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  1. Combat Artist
    25 Sep, 2016
    Combat Artist
    Interview with Peter Laughlin, War Artist (Rockford, 2016)      From Art School to Museum-based Living History to a 20-year-journey in reenacting, Peter Laughlin has taken a circuitous journey to what he calls finding a "home in reenacting again."      Laughlin worked in costumed Living History at Fort Snelling, MN for many years, dabbling in multiple different time periods, starting with 1820's, and spending a year doing Civil War.  About 20 years ago, he began reenacting WWII as a German, due
  2. War Correspondent Story
    24 Sep, 2016
    War Correspondent Story
    I always get a good night's sleep at any WWII reenactment.  Oddly enough.  I attribute it to not having any EMS calls in the middle of it.  I still function better with coffee as a wake-up.  Getting a text from my friend saying there was coffee for me at the vendor area was a FANTASTIC thing to hear. They had a huge pot (literally, a pot) full of coffee.  I brought creamer (purchased the night before) and endured the incredulous teasing from one of my friends about the color of my coffee and
  3. Rockford, Day 1
    23 Sep, 2016
    Rockford, Day 1
    Dateline – Rockford, IL “World War II Days” reenactment Okay, so I really get into reenacting, given half a chance.  This event is a very long drive (10 hours if driving from home) and 5-6 hours from my friends home by Toledo.  One of the best parts is driving out with my friends – it gives us a chance to visit on the way out and “debrief” on the way home. I drove up Wednesday night, listening to an Audible book (I was deeply engrossed in Death in the Stocks, by Georgette Heyer and read by
  4. Uncle Phil
    22 Sep, 2016
    Uncle Phil
    I was on my way to Rockford, Illinois for a WWII reenactment when I received the news that my (adopted) Uncle Phil had died on Wednesday September 21 at 0630.  It’s been a horrible year – he’s the third uncle I’ve lost this year.  This post wasn’t written on 9-22-16, because of multiple reasons (gone for my WWII reenactment)… but I wanted to put it here because this is where it happened. I haven’t had a moment to think about it, not really.  Nor do I even know where to start.  The beginning…
  5. Submarine Movies
    17 Sep, 2016
    Submarine Movies
    I was thinking of random things again recently… and thought I would write a post about my favorite submarine movies.  Yes, you read that correctly.  (Prepare to DIVE! Rig for deep submergence…) Okay.  One of my favorites – and one of my favorite MOVIES – is The Hunt for Red October.  This movie came out in 1990, and it was one of the ones I watched with my dad while growing up.  It has an all-star cast: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, James Earl Jones, Tim Curry, Stellan Skarsgard… and
  6. Random Wrap Up
    25 Aug, 2016
    Random Wrap Up
    I feel like it has been a while since I have done a random facts and info blog post.  (For all of you people clamoring that it has, in fact, been less than a month, shhhhhh. Facts are not welcome here.) Moments from D-Day: I have been called Bridget, Betsy and AMY during this event.  The Betsy, I understand.  I look like my friend who runs the event, who answers to that name.  Bridget, okay, it is close to Brittany.  Amy?  Who even knows.  After the event, I have decided that all staff
  7. D-Day 2016
    20 Aug, 2016
    D-Day 2016
    D-Day, the Day of Infamy.  Wait, wrong date?  Ahh. Saturday of the D-Day Event is THE DAY.  Everything else is pretty much a dress rehearsal, with bugs being worked out on the previous days. I have approximately 350 volunteers on the grounds today.  350.  Yes, I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that number.  I remember doing this with fifty, max.  We never have quite enough volunteers.  It’s kind of that general rule of thumb.  No matter how many more we gain in a year, we will always be
  8. D-Day, Take 1
    19 Aug, 2016
    D-Day, Take 1
    Friday I hit the ground running.  Almost literally, but not quite.  I had a morning meeting at 0800 for my volunteers. It is such a cool feeling to see so many people ready and willing to head to work to make this happen. One of our biggest challenges every year is having volunteers guard the gates -- we have 5 of them, folks -- and basically stand there on traffic patrol.  They get forgotten about (better now that we have the tracking system in place) and they are BORING.  And often in direct
  9. D-Day Minus 1
    18 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 1
    As the D-Day Event has grown and changed over the years, I sometimes think fondly back to when it was smaller.  And Thursday just... didn't really happen.  And then we decided (or rather, the collective group of reenactors decided) that they wanted more things going on Friday... which meant that check-in had to happen on Thursday, as well as Friday. Thursday has since become a busy day, full of set up challenges and tasks to be accomplished.  Thankfully it isn't a day of the event, but the
  10. D-Day Minus 2
    17 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 2
    The drive to Conneaut is about three hours... I'm not sure EXACTLY how long it took because I had to stop and pick up coffee creamer for my brother and company, because there are no stores near him.  I jest, you understand.  I was mollified with the offer of coffee and storage space in the fridge to keep my cool groceries during the week. This year, they are renting a house that is actually closer to my operations tent than registration was.  I was most appreciative. The drive up went by
  11. D-Day Minus 3
    16 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 3
    Today I am reminded of why I always take the ENTIRE week off work.  Well, almost the entire week of work.  Taking Tuesday off meant that I could work my 24 at the Fire Department on Monday and in THEORY, arrive on site at Conneaut Lake Park Tuesday. The fact that this hasn't happened in the last 4 years hasn't escaped me.  Usually I work Tuesday and go up Wednesday, whichever job I happen to be working.  Last year I had the Tuesday off, but spent it helping my mom recover from her emergency
  12. D-Day Minus 5
    13 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 5
    If you are a reenactor, especially WWII, you are well aware of people who "research" their impression (who they are and what they wear) via movies.  There are definitely a set of WWII movies that are "must watch" movies for any reenactor... but BOOKS are where the true research is accomplished. Kelly's Heroes.  This is THE classic WWII movie that I will gladly watch over and over again.  Starring Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, Clint Eastwood, Don Rickles, and Carroll O'Connor... this movie
  13. D-Day Minus 6
    12 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 6
    You know you're in trouble when you have one of the nation's largest World War II reenacting events in less than a week and you A) have no idea what you are doing B) no food plan C) barely know if your uniforms fit D) are still packed from an event 6 months prior E) are more concerned about coffee availability F) are toying with the idea of wearing wigs G) aren't even worried H) ALL OF THE ABOVE. Guess which one I fall into!  Yep, H.  It is that moment of sheer and utter numbness where
  14. Lest We Forget
    06 Jun, 2016
    Lest We Forget
    I wanted to write something special about the 72nd Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy, France.  This is arguably one of the biggest dates of WWII... and more and more people don't have a clue what that stands for.   There are so many pieces and parts of this date that are swirling around in my mind today.  I could talk about the broad overview of what went into this day.  The massive stockpiling and training and planning and hoping and waiting that went into putting something
  15. Victory in Europe Day
    08 May, 2016
    Victory in Europe Day
    Sunday May 8 will be a lot of things this year, including Mother's Day.  It is also going to be the 71st anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day.  I am a huge WWII nut, so I am really excited about writing about that topic.  (I actually can't believe I have restrained myself as long as I have in regards to writing about my passion for WWII.) Well then.  Let me correct this oversight.  I am a WWII reenactor.  I do my best to recreate the time period through use of accurate clothing and
  16. Niche Blogging... Or Not
    22 Mar, 2016
    Niche Blogging... Or Not
    Today I was contemplating finding a niche for my blog.  I feel that I write about so many different things, and I don't want to be limited by a set topic group.  I am more than one thing as a person, and that carries over into my writing.  As a matter of fact... I am the girl who freaks out about outlines for stories, feeling the suffocation of creativity and the freedom to explore shriveling when I have to "nail down" something in writing. So I sat down and tried to think of all the
Made 4 Him


