Monday, November 7, 2016

Book Review: One of the Few

After reading the synopsis of One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot's Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview by Jason B. Ladd, I was intrigued by what I would find inside. The opening is gripping and exciting sharing the story of the author's father during a helicopter rescue mission. I was drawn in. Some of the following chapters were incredibly relatable since, as a military brat myself, I could understand and nod along to some of those classic experiences we share as dependents.

The main point of this non-fiction is actually Ladd's personal account of his faith awakening, which was not a quick enlightening, but slow and somewhat calculating. He joins the marines and marries his sweetheart and over time begins to find disparity between how life can be lived with and without faith in God. Delving into theology to find and share the truth and comparing what he finds to his role in the military and his family can make the reader examine their own life and how their own faith lines up.

I truly enjoyed reading the personal stories taken from Ladd's military and family life. It is there I think Ladd's communication really shines through. My only wish is that they were slightly longer. Once the chapter ends the reader is quickly transported to a new time and location, whereas I wish we could have taken things slowly.

A personal favorite inclusion to One of the Few was probably the chapter beginnings with two conflicting quotes on the same topic. It was fascinating and somewhat amusing to see such stark difference laid out between worldviews and it assisted with the introduction to a new topic.

This is not a quick read book to take to the beach and browse through. It should be read gradually with time to contemplate between chapters. Some of them can be hard-hitting. Others convicting. And yet other chapters may have nothing to relate to you personally. Each one had a strong point to come across and nearly any person could glean truth from them. This is a good read to share with those searching for God as well as those who are established in their faith.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Year Gone

It has been over a year since I posted on here.

This place used to be important to me. It's where I kept a history of our family life and shared some memories.

What happened?

I think I became bogged down in the whole "blogging" world and I was having a hard time focusing on why I did this in the first place. My blog started as a way to keep interested family and friends updated on our lives since we live so far away. I lost sight of that.

Now I'm not sure where I want to go with this.

I still love to write. I still want to share what happens with my family... but I think I want to take more precautions if I start again.

Since I don't want to completely delete everything I've written over the past 7 years and going back and editing all posts to change names and locations seems very daunting I'm not sure what my plan will be.

I might just have this closed to specific audience.

I might stop posting here and just start a new blog from scratch with PERSEC as a high priority.

Then again, I might post this and then write nothing again for an indefinite about of time.

So, until I figure things out, here's a bullet point list of big developments from the past year:

  • After a year of planning I went on a major month long road trip with my best friend and our combined 5 children hitting up almost all of the Western United States
  • I enjoyed family time at Sea World and Aquatica with my husband and learning more about how daring and adventurous our kids can be
  • In the fall we took in 2 TINY foster kittens and eventually found them a new home
  • Will started 1st grade and Lana started Kindergarten
  • A friend needed somebody to take in her dog, so we did and are still hoping to find him a new, permanent home.
  • After fighting with the school (mostly administration) with treatment of my special needs child, both children were pulled from public school and I became a homeschool mom
  • For Halloween Will was a clown, Lana was a gray cat, and I was a ladybug
  • We stayed in Texas for Christmas and my MIL came down to visit and spend the holiday with us -- checking out Zoolights and Sea World Christmas
  • In January, we finally received an Autism diagnosis for Will which then began new therapies
  • We had a fun time at the Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico for their Military Winter Fest in February, despite the van getting stuck in the mud and having the front bumper ripped off when somebody tried to tow us out.
  • We celebrated birthdays and holidays and grew and changed.
Life happens. There's so much from the past year that I'm surprised how it all happened. It's like time speeds up and the years fly past.

This year has brought on it's own challenges. I won't go into them at this time, but I am thankful for my husband and my kids, our extended families, my friends, and the life I am blessed to live.