Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Around the United States part 1

Fifteen years ago, I camped around the United States with a one man tent in my little Nissan Sentra.  Starting in Pennsylvania, I made a mad dash down the East Coast to Florida (I was well acquainted with much of that area) where I spent time with friends and spent some time on the beach before heading north to Alabama.  First though, I spent some time at the beach in St. Petersburg where I had a somewhat frightening experience.   I was enjoying the warm Gulf waters, when suddenly I realized that everyone save one other person had left the water.  Looking around, I quickly determined the reason for the absence of swimmers.  I saw a school of rays headed straight for me.  Calculating quickly the distance I needed to go to escape the school, I realized I would never make it.  The other swimmer and I both froze where we were, and a few seconds later were surrounded by the school of rays as they simply parted and swam around us.  One of them even brushed my thigh as it passed by.  Needless to say, I heaved a sigh of relief as they departed.  Despite this heart thumping experience, I had a great time in Florida before starting my trek north and then west towards California.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene

First came the earthquake and now the hurricane!  What a wild week this has been!  Sitting in my second floor classroom at my desk, I suddenly felt this vibration in the floor which seemed to be growing stronger.  At first I thought it was just construction on the new library building, but then I realized it could not be that.  As the vibrations grew and a rumbling occurred, I realized that this was really an earthquake.  The next thing I knew everything started to shake.  I ran to the doorway, stopped for a moment and then proceeded to the staircase.  By that time the shaking had ceased.  I descended to the first floor where I checked in on my wife in the nursery to find out if she was okay.  She was shaken up as were we all but unhurt.

Finally, today we have been hit by Hurricane Irene.  While I have experienced hurricanes of greater magnitude when living in Florida, a hurricane is never a fun experience.  It has rained all day leaving us with close to three inches of rain, and the eye of the hurricane is not due to pass our vicinity for another six hours.  Wind gusts have only been up to fifty mph, but they expect those to strengthen overnight.  On top of all of this happening, my car has developed a serious malady and needs some serious work.  I have a feeling that I am going to have to have the head gasket replaced which runs into big money. On the other hand, I do realize that I serve a God who is big enough to provide all our needs. Even though it seems that "it never rains but what it pours,"
I can still trust Him to get us through it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Last Gasp of Summer!

For our family this little mini-vacation in the Shenandoah Valley at the Massanuten Resort was the last gasp of summer.  Coming just before I had to return to school, it was the perfect time to get a little family time together.  We had a great time enjoying the out of doors and watching the boys enjoy different children's entertainment as well.  We even took a couple turns tubing down the mountain as a family to the delight of the boys.  They enjoyed their time participating in the bungee jumping activity and jumping on the different inflatable bounce houses.  What they enjoyed most of all and dragged Daddy along was the water park.  It was a great time of relaxation and preparation for the school year ahead.

Leaving My House Unattended

Written by Fermin Washington

Like most people my greatest concern is living my house unattended when I’m gone on a long trip. For some reason I just worry about someone breaking in and not being able to do anything to prevent it because I’m all the way across the country. My worry turned out of control when I found myself waking up in the middle of the night from a nightmare that someone had broken into my home. Recently, my greatest fear has become the last thing I worry about after visiting www.HomeSECURITY101.COM/ and having a security system installed in my house. This system makes me feel a hundred times more secure than I use to and I feel like I can go on trips and not worry about the safety of my house and belongings. Thankfully, my wife doesn’t have to listen to me while I express my worries out loud on every trip we go on and that will probably allow her to enjoy herself a little bit more. Next month we are planning on taking a ten-day cruise down to the Virgin Islands.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day to Remember

A gorgeous day with water all around us culminated in the memorable event of my wife receiving her citizenship in Baltimore, Maryland.  As we drove to Baltimore on August 10, 2011, my wife continued to review her material for the upcoming citizenship test.  Understandably nervous, she entered the office and was quickly put at ease by the Immigrations agent.  She did very well on her test and was told that she could be sworn in as a citizen later that day if she wished to wait a few hours.  That was an easy decision.  We strolled down to the Baltimore Harbor where we wasted a couple of hours waiting for the time to pass until the swearing in ceremony.  On our way down to the harbor, we came upon this area with little waterfalls and fountains and pools of water.  We spent some time here just enjoying this man-made beauty.  Later we enjoyed lunch at the harbor while gazing out over the water.  Our day was made complete when Tess received her certificate of US citizenship.For more great water photos visit Watery Wednesday

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