Monday, April 25, 2011


Life's been busy.  Good busy.  Like running in 72 directions and each way you turn there is something new that brings joy and excitement.  For me that means family, friends and challenges at new jobs.  (I am currently in Iowa.)  And sometimes it means losing myself into a good book, a delightfully entertaining Lifetime TV show or a warm cup of coffee in the middle of my parents' kitchen.

In between the joy and the excitement, I stop to check-in with my husband as he is half a country away and it's been 8 days since I've seen him. 

Then, the nightly news comes on.  I am in Waterloo and the 1-133 Infantry Battalion is based out of Waterloo.  This is Andy's old unit and they are currently in Afghanistan.  (And just to clarify, Andy is finished with his agreement with the Army and is in Portland!)

There are some things that can stop even this girl in her tracks.  Stop all her busy and leave her with a blank stare.

I started this blog to talk about our marriage, our travels, our everyday life and these moments are a distinct part of that life.  These very real and unsettling moments.

Another flag on a coffin.

Tears in my eyes.

Awkward silence on Skype between my safe, handsome and endearing husband.

The thought of, "I'm so glad he's not there," and the immediate stomach churning feeling of my obvious selfish nature.

Andy and I are blessed.  We are blessed with a good marriage, a circle of family, friends, friends that are family and some intermittent moments of clarity when our luck is realized.  These blessings bring with them the responsibility of welcoming those moments of clarity and absorbing our emotions in them.

And finally a quote because I have no photos to coincide with this entry and I'm still finding wisdom from Dr. Seuss:
"Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!"

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