Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mama's old sled

There was a day when Santa’s sleigh was magical for me

But then I got my own – the girls pose in front of mama’s old sled 

And Dad got a lead sled 

And then a more modern sled

And then the final sled

We left Rudolph in the dust – just sayin’…

We had a great time visiting the USS Yorktown with over 400 homeschoolers today.  The kids were great, but I was alarmed at my Katie’s penchant for artillery

doesn’t she know she’s from an aviator family?!  

The tour guides were great, and we even got a science lesson where we learned that somebody puts plankton in our toothpaste and ice cream – bleh!  It will be easier to forgo ice cream in the future… 

The Medal of Honor Museum was beautifully done, and I saw the best and noblest among us portrayed there.  It’s so sad to think that they were the ones who left us early – and sobering to wonder if you could make the same sacrifice for others.

We heard the incredible story of the Doolittle Raid, and I couldn’t help but reflect on the bravery of the young men who volunteered for this dangerous mission - but also the 250,000 Chinese civilians who lost their lives as a result of helping our pilots.   A debt of honor not easily repaid.   

I was able to see a picture of Jake DeShazer, the Doolittle crewmember whose biography I recently read.  He was held captive by the Japanese, tortured and deprived of food and medical care, and after the war, returned as a missionary to Japan.  He publicly forgave his prison guards as an illustration of the forgiveness found in Christ.

It was a wonderful day full of fun and life lessons and a reminder of all the blessings we have today – and those who paid dearly for them. 



  1. It was such a great trip Kim!!!! Caleb really had a good time and Chris loved seeing yours and Perry's "sleighs!" LOL! Thanks so much for setting it all up!

  2. Great post! Loved seeing the pictures of your "sled!!" :)

  3. Love seeing the family sleds! Don't you want to jump on one of those FedEx sleds, take control and head to China for your girls??

    Can't wait to follow along, Kim! Hope we'll get to see our Charleston buddies soon!


  4. You bet, Sharon! We all got together today and heard about Angie's son praying for John Wesley every night - so cute! Angie leaves on Monday! We missed you at our "chat!"