Monthly Archives: December 2012

Merry Christmas…

Merry Christmas!!!
Merry Christmas!!!

I saw this Aviator’s Christmas Poem that my friend shared and I thought that I would pass it along! Merry Christmas to you all!!!

Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,
Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.
The aircraft were fastened to tie downs with care,
In hopes that — come morning — they all would be there.

The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots,
With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots.
I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up,
And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.

When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter,
I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter.
A voice clearly heard over static and snow,
Called for clearance to land at the airport below.

He barked his transmission so lively and quick,
I’d have sworn that the call sign he used was “St. Nick.”
I ran to the panel to turn up the lights,
The better to welcome this magical flight.

He called his position, no room for denial,
“St. Nicholas One, turnin’ left onto final.”
And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer!

With vectors to final, down the glideslope he came,
As he passed all fixes, he called them by name:
“Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun!
On Comet! On Cupid!” What pills was he takin’?

While controllers were sittin’, and scratchin’ their heads,
They phoned to my office, and I heard it with dread,
The message they left was both urgent and dour:
“When Santa pulls in, have him please call the tower.”

He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking,
Then I heard, “Left at Charlie,” and “Taxi to parking.”
He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh,
And stopped on the ramp with a “Ho, ho-ho-ho…”

He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk,
I ran out to meet him with my best set of chocks.
His red helmet and goggles were covered with frost,
And his beard was all blackened from Reindeer exhaust.

His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale,
And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn’t inhale.
His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly,
His boots were as black as a cropduster’s belly.

He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red,
And he asked me to “fill it, with hundred low-lead.”
He came dashing in from the snow-covered pump,
I knew he was anxious for drainin’ the sump.

I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk.
He came out of the restroom, and sighed in relief,
Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief.

And I thought as he silently scribed in his log,
These reindeer could land in an eighth-mile fog.
He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear,
Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, “Clear!”

And laying a finger on his push-to-talk,
He called up the tower for clearance and squawk.
“Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction,
Turn right three-two-zero at pilot’s discretion”

He sped down the runway, the best of the best,
“Your traffic’s a Grumman, inbound from the west.”
Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed through the night,
“Merry Christmas to all! I have traffic in sight.”


Something’s Gonna Happen…

Doug and Brandi's Rehearsal Dinner
Doug and Brandi’s Rehearsal Dinner

Good news! I spoke with the recruiters at MAF this week and we were invited to “try-out” and perform a Technical Evaluation (TE) in January! Wahoo!!! We still have a few more things to do, such as an extensive medical exam, but we are well on our way. It is a little daunting to go through another TE so soon after our TE with JAARS, but I am excited to find out if we will be going with MAF. I am going to have to hit the books hard again, especially since I am further away from my school experience and MAF gives a number of written and oral tests during the evaluation. Please pray that I take the time to prepare and study what needs to be studied. I also need to get some more time in a high performance airplane (high performance means a single engine with 200 horsepower or more) and brush up on my instrument flying skills. Thank you for all of the support and love that you have extended to us. A little more than a month and we will have an answer!!!

Jeremiah loves to fly...he loves pretty much everything and everybody!
Jeremiah loves to fly…he loves pretty much everything and everybody!

Feliz Navidad!!! No, we didn’t visit Mexico but we did travel to Ohio to take part in our dear friend’s wedding! Douglas Ruyle married Brandi Miller this past Saturday and what a celebration it was! One of our favorite things in life is to go to the weddings of our friends. It is such a beautiful thing to witness the joining of two souls, especially when they are crazy in love with one another. It is also beautiful because it reminds me what a great gift marriage is and I am increasingly grateful for my wife. Another reason that it is beautiful is because it gives us a glimpse into Christ’s relationship with the Church.

The ceremony was beautiful and everything went as planned. We had a great time seeing our friends and introducing our kids to everyone. The most touching part of the ceremony was when Doug washed Brandi’s feet after the vows. I watched their tearful exchange as he poured water over her feet and told her about his devotion to her. I know that they will do well!

We will be flying back home tomorrow and look forward to spending Christmas with our Reno family and our Summit family! May God Bless you all during this season and may His gift, Jesus, have the highest place in your lives!!!

The Prospect…

After Adelina's First Haircut
After Adelina’s First Haircut

Why is it that I always want to arrive at my destination as quick as possible? I am certainly a part of the microwave generation! I don’t like to wait. If there is something on the horizon then I want it NOW! It is similar to how I hike. I usually just put my head down and walk as fast as I can in order to get to where I am going. I have gone on beautiful hikes and pretty much all I looked at was the ground at my feet until we got to the end!!! This is not the best way to hike and this is not always the best way to live. I am going to miss a lot along the way if I feel like I am just waiting to arrive at the destination.

