8/1/08

Is it even possible??

To be extremely happy and extremely sad at the same time? Just in case you are wondering, I haven't forgotten to finish up blogging about Jordan's trip; I will do that soon. But today has been such a great day and such a sad day, that I figured I'd sort it out on here.

So it was a sad day, because we had to take Jordan to the airport up in Baltimore. We had such a great time with him here, and I told him next summer when he comes he has to stay a couple of weeks. For those of you who know Jordan, you know he is super quiet, very laid back, and never in anyone's way. He is the easiest person in the world to please, so he is the perfect guest. I'm so blessed to have such a great little brother - of course I didn't always think that, but I guess getting older has made me a bit wiser. :)

It was a FANTASTIC day because Norman found out that his unit in Dayton has given him a DEFINITE PROMOTE. Now, the easiest way to explain this to the civilians out there lol, is to say that military officers have different times they can get promoted. Early promotion is rare, then there is the regular promotion time, then there is the later than normal promotion time. Well, to receive a DP from your unit when you are up for EARLY promotion, is verrrrry good, and gives you the best shot possible actually being able to be promoted early. So we know now that he has a shot at early promotion, and I am so proud of him!!! He works so hard for us, and he is just a wonderful leader. We won't know until December'ish if he was selected, but holy cow...it seems like just yesterday he pinned on Major, and now we're already talking about promotion to Lt. Colonel. Time sure does fly, and how blessed we have been these past few years.

And back to the sad part...We were driving back from Baltimore, just coming into D.C. and we come around this curve in the highway and right in front of us was the Capitol. the sun was setting and the orange glow just cast a perfect light on it, and it almost took the breath out of me. To think that here we are...in D.C....Norman is about to start working there...it is just overwhelming to me. Who would have ever thought that my life would take this path? But what is so sad is that Norman's parents aren't able to enjoy this as well. From a distance, of course, but they should be a part of this. For those of you who know the situation, you know that it was a painful thing, but that we haven't had contact with most of Norman's family for about 4 years now. It does make me sad, because he deserves healthy parents in his life to enjoy and to have a relationship with. Everyone deserves that. And my kids deserve to have that relationship. But the positive that has come with time, is the healing of the relationship with Norman's brother. That has been a wonderful blessing for us, and it just shows that at some point you have to just let things go and move forward. Carrying the burdens of the past can be such a heavy load to bear, and I don't understand why so many people do it. But anyway...

I'm sure I lost everyone a long time ago...writing is theraputic for me, so it is easy for me to ramble on. All I know is that through the experiences with Norman's family, we've learned to move forward and treasure each of our friends and family members with all of our hearts. I lost one of my dearest and best friends a few months ago, and it is a painful reminder that this life is too short. So I guess we just keep throwing prayers up and hope that eventually all hurts will be healed and we can be as whole as we are meant to be.

On that note, Norman is flipping through the TIVO (I'm sure just out of sheer boredom waiting on me to finish my rambling), so I better wind it up. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and I'll be blogging about the rest of Jordan's trip soon!!! Night night my friends!!!

1 comment:

Jenny B said...

As hard as it is, I'm sure you guys know what you are doing. You have to stand your grounds to protect yourself and children. But it is sad.

Congrats to the hubby on the great news!