As this is published I’ll actually be “home” for the first time since we moved February 2011. I’m thankful in a way that we didn’t make it home any sooner because as I said last month, we’re finally feeling at home here. If I had been able to pull away and go to our safety net in Arizona I wonder if we’d have some of the friendships we have right now. Knowing a trip home was so far off, I had to get outside my comfort zone and build a home here. Now I think we go home with the right perspective. There is so much joy and excitement to see family and friends that have been in our lives forever, but it’s not the life support that it might have been even just 3 months ago. We can go home and enjoy each moment, knowing that when we board our plane in Phoenix ready to head to our new home we’ll be sad to say goodbye, but not dreading lonliness here. We’ll be ready to see our friends and participate in functions that we’ve joined in. My heart is so full to think about it all!
We have decided that one of the Saturdays we’re back in Arizona we’re going to have an open house thing in the morning and anyone and everyone are invited! That way we can see as many people as possible, but we won’t have to be super booked all over town. We’ll see how it goes. Here comes the test, how hard is it to go home? We’ll find out! I just think about the wall decoration I have. “Home is where the Navy sends you” Under that we have all the places my husband has been (basic, training, and here) and the places we’ve been when he’s been at those places. It’s a long chain for the short stint we’ve been in the Navy so far, but I’m thankful to say that we’ve enjoyed all the “homes” the Navy has given us so far, and the friends all over the country are such an added blessing. So as you read this you can think of us, trying to see all our friends and family in just a meer 10 days! It’ll never be enough time, but I am thankful to have a home in Arizona and a home in Virginia! Maybe we’ll see you somewhere in transit!