Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Dan was excited and itching for the adventure. The only thing I could see in front of me was 2 long years, so far from home. We had been "homesteading" in San Diego for so long the Navy adventure had been completely drained out of me. It's amazing how one can forget that they are a military family and be so shocked and dismayed at the idea of moving.
Those of you who cannot imagine, Hawaii is a gorgeous, wonderful place. Living here is a HUGE transition. Although it is part of the USA, there are so many things about it that make you feel like you are in a different country. It took me a while to adjust - the culture shock, missing the family, the always the same weather!
1. My family - the 5 of us - are a family all on our own. And although we have a very tight extended family that we will always miss, always love, always want to be with, just us 5 are enough. My husband and kids are enough to sustain me, make me happy and enough - MORE than enough to make every moment special.
2. We are in the Navy. We have opportunities at our fingertips that most people dream of as they sit at their 9-5 job wasting away hours and years doing the same thing. And though it is human nature, I think, to hunker down in the things that you know (your job, your hometown etc) adventure is found in embracing a life of change.
So even though we are returning to California...I am doing so with a temporary mentality. We will love every minute of being close to family and enjoying the big city life. But we are looking to the future already and planning what kind of shenanigans can we get into next? With fingers crossed, and knees to the ground as we seek God's plan...we're hoping for an adventure.
We'll see what happens.
Mahalo nui loa, Hawaii, You have taught me some valuable lessons and will always remember our time here with much Aloha.