December 26, 2010
November 10, 2010
At 84 he will at any opportunity step in when needed. This year is a different year for him. Papa always looks forward to this day not because it is birthday, but because his birthday is also a day to honor all Marines who have dedicated their lives. The Marine Corp Ball is an event he looks forward to every year a year to dress in in their formals, be honored and honor all his fellow Marines. This year he is will miss the Marine Corp Ball. This year he is called to serve again. This year and everyday he serves and cares for those he loves. His new service is to our Nana who has been his wife, companion and friend for 64 years. She has been there for him through 3 wars and years of deployment. Nana is here with us, but times are different.
Her memory fades in and out, we see glimpses of her youth, her laughter and her smile. Her eyes are bright and she smiles. Her hands are soft her demeanor sweet. She is independent in her thoughts, but she needs more assistance now and Papa is there for her everyday. Everyday he is there. She wakes up in the hospital and he is the first person she sees. In between her meals and therapy he doesn't stop or slow down, he is off to the Veteran Center to paint a plane, march in a parade, fix something or help someone else. He is dedicated to Nana, our family and his community.
He is also dedicated to this Country that we live in. With all the problems that we face as a Nation, we must remember despite our differences we are a free Nation, a people that are fortunate and blessed to have what we have. We are fortunate to have selfless men and women who have served our country is the past and present. Let us remember their service and dedication. Let us thank them for all they have done and do.
Happy Birthday to my Papa! Always a Marine and always our Hero.
posted Tanya at 3:13 PM
November 01, 2010
posted Tanya at 4:35 PM
September 18, 2010
We are finishing up what we refer to as a season. A season for us and the majority of boats in this part of the world would be from October (when it is getting cold up north) till July or August (when hurricane season arrives) or the weather is unbearable. There are the few brave ones who will head north into the Sea and avoid the hurricanes and into cooler water. For us the season ends in August. We will leave Meshach in Mexico and head home via Airliner to Hawaii to re-group, see family, maintenance on the house, paper works and business that can't be done from the boat.
People ask us why we chose Mexico as a place to visit, live, sail... The answer is we love it. We love to travel experience new places, new people, live simple, spend time with our kids while they are still young and we relatively young. The list goes on. We love the adventure and the challenge and the pure simplicity of it and the lesson that you can live with so much less.
So here we sit in our house-home amongst the must haves for land life. We contemplate mowing the yard, washing the car, laundry, bill paying, grocery shopping and more. We are slowly plugging back into life on shore but dreaming of sunrise and sunsets on the water....
posted Tanya at 11:22 AM