The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Men of the Strongest Character

My son has always been interested in the military. Lately, he has become quite focused on SEALs. SEALS are started on their intense training in a class called BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition / SEALS). In his research on requirements and general information he came up on a documentary on YouTube that follows a BUD/S Training class 234 .  He started telling me all about this documentary and the great stuff he was watching. I asked him (of course) about language. I had images of "boot camp" stuff I had heard about.  A lot of yelling and cursing.

"No, no language."

That's good. I really didn't get too excited until one day he said: "You know listening to these instructors is like living at home. They sound like you guys."

Hello! That comment had me grab a cup of tea and plop in the chair next to him.

"Excuse me? I am some sort of drill Sergeant now?"
"Nah, I mean, they say the same stuff."

What I saw has kept our family talking for a good two weeks. First, I recounted it all to Jerome who then organized a family viewing of one segment. Braydon and I completed watching the rest of the segments a few nights later and we still bring it up in conversation.

On the official website for Navy SEALs the stated goal of BUD/S training is as follows:
Basic underwater Demolition/SEAL training, or BUD/S, is designed to find and develop men of the strongest character who give everything they have to accomplish their mission and support the men on their team.
Well now, it is all becoming clear. Our family is committed to Christ and we are striving to raising children in such a way that will "...make ready a people prepared for the Lord." (Luke 1:17). In other words, we want to raise our children to be of the "strongest character who give everything they have to accomplish their mission..."  Apparently, being a Christian parent, attempting to raise children mighty in spirit for the Lord, is akin to being a Navy SEAL instructor.

So, we say the same the stuff like : "Pay attention to details." "When you are asked to do a job, do your best the first time." "Follow directions!" "I am not here to tear you up, I am trying to build you up."

I have to be real here and say that it is hard for a Mama to be excited about the prospect of sending her son off to be a SEAL some day. It is dangerous. However, I support my son -- how could I not support a young man who truly desires to be a man of the strongest character.

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  1 John 3:16

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pushing Through

Our Mary is great at crochet. However, finishing a long project seems to be a difficult project. When she started this afghan I told her she was required to finish it; then I harped, I scheduled mandated crochet times in the evening and I just basically kept on her. I wasn't just being a tough task master, I knew that if she could go all the way through she would have that sense of great accomplishment and that feeling of "I can do it" would carry on to the next project.  Finally, after persevering -- SHE DID IT!


Way to go Mary, it is beautiful.

Friday, November 23, 2012


I would say that Thanksgiving was a quiet holiday, but I don't believe the Googeg tribe does too many things quietly. It was just our family and lots of food. We are so blessed to have each other.

 When the cousins came over the day before, the younger set kept themselves quite busy.

Other of us were busy cooking:
Jerome roasted a fine goose
Ayin made the turkey
Miss Adela really outdid herself in the kitchen this year with pies, cookies and other dips and dressings.
Of course there was more to do than cook. Ricky worked hard putting together a verse memory game.
Braydon helped set us all up.
Mary was busy with many behind the scenes projects which are so important to getting things ready for a big dinner.
Dinner was indeed great and we were very emotional as we thought over all that we have to be thankful for, especially that long table full of so many people. How God has bless us with children and family!
After the dishes were mostly cleared, the kids and dads headed out for soccer and such and some of us got busy on some crochet projects.
Even though we had the family together, we were still missing one which left a hole in our festivities. Thanks to Skype even Riane was able to join us all the way from Taiwan.
We miss her so, but are so excited for all that she is doing and learning in this season of her life.
It was a good day!

Thursday, November 1, 2012


There has been much delay since my last blog post. To say I am busy sounds a little cliche -- every body's busy. It just feels that nailing down this new homeschooling year has taken quite an adjustment period on us all. It is good and it is flowing, but I am spending my creative energy in teacher/mommy mode. However, I am ready to ease back into my blog.

This month we are focusing on right heart attitudes as well as "Ask, Seek and knock." A curriculum suggestion was a scavenger hunt. It is not really my style, but I decided it would be fun and break the monotony. Little did I know my plan would land on the first snow of the year.

There were lessons all along way:

#1 Look for God all the time... even during mundane activities -- listen for the nudge to do something different.

All seven of the children walked right by this large board that had a clue clipped to it and dutifully sat down ready for unit study time to begin. I had to sneak up to the back door and encourage them to read the note.

#2 Seeking God means reading His Word carefully so you will be able to follow it.

They studied all their clues very carefully.

#4 Don't Neglect the fellowship of believers. 

They were told to work as a team and they certainly worked together.

#5 There is Joy in Seeing the Lord.

It was fun!

#6 You will face adverse circumstances.

 Bundling up to face the wet snow.

(Someone commandeered the camera to get a picture of the photographer)

#7 Keep Seeking the Lord even when it is hard and you will get a glimpse of Him.

Their first site of Mom in the middle of the field.

#8 When you know where God wants you to go -- don't hold back!

 The Home Stretch!

#9 If you Seek the Lord you will find Him.

 They reached the end.

#10 God promises us rewards for seeking Him.

But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.  ~ Deuteronomy 4:29