Monday, August 8, 2011

#3 Surround yourself with amazing peeps. . .

These "#s" are in no particular order btw, pretty much just random. Because in reality, this would have to be #1. . . . . . . .

This year has been the most difficult and yet the most amazing year of my life. Difficult, because being apart from my husband for this amount of time is definitely far from "fun" (the list of why is endless). Amazing? Because I have met some of the most amazing people this year. In the words of Anne of Green Gables, "Kindred Spirits".

I mean who comes to your aid when a bronchitis infection has ravaged your body to the point of being bed ridden, or stalks your apartment when you go missing after a trip to the hospital? Who listens to all the frustrations vented? Who gives you a great big hug when you bawl your eyes out during a "Thank the troops" display during a patriotic church service? Who spends time with you on all those lonely nights "watching" movies (more like staying up way too late talking!)?

Well if you've made some good friends, those bases are all covered!

This is a picture of just 2 of the wonderful people I have met this year so far. It all started with "New Life Community Church" who helped me find my amazing daycare lady, Linda. Her and her husband are basically like my long-lost Grandparents and they take amazing care of Mercedes while I work (as well as keeping an eye on me and my well being!)

Through them (in a round-about-total "meant to be" sort of way) I met Tricia. . . don't know where I'd be without this wonderful gal! She has made this year so much more pleasant, not to mention the emergency trips to urgent care when I got super sick!

The Church also introduced me to Lisa, an amazing lady who started/pretty much runs my small group! She's also partly responsible for stalking my apartment to make sure I was OK after I vanished! LOL!

That's where I met Cara. . . Not often that you run into a former ATI student with 6 siblings. . . SOUND FAMILIAR?! what are the chances that we'd meet up in Sacramento, both newbies to the area with such amazingly similar backgrounds?!

It's really kinda cool how things like this work out. I have to say I am SOOOOOO blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life, and to be introduced to so many new wonderful people while I build my life out here.

You guys are amazing and I truly could NOT make it through this deployment without you!!!!! So here's a shout-out and a great big "THANK YOU!" XOXOXOX!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nothing TOO interesting today. . .

So I have some questions.

Is it normal to cry at any pictures of military members hugging their family members? Because I do every time. I looked at pictures last night of my brothers graduation from Air Force boot camp, and my parents hugging him- I just burst into tears. And then of course, for some reason, I decided to watch this video (if you don't cry when watching this, you have a heart of stone!)

Can we just say there was lots of tears last night???!!!!

And is it normal to get a panic attack every time you see someone in uniform? Because I get them. I can't breath, I feel like I'm going to pass out, and it just messes with my head in general. Pretty much nothing phases me, so when a couple of recruiters came in to drop off their business cards at my work, I could hardly force myself to speak and had to hold on to the counter to keep myself from falling over. And THEN I had to go sit in the back room for a few minutes and take some deep breaths.

At least I finally feel like I'm on the home stretch. I'm actually starting to do things to get ready for Adam's return and that feels SO. . . freaking. . . good.