God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
The above prayer is the one my mother would often recite to herself when things just didn't go as she had planned. I chuckle now seeing the actual words written out above and how they can apply quite well to the life of an Army wife. I'm not the religious sort, more of the spiritual type leaning away from any organized religion.--Reinhold Niebuhr
The Army life brings with it many challenges. Just yesterday I get a phone call from my husband, after 1700 hrs, stating that he wasn't sure what time he'd be home. Our routine is forming. Before he deployed to Iraq last year he was home all of six months and we had barely had time to form any routine. Before Iraq he was in Korea for a year and before that he was in BCT and AIT which took up eight months. I'm still adjusting to Army life with my spouse actually being home. For the better part of three years I've been living alone, eating alone and in general going about my own daily routine without interruptions with the exception of doctor appointments. Now I'm learning about sharing my time with a guy that has a very busy lifestyle.
Before Army life my spouse was an outdoorsy type of man. He would teach snowboarding at a NY ski center. I tried snowboarding once and had lots of fun falling. No seriously I laughed when I'd fall and try to get back up. During the warmer months he'd work as a journeyman landscaper. He loves being in the outdoors. So it should have come as no big shock to me that when he got home from Iraq he started digging holes in the yard. Not just one hole to enlarge a garden but several holes. He has now installed a drip edge and filled in the low spots in the lawn, front and back!
So as I roll up his laundry into the style he has become accustomed to since learning it in BCT I'll roll this up as well for today. I'm learning to accept this new lifestyle and all that it brings to me with friends and new experiences. Tomorrow is a new days with its own challenges that I'll learn to accept as they come my way and hopefully not complain too much about but that is still to be seen.
To those of you that read my blog, many thanks!