Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas spirit or bah humbug?

So, which are you ~
Are you the Christmas spirit, or, are you the bah humbug of the bunch?

This year, this day, I feel more bah humbug-ish than I think I have ever. Why? I really don't know. Maybe it's the lack of snow, but that may not necessarily be it being as the last few Christmas's were spent in balmy South Florida. Maybe it's because I have to wait to get a tree ~ we are getting a real live tree. Maybe it's that I am dreading taking the boxes of fall decorations downstairs, and lugging the Christmas ones up. Maybe it's knowing that my awesome husband will be working Christmas Eve AND Christmas day. I don't know...........
Any way you cut it, this year, this day it's kinda a bah humbug, scrooge-ish kinda day. Maybe I should watch my Albert Finney Scrooge and White Christmas and Elf, all in that Order and hopefully that may just vault me into a Christmas spirit kind of gal.
But I think I shall sit down with a mug of hot Wassail and anticipate breaking my back lugging boxes up and down.
Anywho ~ I'm hoping you are having a very blessed happy Christmas spirit!!!!!!!!
~ Bah, humbug ~ and a very Merry Christmas to you!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I'm grateful for.....................

It is my most favorite holiday. It isn't about having to get gifts for every. single. person you know. The only cost involved is for the dinner. This holiday is all about being with those you love and who love you. It is an awesome way to make us slow down, sit down, and give thanks to our wonderful Heavenly Father for all the Blessings he has bestowed upon us.

I have a few favorite verses for Thanksgiving. My most favorite is: Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name!

I read that a few years ago and it struck me that HE blesses us, but we are told to be thankful and to bless HIM. I am to bless God. Not the superficial "well, bless God, brother". Which brings me to another one of my favorite verses ~ that I find myself saying throughout the days, here recently. Psalm 103:1 - 2 Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy NAME. Bless the Lord oh my soul and forget not all His benefits.
Bless the Lord, HE has given me more than I deserve and HIS benefits are mighty and awesome.

So, while I am waiting on my freshly mopped floor to dry, I wanted to take a second to share a few of the benefits that the Lord has Blessed ME with and in doing so I hope to bless HIS NAME!

~ My wonderful Husband Jesse, who works hard and long and takes such good care of us. He is the most amazing man I know, and I feel privileged to be able to be his wife. He's such an awesome daddy. His wife and children always come first. He adores spending time with his boys and I hope that one day, they will be just like him, for he is the best example available.
~ My 3 little guys ~ Xavier, Tucker and Gunner. They are so awesome. They overlook so many of my faults and love me unconditionally. I pray for them daily and I thank God that he saw fit to let me ~ flawed and broken ~ be their mom.
~ My extended family ~ the ups and downs that come with many people and personalities, sometimes clashing, but getting along pretty good. I'm grateful I'm part of good families who love each other.
~ My house ~ It's small, but it is warm, cozy and God provided it for us.
~ My truck ~ heated seats and all. I actually laughed when Jesse told me that was one of the "extras" on our used vehicle we were purchasing. I mean after all, we lived in South Florida, when would we ever need those? But, God in his infinite wisdome, looked into the future and knew I would be super grateful on those cold NY mornings!
~ My "things" ~ unlike my sister in law Kayte, I am so NOT anti-stuff! Much to Jesse's chagrin. I love all my little sentimental do-dads and decorations!!!!!!!!!! But I'm trying to scale down just a wee bit!
~ My friends who are like family. They have helped us survive the last 10 years. Being in the Marine Corps we moved around a few times. And the Lord in his awesome mercy saw that we met who we needed. Janice and Harold were our family in North Carolina. We still make trips to see them. my boys call them Gramma Janice and Grampa Harold. I love them and am so grateful for them and the sacrifices they made for our family. And the church family in South Florida. We spent all the holidays together when we were in town. We were very close knit and I miss them so very much.
~ My friends who are very dear to me. These are my most recent. And I am excited to get to know them more and bring them into the category above!!!!!!!
~ My faith. Without God, there were so many things in my life I would not have survived. He has been ever faithful to uphold with HIS right hand and I will never stop being grateful to HIM for all he has done for me!

