Monday, October 4, 2010
How Flexible Are YOU????
This post today is a catch-up post, but an entry once again into my online journal just to look back on and remember what all happened via words and pics....
Most people know the motto Semper Fi from the Marines. "Always Faithful" in Latin. Well some creative person somewhere along the way came up with the term Semper Gumby for the consistent daily walk of a Marine lifestyle.
I think it is one of the best named descriptions of the attitude or mindset a Marine/Military family must have. Be READY to change, bend, flex, turn around, you name it.... It will either drive you CRAZY and INSANE, or it will make you stronger.
You will learn to respond with another Marine term....ADAPT AND OVERCOME.
I have done more flexing and adapting and overcoming in the last couple of months than I can share in one post. But I can say today as I sit here...(((tired))))...that I do feel stronger. And I KNOW that it is because God is my strength and my anchor when the winds start to blow. Hands Down. When I am at my weakest, I have the power source just inside of me to be at my STRONGEST! I can Bank On It. This is motivation. This gives courage. This is really what LIFE is all about. Not the circumstances...but the attitude I face them with.
My husband has this little quote inside his wallet. It is a little piece of wisdom to reach in and pull out and read whenever he needs a "Refresh". I love it. It's a "Life Is What You Make Of It" statement. What Justin said when he entered Boot Camp, and I named my blog, and started this online journalling. One of my favorite speakers/authors, Chuck Swindoll said this:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
Love It! Embrace This and Live It.
After Four changes of arrival times and days...my Marine finally landed back in the US and on North Carolina soil....Wednesday September 29, 2010.
We survived the tropical storm that hit the coast the exact time that we got there.
20 inches of continuous, flooded roads on Topsail Island, sinkholes, van floating through puddles frighteningly deep. Kudos to my hubby...
We got my Marine home for the weekend.
The van alternator was "injured" and now has to be replaced.
I drove my soulmate to the airport on Sunday morning Oct. 3rd to begin a new job in Iowa City, Iowa. yes...Iowa. ~~(This is what rocked our family in August and September. Kurt has moved out. We are now the trailing family. ***NOW you know why we were so stressed about Justin's arrival times continuing to change and be pushed forward not only for travel accomodations, but also because of Kurt's set start-date at his new job.
I returned home Sun. am to get a rental car to take Justin back to Jacksonville. Had to report for duty at 9am Monday.
I arrived back home at 12:30 am Monday morning with a dead cell phone, no house key and locked out....sigh....
The van sits in the driveway waiting to be repaired. The kids' Toyota corolla sits at an automotive shop awaiting repairs that made themselves known in the last month.
Because Kurt flew to Iowa (15 hours away) he has a rental car and has to find a decent reliable vehicle in the next 2 weeks up there. CAN'T take 30 hours round-trip time off to come home via a car. Any visits either way will have to be air travel.
He has to find a place to live in the next 30 days....when relocation arrangements terminate.
WE have to get our house in "For Sale" condition...
Justin wants us to look for a truck for him here in Charlotte....
And this post is too long, but you see why I said...ATTITUDE...it will make or break you. PRAYER...Don't start the day without it.... COURAGE....it helps you do HARD things....
Will close my little online journal for now...
I will come back here one day to read and realize why I am a strong woman....lol.
Photos to be posted next.