Best of the Best !

As a military kid , I think we as a group we ar ethe best of the best!  There are so many activities,events and things we deal with thatmake us strong ,independent and proud kids. Last night ,Operation Homefront  Southern California had me and some of my family (the ones who are home)  attend a very awesometacullar event. We went  to accept a check on behalf of Operation Homefront , from Wells Fargo.They raised a lot of money to help support them. Operation Homefront helps junior enlist sailors and their families.San Diego Magazine also donated a lot of money from the addmission tickets.We got to try all kinds of different foods, my favorite food was the mini burgers. Robert loved the scallops. And Isabelle loved the strawberry shortcake.after we tried a lot of different foods and talk to a lot of people we went on stage to accept the check. Jay Anderson said some funny words and said some really nice thinkgs about me!   After we finished the ceremony,I met a man from the Padres who used to be a Marine. He gave me the best news ever! I am throwing the first pitch out at the Padres game !!!

He told me to practice because it better be a strike! I am practing hard !when we were walking out there was an awesome actor dressed up like a tree, it was really fun and it  feaked out my little sister ,because it was walking around. This is another great example of how Military kids get to do great things. I met tons of people and was able to tell most of them how great Operation Homefront is  ,and how they help military families and kids.plus we had a grwat time with all the food and music.so after this amazing night ,it really was the best of the Best!  Being a military kids Spectacullar! Thanks Operation Homefront Southern California for all you do for us kids!

I have long believed that…

I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
Bob Riley

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James

Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Some Great quote to live by.

 

Halfway!

half·way (h f w , häf -). adj. 1. Midway between two points or conditions: a halfway   sign on the trail. 2. Reaching or including only half or a portion; partial:

This is the definition most people use. If you are not Military it doesn’ mean to much or hold as much weight. But if you are a military brat , it holds a lot of weigh!.At the beginning of deployment you are fighting your way up a mountain .Just when you think the mountain is too big to , and you want to quit, no more care packages , the email is always not working and my Dad is missing a lot of stuff.Then  your Mom says an important word!!!!

 She says it is Halfway! Then all of a sudden it is an easy ride down the mountain. you are in single digits till your Dad comes home! You get to have a party and share with all the other kids on the ship funny stories.We made pillow case with a story on it and sent it to the ship for everyone to celebrate there. All of us took a section and decorated a pillowcase with a story for my Dad. My brother Robert , did a lot of graduation things . He is going to graduate and my Dad is going to miss it. Isabelle decoratede her with my Dad’s favorite things , Beer ,BBQ and baseball. I decorated with things I want to do more with my Dad ,Fishing and Hunting,and football.   Actually, we did three extra pillowcases for some single sailors, I drew a ship , Bella drew the ocean and Robert and my cousin did random crazy sayings .

So halfway is an exciting time  and to this Military kid it means Dad is coming home soon!!!

Halfway , Halfway , halfway ,I think I might love that word!

HOPE brought to you by Operation Homefront

HOPE!

Now that word carries a lot of weight. My Mom said before we left for D.C. “I hope you behave !  We had a travel escort, Mr Jay Anderson. He is the president of Operation Homefront in California ,a Colonel in the Marine’s and a really  cool guy. He has great riddles and loves logic  puzzles ,so the trip was really fun.  She  also said “I hope you can act like a young man all the time ,there will be a lot of important people there.” I was thinking yeah…. All the Military kids will be there .Hahah Mom. She also said, ” I hope you have fun ! But most of all I hope you can really embrace the opportunity you have  and remember Nate the Great ,with great privilege comes great responsibility.” She is pretty smart but I don’t think I got it till we went to D.C. and we were at the Gala.More to come on that thought.

Many times military kids can feel like they have no hope. No one hears them , no one cares what they are saying and they have no power in what is going on.              

                  Well, this past Thursday , I saw a lot of  HOPE for  all of us! 

            Operation Homefront ,many important members of our military and a lot of  sponsors saw the hope we need!  Four girls ,Alena,Chelsea, Amelia,Erika and me ,were lucky to represent all the military kids  at a Gala. We each represented our own parents branch and are all humble and proud to serve you.There was many speeches and they all spoke of the hope we showed other military kids and the HOPE all Military kids need.            

