I love alliteration. We have Taco Tuesday here. We’ve also done Meatless Monday, Wiener Wednesday (hotdogs, people. Hotdogs.), and Thanksgiving Thursday when we had a mini Thanksgiving meal. Apparently, there is some slight desperation in my meal planning. We recently spent a couple of hours conversing in rhyme over text with my husband. It was hysterical. I was pretty impressed with all of our skills, but my personal favorite was our 6 year old’s rhyme, “I love my Daddy even though he’s a fatty.”
Anyway, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love to focus on family and being grateful rather than getting, getting, getting which is hard to avoid with three kids and well, me. Naturally, these two things (alliteration and Thanksgiving) led me to Thankful Thursdays. Every Thursday for the month of November, I’ll focus my attention to the things I’m grateful for.
I’m choosing to be thankful for our Air Force life today. I’m beyond frustrated with changing plans (again) and uncertainty and things that just plain don’t make sense to me. I’m sure there’s a reason for what’s going on now. If someone takes the time to explain it, it always makes sense, but as a spouse, a mother, a partner, I’m just annoyed. So today, instead of focusing on all those feelings, I’m thankful for the opportunities we’ve had to live in exciting places. I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to meet some of the people we’ve met, some of the best people I’ve ever known.
I’m forever grateful for the personal growth I’ve experienced since we moved away from our hometown, even though I miss our families terribly. I know I wouldn’t be the same person I am today had we stayed. Our marriage might not be as strong as it is since we’ve really learned to depend on only each other. I’m so thankful that my husband finally has a job he enjoys, even if it means we have to be apart sometimes.
So, while the military life can be heartbreaking, tragic, frustrating and scream-into-a-pillow irritating, it can also be transforming, eye-opening, and exciting. Most of all, though, it’s the life we have. And I’m thankful.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”