Jess and I are faced with the prospect of living in Reno for at least the next year until we can serve as missionaries (as long as we are accepted by MAF). My immediate reaction is, “Another year!!! We already spent a year in Michigan finishing my mechanic training. Then, we spent this last fall traveling. Now we have to spend another year trying out with MAF and hopefully raising support?” But, I don’t want to miss it. I don’t want to miss what God may want to do in me, or miss any opportunity to be a light where I am. What is it to me or to God if it takes a little longer than I had expected? How long did Abraham and Sarah wait for a child? How long did the Israelites serve as slaves in Egypt? How long did they wander in the desert? How long did David wait to become king? How long did Jesus live before he began to minister?

Since I am not at the destination, I want to make the most of my time wherever I am. God is here and He wants to meet with me. The thing that matters is not what I do for God or how long we serve with MAF. The thing that matters is cultivating a relationship with God! What relief! What freedom! I am excited about what this next year will bring. I get to find a job in a secular environment and get some more experience as a mechanic. I hope to do some more flying and become a better pilot. We get to spend more time at our home church and hang out with people we love. And, no matter where we live, I have the privilege of meeting with God on a daily basis! Hallelujah!

So, we have turned in our application with MAF and they are looking at our references. We look forward to hearing from them this week! I have three leads for airplane mechanic jobs (one in Stead, one in Reno, and one in Carson) and I have the opportunity to log some serious (and free) flight time at the end of December. We also have some ideas about a place to live. We are grateful to God!

Thank you so much for all of your prayers. If you have a chance, please pray for us this Thursday through the weekend. We will be traveling to Ohio for one of our best friend’s weddings. Pray that the kids travel and adjust well. Pray also that we would be a blessing to our friend. Thanks so much!!!

Hard to Ship
Hard to Ship
Flying Bear
Flying Bear
Playing with Aunt Lynnae
Playing with Aunt Lynnae



New Course: SET…

"Can I eat THIS part?"
“Can I eat THIS part?”

We feel like we know where God is leading, but a little back story first…

We have been praying a lot these past few weeks and wrestling with where we should go. I know there are different ideas about God’s will but I am one who believes that God has specific plans for our lives. I am not saying that every choice I make is planned ahead of time and I am also not saying that everyone is living the story that God intended for them, but I think that God has a plan for us and He wants to make it known to us. I often think about Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

So, we have been asking God where He is leading and I felt like God was calling us to serve as campus missionaries in Arizona for a couple reasons:

  1. JAARS mentioned that it would be helpful for me to get more experience and I would be able to work at the flight school part-time and go to Alaska to serve as a missionary pilot / mechanic over the summers.
  2. We have a young family with tiny kids and we would like to have some more. We could serve in ministry for a while, have all of our kids in the US since the past two pregnancies have had complications, and then join MAF when the kids are out of diapers and easy(er) (ish) to care for!
  3. We would get to serve with some of our favorite people on the planet and disciple college students whom we already love.

So, we were dialed down with this and then we visited a LIFE! Group last Thursday. Bob and Verna Linch, along with their amazing LIFE! Group, are some of sweetest people that we know. They have been meeting faithfully for 5+ years and they are always finding ways to serve the community. We came to their LIFE! Group and they flat out loved us in the most simple ways. They asked about our time in Michigan and leaned in as we told them how God has led us up to this point in our lives. It is an amazing testimony of how LIFE! Groups and simple, small acts of love can communicate volumes!

Jess and I left the group feeling energized and encouraged. As we drove home, we both had the feeling that God was stirring our hearts. I asked Jess if she was thinking about MAF and she said that she was. It turns out that we hadn’t admitted to ourselves how much it had hurt when we weren’t accepted by JAARS and God used that LIFE! Group to start the healing process. God broke down some of our barriers and He was challenging us to step out in faith once more, to step out and risk being rejected again. Whew!!!

So, we have decided to pursue a career with MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship). We are coming back to where we started and we have already almost finished our initial application with MAF. It is intense up front and we are gearing up for it. We plan to take our Technical Evaluation in the Spring of 2013. We also need to figure out a job and a new place to live. We have some leads on both but your prayers are mightily appreciated. We know that God is leading and will provide. He always has and I have no doubt that He always will.

May God bless you all and be with you during this Christmas season. May you be filled with the hope of your salvation as you remember the Lord’s birth, the Word made flesh. Hallelujah!!!

Do you trust a face like that? Yeah, me neither!!!
Do you trust a face like that? Yeah, me neither!!!
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
What is it? Can it fit in my mouth?
What is it? Can it fit in my mouth?