Saturday, October 13, 2012

One Year in Alaska

On October 17,  2011, we stepped off the ferry and into the adventurous land of Alaska. 

The first question I usually get from those on the outside, "Isn't it cold there?"  Yes, it's cold here.  So cold that your nose hairs freeze instantly when you go outside in the winter.  So cold that you need special clothing just to go outside in the winter.  So cold that you can just set your pots of food outside instead of the fridge.  So cold that you can store your ice cream outside.

Yes, it's cold here, but in Alaska...

there are no deadly spiders, no scorpions, and no snakes.  That's right, no snakes. (In all our previous homes, we have had all these There are no skunks and no nasty 'possums. And no, I don't miss the smell.

the beaches aren’t littered with garbage or lined with beach umbrellas (and you can bet nobody’s naked).

whenever anyone asks someone to cut something, several kids whip out their pocket knife and no one is alarmed.

eleven year olds take down caribou.

I can step outside and in less than twenty minutes be in complete isolation. 

the families are larger.  Having more than 2 or 3 kids is the norm, not the exception

most of the kids up here know what hard work is because they do it. They have bank accounts to show it.

when my kids look out their windows, they don’t see skyscrapers or smog.  They see trees, mountains, bald eagles, volcanoes, moose, alpenglow, bear, white snow, and the aurora borealis. 

the norm is that men (and women) carry guns.  Concealed or not.  And you are safer for it. 

they have clothing made for this environment.  Coming from Texas, we didn't have a clue what clothing we would need and there was nowhere for us to buy it had we known.

there is sweet Christian fellowship. With lots of mission opportunities.  

After being here a year, I can say in all truthfulness, I love Alaska.  

Monday, October 1, 2012