you all this to say, since November once a month he has been traveling to California for his duty.  Around the beginning of February David came to me and said he needed to do his two weeks and was looking at doing it in April and he wanted me and the boys to go to California with him.  I was all in  J.  This meant we would get to go see our friends and our church family!  Exciting!  So we started planning.  We decided we would drive to California and we warned all of our friends that we were coming. The date was set and all the preparations were made.  We were leaving on April 22nd.   
As April 22nd is approaching we came to the final decision it was time to let our first babies find a new home.  Now this was HARD!  We had been talking about finding a new home for Reese & Rusty for quite some time now.  Actually we had talked about it for at least 2 years.  I just couldn’t do it.  I couldn’t decide that this was best.  In all honesty, it should have been done 2 years ago.  It was EXTREMELY stressful having the 2 dogs with the boys being little.  But we endured thinking it would get easier.  We finally came to the realization that if we wanted to travel with David then we needed to let go of our furry babies.  We found a wonderful family that was so excited to be chosen to get our babies.  They wanted both of them and that was REALLY important to us.  So, on April 21st I let my first babies go.  Rusty was our first anniversary gift….Reese came along 2 years later.  When we let them go they were 9 & 7.  It was a sad day for me, but truly it was for the best. 

The following day we departed for California.  We had decided we would drive hard on Friday & Saturday so we could be in church for Easter.  We were excited to be able to worship with our family in Lompoc.  Work for David began the next day.  Then Tuesday was an exciting day for us.   We found out the month before that David was selected to be promoted to Major.  Tuesday was the day for his ceremony.  He didn’t want to make a big deal out of it and didn’t really tell anyone…one of the things I love about him is how humble he is.  I didn’t really want it to pass without it being a big deal so we were able to compromise.  The boys & I would be there (obviously) and he invited our minister & his wife to attend as well.  (There were lots of military people there that I have no idea who they are!) It was such a special day.  His commander said some truly amazing things about David and his work ethic but also about his faith in our Creator.  Then David spoke.  It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about what he said.  He gives all the glory to God; a humble, man of God.  He gave the boys some fun toys and they wanted to play with them RIGHT THEN & he honored me with the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen.  He loves me so!  I have no idea how I got to be blessed to be his wife, but am so grateful!  When you are able to witness or participate in one of these type of ceremonies your heart swells with patriotism.  These men & women are more than willing to serve our county; more than willing to give their life so we have our “deserved” freedom.  It is humbling and moving.  I am so thankful for David; his love of God, our country and our family. 
Disclaimer:  I did not take the pictures.  We were in a secure building….so I couldn’t have my camera. 

 I will continue with our spring adventures on the next entry.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Beginning

Well, here it is.  After 4 years of thinking of starting one, here is my blog.  I am not good at writing.  Actually, most of the time I re-read what I write and erase most of it.  I am going to try hard to just put my thoughts down and leave it.  Please don’t be critical of my lack of writing skills J.  I feel like I have so much joy in my life I need to write it down.  I don’t want to forget these moments.  I take lots of pictures, but I don’t want to forget what is said esp. by my adorable baby boys.  (In my best Peter Pan voice) Here we GOOoooooo!
Father’s Day.  It’s always a weekend that makes me sappy.  I truly have an amazing father.  Actually, I don’t know how to put it into words how amazing my dad is.  He is sacrificial, giving, loving, sharing and hilarious.  I know there are other words I can use to describe him, but can’t think of them right now.  I struggle with being able to convey to him how much I appreciate him.  I want him to know that I recognize how special he is and that he is appreciated.  I don’t know that I do that well.  I am so thankful that God chose me to have Glenn Scriber as my dad!  I have another reason to get sappy…my two boys.  I have been super blessed to have 2 amazing little men.  I think the way the 2 little men became amazing is partly because of their dad.  What an awesome man he is.  I am blessed beyond words.  Thank you Lord!

Trying to make Father’s Day memorial I asked David what he would like to do.  I should have known what the response would be…actually I did.  He wanted to take the boys fishing.  He has been talking about it for 3 ½ years.  It was time.  Off we go to find a place to fish.  We ended up at a place called Crystal Lake Reservoir.  It is on the road up to Pikes Peak; truly a beautiful place.  I sat & took pictures of David teaching his son’s how to cast and reel it in.  Then it was time for him to sit back and watch them do it themselves.  I can’t describe the look on his face and I don’t think I captured it with my pictures either.  He was so proud & excited to share this with them.  They tried and tried to put the line out there.  For Jackson, it was almost natural.  The second time he casted by himself he was successful.  For Jonathan it took more practice.  David worked with him and then would let him try by himself.  After about 10 minutes Jonathan had it down, too.  This is part I struggle with…..waiting.  So now we wait.  We watched the boys cast and wait.  Cast and wait.  Cast and wait.  I’m taking pictures and playing in the rocks.  Then David yells…reel it in Jonathan!!  Jonathan CAUGHT A FISH!  It was so fun to see.  (I’m really glad I didn’t stay home!)  Jackson was so happy for his brother, he couldn’t stop cheering for him!  Best friends..that’s what they are!  Well, we’re not gonna stop fishing now (even though it’s starting to rain).  They start casting again.  Then David yells…reel is in Jackson!  Jackson had a fish!!! Well….he did until it got off of his line.  David told him it was ok to keep trying.  They both cast again and who catches another fish?!?!?! Jonathan!  We knew at that point we couldn’t leave until Jackson caught one.  We were willing fish on his line…and it worked!!  He had another fish!!  He starts reeling it in about to pull it out of the water and we watch the fish get off the hook!  Really?!?!? Again?!?!  (that’s what I am thinking) but David so gently goes to Jackson and tells him that sometimes that happens.  He will catch a fish sometime.  Jackson seems to understand and just enjoys starting to cast again.  There comes a point where we realize it is time to go and Jackson has no fish.  But it’s all ok.  Jackson knows he will be back to fish again and he will have another chance to catch a fish.  Now they are asking...when are we going  to eat the fish????!!!  Needless to say, we had fish for supper!