After serving four years in the Marines and eighteen in the Navy reserves, Larry and I were able to enjoy retirement benefits. One of these benefits was to be able to stay on US Military bases throughout the world. Here are some pictures and videos of our February trip to Hawaii.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
My husband and I flew into beautiful
Bozeman, Montana, to see our daughter, Deborah, and our son, Aaron,
and his family. Deb had arranged for us to stay at a pleasant ranch
house with an attached garage leading up to a cozy dining room. Her
friend, John, even gave us the use of his car while he visited family
in Seattle. It was perfect.
We quickly changed into our
cross-country clothes and waxed our skies for a day at Hyalite
National Forest, just outside of Bozeman. Skiing at Hyalite was
like being enveloped in a holiday postcard. The snow was deep and
well-packed, the trails took us through snow-covered pine trees, and
the clouds cut through the surrounding mountains while the sun peeks
through, making the snow glow gold like specks from Rumpelstiltskin’s
It was a very special day. We were
meeting Aaron, his wife, Lynelle, and our 18-month-old Grandson,
August. I was entering our car in the garage while Larry, whose 6’2”
frame filled the inside doorway, said, “Looks like we have
everything.” He then shut the door only to realize that he had left
the key to the house on the dining room table.
“What should we do now?,” he said.
The keys and our flight plan were on
the dining room table so near and yet so far from our grasp. We
trudges through the snow circling the house checking for ways to
enter or possibly an unlocked window or hidden key; but the place was
like Fort Knox.
Nevertheless, life goes on, and we had
a choice to either spend the day figuring out how to deal with our
dilemma or enjoying the day. I said a prayer that went like this”
“God, you see our problem and in faith I turn to you for a
solution. I trust you will give us wisdom to deal with this
impossible situation.” We then kept our date with our son and
My joy returned at the sight of little
August who now could speak in whole sentences. August grinned with
delight flying up and down the hills on the sled Aaron pulled behind
him. After an hour or so of skiing, he looked up at us with his green
mischievous eyes and orange hair sticking out of his cap saying,
“Walk a little, walk a bit.” He escaped his cozy cocoon of
enclosed blankets and began examining the new substance called
“snow.” We threw a few snowballs while munching on delicious
homemade revel bars. (See attached recipe.)
As shades of pink streaked the sky
making shadows on the mountains,we headed back to our cars. I kissed
my dear first grandson’s frozen chubby red cheeks saying goodbye to
his mom and dad and thanking them for such a wonderful winter day.
But now the dark cloud descended on us as we drove into the garage
trying to figure out how to get into the house without a key?
After inspecting the house once again,
Larry said, “I might have to dismantle the door.” Being an
Industrial Arts teacher and former contractor, I knew he could
probably do it with tools—but we had none. I also worried about
damaging the house so graciously offered to us. Once again, I prayed
for God to help us and to give us wisdom which he promises if we ask.
In a whisper, an impression came to me.
“Try your home key.” It sounded absurd but why not, I thought.
What have we got to lose? It does say in the Bible, “My sheep hear
my voice and follow me.”
Larry reluctantly and with little hope,
took our house key from my hand and slowly tried fitting it into the
lock. We held our breath as he slowly turned the key, and
“Voila”—it opened. Did we just witness a miracle? Did we really
open a house in Montana with our key from Illinois. We didn’t care!
We were so excited—we were like two little kids jumping and
shouting for joy.
It was proof that our heavenly Father
heard our prayers and that he saw our faith in Him to go on with our
day and to trust Him to deliver us from ourselves.