I woke up knowing this will be a great year. I already know some of what God has in store for us and I cannot wait to share it all with you. And trust me it's some great stuff!! ;) Then in the next thought, I am so thankful that it is spread out over the course of the year. When I think about all of it, I get beyond overwhelmed and want to stick my head in the sand for taking on so much. Then comes the realization, if not me, then who?
Tomorrow we drive back to MD to complete the active duty chapter of this journey. It is scary and exciting. I am scared we are going to mess up the paperwork. I am scared of leaving the bubble we have lived in for almost 2 years. I guess you can say I am a little worried about leaving the nest. This feels like graduation all over again. I remember this nervous excitement from years ago and I am ready to fly! I have learned Chaz and I are an amazing team and we can handle anything together.
Within 20 days, our Active Duty Army lives will close and my husband will be a 33 year old retiree. That sounds crazy, but I am so thankful he will get to enjoy some calm. For over a decade, he has trained to go to war and fight for his life. This month we say good-bye to all of that. We say hello to the longest chapter of our journey in the new normal. Our girls don't have to have anymore count down chains. No more "Happy Everything" parties when Daddy comes home for R&R. No more where is Daddy again talks. No more why does he have to leave again talks. There are a few things I'll miss about Active Duty, but we are ready. We are ready to be civilians.
We are thankful to the Army. We have had a great Army life. I have some great forever friends and some amazing wounded warrior friends. All of which we would not have if it wasn't for the Army. We have learned some important lessons that will have made us great parents and better citizens. We are ready to take this back into a small town and give our girls the life they deserve. We know God is not finished with us and we are ready for what he has in store for our family.
So here's hoping your 2013 will be as amazing as ours! Happy New Year!