What is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is a day to remember, thank, and show appreciation for those who have served this great nation in our armed forces. 


Starting at the conclusion of WWI; all the way through today.


We thank those who came before us.

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We remember and honor those who have fallen.


We cherish those who are still in our lives.





We hold them close while they are home.





We wait, patiently, for their return when they are gone.



IMG_5555011081965We stick by their side during the hards times; we share their joys during the great times.












and Strangers;


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we cherish them all.

We support them,





IMG_5500968265802because they fight for us.



In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”


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***

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.



Feeling Blessed


(Wall o’ Daddy I have made for the boys.)

With the upcoming D word, I am finding it hard to be sad.  

  • Do I wish my husband could stay home forever??!  OF COURSE!!  
  • Is that the life we have chosen?  No.  

With all the summer activities and get ready for daddy to leave stuff, I had been quite busy.  Now that we have completed so much, it has hit me he is leaving, SOON.  I don’t want you to think that doesn’t make me “sad”, because I am heart broken.  It’s just not like it was the first time when I was 22, living in California, and thought my whole world would end! (lol)

I want my husband to be all he can be, (no, he’s not in the Army) and with his job choice that means sea time.  We have been lucky.  This is only our third time in 11 years. 

This deployment will be good for my husband’s career (no matter which direction it will head in next).  He doesn’t want to go anymore than we want him to, but he does want to have the experience it will bring.  

I say I am having a hard time feeling sad, because this year has brought so many blessings!  

  • We joined our church this year.  
  • My children and I have been baptized this year.  
  • I helped with VBS at our church which was, also, me conquering a fear…
  • I was able to sell my Dad’s house (this sounds awful, but the stress is took away was a TRUE blessing).  
  • After selling the house, I was able to completely pay my father’s funeral bill.  
  • My husband will soon be a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy.

I’m not sure if it’s because this is coming after the LOOOOONG couple of years prior to this one that makes this year seem so wonderful, or if it’s just wonderful all by itself.  I can say, though, I am at a point in my life where I am content.  

Thanks to the guidance we have gotten from God, we are where we need to be; doing what we need to be doing.  Of that, I am sure.

This next journey will definitely be something you will want to stay tuned for…  

Nine months.

One Mommy.

Two preschoolers.

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  Life is a journey full of happiness and sadness.  Sometimes we have to suffer through sadness, so we can be more thankful for the happiness.***

I can track these periods in my life, completely.  They are what has made me who I am.  

Philippians 4:13~ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Navy Wife's Prayer Poster

The Life of the Military Wife (and/or Husband)


Big day in the McCrazy house!!  My husband did his thing and got the job done…lol…  Vague I know.  Let’s just say the stress level in the house went down about 234234 fold.  

Later in the afternoon he called back to drop another bomb!  Deployment dates have changed!


That’s all that can be said. This IS the madness of the military. It’s “YAY!” one minute and “Huh??” the next!  

Aside from me having a problem with sporadic changes all together, this effects me in no way.  Others, however, have been making plans!!  Deployment is a big thing!!

Here are a few of the supportive words given today after all the commotion:   

    ~ “Everything in the Navy is firmly set in Jello.” ~ “The only constant is change.” ~ “Remember that you can not plan according to the ships schedule. They do not plan according to our schedule. Our wants and needs are not in  there “mission ready” orders. Support and More Support will get us through.”

All very good words to remember, and they are all very helpful words in their own ways.  All so different.  It’s always nice when so many different outlooks can come together in a situation to help one another.  We always have to remember these things happen for a reason.  OUR plan is not THE plan.  Everything will work out and it will be for the better…even if we can’t see it now.

We have gotten used to the whirlwind that is the military over the past 10ish years. It’s all kind of laughable, really. If you let it be… 😉 WE just have to roll with the punches Ladies. It WILL all work out!!!

Brighter Sides- A Daddy will be home to see his baby born. A Mommy will a month of much needed Daddy help. People will get anniversaries together that may not have. And extra study time for important test is ALWAYS nice…we all know the husband comes home studying is OUT! AND!!! we ALL get more time to hang out before they leave.

If our situation is not optimal at the moment TRY and be happy for the ones this works OUT for… Bask in THEIR happiness. 🙂

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: Hug them tight, and hold them close. 🙂 Laugh at the crazyness to keep from going crazy. Nothing can be changed so why worry!!! Get those heads up girls!! On day at a time!!!***

Matthew 6:34~ “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

“Love Me When I’m Gone” – 3 Doors Down


I have been trying not to bore everyone with my deployment thoughts, but lately I have been noticing periodic comments from other navy wives; comments about their fears and worries. It has given me a better understanding as to some of what has been going on the past few months and I am actually very glad I have gotten to have a better understanding of other peoples thoughts. Admittedly, a lot of the concerns that I have read are things that I do not recall ever crossing my mind. I figure this is why I just wasn’t getting “it”.

Being afraid they will forget or “fall out of love” seems to be top one. GIRLS!!! We have the ability to make sure they NEVER forget! Letters are cheap! Send one every time you have a thought. Boxes full of anything and everything are GREAT! We get excited about their letters; just imagine being on that ship with the SAME people for MONTHS AND MONTHs and MOnThs… There will never be too much mail when mail day comes! So KEEP THEM COMING!!!

Put secret stuff in their mail…confetti and such. Maybe smells… Confetti letters/boxes are nice, because when it all falls out and makes a mess they will think of you each time they find ANOTHER piece in their bed… It’s a bit annoying because they have to clean it…lol, but I’m sure it will bring a smile…AFTER the cleaning…

You’ll send bitty reminders of you to him, 231784982374 emails back and forth (when email is working). Demand cool gifts from cool countries. My husband also sent postcards from each port so I could track his whereabouts and have them forever of course!! His first deployment had a lot of port visits so I still have all them all in a frame and hanging on a wall.

The worst part of deployment is the before he leaves worrying… If you get through that you’ll be fine!! 🙂 Just kick it, and have fun while he’s here!!!

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: Girls, your husbands LOVE YOU!!! You are strong capable women, and you will be FINE!!!***

Smile, give it to God, and keep moving forward!!!!!

This song is the best and what I listened to 390285290 times a day when I got sad. 🙂 Give it a listen…smile and be proud!!!