Saturday, April 30, 2011

I fly.

Hey guys! I'm back! I was away at airborne school in Fort Benning Georgia for thre
e weeks and was very limited on internet and sleep so I didn't have much time to blog while I was there. But now I am back at Fort Campbell and boy, am I ever so happy!

Georgia was soooo HOT and HUMID and in airborne school there is seriously no such thing as walking...literally. You run everywhere. I think we probably ran at least five miles a day. In that heat it was terrible.

But I made it and let me just say I owe it all to my God. I would have never made it through without his helping hand. He sent me some of the greatest people to encourage me daily. And when I was up in that plane 1,250 feet up in the air getting ready to jump out for the first time he flooded my heart and mind with courage. I was also extremely blessed bec
ause my dad was able to come and watch all five of my jumps. I felt a little more at ease knowing he was down there waiting for me.

What is it like, you must want to know?

So in airborne school we jump by static line which is a 15 foot rope that is attached to the back of your parachute on one end and the other end is attacked to a cable running overhead in the plane. So when you jump out of the plane your parachute is pulled open automatically (it takes 4 to 6 seconds depending on what type of parachute you are using) Anyways the jumping: It really isn't that bad considering you are so high up because once you jump from the plane the wind is so strong that it sucks you out like a vacuum cleaner (the place is traveling at about 150 mph) and so it doesnt even feel like you are even falling and before you even know it your parachute is open. After that all the noise of the airplane is gone and immediately everything is just peaceful. You just float there in the air
with nothing but the sound of the breeze. Its amazing really and I would recommend jumping from aircraft to anyone. Even those who are terrified of heights because let me tell you, I was terrified of heights, absolutely. And if you would have told me a year ago that I would be jumping out of a plane I would have looked at you like you were crazy and walked away. But I did it, I really did it and I have a set of wings to prove it! Always remember that with the Lord by your side you can do things beyond your wildest imagination.

Thank you to all who kept me in your prayers, they kept me driving on.

"But they who wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles; they shall run, and not grow tired; they shall walk and not become weary."

-Isaiah 40:31

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Just jump...

Tomorrow is the big day. I leave for airborne school. After many "maybes" and "not now but laters" I am finally going. So I want to say a few things about the fear I have of going. I am terrified of jumping out of a plane 1,200 feet up in the air and I am even more terrified that I am going to fail. But I came across this quote back when I first entered basic training and it helped me through alot of the things I went through in that 10 week training period.

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

this has stuck with me and my flesh is fearful but it is my soul that the Lord dwells in and the Lord will keep me from being fearful. I fully trust that he will get me through these next three weeks without any problems. and by the strength and courage he gives me I will leave with wings.

Monday, April 4, 2011

home is never far

eventually we have to leave the nest but it turns out that our hearts never really stray far. home is never more than a dream away.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fill in the blank Friday!

1. The best prank I ever pulled was coming home from basic and AIT for the first time. I guess it wasnt really a prank per say but anyways, I told no one that I was coming home so I had my brother pick me up from the airport and take me home. To be honest it was only halfway successful because my mom found out haha. But it was still fun.

2. The best prank that was ever pulled on me was when my older brother was home on leave on time he told me and my friend that there was a meteor shower that was going to happen that night and that he knew a great place to watch it. So he drove my friend, little brother, and I out into po-dunk no where, where his friend had been camping. Well when we pulled up to the tent his friends car was in a ditch and the car door was open...and the TENT had blood all over it (well fake blood, but we didnt know that!!!!) Me and my friend started crying and I almost peed my pants!!! I thought he had been murdered! Then all of the sudden little Edwin (another family friend) jumps out of the bushes in a wolf costume. Seriously I have never been so scared in my life!

3. A day without prayer is a day wasted.

4. The most important things in life are building great relationships with friends, family, and God.

5. I dream of one day owning my own business selling clothes that I designed. I want to make my money by doing something that I truly love to do and thats art. I dream of traveling that world but always coming back home. I dream of being a mother and a wife. I dream of dreamland and a mansion in the sky.
6. I dread when someone leaves after coming for a visit and I come back to my room just to find all their stuff gone. Realizing that its just me again. I get this horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I cant wait to move back closer to home!

7. A discovery I made this week is that the army really is for me but only for the next three years. After that Im donzo :)