28 November, 2009

Merry "Thankfulness"

Ok you are already asking yourself what does she mean by the title....
And I answer you, I am not quite sure!

I do know that yesterday and today millions of people, if they haven't already, are decorating and getting ready for the Christmas season! There maybe Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge, but Thanksgiving is past and they are already on to wish lists, humming of Christmas songs, and the picking out (or unpacking) of the tree!

Well....this year it will be different in the Ramer household.

This has been a hard "career" year for us.

Now there is many a way the word "hard" could be described and I don't want to mislead you!
We have also been blessed beyond means this year, and in no way am I trying to ask for pity.

I wont even go into detail what kind of roller coaster we have been on at this point, but when we rang in the new year this year, we KNEW we wouldn't be in Beaufort, South Carolina much longer. And here, 11 months longer we sit! ;)
We still are not sure what God has been trying to teach us in 2009, some may say patience, but I think its so much more than that.
None of us know what the future holds, and I am not trying to say that our circumstance is unique....

Who am I to question the Almighty's plan....BUT unfortunately I have, MULTIPLE times this year.
I have been a child so much this year asking my Father "But why?" and "Are we there yet?
So many times this year I have tried "telling" Him why it would be better MY way. MY plan seems so perfect and so much better for our well being.

Man sometimes I wonder why God hasn't just given up on mankind altogether! ;)

Which leads me to my post...

Thanksgiving didn't end on Thursday for Marcella, Thanksgiving will continue, (just without the food and extra poundage!) ;)

Now I have absolutely NOTHING against Christmas, I LOVE the holiday! But I know, if I do what I do every year, the negative thoughts of how and where it was "suppose" to be will creep into my mind.
Instead, it will be Merry Thankfulness, I will count my blessings, and it wont end as I have SO much to be thankful for!!

But I will leave you with a question that my older brother and I have been discussing.
When I was a child, my mother would often tell me to not get my hopes up so I wouldn't get disappointed in case particular circumstances didn't happen.

And as Christians we are suppose to have HOPE, because we know where we are going.

But in cases like ours, am I suppose to pray and have hope that we will get orders to California at some point; or am I suppose to just accept it wont happen as to not get "dissapointed"??
I mean I love having hope, I love having something to look forward to and work towards. But I am also human, with feelings, I don't like to be hurt and let down.

So friends please pray with me as this journey continues!
and Merry Thanksgiving!!

11 November, 2009

Happy Veteran's Day!

There is not much else to say on this post but to the Veterans: THANK YOU to all who have served and all who are currently serving {and to my favorite Marine}, there will never be a big enough thank you for what you have sacrificed! Freedom isn't free!!

07 November, 2009

2009 USMC MCAS Beaufort birthday ball

In case you don't know a little Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps birthday is on November 10th and every year, the Marine Corps hold balls in honor of the event. It gives the Marines a chance to wear their "dress blues", to show off their wives, and have fun while celebrating the history of the Marine Corps.

Now as of next week, (the 15th,) my husband will have been in the Corps for 5 years, but because of deployments and such, this is actually only the second ball we've been able to attend. In past years, Josh's unit/shop has always held it in a F-18 hanger and it wasn't always the best setting for a "ball" and there was always separate balls for Enlisted and Officers. Well this year after many years of complaining, it was held at the convention center in Savannah, GA with all ranks from MCAS Beaufort! Unfortunately when we went to our first ball 4 years ago, we NEVER had a picture taken of the 2 of us, (and of course I looked a lot better than with NO baby fat.) *sigh*.
This time, I wanted to get a lot of photos, but do to the lighting in the room and the fact that our table was right behind a huge pole that blocked us from the ceremony/dancing floor, I missed any chance to take pictures of the ceremony. {during the ceremony, all the Marines in the room, are standing at attention and you can't exactly run around the room taking snapshots.} But it was still wonderful to attend and such an awesome reminder of how proud I am of my hubby and how honored I am to be a Marine wife!

[On a side note, all of the people in the pictures below are people from Josh's old shop. They are an awesome group of people and he missed not working with them anymore. We had to sit with his new command during the dinner and ceremony, but as soon as it was over, we went over to where everyone from the old shop was and hung out for a bit! Hubby had a blast seeing everyone! It had been awhile!]

On the way to Savannah:

The sunset as we drove:

Our table:

(Never did get a picture of the entree)

The before dinner pic: (hubby always thinks he needs to frown in uniform) ;)
The 234th birthday cake!:

Myself and the beautiful Lisa (who is 8 months pregnant and more in shape than anyone I know, she just looks like she is carrying a basketball in front and THATS ALL!)
Ramer and Tasz:
The way late in the evening pic: (hubby is having a good time and has forgotten he doesn't like to smile in uniform) ;)
Joe and Lisa Giglio {and Baby G):
Giglio & Ramer:

01 November, 2009

Halloween 2009

Well last year we didn't celebrate the holiday as we were bringing back daddy from Cherry Point after his return from his deployment in Iraq.

{Eeyore 2008}
But this year we took "Pebbles" to some friends and let her "help" pass out candy!
She actually had the most fun with their dog Ammo who was dressed as a squirrel! {it was adorable!}Getting her treat basket from Miss Lisa!
Knocking on daddy and mommy's door!

Turtle doesn't eat candy (by her own choice,) and really cared less about the treats but she had an absolute blast seeing all the kids and kept trying to get them to come to the yard to play with her!