So it is hard to believe it is almost Christmas. For the past several years, we lived in the state of Pennsylvania. First, in the western part and then in the central part. Both places we were surrounded by mountains. We were almost guaranteed to have a white Christmas – even if it was just because there was still snow on the ground. It is hard to believe it has been 8 years since we left eastern North Carolina courtesy of the Army Reserves. Now we are on our third station since then. For the second time, in his tour of active duty reserves, we are at the company level. This means more soldiers to care for and more work with being the Family Readiness Group leader.
Our children are now eight years older. It is hard to believe that in June our oldest will be turning twenty-one. Time seems to just fly by and I am not sure where it has flown to. Before I know it, all of our children will be grown and gone making their own way in the world. But at least for now, I still have several years of knowing they are at home with me.
Here are some pictures of snow from our time in Pennsylvania. This picture is from our first rental in central Pennsylvania.
This picture was taken in February as we were driving through Pennsylvania on our way to Texas to see if we could find some place to live.
Finally, this is a picture from our last home in Pennsylvania, with the snow.
Now we live in Texas on the gulf coast side of the state, and it will take a miracle for us to see snow. It is going to be hard to adjust to warm temperatures – especially in December. But when I take the time to stop and think, I realize that for half of the earth, Christmas comes in the midst of their summer, so what do I have to complain about. This morning I was reading a blog post by a friend of mine and she talked about perspective and how it can change our views basically. It reminds me I need to focus on the positive things rather than the negative ones. It is so easy to fall into the trap of expecting what I want, when I want it and how I want it; rather than being thankful for all the blessings we have. After all, there are not too many places in February where this could happen:
Even though the water was somewhat cold in February, they really enjoyed themselves in the pool. So we are trying to find a new normal and new traditions in our new town. But it still takes some time to adjust and adapt.
So how are holiday preparations going where you are? I would love to hear from you.