So thankful to have M here for Christmas even if he and I get mad at each other over pity things. The joy of marriage has ups and downs, right? 🙂
Now we will enjoy watching White Christmas while I eat tamales that our neighbor gave me (um, us…I’ll share if M wants a piece). 😉 Then we will open presents and celebrate Christ’s birth. So thankful for everything God has blessed us with this year…even when we struggled and lost hope. 🙂
One of the things I’ve been struggling with is being thankful even when I don’t feel like being thankful. Especially if it is a financial reason to be annoyed or a bit upset about.
Yet I have to remember to be thankful because things could be a whole lot worse than they are at times. M could have just said no to trying to get medically retired and just been medically separated. If that had happened, we would have had to deal with a lot more hurdles than we have so far in regards to insurance, bills, and the intense financial stress that would have caused compared to the medical retirement which was stressful financially as well. In saying that, we only had three weeks to move in between the PEB’s decision of medical retirement and M’s orders being cut for us to leave our last duty station. Balancing trying to find a place to live, paying bills from our last duty station and our current location was very stressful for us as a couple and to our account especially with such short notice.
However the experience has helped us grow and since we are not in a winter wonderland (no snow here…), sometimes it is hard to grow accustom to what you are dealt with in regards to scenery. Ironically, I miss real winter weather where you have to wear layers of clothing in order to stay warm. M doesn’t and he is so happy about not dealing with snow anymore.
Overall, I am thankful for God’s provisions even when we have least expected it. It has come at His timing and for His purpose. 🙂
I can only complain so much but have to remember to “grow where we are planted”.
This year we are fortunate that M has been able to celebrate with us for a third year in a row.
We hope your Thanksgiving is a safe and calm one even if you have to work. Our prayers are with our first responders and military personnel serving around the globe.
We are thankful for the doors God is opening for us, which is one of the reasons why I haven’t posted most of the month. I hope to share if I am able to in the future. Overall, we are thankful for God’s redeeming love.