Many things have happened in the month of Novemeber. Our church lunched, James' 8th birthday, began a new women's Bible Study, playdates with Jackson, teacher conferences for my kiddios, Wednesday night Awana, Thanksgiving and decorating for the Christmas season. Oh...haha, I didn't even mention work, but that has consumed most of my nights for the past 29 days.
I'll write seperate blogs on most of these events so I can go into detail about them, but right at this moment, "HOME" has been on my heart these last few days. Even though things are going really well here, I miss my family, friends, church and job. I tend not to write about the struggles of me, but today I feel like if I write about then then I can have some closure and "move-on" so to speak.
I think Thanksgiving was the topper of my emotions. Realizing that this will be the first holiday season that our family will be away from the Mikels family has tugged on me a lot. This has been a precious time that I look forward to yearly in celebrating and continuing traditions that have been set as apart of the Mikels Christmas Celebration. The monkey bread and breakfast egg dish the my dad would make, the cousins playing ALL together, the laughter in the house, my brothers wrestling with James, the candles lite for precious Blake and Ethan, the stocking lined up along the mantle, the snacky foods that eventually one of the adults would put up higher than the reach of litte arms, and then playing the role of Santa as we enjoyed watching each person open their gifts one by one. Yes, it took a long time, but it is always worth it. I will miss that bonding extended family times. Our family is so incredibly blessed to be apart of an AMAZING family unit that reaches far beyond just the five of us.
I have been making and meeting new friends and have enjoyed the connections and experiences that we have shared. My prayer is that some of them will transition into the emptiness I have in my friendship circle and fulfill those friendship desires. I miss my CA friends. Not just friends, but my life line friends. The ones that know me by just the sound of my voice or a look into my face. Facebook is an amazing tool and I use it more often now than ever, but it doesn't fill the void that I have. I'm continuing to "be still, be patient" and rely on the Lord for these needs and He will provide. I just hope it will happen sooner than later! :)
God is so good. We are fortunate to belong to two incredible families that I would never replace. Our kids are blessed to be loved by their grandparents, uncles and aunts and their cousins!
It's funny how in six small paragraphs, I've laughed, smiled and cried. I imagine that is a good thing and being able to express some personal emotions have helped, so thanks for listening.
I am reminded that within an adventure there are smooth and rocky points. Its the conquering through the rocky points and excelling that makes the adventure. I look forward to excelling and excelling with JOY!
I miss you all....