One of two things I’ve been striving for this year is being mindful of the time I have available to do important chores such as folding laundry instead of spending time on Pinterest or Facebook. Which is why I uninstalled Facebook and Messenger from my phone last week. I realized I spent so much time on there just reading random feeds when I could have finished one item on my to do list before work.
The other thing I have been trying to do is be more a part of my community whether online or in real life.
My word for the year is community.
Since leaving the military community, it has been hard on both of us to find a place where we belong since we didn’t grow up together with friends or know others through one playgroup or another. We aren’t really seen as a civilian family or a military family since (shockingly) my husband was medically retired at a young age…
Cue the “I’m so sorry to hear that”, “How did he get hurt?” questions.
Our local base is not very friendly toward young retirees or the fact that they may have babies after the military instead of during service ; we had a very bad experience in this area while I was pregnant. So now we just avoid it because it is a pain from what other medically retired (young and older) families have told us as well.
So we are striving to “grow where we are planted” as I learned in PWOC so many years ago. We have plugged into our local church with an enrichment class, neighborhood ministry as our schedule allows, and small group every week or so. And we have gotten involved with our neighborhood and meet a few of our neighbors too.
Trying to find community is hard though when you aren’t the typical “normal” family but we are getting to know our tribe around us this year, for sure.
As Wives of Faith began Military Spouse Appreciation Week, I remembered my life verse for the past few years. Psalm 46:1
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1 (NLT)
It came to mind as one of the spouses within PWOC here lost her husband over the weekend. It was a comfort to know that God was our refuge and strength and even so that He is her refuge and strength in these moments.
It is a verse that I was reminded of again, as a friend from high school was informed that his cousin was lost in the same situation as my PWOC sister in Christ’s husband.
These past few days have been surreal for our military community but it has been amazing to see the outpouring of love and care that many people have given to these families.
I know PWOC as a community here has begun to reach out to our sister in Christ in any way we can support her. As an individual, I have reached out to my high school friend to offer my support and any help needed.
For love of country they accepted death… ~James A. Garfield
I have had an interesting evening so far..I cut myself with the vegetable/fruit peeler :(It was not fun at all. But the husband and his friend Z made delicious hamburgers and fries! I appreciate them doing that after I couldn’t peel any more potatoes. Yep, next time I’ll pay more attention to what I’m doing.
I guess I’ll be learning to type without my left index finger for a while..so far I’ve had to re-type this blog about 10 times already cause I keep messing up.
On a brighter note, I was able to see my uncle, aunt and cousins which was great! 🙂 So much funny stories exchanged and Mexican candy eaten! 🙂 There is still some left but I will be getting more when they come to visit again..which won’t be any time soon. 🙁
School has been okay, almost done for the first week.. Trying to be cheerful about my last semester as an undergrad and it’s kinda hard to do..
On great news, our church finally has a LifeGroup on our side of town which we will be attending this upcoming week..so exciting! 🙂 And..our church is taking part of Focus on the Family’s Date Night Challenge so that is something to view if you or your church is interested. I’ve never heard of this before so I am just reading and getting more information. 🙂
If it wasn’t for you, I would have had the last half of this semester pretty smooth sailing but unfortunately no. 🙁 Not so much luck in that. I have to do three quizzes in a week plus work 20 hours and read/do homework for my other two classes plus all the other commitments I have going on…why couldn’t this be easier!!?? 🙁
Boo. But at least I am spending time with friends and somewhat getting the hang of driving in the windy backroads of post..which is kinda intimidating.
I don’t have pictures up but soon I should get pictures of this awesome weather. 🙂
I have way too much stuff going on right now so please bear with me. I do not think I will be an FRG key caller after this week which is a bit unfortunately but I have two commitments (PWOC Publicity & Children’s Ministry volunteer) that I would prefer to devote my time to now. Calling people for my job kinda makes it hard to call people just to call them; it’s way too much calling for me now. 🙁 Sorry FRG! But this Texas lady needs a break from all the calling in her life… 😐
Hope ya’ll are having a great week! 🙂
Post more soon once I figure out if pre-registration for PWOCI is open or not. 🙂