Posted in #Children, #family, ARMY RESERVES, family

Weekly Wrap-Up for September 11 2020

So for the last few months I have been rather silent around here beyond reviews. For the last year and a half we have been on a rollercoaster ride of trying to find a retirement assignment, finding out the military eliminated our current duty assignment and more. In December, we found out we were moving to a new duty station in Charlotte for our last duty assignment. The move came quickly and without a lot of time to prepare.

In February, we moved, spent roughly a month living in hotels while the military movers packed our home in Texas up and then us traveling to North Carolina and finally trying to find somewhere to live in our “new-to-my husband and children” town. We are in Charlotte, NC somewhere I became familiar with as a girl. From 1978 to 1987 we lived close to Charlotte, and my first actual job was at Carowinds. It thrilled me with the idea my children would get to visit the theme park I worked out. But then COVID-19 occurred, and our ideas for this past spring and summer went out the window.

Yet, today, I think back and remember where I was on this day in 2001 when the World Trade Center buildings, the Pentagon and a place in Pennsylvania changed forever when airplanes crashed into these areas. I think of all those who lost loved ones, of all the children who grew up without a parent or parents, and even those children who lost their lives that day.

I think of the brave men and women who answered the call of their country and willingly stepped up to defend the United States. On this day, may our country remember what happened that day and the emotions and courage that came forth from the ashes.

May we never forget 9-11!

Posted in ARMY RESERVES, Canning, family, Fresh Produce, Home School Review Crew Posts, Music

Thoughts for Tuesday, May 29, 2018

 

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So last week was our first week with limited activities.  The Homeschool Band and Strings programs are out for two weeks before the summer program begins.  However,  that does not mean we do not have anything to do.  Right now, we are dealing with a Home Improvement Store’s Extended Warranty department to try and get our refrigerator fixed that is still under warranty.  However, we are not having too much success.  So far the repairmen (independent contractors) have been out twice and my refrigerator still does not work.  When they came last week, they told me it needed a new compressor, which the home improvement store would not pay for – instead the store should have contacted me about replacing the refrigerator with a new one (what the warranty stipulates).  However, when I called the home improvement store’s warranty deparment on Thursday, I was told the repairmen should be coming back out to replace the compressor.  But neither the repairmen or the warranty department decided it was worth their time to inform me of this development.  So, we are in week 3 of this situation with no end in sight.  I have turned this over to my husband to handle.

Last week also saw us beginning the process of putting up the apples and potatoes we bought from Bountiful Baskets.  My oldest son is the chief apple processor, while my husmband and I did the potatoes.  We also started the process for making our homemade sauerkraut.  The best part was having friends over keep us company while we worked.

Here are some pictures.

During the long weekend, we also put up seven pints of beets.  Here are some pictures of that and the potato process.  Because we were already working with the potatoes, I decided it was the perfect time to make a pot of homemade potato soup.  Between dinner Friday night and lunch on Saturday, the soup was devoured.

Yesterday was Memorial Day here in the United States where we remember those servicemembers who paid the ultimate price in service for our country.  So we decided it was a perfect day for a cookout.  We fixed Bratwursts, pita bread (for wrapping the bratwursts in), macaroni salad, deviled eggs, and homemade baked beans.  All in all the meal turned out fantastic.

Finally to cap of the day, our youngest son, my husband and I went to see our local community band perform.  The Crossroads Community Band performed at our city’s Warrior Weekend event which included a field of flags.  We enjoyed listening to the music and especially the finale of “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillips Sousa.  There is nothing like hearing the piccolo solo for that song.  We also enjoyed hearing the band perform a New Orleans style funeral march.  Another highlight of the evening  was hearing the tributes to the military branches.  Since my husband served in the United States Air Force (way before our time together) and has served in the United States Army Reserves as a reservist from 1997 to 2004 and then as active duty in the Army Reserves since 2005, my husband stood for both songs.

Following the band performance, the local Boy Scouts troops held a flag burning ceremony.  Because my husband was and is in the military, they asked him to carry one of the flags .  So here are some pictures.

So if you are in the Unitted States, how did you spend your Memorial Day weekend?  I pray your weekend was blessed.  If you are not in the United States, I would also love to hear how you spent your wekend.

If you would like to read what other members of the Home School Review Crew are posting about this week,  click here or on the graphci below.

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Posted in ARMY RESERVES, CHAP, family, GRADUATION, REENLISTMENT

LOTS GOING ON

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Well there has been a lot going on here lately.  Dennis turned in his re-enlistment packet and we just received notification last week that it had processed.  So either tomorrow or Wednesday he and I will go to our battalion in Williamsport so he can be sworn in again.  We have been doing school around here.  We have had some snow and some days with warmer temperatures.  We have also had some really cold days.

We have been to North Carolina so he could renew his drivers license and we could visit Dennis’ parents.  While we were there, we were also able to see his brother, his wife, his daughter and her husband along with meeting our only great-niece.  Plus we were able to see another one of his sisters.  We attended church at our home church and went to a dinner afterwards at a sister church for Dennis’ uncle and his wife for a Pastor Appreciation day.

On the homeschooling front, we have begun preparations for Jacob’s graduation this May.  He will be taking to the stage at the CHAP homeschool convention to receive his diploma.  It is exciting and somewhat sad to think of our firstborn graduating and moving on to his next phase of life.

On the church front, we have begun having services with two other families on Sunday afternoons.  We have a meal first and then someone does a devotional/sermon.  This coming Sunday, Jacob will be giving the message

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