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Life on the Gulf of Mexico

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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!


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    The pictures were SPECTACULAR, but your Testimony is what really made this Blog SHINE!!
    emoticon God is Good ALL THE TIME, and His timing is Perfect. We just have to be brave enough to Listen and Follow His direction!!
    2232 days ago
    AWESOME blog and pictures!!! What a joy it is to know the Lord is blessing Bill and you in so many ways!!! Thanks for sharing some of these blessings with us. May the Lord continue to bless you both always.
    2277 days ago
    Oh, dear sweet Missy, what a beautiful soul and heart you and your sweet heart husband have.

    Isn't God just the greates to have joined the both of you as one???!!!! emoticon

    Life is just so awesome when led by lvoe and grace and truth

    Thank you Missy for sharing so much of your great self with us.
    2278 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    Great Pics! I love love to hang with him sometimes!
    2278 days ago
    Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing this with us~
    2280 days ago
    Spectacular pictures! What a blessing that you shared these with us! And yes! God has painted His majesty all around us; what an awesome blessing to see such gorgeous evidence!

    2280 days ago
    Thank You so much for sharing your lives with us. Those sunset pictures were stunning! *hugs*
    2280 days ago
    I love the way you speak of your husband, it is so full of devotion and admiration. These pictures are truly a message from God and what a beautiful way to spend his days when he has to be away from his family and friends.

    You are his true blessing though, as you have enough love to bring him back home every few weeks and to have the courage to leave you again to do his work. You are an angel sent for him to share his life with, that is a real gift, even more beautiful I am sure to him then these lovely pictures.

    God bless you both!
    2280 days ago
    Wonderful pictures and testimony! Thank you!
    2280 days ago
    I'd really enjoyed learning how God is working in your DH life. Loved the photos. May God continue to bless you both. emoticon
    2281 days ago
    Missy, my DH wanted to see your DH's sunset pics. My DH likes them very much.

    2281 days ago
    Very nice!
    2281 days ago
    Missy -

    Thanks so much for your wonderful blog. The pictures are beautiful and I enjoyed learning about "Captain Cookie's" time at sea.

    Kiko : )

    2281 days ago
    The sunsets are amazing, aren't they? Hoping things continue working out for both of you. -- Lou
    2281 days ago
    This was such a great blog, Missy. I had my husband read it as he is going through a time of testing and uncertainty. God's timing truly is divine, isn't it? The pictures were just beautiful as we witness Jesus' majesty. Thanks so much for sharing such an important part of Bill's daily life.

    2281 days ago
    Missy, Thank YOU for sharing with us. Your DH is also an excellent photographer - yet another career choice, should God lead him that way some day. : )

    You and your DH are so blessed to have each other, but even more so to be following the Lord's direction for your lives.

    2281 days ago
  • SUSAN134
    Missy, your blog with the addition of the gorgeous pictures is excellent! Thank you so much for sharing.

    2281 days ago
    Seems when God gets hold of you you are able to see the beauty of His creation more clearly. May He continue to lead both of you down the path that runs directly through the center of His will.

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    2281 days ago
    Fantastic blog and testimony!!! Plus the photo's are so good. We have visted the Gulf of Mexico and those times we vacationed there have left me with the thought that the sunsets are just this side of heaven.
    I have never seen such beautiful display of colors I long to return to the Gulf to witness a few more of those sunsets. emoticon Sherry
    2281 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    Wow, awesome pictures!! I bet he is blessed to see many of God's beautiful creations in nature!!! What a challenging & exciting career change too!! What a wonderful thing for him to step out in faith & follow the Lord's leading in this!!! Bless you both!!!
    2281 days ago
    The photos are beautiful. emoticon
    2281 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I also live on the Gulf of Mexico, near Clearwater Beach, FL. The scenery is lovely.

    Your pix are beautiful.
    2281 days ago
    WOW!! Those are beautiful pictures! God is amazing!

    My DH works for the oil fields in North Dakota. I live in Minnesota with the kids. We are 9 hours apart. We see him about every 3 or so weeks. It is hard but God has really been so good to us.

    I think that I am "alone" and the only one that is apart from their DH. You just made me realize that I am not alone and there are others in our same situation.

    Thank you!!

    2281 days ago
    Oh, did I ever enjoy it! Thank you, Missy! It was really neat learning some more personal things about you guys! When I was reading the scriptures you quoted, I got chill bumps, and I'm a pretty non-goosebump person! emoticon

    I am so glad to see that the Lord is working in peoples' lives today. emoticon emoticon

    Also, those photos are amazing! Thank you for sharing them!
    2281 days ago
    Missy Jesus answers your prayers for DH. It is obvious with the beautiful sunsets, that DH is being blessed from Heaven.
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    2281 days ago
  • 4MRSDAND123
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    2281 days ago
    Wow,this blog was emoticon Thank you Missy for sharing with us the beauty that Bill sees, Beautiful and interesting photos. emoticon
    2281 days ago
    I'm glad he listening to the still quiet voice and has been making changes. You both are blessed!
    2281 days ago
    So very interseting especially how Bills life got changed. God is good. I loved the pictures. He really gets to see God's majesty!
    Have a great day!
    2281 days ago
    The photos are so beautiful. He is truly blessed to see so many beautiful things. I'm so glad he came to know the Lord. The Lord is so good watching over us and providing us with what we need.
    2281 days ago
    Very beautiful sunsets he gets to see all the time! Thanks for shareing!
    2281 days ago
    Just beautiful!
    2281 days ago
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