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!