- I haven’t blogged in quite some time and I’m not sure where to start. We’re coming out of the whirlwind and getting busy with more ‘routine’ things. Life is, as always, crazy, chaotic, full of love, challenging, and good.
- Houston was wonderful. Gramma K, is undoubtedly one of the best Grandma’s in the history of Grandma’s, and she spoiled my girls rotten. We spent good, solid time with family, especially Andy’s grandparents. I got to swim laps many mornings first thing, and attend a Pilates class with my mother-in-law (now there’s bonding for you!). We thought Gustav was going to rain on our parade coming home, but we were able to fly out safely on our original leave-date.
- Husband officially checked out of his command this week. Three days shy of their leaving for deployment. It’s strange that he’s done there. It’s strange that, unless our feelings change about re-enlisting after this turn, or the Navy pulls a fast one on us (ALWAYS a possibility), we’re done with the deployment thing. I find that I wrapped a lot of my identity up in being the wife of a deploying service member and as that shifts I feel like I’m losing a part of myself. Deployments and Detachments were so hard, but they were also the ground to show me my strength. Part of me is afraid that without those challenges I’ll lose sight of that strength, and that a part of me will retreat into hiding. We’re anxious to see how things will go in his new command.
- While we were gone, my application to become a Postpartum Support International Coordinator for military families was accepted. I am SO excited about this opportunity, and overwhelmed at how to even get started. I hope that I can be an agent for change, and support women as someone who has been where they’ve been.
- We enrolled Little Miss in preschool last week. I can’t believe she’s old enough. I can’t believe she is so excited. I am excited, but terribly nervous about it all, and I’m not sure how our schedule is going to work out with all of it.
- Husband is home. Really home. And it is good, and hard, and weird.
- The kids are up, Husband is up, and it’s time to be with my family.