As most of you know, my husband is CaptainCookie. He spent over 20 years as an executive chef (alumni of Johnson and Wales for you culinary school aficionados). He ran restaurants and bakeries and creating fantastic gingerbread houses that were far more works of art than they were anything else. Nine months before Katrina, Bill went to work offshore as a chef on the big anchor boats. (Little did we know, our lives would have been devastated had he not changed jobs. The bakery he managed at the time was swallowed by ten feet of water and was not rebuilt for about three years.)
When Bill surrendered his life to God, an incredible work began within him that silenced the negativity and damaged caused by careless adults in his childhood. He began to realize that he was far, far more than the sum of what others had spoken over him in their cruelty and thoughtlessness. One day while he was out on his ship, he felt a loud and clear message within his heart: Don't you know I'm doing a new thing? Do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. NIV) It was at that moment he decided to leave the galley and the comfort zone of a well established career and begin taking classes to obtain his master's license and become a ship's captain. He's gotten his 200 ton license and is already studying for his 500 ton license. Thus, his nickname of going from the gingerbread man or cookie man to the captain!
Bill works out four weeks and is home two weeks. That means he misses a lot of life's events. That means he's alone for 28 days at a time (well, there are shipmates but that's not quite the same as family and friends). That means for 28 days, he is confined to a 189 foot ship, very confining. I pray often that God will bless my husband in ways I cannot. I want to share with you some of the ways God does that. While my honey can't go to shows and museums while he's at sea, God gives him beauty beyond words in SO many ways, and for that I am grateful.
Bill's ship (The Fast Cajun) is a 189 foot crew boat that ferries supplies and workers to and from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. I've posted photos of his ship or ones identical to it in other blogs, so I won't do that here. This is where Bill sits to drive his ship:
The brown pelican is Louisiana's state bird, and Bill gets to see plenty of them in the Gulf of Mexico:
Bill's ship services about nine rigs (which float) and platforms (which are stationary) such as these:
This one just warmed my heart. Yes, our flag DOES still wave!
A view of the ship's wake:
Bill takes such beautiful photographs. It's impossible for me to pick and choose just the rights ones to express the beauty of the heavens and God's magnificent color palette, the gifts of His creativity that He lavishes upon us every single day. From the clouds in all their diversity to the sunsets, they are breathtaking.
If you made it this far, I thank you for sharing your time with us and allowing me to share some of my darling Irishman's work life with you. I hope you enjoyed it!