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back in San Diego!

so long since posting and i will just start with the most recent and then slowly back track. i have lots and lots of material to post about! major life changes.

i got home from our patrol on December 16th after 2+ months out to sea, over 10,000 nautical miles travelled, 2,000lbs cocaine seized, 1,400lbs disrupted, 500 laps ran around the ship, 140 new Shellbacks, 72 days at sea, dozens of small boat ops, 9 illegal traffickers detained, 6 days in Panama/Costa Rica, 2 swim calls, 1 book read (in Search for Captain Zero). so proud to be OPS of BOUTWELL, and praising God that we were home for Christmas.

   

so thankful for my friends in San Diego to greet me upon arrival back on American soil. after so many days at sea surrounded by 170 of the same people and no place for myself, i thought that i wanted to be alone. coming home to an empty house, the smell of stagnant air, and a broken heater was not inviting. Ana, being the great friend she is, offered to come over. she came with a beer and we went to enjoy sushi at our favorite Surfside Sushi a couple blocks away.

then Kristen flew into town so Leanna and i picked her up after the Sector San Diego Christmas party out in MIssion Valley. With Kara, my old roommate, we went out to our other favorite PB Ale House.  We met up with Liz as well and the girls (below) had breakfast at Kono's overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and Crystal Pier all decorated for Christmas. But all this was leading up to picking up the love of my life Todd from the airport on Saturday.  he had been in New Jersey for 7 weeks going to school for his new job with MSC.  it was divine timing as i was out to sea so we could email everyday (multiple times really). 

   

Todd planned a welcome home party for me and after church at Barabbas Road.  It was the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, so we loaded up the boat at Shelter Island, embarked my girlfriends and took a ride into the sunset for the fireworks and to watch the parade. it was a gorgeous night and we were disappointed when we learned that the fireworks were cancelled. so instead, we made the long trek down to 32nd St. Navy Base to take a look at my ship's Christmas lights (we used the King's Post as the trunk for the Christmas Tree) and hoisted the Friendship lights.  the navy security boat thought we were terrorists, but we had to call the newly qualified Ensign OOD to turn on the Christmas lights, but not quickly enough as we were shooed away and didn't want to miss the parade.  we tried to anchor in the Bay, but it was over 30ft deep and lots of traffic, so it made it unsafe and impracticable.  a great Sunday night in the Bay, a terrific welcome home party that Todd arranged.

   

Above is us eating on the stoop as the house doesn't have a kitchen table.  breakfast of eggs, sauteed mushrooms, steamed spinach, and sometimes smoked salmon, cream cheese or bacon or sausage with coffee and orange juice is the stoop specialty.  love being home in San Diego.  

be blessed

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. Galatians 2:20-21

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