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

doTERRA Essential Oils Journey

Here are just a couple of our favorite doTERRA Essential Oils.

Here are just a couple of our favorite doTERRA Essential Oils.

Good Evening Friends,

I wanted to share with you our doTERRA Essential Oils journey www.doterra.com.  We started using doTERRA Essential Oils a year ago in our home after I had attended a class and began learning about the oils. 

I was a little skeptical when the class began because I was struggling with the thought that doTERRA Essential Oils really could be safe to use and actually be as effective or even more effective than over-the-counter medications.  As the class when on I became more and more intrigued and wanted to learn more. 

We were headed to Disney World and I wanted to take a couple of oils with me to try while we gone to hopefully help us stay healthy.  After talking with Angela, I decided that I would purchase doTERRA’s On Guard Protective Blend to use to help keep any sickness away and I also purchased the Lemon oil to use in our drinking water to help remove any toxins in our bodies.  We really enjoyed using the oils and none of us got sick on our vacation.

After vacation, I was really impressed with the oils and wanted to learn more and have them in our home to use when we were not feeling well.  I ordered the Family Physician Kit because it came with the 10 essential oils that I really wanted to try.  I had just gotten the kit when Ritch came home from visiting friends in Canada.  He called me on his way home and said that he was not feeling well.  When he got home Saturday night, I began using the On Guard Protective Blend on the bottom of his feet and Breathe on his chest.  Some of you may be wondering why I would put oils on the bottom of his feet, well it is because your feet have the second largest pores in your body and I wanted to get the oils working as quickly as possible.  We continued this regimen for the rest of the weekend and by Monday he was feeling better and even went to work.  I used the On Guard Protective Blend on both Sarah’s feet and my feet to hopefully keep whatever Ritch had away from us, and guess what, it did.  Neither Sarah nor I got what Ritch had.  Now both Ritch and I were really impressed and were ready to implement using the oils full-time in our home. 

Our family has been so blessed by these oils.  They have helped us in many ways.  I also enjoy using the oils when I am cooking. They add so much flavor to some of the dishes that I make.  I am so thankful that I was introduced to the oils and that the Lord has blessed our family with these precious gifts.  All doTERRA Essential Oils are certified pure therapeutic grade so I do not have to worry about putting synthetic ingredients in our bodies.  I am so thankful that doTERRA takes the extra step and makes sure that the oils come from the region in which they are grown and even goes further by testing all the oils to be certain of the purity of each oil.  These oils are truly gifts from the Lord.  He created each and every plant that doTERRA Essential Oils come from. 

If you would like to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils please feel free to visit my website at www.mydoterra.com/myessentiallife.  

Blessings,

Keren

Birthday, Beach and Valentine’s Day!

Hello Friends,

It’s a birthday, beach and Valentine’s Day!

Today we are headed to the beach and the Navy Seal Museum navysealmuseum.com in Fort Pierce, Florida.  Ritch and Ed thought it would be fun to go and look at the NavySealMuseum.  They have all kinds of exhibits from different eras.  Ritch really enjoyed seeing the boats and learning about the history of the Navy Seals.  I was really looking forward to going to the beach so Marsha, Sarah and I left the guys there and walked to the beach.

It was a windy day at the beach, but it was beautiful.  The sun was out and the waves were rolling in.  I have always enjoyed being at the beach.  When we would visit my aunts in Philadelphia, we always made it a point to go to Ocean City, NJ to go to the boardwalk and take in the beach.

As we were walking along the beach looking for shells, the waves were really rolling in.  I just couldn’t help myself; I just had to put my feet in the ocean.  At first, the water was a little chilly, but it didn’t take long to get used to the water.  As I was walking along, watching the waves come on shore and even getting hit with sand when the wind blew, I thought about how Jesus told the waves to be still and they were.  How incredible it would have been to have been on that boat and saw Jesus calm the waves.

We had a great time looking for shells and we found some really pretty ones to keep.  We were hoping to find a sand dollar or two, but unfortunately, we did not.  When I was looking at all the different shells, Sarah said to me that she was amazed at God’s creativity and how God made each shell different and so beautiful.  It thrills my heart to see how Sarah is growing in walk with the Lord and appreciating His beautiful creation.

