Adventures at the USS Silversides 236 Submarine Museum

 

Ritch, Sarah and I outside the USS Silversides 236 Submarine Museum

Ritch, Sarah and I outside the USS Silversides 236 Submarine Museum

This is a quote from Rick Atkinson.

This is a quote from Rick Atkinson.

Outside the USS Silversides 236 Submarine Museum

Outside the USS Silversides 236 Submarine Museum

We went on an adventure today to the USS Silversides 236 Submarine Museum in Muskegon, Michigan silversidesmuseum.org.  This is a self guided tour.  It was really interesting to be able to step on a submarine that was in battle during WWII.  It is the most famous submarine from WWII.  This submarine sank more than 30 Japanese vessels and damaged more than 14 and took down more tonnage than other surviving submarine from WWII.

I was amazed at how small all the areas were.  It was hard to believe that they only had a tiny locker to keep all of their belongings in and some of them even had to share a bed.  As we were going along the submarine, I just kept thinking how in the world did these guys not crack their heads open going from area to another.  The doorways are small are raised and if they were in a hurry, they would definitely have to be watching what they were doing.  I wasn’t in any hurry and I was nervous about hitting my head or tripping as I was going through the doorway.

We were able to see the both the forward and after torpedo rooms.  In the forward torpedo room, there were actually bunks for the crewmen that worked in that area to sleep on.  They even had a replica of the torpedo that the submarine carried in the forward torpedo room for us to see.

As we continued down the submarine, we came to the forward battery compartment.  This area contained the pantry, ward room, officers staterooms, and the ship’s office was.  One of the many interesting facts that we learned was that in the ward area, they actually performed an appendectomy.  Could you imagine having your appendix taken out in the ward area of the submarine?  I don’t think I would want to have experienced that!

Next, we saw the control room, conning tower, after battery  compartment,the forward and after engine room, the maneuvering room, and then finally the after torpedo room.  Of course, we kept having to remind my husband that he was NOT allowed to play with any of the buttons, knobs, dials, switches, levers, or wheels.  He was so excited to look at everything and it was such a temptation to touch everything.  I am glad to say, he obeyed all the rules and didn’t touch a thing.  Sarah was really good about reminding him about NOT touching things.

After leaving the submarine, we went inside to look through the museum. The information was so informative and we learned to so much.  They had a timeline of the first attacks on Pearl Harbor and pictures of the ships that were sunk in the attack.  They even had German uniforms to look at as well as what a POW might have been served if they had been taken prisoner during the war.

I’m so glad that we took the time to see the submarine and the museum. It helps to remind us how the brave men served during WWII and to also remind us that lives were lost.

We need to remember that freedom comes with a price and that price is the lives of the brave men and women that have fought for us and continue to fight for us today.

The next time you see a solider, take a minute and thank them for their service.

 

Blessings,

Keren

Jumping in to Trim Healthy Mama

 

Pizza Casserole and Green Beans

Pizza Casserole and Green Beans

So today was the first day I jumped into the Trim Healthy Mama plan www.trimhealthymama.com.  I had been reading the book and really trying to decide whether this was the right step for me.  I have really been praying about whether the Lord was directing me or not.  After much prayer, I really felt the Lord nudging me and saying now was the time to start.  So I took a deep breath and began today.

It was a good day.  I  made the Savory Protein Muffins for breakfast and they were absolutely delicious.  Sarah even tried them and really enjoyed them as well.  I was so excited because I was going to make the trimmaccino, but my Keurig quit working.  I was so disappointed, but oh well, a new Keurig will be arriving soon and then I will be able to enjoy a trimmaccino!!!

I started on my day and got busy with things around the house, when I looked up and saw that it was 1:15.  I couldn’t believe how quickly time had gone and that I wasn’t hungry.  I decided I better stop and eat some lunch.  So I had tuna salad with diced apple, celery, salt and pepper and used 0% fat Greek Yogurt for the dressing instead of mayonaise.  It was really good.  Sarah tried it and didn’t really care for, but then again, she really doesn’t like tuna.

Now it was time to clean up the kitchen and put away some laundry and continue working on our upcoming school year.  Ritch came home from work and we were talking and catching up and he asked what was for dinner.  I said that we were having Pizza Casserole and Green beans for dinner.

I started dinner and really couldn’t believe how quickly it all went together and into the oven.  We were able to sit down and enjoy our dinner and everyone really liked it.

I know it all sounds too good to be true, but today was a good day.  I do have to be honest, I am struggling with not drinking any pop.  I was a diet Pop drinker and so I have decided that I needed to step away from pop and make sure that I was drinking plenty of water.  We all know that drinking water can be a challenge.  Well, it is so much easier to drink water when you have doTERRRA Essential Oils to add to your water.  I have been enjoying adding Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime or Wild Orange to my water.

I am looking forward to this new adventure.  I know that I cannot do this alone.  I will continue to pray that the Lord will lead me on this journey and that I will have success.

Please feel free to follow me along on this journey, keep me accountable and even ask how things are going.

Have a wonderful evening,

Keren