When Other Things Matter

I had an entirely different post prepared for today. Had a post about how full of love and excitement my heart has been these last few weeks.

And then we had a situation arise here on Kodiak that changed our day a little bit.

I’m sure some of you saw the news. That there were two US Coast Guardsmen who were shot and killed here on Kodiak Island. The first murder in 11 years.

Two men with families.

With wives.

With children.

Two families whose entire lives were shattered in a matter of minutes.

They put the base on lockdown because no one knows who did it or what happened.

Instead of working today, I sat snuggled up on the couch with my little guy.

We watched movies, played on the iPad and I sat counting my blessings.

I watched Noah play, knowing that he was safe. That his daddy was safe. That our family was safe when there are others only a few miles away who are suffering.

I rubbed my tiny belly and kissed my sweet boy; hugged my husband fiercely and thanked God for all of the things that he had blessed me with.

I get frustrated sometimes; get annoyed and, these days, overly hormonal. I say things I don’t mean and take out my frustration on people who don’t deserve my aggravation.

But at the end of the day, especially days like this, I realize that there is no where else I’d rather be.

No one else I’d rather be with.

And nothing else that I could need.

In case you can’t see it in his eyes, Noah’s been sick with a nasty cold/croup this week. He wasn’t much into having his picture made yesterday. Fortunately I managed to snag one so that I didn’t fall completely behind on my project. But, in case you missed it, I did take a lot of him on Sunday!




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  1. says

    I really enjoyed reading this post. I think we all need to be reminded of how blessed we are. Sometimes it is so easy (especially for this single mom!) to focus on the negative instead of the wonderful blessings…

  2. says

    Oh, Courtney, my heart goes out to you and to the families in Kodiak, especially those attached to Station Kodiak, and those who lost family members. It is a sad day.

  3. says

    Oh boy, how sad! After seeing your Facebook status yesterday, I was wondering what had happened. I am so thankful that your family is safe and I am so sad for the loss in your community! Continuing to pray for safety for all of you!

  4. says

    Courtney, I am so sorry to hear this news! How tragic. I will keep these families in my prayers and pray the the person/persons responsible are found and brought to justice.

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