Gratitude

As we head into my favorite season, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for how blessed we have been this year.  Last week we had Thanksgiving dinner at our house with a few of our military friends and it was so fun to share everyone’s traditional foods and enjoy each other’s company.  It was a good reminder to me of one of my greatest blessings – the many people that come in to my life.  We have moved 6 times since we’ve been married and I had moved somewhere around 20 times before that; believe it or not only 1 of those moves has been for the military!  While moving is definitely stressful, I actually love it.  The main reason is the amazing new people that come into my life.  Pensacola has not been a disappointment with this and I’m so grateful for the new friendships I’ve made!  I’ve been a little stressed the last two months with all of the traveling, hotels, moving, trying to get settled and prep for my business to open this week, getting used to my husbands erratic schedule while not having a schedule of my own –  but I’m starting to open my eyes again to how tiny these stressors are and how lucky I really am.  I pulled out my gratitude journal last week and realized I had not written anything in it since last Thanksgiving.  This year has been incredible with how many blessings we’ve had, yet I have not been taking the time to recognize them and express gratitude to my maker for giving them to me.  I hope that I can turn that back around this month and truly appreciate the wonderful gifts I’ve been given!

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Guests showing up almost two hours early (whoops!) meant this was the only pic I got of our splendor this year!  But let it be known, all of our friends are amazing cooks, even though my oven will be smoking for months with spilled Turkey juices my turkey was the most flavorful I’ve made,  and bringing cookie butter and speculoos cookies from Trader Joes with us from Oregon resulted in a fabulous s’mores pie.

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We’re finally here!

We’ve actually been here for quite some time now.  Here meaning Pensacola, by the way.  After 13 days of traveling, first to a wedding and then the long drive with stops along the way to see family, we finally made it to Pensacola. Since D first decided he wanted to join the Navy, we knew we’d end up in Pensacola for training so we’ve pretty much known since last May that this is where we’d probably be living.  It’s weird to think that we’re finally here 18 months later.   We’ve done a little exploring around and lots of shopping for OUR HOUSE!  Yes, in case we haven’t had enough changes this year, we also became first time homeowners!  We are loving our new space (although I’m pretty sure we’d be happy in anything after a week of living in the Navy Lodge :/). We’ve also had more rain in the last two weeks than the entire three years in Portland, which has probably been good that its kept me inside working on unpacking rather than lazing it at the beach.

I am happy to be feeling a little more settled (though not totally there yet) and excited to get to know the people, places, and of course, food of Pensacola.  I’m even making headway with starting my private practice, which I’m super excited about.  I’m also hoping that now that we’re in one place (not 15 different states), I’ll be able to write more often.  Here’s a few pics from the trip and the last few weeks.

A few of the states we passed throughIMG_1710 In front of our new house!

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Can’t believe how big our boy is getting!IMG_1518

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