Thursday, March 26, 2009


Well, Caleb has graduated from AIT. It has been 12 weeks! Praise the Lord for getting us both through this without going crazy! He is exhausted and sleeping like a rock at the moment. I am very sick with laryngitis and who knows what else. I kind of feel like Ariel in the Little Mermaid when she loses her voice and seems ditsy to most people. I definitely feel more ditsy than normal. However, Caleb joked that having a beautiful, mute wife is the best kind of wife, but he might be regretting that statement while he is in WOCS : )

This post was just to let you all know that AIT is OVER and the original dream of flying that helicopter is closer to reach. The Lord is being very good to us and all of our trust is in him.

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:4

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Worry Is Wasteful - Have a Little Faith

I have some friends that are in a time in their life that's changing dramatically ( Weddings, moving, job searching) and the word "worry" has been constantly in their vocabulary lately. So, I wanted to take the time to address worry and hopefully offer some piece of mind.

Worrying is sinful, and ultimately undermines God. Matthew chapter 6 really puts worrying into perspective.

Matthew 6
25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

As I've said before in previous posts, military life has shown me that nothing is constant, except Christ. He has a plan, and if we just trust him COMPLETELY, surprisingly, we find that we have NOTHING to worry about. God provides us with our needs and blesses us with our wants. Sure, things are not going to be peachy 24/7 but God never said that it would be. We have to endure difficulties, but trusting God is the most FREEING way to rid ourselves of having to worry all the time. God already knows what we need even before we do, He just asks that we love and trust Him.

We cannot do everything by ourselves, that's why our amazing Christ died for us. We NEED Him. He is the ONLY thing we need. For with Him, we will be fulfilled. So, have a little faith, and don't waste your time worrying about things can't you can't change. Just trust Christ, the freedom you get from that will be amazing and the outcome might surprise you.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Life Lately

I have become obsessed with these 100 calorie cakesters. Hopefully they will continue to suppress my sweet tooth.

My new sound machine. I love the rain sound. Sleep is good.

This is the book I got Caleb to read during his down time at Ft. Jackson.

So, Caleb has one week left at AIT! He is so excited! Praise the Lord for getting us through this second part of his 4-part training.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Wilkes Adventures


The weekend is finally here and what a week this has been. I went to the zoo on Monday with my niece, Anna, nephew, Micah, and Caleb's parents. This was a very eventful "adventure" and we learned even more about the precious children.

Anna apparently loves the sound that monkeys make. All she wanted to do was watch them and attempt to mimic their whooping noises....very comical. She also really enjoyed the farm animals was not scared at all to touch them.

Micah loved seeing "Nemo" and "Dory" at the aquarium and had a ton of fun with his best friend, "Bop" (Caleb's Dad).

We also had a small birthday party for Alecia (their mom) and Micah was in charge of putting the candles on the cake...I won't tell you how many there were : ) He really enjoyed having the responsibility and took it very seriously as you can see in the picture.

To make this post somewhat worth your time, I'm just going to list the other things that we did while the kids were with us...
~ went to the park and hunted for deer after sneaking up on Anna and Aunt Kayla on the swings.
~ Were taught the importance of not taking candy from strangers unless an adult says it is ok!
~ Looked for Aunt Kayla for 10 minutes and finally finding her on top the dryer
~ Helped "Bop" fix about a million things around the house
~ Laughing at Anna's "SIKE" performance as she runs towards you and just before reaching you, as your arms are open wide for her, turns around
~ Made funny videos
~ Were demonstrated by Micah what "boring" is
~ Tried to break Anna's phobia of the bathtub
~ Went to eat at MOES

Over all, it was a great and educational visit with the kids. Even though we know them so well, being an aunt is much easier with mom doing all the work.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Lots to Look Forward To

Since I'm due for a post, but nothing worth posting pictures has happened in the past week, I'm just going to blog about what's on my mind. This week my niece, Anna, and nephew, Micah are staying with my in-laws while their parents have a much needed vacation. I'm very excited about getting to spend time with them and pretty much act like a 3 year old, with an alibi. I'm sure I'll be posting stories and pictures of our adventures later.

I've also learned this week how much of a military wife I'm becoming. I helped my friend, Beth, with a few touches in the new house her fiance and her just bought. Even though he's staying there by himself until the wedding in July, she gets the fun job of decorating it, and even cleaning. We both realized how much pride we take in our homes as women and how much men
mostly don't care as much. However, it was also a bit eye opening to know that I'm going to be off to Alabama (the 4th place I've lived in since getting married in June '07) in just 3 months. Moving so much has definitely put a dent in my pack rat ways...if I didn't use it in the 7 months of living in the last place, then I might as well get rid of it because it's already been forgotten about and its one less thing to move.

With my husband being in the military, and constantly talking about flying helicopters and getting a motorcycle, I've learned that worrying is pretty much a waste of time. Granted, I would love to never have to live without my husband, (CAUTION: DEEP THOUGHT IN PROGRESS!!)but my God is bigger than him and no matter what happens, Christ has a plan and even though it might not seem like it at the time, it is good. Caleb has taken after his brothers in trying to make the women in their lives stunned, but I don 't think there is anything he could come up with that wouldn't surprise me at this point (and I think that kind of annoys him :)

Well, there's my thoughts for today. I'm leaving a funny picture of my friend and me goofing off in between feedings at work. What you say?! I have time to goof off at work?! Only between washing my hands and checking up on heart rate alarms :)

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