For now....since I've committed to keeping a family journal, we'll forget the profound and go with the typical.
Zander, Stacia and I went to say goodbye to Mr. Jim as he left for another 8 months. Honestly....life doesn't seem fair. He's only been home 3 months. Hard for families to be together, be apart, be together, be apart....and yet we do it. I wanted Twyla to know that she is not alone, that I also think this is simply not nice or fun or a good way to treat troops...but that I know she's going to make it. We said our goodbye, left to run errands so they could have a family goodbye and then....
We went to the beach. Janet told me when we first got to Japan to find a place that is "mine," where I feel at peace and closer to "home" and our older kids....a place where I can go when I feel overwhelmed. The beach is that for me. It was unbearably sad to watch the Patriot Express fly away.....but the silver lining is one more deployment buddy. Deployment buddies are ladies who have no man at home, are willing to drop everything at a moment's notice to go play, share charcoal, sit in an onsen with you when you don't feel like talking but don't want to be alone either.....these are good friends to have. I'm blessed to have several.
Simply amazing what an observant beach comber may find in Japan. ::snort:: This fellow migrated from MT to AK to TX to Japan.
My favorite wave jumping partner
We bought this with high hopes....
Stacia discovered immediately, what Arielle discovers here, it FLIPS in the waves...and holds you under.
Living all of life before the face of God...