USA Broad Swords 2017 Fundraising Campaign
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From the page:
Support the USA Broad Swords on their BotN 2017 Campaign
The USA Broad Swords will be the first full team of women from the USA competing at the 2017 Battle of the Nations tournament in Barcelona, Spain on April 29th – May 1st. We are fundraising as a team to help offset the cost of travel and lodging as we represent the USA on the worldwide stage.
Design Credit: Amanda Michaels
I was supposed to post this ages ago, and just didn’t get around to it. So here ya go.
Good times! I hope I never have to have a head cast done again, though. I struggled with the saw cutting it off even though it was quite safe. Mr Halliburton was patient, genial and a pleasure to work with, while being wonderfully informative. He is very generous with his vast knowledge of armor, weapons and the craft of blacksmithing. I highly recommend him, and I can’t wait to show you what he creates for me and my husband!
Find him on Facebook and take a scroll through his previous works.
This past month, there was a special event; I got baptized. Again.
Some folks don’t agree with multiple baptisms, but I felt this was the right move to make for me. I’ll explain…
I was originally baptized in 2005, during Army basic training at Fort Leonard-Wood, MO. The protestant Chaplin officer encouraged all who would go to heaven after death to be baptized in the Lord’s Name. I thought, Okay so this is something to check off my list so my butt is covered. I didn’t take it seriously. And I hadn’t prayed the Sinner’s Prayer of Salvation either. I didn’t know then that, that prayer was pretty much crucial.
Fast forward eleven years. Through the dark times of an abusive marriage, messy divorce, unemployment, homelessness, sexual assault, depression, suicide attempts, PTSD, and pain. And on through the brighter, better times of finding love, starting to realize God actually IS there, happier kids, a new marriage, steady home and income, friends, church family, and the understanding that I’m not weird and damaged but have been blessed with gifts to use for God’s Kingdom. A lot has changed, I’ve grown in maturity in mind and spirit.
Recently God put it on my heart to publicly declare my faith, and without even pausing to think it over, I blurted this out to my Pastor who happily said, “Hey that’s a great idea! Let’s see if anyone else is thinking about that as well!” When it was all said and done, there were nine of us there that day who stepped into the water. Most being children. It’s a bigger deal than people give it credit for. Those kids will remember that day, it will set the tone for their spiritual developement for years to come. I don’t regret the first time I got baptised, I think it still meant something even if I didn’t understand then. I think it helped this time mean more. God uses all things for His good plan.
Yesterday and today are kind of exciting; our Armourer and his assistant are here in person, doing our armour casts! This is almost unheard of, we’re so grateful for this experience. We know our casts and measurements will be near perfect with the craftsman able to take them personally. Which means our armour with be excellently fit to us. Custom. How cool is that?! We’ve been in touch with Mr. David Halliburton of Fieldstone Metal Crafts since about February, after multiple referrals to the quality of his work and character as a craftsman. I’m very excited for our finished product and after viewing several finished products, as well as hearing lots of great personal recommendations from previous customers. If you want to go custom and you’re in the ACL, BotN, IMCF, SCA, or another medieval sport or organization; Please let me recommend Mr. Halliburton. I look forward to sharing some photos later of the casting process and of course there will be lots of photos as the completed pieces start coming in. You can check out his facebook page here.
Shortly, my legs will get wrapped in quick-setting fibreglass to make casts of my legs. We did my arms last night. We’ll also do my torso, and then later we’ll use plaster to make a head casting. Yup, that will be wild! I’ll update more later!
ARGH! I’m struggling with the wait until the next step in our journey. I want to be back in Montana so badly, that it distracts me. And I’m sure that’s what the enemy wants. This time of waiting is meant for preparation, resting, being ready. It’s very important. I feel like I’m squandering it though. I made it a point to start packing *now*, and do it slowly, deliberately, and thoroughly. I don’t want to haul anything with us that isn’t needed. I have been trying to go through piles of stuff regularly, and have at least one tote packed up every week or two. It’s going well, and I’m realizing how much material stuff just doesn’t matter in the long run. God provides all we need, and the further we get along this journey in trusting, the easier that trust get’s. He keeps showing His faithfulness. We have many huge hurdles to overcome in the near future but I’m not nearly as worried as I would have been even a year ago. Yay for progress!
Now to keep growing deeper, keep moving towards more progress in this trek. It’s a long road ahead. But I have a map and the best road guide, and my family are my traveling companions.