There is so much going on in my life, constantly. My daughter, a mere seven months, is teething, chattering, clapping, crawling and now standing up. Not satisfied with these accomplishments (all attained within the last month), she’s now trying to walk while holding onto us. Gone are the days of leaving her in one place, knowing I’ll come back to her in the same place. Now, she’ll cross the room in mere seconds.
My husband’s work schedule is getting ready to be even crazier. He is Active Duty, but attached to a Reserve Unit and finishing up his Command. So, not only does he get to work the crazy schedule during the week, he is also required to show up once a month and two weeks (usually longer) in the summer and train. So, in a matter of days, we commence Annual Training–29 straight days of early mornings and late nights. I say “we” because it truly does affect both of us.
Following that, he finished up his Command, does the Change of Command, and transfers to a new unit. My husband will be joining 1st Cav here at Fort Hood, a unit scheduled to deploy early Spring. His hours will more than likely get crazier, since he’s going to the Division headquarters, and we will be meeting a whole new set of people and starting over in some respects.
It’s easy for me to get distracted by all of this. I tend to find myself dwelling on all of these things with a mixture of (mostly) excitement and (a little) apprehension (except the deployment. That’s a whole different story). My mind is so easily drawn towards worrying, fretting, and planning that I totally forget where my focus should be. I was reminded today.
As I drove into Fort Hood to have lunch with my husband, I was chattering with my happy daughter. She was in a good mood, which was great! I love bringing her into the office when she’s cheerful. While eating with my husband, I became so…joyful. The moment really brought happiness and pulled my crazy-active mind right back to where it should be. Here.
On the way home, I turned off the radio. I mentally looked heavenward and thought, “Thank you, Jesus, for my husband. Thank you, Jesus, for my daughter. Thank you, Jesus, for my family and for my friends. For my house, and my life, thank you, Jesus.” All the crazy things in life are going to happen, or they aren’t. But, whatever the outcome, I have to remember to focus on what God has given me in the present. I am getting ready to enter a busy few months, but God willing, I am going to work on shifting my focus back to here—back to my little family.