Last Friday of 2011
I don’t know about you, but my family has had a crazy year!
The end of December 2010 saw our youngest son deployed to Afghanistan. He bounced around from various COP’s (Combat Operation Posts) and didn’t settle down into a mailable address until February 2011. We were then able to send him mail – and send mail we did. I collected donations from companies, the DAR, and my church to send overseas. Enough to support his whole squad (7-10 guys). I sent a box a week the entire time he was able to get mail.
My husband’s job was eliminated in April 2011, which we chose to look at as opening wide the doors of opportunity. He joined me, as was always the plan, in NewDirection Life Coaching LLC. And we started building the business.
In May, the two of us went for a few days to Myrtle Beach. Eh, I didn’t see anything particularly special about it – check that one off the places to visit list.
In August our two year old grandson was diagnosed with Autism. I jumped into the information gathering stage. Wow, there is TONS of info out there. Unfortunately, most insurance companies in Virginia do not cover education for autism. We hope that will be changing in the near future and my grandson will be able to receive an autism based education that could open his world up to a whole new level. The wheels are turning in his brain, you can see it, we just need to figure out how the little guy learns and go from there. We have no doubt he has great potential.
Also in August, our youngest came home for R&R for two weeks. This was bitter sweet. It was wonderful to see him, and hug him, and know he was safe, but it was very difficult to send him back to the sandbox (especially after some of the stories he shared).
Oh yeah, and in August my ex-husband moved in with my oldest son. Yeah, that put a new twist on things.
In September, the hubs was offered a job which would allow him to work & continue to build NewDirection Life Coaching. It seemed too good an offer to refuse, so he accepted it and started in mid October. The only thing… it’s in North Carolina. That was interesting, for sure. I don’t enjoy being alone at night, but I had to suck it up during the week. (Insert a little Helen Reddy here … I am woman hear me roar… teehee). Thankfully, he came home every weekend.
Our soldier came back stateside in late October and had a 30day leave the entire month of November. He and I flew down to Florida to visit my folks for a few days, we went to hang out with hubby in NC for a few days, and then he and his dad went up to Vermont to visit family for a few days. Whew that was a whirlwind month.
I had coaxed a friend to join a training group to run the Drumstick Dash on Thanksgiving morning, so she & I (and about 15,000 of our closest friends) ran around downtown Roanoke that day. Later, it turned out that my entire family was available to be at my house for Thanksgiving dinner. Wow, I frantically worked to get the traditional meal ready. It all came together and we all sat down to eat about 7pm. What a treat. I took tons of pictures. When your family doesn’t live near you, you never know when everybody will all be together again, so you must take advantage of the opportunity for “family” photos.
Our soldier went back to Fort Polk Louisiana and we started the moving process. We had found a house in NC, but as of this writing we still have our house in VA too, so if anybody knows of someone looking to buy a home in Botetourt County, VA. direct them our way (yep, shameless plug – grin).
Our household goods were delivered to NC on December 16th, so we have been unpacking and setting up. The soldier had another break for Christmas. It’s always great to see him. Our oldest was not able to get away from work (kitchen manager at a TGIFriday’s) to come down, but we got to video call with the grandkids. Soldier will be going back to Ft Polk on the 2nd and it will be me & the hubs. Won’t see our youngest for about four months. Who knows when we’ll see the oldest & his family. They are only 3 ½ hours away, but they have a very busy schedule what with his work, her school, and my adorable grandchildren and their activities.
Ah, the end of the year is the best time to look back and realize how blessed we are. Yes, our year has been crazy. Has yours? Personally, I’d rather be busy than bored, so crazy is okay with me. Sometimes though life can get a little overwhelming, people may feel that they’ve gone past crazy to sinking. If you look back and are not happy with what you have done in 2011, decide to make 2012 a better year. Your life is what you make of it. Yes, “things” happen that are out of our control, but how we react to those things is our choice.
Let me leave you with this inspirational quote by Joe Lewis:
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.