Made 4 Him is the blog I started this January, and I would like to welcome you to the adventure.

I have one goal: to carry the presence of Christ with me wherever I go, to reflect Christ in all I do, and worship Him with my life. I was made for a purpose, with a grand and glorious adventure ahead of me. I believe God gave us LIFE, and He intends us to have life to the FULL.

My purpose and goal in writing and hosting a blog is simply to glorify Him. Why do I write? Because that's what He created me to do. I can't NOT write.

Writing is the way I can share the things God is showing me, teaching me and encouraging me as I walk. Hebrews 10:23-25 comes to mind: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." (ESV)

I want my writing to encourage others and build them up in Christ. As a writer, I am a signpost pointing back to Christ, always being ready to answer those who want to know more about the hope that I cling to.

I want every bit of my writing, from humor about EMS scenarios or sharing about my writing process to have that overarching theme -- my faith may not be defined and stated in each line, but it is part of the fabric of who I am, so much so that there can be no doubt about who I serve or where I stand.

My blog doesn't have a simple topic I am writing about, because life isn't simple. I'm not a machine that only can function and complete one task. He created me to be a writer, but He also has placed me in a position to serve Him as a paramedic and a firefighter. He is challenging me physically with running, swimming and biking. He has blessed me with opportunities to travel.

In the Old Testament it talks about the the words of God's commandments being on your heart, taught to your children... talked of as you sit at home, as you walk along the roads, when you rise up and when you lie down, written on your doorposts and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6) This is how my faith should be, and everything flows out as an extension of my faith.

My blog is about the journey and the adventure He is taking me on, the situations and people and lessons I am learning as I go.
I believe writing should make a difference, be meaningful, to have a purpose. Sometimes, that purpose is simply to fulfill the calling placed on my life. It is a way to process and understand what He is sharing with me. It is a way for me to document the mile stones along my path in following Him, so I can look back and see where I have walked.

And at the end of the day... my hope and my passion is that everything in my life would glorify Christ.


                                                                                  Soli Deo Gloria -- Glory to God Alone