Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Alaska, Operation Heal Our Patriots and Samaritan's Purse

We got home on Saturday from the most amazing week I think I have ever had. Exhausted and missing my kids, I finally today feel a bit more rested and decided to get this blog post up. Jet lag is real.... holy MOLY!
So, my anxiety to fly was pretty strong. I was SO nervous, but once we were in the air, I completely calmed down and relaxed.

We arrived in Anchorage, as soon as we landed I received a text from one of the volunteers with OHOP about where they would be standing when we landed. From the time we landed until we left, Chris and I felt like royalty. We were taken care of, not allowed to do a THING. We took a tiny plane to Port Alsworth (there are no roads in or out) and when flying in, I saw people waving and running to the runway, when we stepped off of that plane, the entire town was there to greet us, shake our hands and thank us. They thanked my husband for serving our country and thanked me for being there for him, for allowing him to serve, it was very emotional and overwhelming. The camp at Port Alsworth is breathtaking, as is Alaska. I have no words for it. And photos really do not do it justice at all... but I tried. We were fed well, had some pretty amazing classes that made us dig deep, a little deeper than I wanted, but it really made me realize a lot of things, things to help us in our marriage and help me in my life with other things I've been struggling with. The volunteers were amazing, I can't say enough good things about them. We would go into the bunker to get water or coffee, always someone greeted us, asked us how our day was going, never went a second without making us feel important.
We fished, hiked, went to see bears, relaxed, enjoyed each other and the company around us. Formed bonds, not only with the couples that were with us but with the volunteers and staff.
On Friday, I won't lie, I cried. I have never had such an experience, it was heart felt and real. I was ready to come home to my kids but not ready to leave that place. It's like magic, you honestly feel like you are closer there.... to everything. In tune with nature, each other... magic.
Samaritan's Purse is an amazing organization that helps people all over the world. I'm so honored to have been a part of it and honestly, would love to volunteer with them one day. We'll see... maybe this was part of it, someone trying to push me to do more with my talent. One message that came across to me loud and clear was this "you all have talents, I want to see that you use them, don't let them go to waste"
And whether that be a talent to sing, or for art, or photograph, or to make amazing human beings to go out into the world, we all have one and it needs to be used. So we will see where that goes with me. I do know that I feel the need in my heart.

And now on to the pics. :)

Lake Clark

The fish I caught! EEK 

Lake Clark at sunrise. Absolutely unreal

Hubby's fish before it flipped out. ;) 

Chef Jean Claude


  1. hehe :) I <3 this post and I def hope you come back!

  2. It looks amazing! Alaska is on my bucket list for sure!!