After the beach and the NavySealMuseum, we headed to Bass Pro Shops.  It was Ed’s birthday and we were celebrating his day and he wanted to go, so we went.  As we were driving, Sarah noticed that she had cut her toe on a shell and she wanted to know if I had my doTERRA essential oils with me so she could clean the cut.  I told get out the doTERRA www.mydoterra.com/myessentiallife melaleuca oil and clean her toe with that and then to put lavender on after that.  By the time we got home that evening, her toe was fine.  So thankful for our doTERRA oils to help care for my family.

Ed wanted to go to Olive Garden for his birthday and so we went and managed to beat the rush of the dinner crowd.  We had a great time on the beach, at the Navy Seal Museum and celebrating Ed’s birthday at Olive Garden.  Spending time with family is always a good time.

Well, it’s Valentine’s Day and how are we going to spend the day?  We are going to Daytona to check out the cars at the track in Daytona www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.  We bought Sarah a checkered flag and a sharpie just in case she saw a race car driver or two and was able to get their autograph.  We walked through the garage area and looked at the cars and the crews working on them. It was really fun to see.  Ritch really liked the tool boxes and kept saying that he wanted one of those.  I think Ritch really liked the tool boxes more than the cars.  After checking out the garage area, we went down to the inspection area and watched the cars go through inspection.  It was interesting because there were templates for each manufacturer and if the cars didn’t fit within the template, they had to go back to the garage and make repairs and bring the car through again.  We then went to the second area of inspection.  This is where the drivers had to come and weigh in because their weight was added to the total weight of the car.  I had no idea that the driver’s weight made a difference.  While we were watching, Sarah was able to get autographs from 17 different drivers.  It was a lot of fun to actually be that close to the drivers and cool that they would take the time to signs autographs as well.

After a long and fun day at the track, it was time to get on the road and head up to Hampton, South Carolina to visit my husband’s family.  We just stopped by for one day to visit before we headed back to Indiana.

It was a wonderful, fun filled week in Florida and South Carolina.  So thankful for God’s protection while we traveled and for getting us home safely.

We are looking forward to our next adventure whatever that may be.  But for now, it is back to the reality of snow and our routine for school. 

Blessings,

Keren

Snakes, Turtles and Alligators Oh My!!!

Good Evening Friends,

We took the pontoon boat out on an adventure to look for snakes, turtles and alligators.  The sun was shining and the temperature was about 84 degrees.  It was a little windy, but that was not going to stop us from our adventure.

We set out on our adventure and not long after starting out, there was a baby alligator sunning itself along the shore.  We turned around so that we could get a better look at it and to take its picture, but as we turned around, it made its way into the water.  It was fun to watch him watching us from the water.  We watched each other for a few seconds and then we moved on.

We continued up the river until we came to the first lock.  This was so interesting.  We pulled up and they opened the doors and we went into the lock.  Once we were in there, they began to bring in the water.  We went from 9 feet all the way up to 16 feet.  I had never been in a lock before and it was so interesting.  After we were now at the level of the water, we left the lock and continued up the river.

As we traveled up the river, we spotted four turtles along the shore line.  They were all together.  Sarah wondered if they were a family because there were two bigger turtles and two little turtles.

We then came to the second lock.  Again we drove the pontoon into the lock and had the water raise the boat up so that we could continue up the river to the main channel.  We were enjoying the locks and how they worked.

We found our way up to the main channel and found a good place to drop the anchor of the pontoon so we could have some lunch.  While we were sitting there, we saw some fish jump out of the water.  We also saw a water snake swimming along and it went underneath the pontoon.

After lunch, we continue up the main channel looking for more alligators, turtles, fish and snakes.  We saw a several more small alligators and we were really enjoying seeing those, but we wanted to see at least one really big alligator.  We saw several Osprey birds, Cameroon birds, and even a couple of spoonbill birds.  We were so happy with all the creatures we had seen.

The time was getting late and some darker clouds were starting to come in so we decided we needed to head back before it started to rain.  We had to go through the two locks again and finally just before we got back to the dock, we saw a big alligator.  It looked like it was at least six feet long.  We were all happy that we finally saw our big alligator for the day.

After we got home from out pontoon adventure, Marsha and I went to a painting class.  This was so much fun.  We painted a beach scene.  I had never done any painting before and so I was a little worried as to how my picture would turn out, but I am happy with how it did turn out.

