The past several weeks have been a season of adjustment and rebuilding with mixed emotions for my life for several reasons.
First of all, a hole was left in my home when Grady left for boot camp to become a United States Marine. Yesterday, after 10 weeks of intense training, his platoon concluded a 3 day test of grit and tenacity known as The Crucible. For the final 12 1/2 miles (of a total of 48 miles) he and his fellow recruits continued to carry the same 45 lb packs of gear that they had be burdened with for the previous 3 days except this time it was up a steep incline to the top of the infamous Reaper Hill. To add to the challenge they had only been allowed 2 MRE meals since the Crucible began but were rewarded with chicken broth and apple slices at the pinnacle of their ascent. Most importantly their exhausted bodies stood before their drill instructor as they earned The Globe, The Anchor, and The Eagle emblem pin that signified that they could finally be called a Marine. After an emotionally charged ceremony these valiant young men marched 3 1/2 more miles to a much appreciated all they could eat Warriors feast of Steak, Eggs, Potatoes, and Cake.
I can only imagine all of the little details and have pieced together my knowledge the best I could from Marine Family Facebook pages, You Tube videos, blog posts and comments from seasoned Marine families. I can hardly wait to here about the actual events as they unfolded from his own mouth when we get to see him in just a couple of weeks at his graduation. His week and a half leave that follows will be filled with lots of catching up from all of us with each other. Getting to call ourselves a Marine family now is truly an honor! As much as I tried to talk him into joining the Air Force instead, I am thankful that he persisted and joined the United States Marines.
While he has been gone I have kept myself busy with updating this blog site and the online store. When you visit the store you will find books, gifts, collectibles, clothing, toys, and a variety of items relating to the military, first responders, the Red Cross, Travel & Bucket list resources, the Christian faith, and much more. At this point everything is through affiliate marketing so when you click on the item that you are interested in you will be taken to the advertisers website. Fearless Treasures will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you for any items that you buy from their website if you found them through clicking on the link on this website.
I have also become an Expedia Cruise Ship Center Consultant and have been learning a lot of new things to be able to help my fearless readers and followers Navigate Spectacular Travel experiences and cross items off of our bucket lists. This is the part where we live fearlessly through life’s triumphs and not just the trials. There are so many places in this world that I hope to see. With a son in the military, my youngest son who is a senior in high school this year has ambitions to be a world traveler, my oldest son is studying to be a pilot, and 3 other children with adventuresome spirits, there is no telling where I will be led to travel. It is easy to get bogged down in the troubles that we have been or are going through that we forget to look forward, set goals, and set out to achieve them. One of my goal is to travel the world and write about those places to inspire others to visit them as well. I have added the Fearless Adventures Page to this site where you will find interesting travel blogs, resources, facts, etc.
What places do you have on your bucket list? Be sure to visit my Expedia Cruise Ship Center website where you can enter to win a free cruise for 2 and make plans for your next vacation. What dream vacation do you need to wake up from so that you can make it a reality? I would love to hear your feed back. Until then…
From the Treasure Chest:
1(A Psalm of David.) The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.