Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A different kind of busy

Oh blog. I have not forgotten about you.

In fact, my thoughts are often organized and processed in blog format. I ponder of each word, like I ponder my thoughts, trying to decide how and where and what word would best capture the feeling that I’m feeling.

As usual, there are lots of thoughts and feelings here at our house right now, but no time to sit and type them out. No time at all.

Oh I do spend lots of time thinking. While folding laundry and sweeping floors and driving to and from all these places I drive to and from these days. But not much time writing anymore.

I was talking with my husband last night about what life was like before he became a Company Commander. Before he worked 80, 90 or 100 hours a week and was on-call every minute or every day. And before I had Army spouses to mentor and FRG events to plan and children to homeschool.

The funny thing is, we both remember it still being very busy.

It was just a different kind of busy. Though we often feel overwhelmed with how much was going on before Nick’s 20 month Company Command, we realize that the busy we felt then was much different than the busy now.

I guess that goes to show how God is stretching and growing us. That we often feel stretched beyond what we can imagine keeping up with, and then looking back, are able to see how much growth has occurred? How God has shaped and developed us and given us a new strength for life’s different sorts of challenges? It’s encouraging in a way, isn’t it?

I remember life before children. Working full time, double shifts on weekends, volunteering, tutoring, teaching piano lessons, dating a handsome guy, serving in our church… then came along a full time, day and night, every day all day marriage and a few years later, a parenting job that filled us with a different sort of busy yet again. Busy had new meaning when another life (or many lives) depends on you. Oh boy, and the transition from one child to two. Then from two to three? A new kind of busy yet again. And then onto children’s sports and schooling, piano lessons and soccer practice.

And here we are, with a whole new kind of busy than we had before.

In just 3 weeks, we’ll leave this sort of busyness and head on to yet another style of crazy. Nick will complete his Company Command (invitations for that ceremony to come out very soon!) and life will begin to change dramatically yet again. As he completes his Command, I’ll complete my role as FRG Leader and Commander’s Wife. And then another adventure begins: we’ll begin the long process of leaving the Army and getting settled in the civilian world. (that’s what we Army folk call the regular world, haha, since the Army often feels like a world of its own).

We’re excited. We’re nervous and we’ve got so many big decisions to make that the future looks very intense.

And busy.

And once again, a new kind of busy, a different kind of busy, than we’ve felt before.

Thanks for your prayers!

4 comments:

Tettelestai said...

Oh wow, you are leaving the military. I can understand that. I have been thinking of you often and praying for you!! So many times I told myself to write that email I had been planning on writing, but I just didn't make it happen, forgive me!

May God give what you need as this busy season draws to a close and God directs you in another direction!!

Sarah said...

praying and excited for you!!

Dolly said...

WOW! So excited to hear about your plans. Life is never dull is it?

Jessica said...

Oh wow - that will be such a big change. I will be praying for you!

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