We recently took a quick little day trip to visit a friend of ours at the local Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater and had the best time while he took us around to see everything! The kids had a blast climbing in and out (and all around the inside) of the huge Hercules C-130, in the helicopters and touring just about every part of the grounds (mainly because the littles kept asking to stay longer and didn’t want to leave!).
First, it was just a really good time, but it was also such a beautifully eye opening experience. It was so fascinating to get a good look behind the scenes of what goes into protecting and guarding our coasts, what these men and women do day-in and day-out to serve our country and how much happens that we don’t even realize. I think on of my absolute favorite moments (well, besides just watching the squeals and excitement on my kids faces at just about every new thing) was seeing a wall in one of the hangars with each year and a ticker that showed how many lives saved. Due to where it was located, I couldn’t take a photo, but that doesn’t mean it’s not etched in my memory banks. I loved watching our friend swell up with pride in the fact that he plays a part in those numbers, and how grateful he was that because of new technologies and abilities, the number of lives saved is so much higher this year than in years past.
A quote I saw recently said, “Fear does not stop death, it stops life.”
I’m so inspired by the many that live their lives fearlessly to save a life, and even if I don’t put my life on the line like they do, I can still make the choice in my daily life… live fearlessly and bravely to save another. You know, sometimes lives are saved through a smile or a kind gesture. Sometimes hearts are changed through an act of brave love. We may not live the same life with obvious heroism, but we can live daringly intentional, not trying to be all things to all people… but the right thing to the right people.
How sweet are these little darlings!
PS. a few outfit details: My dress from Swell, sandals from Tkees and hat from Target. Jewelry is from Rocksbox (check out my unboxing review here, and use code FreshMommyXOXO for a free month of jewelry!). Skylar’s tank is from Whistle and Flute, the rest of the boy’s clothing from Gymboree. Aliyah’s romper is from H&M (similar here) and combat boots are from Target.