Peter ended his career with the military on November 1, 2014. Since that time, we’ve been in a state of transition. I’ve referred to that often in my writing though maybe I haven’t been overly specific with the ins and outs of this transitional life.
As a child, I looked forward to visits with my extended family. We lived in Virginia for many years, and family visits involved a 2-3 day journey to Texas/Oklahoma for a week or two of vacation (I also never realized that my mom never really had a “vacation” until I became one, but that’s a post for another time). One year, my dad had an angioplasty and our vacation was extended, not the ideal circumstance for a longer visit.
As we stay with my father-in-law and make trips about once a month (at least that’s the current pattern) to my parents, I see my children – well, Dietrich more than Madilynn – being torn between wanting to stay longer with Gramsy and Granddad but enjoying living at Grandpa’s house. However, for the stay-at-home mom, this is like a never-ending vacation (except I still have to do all my jobs) and developing a routine during this month of Sundays is a challenge I haven’t met with success. I pray that I am instilling the important lessons: That God has a plan for us, that we trust Him to provide, and that we will go where He sends.