I'm feeling very lucky at this point in my life. Our time here in Connecticut has a time stamp, marked by a finite job with the Navy. We'll leave sometime in 2020, though we're not sure where we will go. We've put down shallow roots, enjoying the time we have while knowing that nothing is permanent. Because of this I have a constant sense of adventure and newness. But the North is also an anchor to my childhood, of the early years I lived in New Jersey.
Moving to Connecticut meant I could drive to my grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. When driving through the state of Maryland, we passed this beautiful building that looks like a castle. To this day I'm not sure what the building is, but back in the Jersey days my family used to pass it quite often. We called it Cinderella's castle and it meant we were really close to Judy's house.
It was night when we passed and blue lights lit the steeples. From the passenger side of my car I exclaimed "Look, it's Cinderella's castle!" There's no word to describe the feeling I get when sharing memories like this with my husband. The melding of both of my worlds is exquisitely satisfying and energizing.
The end of the year meant this happened a lot.
Stand down for the Christmas holiday was two weeks for my husband. Between that, and my new freedom with my freelance business, we were able to travel back to Florida for Christmas and New Years Eve. The last time I got more than two days off during this season was college. This true vacation was an absolute gift and allowed my husband and I to give quality time to each part of our family.
I spent Christmas day with my mother-in-law and her whole family. I learned about their traditions and filled up on cinnamon rolls and turkey. It was a day filled with laughter and love and so many gifts. The biggest gift was seeing how my husband grew up.
Being back in Florida meant seeing our home church, meant visiting old friends, meant many old stories of holidays past. I wrote a few months ago that everything has changed. It's still true, but there are things I recognize.
My phone is constantly blowing up from family group messages. I no longer need to go shopping because I got so many clothes as Christmas gifts. We drove over 1000 miles to be with family for the end of the year.
It makes me excited to see what new traditions are made this year. What are the best parts of me that will blend with the best parts of my husband? How will we both come full circle?
2019 seems like the year to find out.
Thank you so much for following along with our journey. Until next time.