We had such a fun day, wonder what adventure we will have tomorrow.

Blessings,

Keren

Space Then and Now

Good Evening Friends,

Another day, another adventure.  Yesterday, we took the day and went to the Kennedy Space Center www.kennedyspacecenter.com.  Oh my goodness there is so much to see and do there.  We spent the entire day there and still didn’t see everything.  The Lord blessed us with an absolutely beautiful day with sunny skies and warm weather.

We started the day off with the Atlantis exhibit.  This was incredible.  We started with a short video showing how they came up with the concept of the shuttle program back in the early 70s.  It was not an easy task to figure out how to make it all work as far as getting the astronauts out into space as well as bring them back home.  After seeing this short video, we moved to another room where they showed a movie on the different shuttles.  They ended with the Atlantis on its final mission.  It was absolutely incredible to watch this movie.  After completing this movie, we then entered the exhibit.  There on display, was the Atlantis.  It was HUGE!!!  Also, there was a replica of the Hubble Telescope.  Sarah and Ritch experienced what it would be like to be on the Space Station.  It was a great experience.

We decided that we wanted to take the Cape tour Then to Now.  This tour was filled with so much information.  We learned about the early space program and the developments along the way.  We were able to see some of the old equipment that was used when the space program was started.  We then moved on to Launch Pad 39 where we learned about the astronauts Grissom, White and Chaffee who unfortunately lost their lives while they were on a dress rehearsal for their upcoming mission.  Hearing about this reminded me that the men and women that choose to participate in the Space Program really are taking a risk and there could be serious consequences to this job.  So thankful that they are willing to make this courageous choice.

After taking this tour and seeing pictures from outer space, I am truly amazed at God’s beautiful creation.  God planned every detail and put everything precisely in its place.  I am so thankful that God loved us so much that He made this beautiful planet for us and that He sent His son to take the punishment for our sins.  Much like the astronauts, Jesus knew that there were consequences and yet He still chose to take the punishment for our sins.  So thankful that Jesus chose to be obedient to his Father.

Hope you have enjoyed our space adventure and the adventure will continue….

Blessings,

Keren

Downtown Disney

Hello Friends,

 

What a glorious day we had yesterday.  The sun was shining and the temperature was warm.  So nice to be out of the sub zero temperatures at home.  We are on an adventure in Florida.  Ritch and Ed went to the Fantasy of Flight and Sarah, Marsha and I went to Downtown Disney.  It was so nice to walk around and look in the shops and visit.  Of course a little bit of shopping was done.  We even splurged and had a hot fudge sundae from Ghirardelli.  It was absolutely incredible.  We had wanted to take a boat ride, but the lines were very long and Ritch and Ed would be there soon to pick us up so we decided to skip the boat ride.

 

Ritch and Ed enjoyed their time looking at all different kinds of airplanes and learning more about each one.  It is so nice for them to be able to spend a day there because they both are pilots and is really fun for them and they could spend as much time as they wanted looking and talking about each plane.

 

While we were at Downtown Disney, we watched a person doing ring carving.  It was so interesting to watch.  I was admiring his work and thinking what an awesome talent he has.  Then I shared with Sarah how 15 years ago when her daddy and I were at Disney World for our honeymoon, her daddy had a ring made for me.  She thought it was pretty cool and I enjoyed remembering precious memories from our honeymoon.  We then went into the store where there were gentlemen doing hand blown glass.  I am always amazed when I watch them at work because the temperatures are so hot and the glass they are working with is so fragile.  The finished product is always so beautiful.  The glassblower has to take his time and be so gentle as he works and of course know what the finished product should look like.  As I was watching yesterday, I was thinking about how God is working in my life.  He knows the path that I need to be on and of course He already knows what the finished product will look like.  Sometimes I wish the Lord would just let me have a peek in to what the finished product is going to look like.  I am so thankful that the Lord still has work to do in my life and that I am safely in His hands.

 

After our wonderful day in Downtown Disney, we headed for home.  We stopped at a little Mexican restaurant and had a wonderful dinner.  After dinner, we went home and just spent time together watching a movie and being together.  Spending time with family is so precious.  So thankful for these times that the Lord gives to us.

 

The adventure continues tomorrow…..

 

Have a wonderful day.

 

Blessings,

Keren