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  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.




The Great Commission


Sarah and I finished working in the school room today. We were struggling trying to figure out what we wanted to put on the bulletin board. I enjoy putting up a new bulletin board for the beginning of the new year. Sarah and I had been talking about it and we just could not come up with a good idea for the board. I decided to think about it and see if I could come up with something catchy to use. Well, needless to say, I could not think of anything.

We are using a new curriculum this year for school. We are going to be using My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures. Both Sarah and I are really excited about this new direction for the school year. It will be a lot of fun to learn about different countries and their cultures.

As I have been praying about the new school year, I asked the Lord to give me an idea for our bulletin board for this year. Today, the Lord laid on my heart Matthew 28:19, The Great Commission. How PERFECT this verse is for our bulletin board! I shared with Sarah what the Lord had placed on my heart for the bulletin board and she immediately LOVED it too. It is so incredible how God reveals the plans that He has for us. So, Sarah and I punched out the letters and placed them on the bulletin board. When we were done, we stepped back and we both knew it was perfect.

If you are a missionary and happen to read this blog or know of a missionary that we can pray for throughout the school year, please leave a comment below. If there is a specific need that we can be praying about also, please let me know as well. Sarah and I really want to be a blessing to those that are serving the Lord as missionaries by praying for them this year.

Hope this post has been a blessing to you today!!!


Working in the school room

Today, Sarah and I started to work in the school room. We will be starting school after Labor Day. It is always very exciting to start cleaning and organizing the school room. This will be our 7th year of homeschooling. We will be using a new curriculum this year. I will talk more about that on a later blog post.

It was fun looking through some old papers and remembering what we did last year. This year we were able to purchase two really cool cubbie book cases to use in the school room. We were moving some things around so we could put the book cases in a better spot. This is exciting because now we will have a place to put all of our books. I have always wanted book shelves in our school room, but just never found what I wanted. I was really praying about it when the Lord provided the book cases for us.

Cleaning and organizing the school room is always fun for Sarah. This is a project that she really likes to get involved in because she likes to share her ideas on how the classroom should be set up. I enjoy hearing her ideas as well as putting some of them into place too. Allowing Sarah to have input in getting the school room ready really gets her excited for the new year.

We have more to finish before the school year starts, but we did a good job today.