Time Moves On

It’s been a little over a week, and I think I am settling in.  I have slept two nights, now, all the way through.  I had been waking up every night between three and four o’clock.

The boys start school next week, and I start teaching Sunday School (YAY!) this Sunday!  Soccer, Disciple, and Children’s Choir all start the NEXT week!

Busy! Busy! Busy!

Keeps us moving; keeps us sane!




***McCrazy Daily Lesson:q23***

Weekly Nut Note

One week.

One Letter.

One box.

One card.

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.  😉

I can write this here, because I am FAIRLY certain my husband has no way to check my blog while he’s gone.  🙂

I thought I was doing well.  I mean, I am doing well.  However, I realized tonight that I am making it a habit to sit on my couch/bed and eat Little Debbie cakes and drink coke/wine…


If I’m not mistaken, these are “sad chick” symptoms??  I have never been one to cry over my ice cream and such…  I’m totally functional during the day, now, but at night…  Wam!  Sad Chick!

Oh well.  This, too, will pass.  🙂

On a brighter note, I drove my husband’s Camaro tonight!!  This is QUITE the accomplishment.  I have never, in my WHOLE 30 years, driven a manual car BY MYSELF!!  YAY ME!!  The car shall live through deployment!!!


On a McCrazy note, my four-year-old asked God to bless Ironman and Hulk smash during bedtime prayers….  

On a God note, SO happy it’s Sunday, and I got to church this morning.  I always feel better after.  🙂  Cannot WAIT for Disciple to start!!!  

Now, I shall enjoy my box of cakes.  Tomorrow is another day!  

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  Watch your self.  You know you best, and YOU will know when something is going askew before anyone else, if you are honest.***

Like I Have Loved You

Happy Sunday! Today I am overwhelmed with the thought that next weekend is my husband and my one year anniversary! My mind is torn between thinking ‘has it really already been a year,’ and ‘we’ve only been married a year? It feels like we’ve been together our whole lives.’ It has been the most blessed year! Having said that, the verse above kind of slapped me in the face earlier this week. Have I really loved my Husband like Jesus loved me?… No. Not even close. But praise the Lord he knew he was marrying a sinner going into our marriage. None the less, I do want to love better this next year.

Who can you show this kind of agape love to?


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Day Nineteen: Write What You Know?

What a good day to start back up!!

Why yes!  That is what I write, and believe me….I will be writing it WAY more, now!  😉

It’s easiest, for me, to write what I know.  Or, at least what I THINK I know.  😉  It, also, helps me get what I think I know straight.  For some reason, it always makes WAY more sense out than in.

Being that my husband deployed yesterday, I have a feeling you are going to be “hearing” a lot more of my thoughts on here, as I will not have anyone, at home, to share them with…lol.

I apologize ahead of time.  😉

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: Write what you know!  Whether is be real OR made up in your head!  😉 ***


The New Normal

“The past two-ish weeks have been a whirlwind; between getting ready for deployment and Derek making chief. I am, [both], proud and happy to announce that we got him off in one piece this morning!! Way to go Team McKay! Let the countdown to Daddy begin!!  ❤ Stay Strong Team Stout! <3″


That was yesterday’s facebook status update shortly after we watched Daddy sail away.



It was a different experience this time; we have kids.

I thought it would be fun for the boys to watch the ship.  😉  I, however, did not take into consideration the getting up at 5:30am part.  😉    

The 2 year old cried, because he was so exhausted by the time they left.

The 4 year old BAWLED because Daddy was leaving.  He wanted to go with him and help him.  

It made me feel awful, and for a few minutes, I rethought my decision to take them.  It only took a couple minutes of talking to him to calm him down, though.  I explained we WERE helping Daddy.  Daddy would need things, and we would get them for him.  If we were ALL on the ship, together, there would be no one to send the things we would need.  This seemed to get through to him.

After getting home, napping, and bathing they were much better.  Throw in a birthday party and some “Daddy Books” reading time, and you’ve got brand new boys.


