Month: February 2017

3 Life Lessons from “Shorty” Keough

A wise college professor once told me to treat great people of the past as mentors and to study their biographies as classrooms for life.  I’ve taken this advice to heart and learned a lot as a result. When I discovered Vernon “Shorty” Keough, I felt an immediate connection.  He was the shortest RAF pilot to ever serve and stood at only 4’10” tall.  As a 5’ tall person myself, I had to know more about this guy and his military service! Shorty Keough was an American who joined the RAF in 1940.  He was a 28 year old...

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5 Tips for Dealing with Ambiguous Waiting

I’ve wanted to join the military since I was 12 years old.  I thought about it over the years, fasted and prayed about it, researched.  I’m a Christian, and I want God’s guidance in my life.  I worked through some questions about the morality of being a Christian in the military and emerged more informed and interested in pursuing it.   I waited for the “burning bush” moment many Christians expect when God calls you to do something; a moment that is clear, definitive, and miraculous.  The undeniable voice of God calling me to some great task. Well, it didn’t...

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Discovering True Courage

“God is able to protect me, but he probably won’t, so I need to have my own back.” As you may have read on the About page here on the blog, I spent my last two years of high school living in Egypt and Sudan with my family.  While they were incredible, life-changing times I wouldn’t trade for anything, constantly having to be vigilant in protecting myself and my sister as we went through our day together really took its toll.  I didn’t particularly feel it in the moment (adrenaline has its uses!), but after I went to college...

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How to Help Your Studying/Training Spouse Succeed

My husband Jacob is currently in his third year of seminary.  His Masters of Divinity program takes about four years to complete, and he is juggling work and school as he works toward his goal of military chaplaincy. I won’t lie to you guys, it’s been rough sometimes.  Our schedules don’t always line up, finances are tight, there’s pressure for him to do well to be chosen to go active duty in the future… lots of things.  And as his wife, sometimes I’ve felt like I’ve put my life on hold while he finishes school and I can feel...

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10 Adventures Near Ft. Leonard Wood

Ft. Leonard Wood is located in central Missouri right off of highway I-44.  If you’ve been there, you’ll soon find it’s not near any large towns or urban centers (hence the nickname “Fort Lost-in-the-Woods).  However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t grand adventures to be had!  If you find yourself in the area, here are some fun things to do that are all within two hours’ drive of the base: 1. Elephant Rocks State Park Located about two hours east of Ft. Wood you’ll find Elephant Rocks, a geological wonder set in the hills of Missouri.  The area is home...

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