         Sammy Davis ,the medal of honor winner said he saw hope in our eyes, and  played Shenandoah. It made me sad because it made me think of my brothers and Dad who were deployed . It also  made me Happy because it made me think of all the fun we have when we are hiking, wrestling and sitting on Rocks  on our mountain talking to each other .It was one of my favorite parts of the whole week.

         The Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff ,General Dempsy said we have profound thoughts !We are they way we are because  of all the situations we have to deal with! The CNO  was at the table with me all night and said I didn’t fall far from the tree. He was right about that .My Dad and brothers are always setting great examples for me ! Everyone there was a huge supporter of the hard times we can have as military kids,and they all are trying to make it a little easier for us.

            The idea of HOPE for military kids came to me when we were touring D.C with our parents ,and  Operation Homefront . We visited many of the awesome sites that are in our Nations Capital.  During our trip I heard and saw the word Hope 11 times. We went to the Vietnam Memorial,and there is a Nurses Statue there. One of the Nurses was named HOPE,she was looking up to the sky and you could see she had HOPE.That inspired me too , because when our parents are gone we have HOPE  ,they will be ok  and come home soon. Then on the  vietnam Wall was a note written by a little kid that said she missed that person and she HOPEd they knew it. I hope all the time when my brothers are deployed they know I miss them and HOPE they miss me. We went to one of my heroes monuments Martin Luther King .He had a dream ,but my favorite quote of his is “lifes most urgent and perstitant question is , what are you doing for others?”

We went to see the White House and there is a lot of HOPE  there.Mrs Obama is a huge supporter of military kids,lots of changes are in the works to help military kids. Dr. Jill Biden has a book coming out soon for kids about what her Granddaughter did when her Dad was deployed.

          But I think the biggest HOPE  for Military kids I saw this week was the military kid, a girl ,named Givahna Penserga, who came all the way from her home to see me.She was one of the top 5 for the Navy and just as awesome as the rest of Us . It was one of the biggest honors  of my trip to D.C. It gave me HOPE that all military kids can support each other,help each other through the hard times and be there to celebrate in the good times. We are the biggest HOPE any Military kid could ask for,each other.

I  HOPE she keeps inspiring others  and puts HOPE in them like she did for me!

       The ceremony was so exciting and the Color Guard gave me goosebumps .I don’t think I have ever stood so still ,straight or very proud as I did during the National Anthem. We all heard  awesomtacullar (that is for you John) speeches about ourselves and our families.we received a 5000 dollar check from Operation Homefront. And then Veteran’s United  gave us a 2000 dollar scholarship. An extra special thanks to soldiers angels for the laptop. This is my very first blog on my own computer,amazing feeling!

Everyday when  I get up I have an awesome trophy to look at me and give me the inspiration to do the best I can as a “Military Brat”.

It was almost unreal to know that I was there to represent all the Navy kids. Can I live up to the job Operation Homefront gave me ?

                                                             I HOPE So.

Thank you to Operation Homefront for giving all the military kids,1.2 million of us, HOPE!  

Face your fears!

On sunday the navy base had an amazing egg hunt. There were 50000 eggs.My little sister and I were  really excited because we arent going to be home for easter. Besides the egg hunt they had a carnival for the kids! It was a lot of fun , but I was sad because my Dad is still deployed. My little sister has no fear ! She will do anything,so when she said Nathan “let’s go on the round up , don’t be a scaryed cat! Well, I always ride all the scary rides with my Dad. So , I was think. What am I going to do . If I don’t go , Isabelle will never let me live it down. If I do go ,I might die of a heart attack. :)

Then I remember what my Dad told me last time we went to Bush Gardens. When you are on a roller coaster , scream! It is all your fear being released. I was so glad I remembered that. I went on the round up and  other really scary rides and I loved them. I wish my dad was there tto see it! He would have been so proud of me !! So , I guess what I am trying to say is sometimes you need to scream, reach down deep and face your fears!

 

Love you Dada and thanks for the great advice. Look out Busch Gardens here I come!

 

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