Mid-November finds our family of 5 together again. Greg has been approved for 30 days of leave that will carry us through Thanksgiving and the road trip back to North Carolina. After months of searching, praying, and calling we have finally found a livable house in New Bern, NC. Many of you may not know, but hurricane Florence did a number on North Carolina, in particular, the area of New Bern where the storm surge came through. With so many families displaced and swooping up the rentals before they even came on the market, we were struggling to find anything, much-less something large enough to house our family. The home we finally put a deposit down on is the smallest place we have lived in as a family of 5, but considering that we just received news that we are headed to JAPAN this summer we will have to downsize anyway.
When we return to North Carolina in early December Greg will be stationed at a new duty station, beginning training on a new aircraft. There are huge changes happening for our family this year. WE are transitioning from one military community to another, a very small specialized community. Then we will assimilate into another later in 2019 across the world. We have established a weekly family meeting to keep everyone up to date on the happenings of the week to come. To give the kids an opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns with us. We hope that by widening the communication lanes for everyone we will be able to make the changes in the year ahead a little smoother. BUT the biggest change of all is having Daddy home. After 10.5 months of travel, deployment, more travel, hurricane separation, house hunting separation, and homelessness we are all together again for the foreseeable future. This is obviously a wonderful thing, but, maybe surprising to my civilian readers, is the hardest transition of all.
Every year, I think “this has been the craziest year yet” and just like all the years past 2019 will say “hold my drink.” Luckily for Greg and I, we have been successful in our mission to raise resilient, determined, strong-willed, wonder seeking children who seek adventure almost as much as their parents. We are wishing you all a very warm Thanksgiving week surrounded by laughter and encouragement to do the things that set your soul afire.