Anyhow ~
I've been terribly busy for the last few weeks, and I know I'm gonna be swamped busy the next couple days, so I just wanted to post something since it's been awhile!
Have a marvelous, blessed Thanksgiving! I got to go start baking. We are having family over on Thanksgiving, and I am SO excited! Have a wonderful safe Thanksgiving!

Ta Ta

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I'm grateful for.....................

November 10.
Today is one of my most favorite days. This is the day of the Marine Corps birthday.
I am a Marine wife. The saying goes "Once a Marine, always a Marine". Well, I say, Once a Marine wife, always a Marine wife.
I am so thankful for all of our armed forces, but most especially for the Marine Corps. (It's the men's side of the Navy. :) )
I'm so proud that my husband served almost 8 years in the Marine Corps. He did what alot of people (and a few presidents) were unwilling to do. He served his country. He enlisted before 9-11 happened. And he stayed in beyond that.
Xavier and I made sacrifices too. We served too. We kept the home fires burning through 3 deployments.
I'm thankful for all the family members who also make that sacrifice.
After we were stationed in Miami at an I&I station, Jesse performed many Marines funerals.
I'm grateful for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. They gave their lives for me.
Jesse has had the honor of presenting the folded flag to grieving family members.
I'm even more grateful for those families who also made the greatest sacrifice. They gave their son or daughter, husband or wife, father or mother. For me and mine.
Being a Marine Corps family fills me with such pride. We may not be in the corps anymore, but, I am still proud of what we accomplished. We came out stronger in life and stronger together.
I am proud of what being a Marine means ~ Honor Courage Commitment. Semper Fidelis ~ always faithful.
I miss it too. In our last duty station, I was honored to be a Key volunteer. I served the family members whose loved one was deployed. I was honored to be able to do the annual holiday dinner for the unit. It was the highlight of my year. There's nothing like serving those who serve. Most of our closest friends we have we met either in the Marine Corps, or because of where the Marine Corps sent us.
I'm grateful that we were allowed to serve in the Greatest branch of the Military.
We were in the United States Marine Corps.
My husband was a Marine.
Sgt. Jesse McCoy ~ I LOVE YOU

Happy Birthday, devil dogs
Semper Fi

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I'm grateful for.....................

My husband! And sweet memories

{My computer has crashed and we've completely rebooted the whole thing, lost lots of doc's, found them, then the keyboard won't work all the time, so I have been unable to update my blog like I have wanted to}

11 years ago today, Jesse told me that he loved me. It was very bitter sweet for me. For it was on the same day that my grandpa Poppy (the only grandpa I knew) had passed away. I still remember that entire day so vividly. I remember the day before that too, for that was the last time I ever spoke to Poppy. He was having one of the last of his lucid moments (he was dying from prostrate cancer) and while I was working in the school switchboard during chapel, my mom called and said that Poppy wanted to talk to me, so I did, and he told me that he loved me and that he was proud of me and that all he ever wanted from me is that I just kept on serving Jesus, no matter how, no matter what. That is the last thing he said to me on this earth. That night, late in the night, he passed on to glory. I was told by my dorm supe Ruthie Vogel early the next morning.
While running around trying to get all my passes figured out, plane tickets and rides to the airports figured out and all that stuff, Jesse was there with me. He was helping me do what I needed which was just mostly his support, and he was awesome with that. My friend Talia, dorm supe Maribel Anaya, and roommate Jamie Stigar all got passes to take me to the airport. While Talia was pulling her car around to load my luggage in, Jesse and I were sitting in the lobby at school (referred to by the students as the drool pool) and he just looked at his hands, then looked me in the eyes and said, before you leave, I just wanted to let you know that I love you. He said he wanted me to know that before I left!
Such a sweetheart! He knew my heart was broken over my Poppy's death, and he helped me with my grief. And to this day, I will never be able to express to him how much his love does for me. He is the most awesome man I know! And I love him very much!
And yes, for all you curious georges, I told him that I loved him too, after the shock wore off, I was already in the car pulling away and I told the girls in the car with me. They slammed on the brakes, asked me if I told him back and I said "I don't think so" so they all hopped out of the car, waved him forward while screaming SHE LOVES YOU TOO. Then I did tell him face to face!
I always have and I always will love him.