I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently about what I’m truly thankful for this season. It’s been a good year for my family and for me and I’m truly thankful for it.
Family – I am beyond thankful for these 3. They put up with my kookiness, lack of cooking skills and general randomness. It’s been a learning year as we go down the middle school road. Who knew it’s an adjustment not only for the students/kids, but for the parents too! But she’s shining and loving it so I’m thankful. She is growing into such a sweet and kind young lady despite the immaturity and craziness of her parents! And that little one? Well, although I shake my head, I’m so thankful it’s never a dull moment with her. She keeps me young and keeps us all dancing and laughing! And let’s not forget the big guy! I’m forever grateful that after 16 years in the military he still always, always puts family first. Even in 18 months of command and looking forward at where we’ll be going from here, he always says “what do you want to do”. That’s huge and rare in this career.
Friends – I have never, ever been more thankful of friends than at any other duty station. I have been blessed to make friends, amazing and positive friends at every duty station. It’s different here. There is no possibility of popping home for a holiday to see the family you miss so much. Popping home takes 24 hours of travel and thousands of dollars from here. Like no other duty station, my friends have filled that void when I’m missing my family so much. I am so thankful to know these women and that they love me for who I am, love my family like their own and really truly “get me”.
As with each duty station you go through trials and tribulations, missing family and dealing with that piece of drama that is truly baffling and unnecessary. But you get past it with the help of family and extended family – friends. I’m fairly certain none of these women see me as a “rotten apple” even when I’m being hangry and quirky! I will be forever grateful for them during my time here.
Opportunity – This is a venture I’ve thought about for some time, but always put on the back burner because I felt like I wasn’t good enough and quite frankly it scared me. Since taking a “sabbatical” while we’ve been here in Okinawa I’ve been learning, practicing, taking classes and just enjoying having my camera out.
I read an article someone posted on Facebook recently and I’m sure I’ve read it before, but reading it again a few months ago really struck a chord. I didn’t want to let something pass me by simply because I was scared, which was a huge factor holding me back. I didn’t want to look back 20 years from now and wonder “what if”.
So with the help and encouragement of these fabulous ladies, I opened the doors and am currently hoping for the best on this new adventure!
Tracey is my dear friend from North Carolina/Virginia who would always ask “why are you NOT in business?” I laughed it off and thought nothing of it, but she always, always had great things to say and encouraged me. Chris took it a step further and forwarded me the on base business approval and basically said “fill this out”. I like her forward-ness like that! I’m so grateful for them.
And my sweet irrepropriate friend Karen, master photographer herself, has been nothing but a great mentor and encouraging since I met her and immediately loved her! Always learning from her and so thankful for our photo field trips!
And for those far away, I’m thankful that in 2014 we’ll get to reunite with some family members either when we visit or move, whichever Uncle Sam decides we’ll be doing. Missing our families so much this holiday season and can’t wait to let Grandma, Grandpas and aunts and uncles spoil us all!
Have a happy Thanksgiving!