Tuesday, August 15, 2017

On the Road Again ~ Travelogue! #WW


It's been almost a month since I checked in
here to my home on the web AND, wow, have  I missed you!!!
We've been on the road, 
busy  traveling and racking up about 7000 miles
across this beautiful country of ours.
Uninterrupted family time was enjoyed and
many  amazing sites were seen, which I cannot wait to share with you! 
Here's a preview...
I'll be back with in-depth stories on the national parks and
recreation sites we toured !



Sunset over The Great Plains





Alien Invasion?
Roswell, NM







Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM












Site of atom bomb testing
 Alamogordo, NM




The Very Large Array, basically in the middle of Nowhere, NM!
Have you seen the movie, "Contact?"
Then this will look familiar to you~




Touring the visitors' center was definitely informative and fun!
With a scientist hubby and two sons who adore the sciences too...
we were there for quite a while!







One of our very favorite places in the world!
Yup, we're back!


You might remember our crazy journey of last summer
to the depths of the canyon?


The title, I guess, says it all!
And here's a sign that still haunts me:



And here's our hike into the Canyon in 2014:
Visions of the Southwest~ 

This summer, however, I stayed up top at the South Rim
of the canyon, while my husband and boys went back in.
11 miles one way.
5200 feet in depth.
Not an easy hike. 
And this time they did it all in one day....actually 9 hours.

And here's a glimpse of our time there:










And some shots of our journey home from AZ~






Am I the only one who thinks this actually doesn't need to be stated?
😎


Oklahomans really take their Jesus seriously!
This was one of many crosses that adorned Interstate 40


Of course, there's inevitable car trouble.
This time, a blowout in TX in the I40.

And how lucky that The Nicest Sheriff in Texas just happened
to be driving behind us on 40 headed east?
He helped us immeasurably!


What luck....




I'll be back shortly with our scrapbook on our 
annual week in the Adirondacks

Happy to link at Create with Joy  and Claire Justine for WW!

...Photos  snapped with this amazing camera, which
my boys gifted me for Mother's Day a few years ago~~


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While you're here......
have you visited my HUGE bargain book sale??
I've over a hundred titles---all subject areas, all grade levels
from prek through high school.
After 13 years homechooling and 14 years as a classroom teacher, 
I have MANY many titles to offer~ 
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music, art, picture books...you name it.
More titles are being added continuously...!!

Thank you for spending some of your precious time today
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Until next time,

~Chris

Monday, July 17, 2017

I Kind of Hate July 16.........


.......which is why I'm writing this on the 17th.
I couldn't bring myself to do it yesterday.

I really shouldn't though....
Hate that day.
That blackened square on the calendar in 1993.
Because it is the day a miracle happened.
The day for which  our Savior suffered and died.:
It's the day my Dad  entered into  his Eternal Reward.

The day God invited him to come Home.
Selfishly, I so hate it -  he was taken from us.
Joyfully, I recognize, of course, that Dad's suffering was 
finally, finally,  over.
And that a lifetime of living for the Lord would grant him
his hard- earned salvation.
And once home from the cemetery , Mom said....
Well that was the longest wake I hope any of us ever attend.

We came to refer to Dad's illness as  a three year long vigil of waiting,
 watching and railing against God
Didn't he do enough? Give enough? Be enough?
That he should be stripped of his memories.
That he should need to  search for his family in his last days,
when we were all right there by him.

In time, our anger was assuaged. The ravages on our souls faded some,
what with the day to day demands of life, obligations, responsibilities.

 But the emptiness still remains.
And although I do hate the day that was his last here with us,
I'm in awe of the miracle that is our Faith.
The redemption that dad finally received for his worldly  77 year journey

<Erasmus Hall HS 1935>

This is a man who....

~grew up in Brooklyn, son of an Irish immigrant
whose mom gave him an Italian name so he '"wouldn't stand out."
Yes, he was one of a couple of dozen "Vincents"
on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn! 
But he was the only one with the dead-giveaway- Irish surname.

~ never went to college, but was the most intelligent, 
quick thinker I ever knew.

~was abandoned by his own dad at a young age and so, 
grew up to be the father he never had to his own five kids

~ enlisted in The War in December 1941, following FDR's 
" A Day hat will Live in Infamy" speech..
Because that's what able bodied American men did
in defense of their country's freedoms, despite never having held a gun.


~was a member of The Greatest Generation, but  hated that moniker. 
Each generation is great in its own way, he'd say.
 If  "all" one had to do, he'd say, is  fight evil and
take freedom back on the world stage, well, that's a golden opportunity 
to achieve greatness. How easy is it step up to the challenge?
Yes, he was humble.

~Rose from the rank of Private to Captain in the US Army Infantry
 within eighteen months,
leading his troop in the Pacific Theater to obliterate dozens of Japanese
forces and drive them out of The Philippines.


~ Took a short leave in October 1943 to come home and marry
his girl...my mom...and drive across the US
 to Camp Roberts in  Paso Robles, California,
where he'd ship out again to the islands in the 
South Pacific, under attack by enemy forces.



~arrived home from the front lines in August 1945 to meet his
daughter, his first born

~suffered PTSD, before it had a name and did not talk about 
the atrocities he witnessed, ever.
But did talk about a few scattered memories of his comrades.
 40 years later.

~worked in publishing and instilled in all
of us a lifelong love of books, reading, writing.

~ was raised Catholic and practiced his faith throughout  his
youth, due to his Mom's fervent love of The Church.....
a convert from the Episcopalian Church. 
Once returning from The War, he attended  daily mass
for the rest of his life, except when he was too ill toward the end.

~on many Sundays, challenged our young, new pastor 
on the intent of his homilies. 
When they began thrashing out theology so much so that they
 blocked the church door
for incoming parishioners to the following mass,
their conversation was brought home and, thus,
began a decades - long friendship which had Fr Kain included
in most of our family Sunday events.

~always considered his children and his grandchildren his
greatest accomplishments

~always had time for us, for anything we needed.
Despite his demanding job, which was stressful and paid 
him to afford us with the basics.
None of us ever felt we  were lacking.


The redemption and entry to Eternal Life  that Dad received..... 
well that's what is helping me heal.
Even 24 years later.
A deeper love  and reverence of our Faith and
the fundamental mystery that it simply is,
help the cavernous emptiness become not quite so daunting.

Here's to you Dad......
A cup of bravery and courage and selflessness. 

Thank you for spending some of your precious time today
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After 13 years homechooling and 14 years as a classroom teacher, 
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Until next time,

~Chris



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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While you're here......
have you visited my HUGE bargain book sale??
I've over a hundred titles---all subject areas, all grade levels
from prek through high school.
After 13 years homechooling and 14 years as a classroom teacher, 
I have MANY many titles to offer~ 
the classics, ecology, geology, American history, 
music, art, picture books...you name it.
More titles are being added continuously...!!


Sneak peek:





There are 150+ titles in the sale !


Thank you for spending some of your precious time today
here at my home on the web! 

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THANK YOU!


Until next time,

~Chris