We will all miss him terribly, but we will all be ok.  🙂Image



Now comes the tricky part.  Adjusting to “The New Normal” for the next nine-ish months…

The normal where I have to entertain Daddy and Mommy style; 24 hours a day, seven days a week.    EEK!  lol

Lucky for us we have things like email, texts, and skype.  AND regular mail.  I already have Daddy box plans.  🙂  I think the boys will enjoy this part as well.



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Those Daddy Books (as we call them and pictured above) are a real lifesaver.  

Whenever I start feeling down about our situation, I think about all the veterans and families that came before us…  The ones who got a letter every few weeks, or months, and that was all the communication they had.  

We are lucky to have these luxuries.  

While we will miss him EVERY DAY, we could not be more proud of Daddy and what he does for us.  

He is our hero.


Safe sailing and happy travels, Daddy.  We love you, and we will see you in “just a couple of days”.  😉 

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  No matter the distance, LOVE is bigger.  No matter the storm, LOVE is stronger.***

Some of the toughest times in my life have been during these long deployments.  It doesn’t change a thing; I wouldn’t change a thing.  We are Navy; that is us.  

Fair Winds and Following Seas, my love.



A Story

One evening a man was gathering things in, and out, of his car; getting ready for work the next day.  When the man was done, he closed his car doors and headed towards his house.  He got six steps from the car when he realized he had locked his keys in the car.  The man rushed back to his car, and sure enough, there were his keys.  They were sitting in the front passengers side of the car.  

He walked around to each door, and the trunk, to double check they were locked.  

Yes, they were locked.

The man began to panic.  Things were in the car that he needed for work the next day.  How would he get them out in time?  

“I’ll bust the window out”, the man says aloud.  

His wife had been standing there, by the car, thinking.  She was trying to figure out how to get them out.  “Calm down and let’s think about this before you go breaking windows”, she said.

“I’ll do what I have to to get my stuff out for work.  I need that stuff”, her husband replied.

“Call a locksmith.  It may be a bit more expensive, this time of the evening, but at least you’d have your keys AND all your windows”, she said next.

As her husband began to search for a locksmith to call, the wife began checking windows.   The car was a little older.  She herself had locked her keys in a car when she was younger.  Before she could say anything, the man asked her if they had a clothes hanger in the house.

“Now we’re thinking!”,  she thought.

She went and got the clothes hanger.  The man and his wife spoke about how to proceed next and the man went to work trying to pop the lock with the hanger.  

While they were out there, a neighbor stopped by.  The neighbor and wife chatted a bit.  

Then, that’s when it happened.

A car drove by.  It was a new neighbor.  He waved.  Everyone waved back.  

The new neighbor parked at his house and yelled down the group standing by the car, “did you lock your keys in the car?”

“Yes!”, said the wife.

Within a couple minutes the new neighbor was coming down the road with a kit designed, specifically, to get into cars.  What are the chances?!?!?

Within five minutes, after that, the door was open and the keys were out.  No broken anything.

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: 

Philippians 4:6~ Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything

Philippians 4:19~ And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus

Proverbs 3:5-6~ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

MAtthew 7:7~ Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. ***

Can you think of anything learned from this story?

Day Twelve: Quirky Writing Habits

I am not sure I have developed any yet??  My writing is a bit patchy at this point. 🙂  I will check back in next month, after the kids start school and I have more of a routine.  😉

If anyone has any habits they would like to share, feel free!!  Maybe your habit will become mine and set me on my way!!!  😉

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  When in doubt, ask a friend!***


SuperMan Cape

I threw two of these together, last night and this morning, for the boys.  The stitching isn’t the greatest, BUT it will hold.  🙂  I will work on the prettiness, later!


Two Pieces of fabric.  (Super hero of your choice, and a complementing color.


Sew three sides together INSIDE OUT.


Pull the fabric out so that it is back the correct way (with stitches on the inside).

Cut, iron, and sew the neck-tie piece.  You will also turn this outside out when you are down (so the stitches are on the inside).



Iron a hem and collar for the neck.



Sew the collar down, leaving room for the neck-tie piece to be slid through.


Use a safety pin to pull the tie through the hole.


Voila!  SuperMan (or whomever YOU want) cape!



Here’s the video I used for my inspiration.  She may explain it better.  😉


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