I’ve for the most part always embraced our life so far. Travel, experience, yada, yada, yada and well you get the picture.
Virginia it never really bothered me although it was difficult for the first eight months because we lived in a very UNSAFE area. We didn’t know how dangerous at the time because we were overly excited about the private beach and pool. Shortly after our eight-month mark hubby was deployed and I was packing up our super tiny place, storing it, and going home for the next six months. Bittersweet. When he arrived home we moved to another place that less ghetto (it had two doors instead of just one). Luckily hubby made some friends when he was gone and I was introduced to their wives and we became friends! Sadly we missed family, but it was bearable.
Chickpea came along and shortly after we received our orders to Italy and Life was Grand. Life in Italy was a total Dream (Crappy Fiats, Gelato, Vino Rosso you name it). We had an AWESOME group of friends who are now family. By our Lords grace we were given Sweet Ladybug who was born half way through our Italian tour. After her birth our grand European tour kept on getting better and better.
Our European tour finally came to and end as we headed to Vermont for hubby’s schooling. Vermont left me with a feeling of freezing aloneness for the first year and a half. My reprieve came when dropping off Chickpea off at school and saying “Hi” and “Bye” to Miss Porter (who was my only social outlet/local gossip de jour). Hubby’s senior year I finally made friends, but I was so ready to leave Vermont that I probably didn’t invest as much of myself as thought I did.
Ohio oh sweet plain not much going on Ohio our 6th of 6 choices on our list of places to go (I can blame myself since I created the list). Oddly our time in Ohio really hasn’t been that bad and I must say that it has been our quickest adjustment EVER!! However, it has brought
insecurity, jealousy an awareness
of what we are missing to the surface.
Hubby and I were able to find a perfect church for us here in Ohio.
Since finding our AMAZING church I’ve realized these people have known each
other since the church opened its doors or their WHOLE family lives in this
area. I think that is the hardest
thing because we have been the outsiders for so long. That outsider feeling hasn’t just been the church, but also at
Co-Op, Karate and it seems everywhere we turn people are rooted here. Our roots
don’t even break the surface, but we have made a home here. Even with friends, church and activies
we miss our family even more than ever before.
It hasn’t really hit me like it has since moving to Ohio that our girls will never have a childhood home; spend weekends with the grandparents, no growth chart marks on the doorframes. After 12 years of being married to the Military you would think that I would have gotten it by now. Instead of moving to different houses within the same zip code from time to time, they get different states and countries. Even though we aren’t close geographically they are still close to their grandparents and they really have a special bond that I hoped that they would have. That leads to the unveiling of my plaque.
My friend has a plaque her hubby made that says, “Home is where they send us” I feel in love with it. I wanted something similar without seeming like a total copycat, even though give her kudos it was a FAB idea and besides imitation as they say is the sincerest form of flattery.
I had planned on being super crafty, but when I priced the equipment needed for what I wanted to do it was just cheaper to buy it from this little husband/wife shop. So I sent them my ideas and they sent this back. I added the pink feet (craftiness complete!). Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll reveal the new link!!