One year ago today we made that crazy trek from Washington, DC to Okinawa, Japan. It was a whirlwind trip and with trepidation and excitement I was ready to see our new home for the next 2-3 years. Moving from one home to another will change you anyway, but moving from one home to another in a different country can have profound effects.
I’ve become a Commanding Officer’s wife. Yes, I was always his wife, but this job comes with a whole new territory and believe me I was extremely nervous. Things have gone well so far, albeit a little less involvement from the unit families than I anticipated, but so far, so good! I still don’t like being the right hand person in the center of attention, but I no longer creep behind doors and walls to avoid it!
These two have never been more in their element. Beaches as far as the eyes can see, friends everywhere, and the safety to roam around our “gated community” without mom’s fear of something happening to them. It really is Cleaver community around here and we couldn’t be happier with that.
The best friends a mama could ask for in just 12 short months. Feeling blessed to not just have great friends while we are here, but extended family. Okinawa puts you in one of those situations that your neighbors become your friends and your friends become your family. We celebrate birthdays, holidays ups and downs together. Although the downside of that is saying goodbye to some of these family members now that PCS season is upon us again. In the next month lots of tears will be shed.
We went from living separately Monday through Friday to now not just being under the same roof, but actually enjoying time together since he doesn’t have to go away much. Loving that and loving all the family time we have been given this past year. It’s been truly a blessing and I’m looking forward to more of that this year.
In one year we’ve made it to another Asia country (Hong Kong), another outlying island (Yoron) and have done lots of on island exploring as well. I’m looking forward to 3 more off island trips this year and much, much more exploring of our own little home.
I could not feel any more blessed with how our lives have come along this past year and I look forward to another year of blessings that moving to Japan has offered us. It’s not perfect here, but we’re pretty darn happy and that’s what counts.