Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

From our new home to yours.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Even One Life Is Too Many

A quiet walk in the woods. Soft layer of snow on the ground. Bundled in multiple layers against the cold wind. This is one of the ways I choose to calm myself.
When life gets hectic and my anxiety starts to take it toll, I choose to go to nature if I can get away. It does such good things for me. To be able to share this, something I really enjoy.
This is a tough time of the year for many people. Loneliness. Difficult relationships. Traumatic history. The unfortunate continued stigma of mental health (even when getting the help needed).
Take a moment and check in. Whether it is you calling to check in on someone or better, you calling someone so they can check in on you (takes so much strength of character to do this). One phone call can make all the difference.

 


 

Even one life is too many to lose.
 

While we should do this daily, I encourage you on the 22nd of every month to call and check your battle buddy. It takes just a moment. Military or not, we deserve to see each other tomorrow.


#twloha

 Crisis Text Line 741-741

 - a safe place to talk via text with a counselor when you can't or are afraid to use your voice

Monday, December 18, 2017

Playing in the Snow

I was surprised to find out last week that I would have today off from work and chose to take advantage of it. Beau and I headed up to a local small ski hill to play for a bit. The snow was a bit of a bust as only two lifts were open with short and rather boring runs, but it was snow and I got to be on my board again.
 
Beau got to play in the snow for the first time too. He was loving it! He was running all over the place. After I played in the snow for a bit I took Beau for a hike so he could play a little more. Truly living his best life!
 
And it was a nice little road trip with my boy!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

A Pleasant Surprise

Just over a month after moving to Texas, a beautiful layer of snow blanketed the city for a few hours. It was quick to melt away but was a beautiful temporary site to see.
 
I still do not have any cold weather gear that matches the new OCP uniform (we had to turn in our multi-cam gear from my last deployment) so I was a little chilled. I should probably work on getting some warm layers.



Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Moving In

Forty-two day after my household goods got picked up, they arrived to my new home. I am so eager to get moved in so I can start to feel settled here.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

OptOut A Day Late

Beau and I may have been a day late, but we opted out today. There is a state park in town that looks to have some good trails to hike. Beau and I just walked along the main road to the different trail heads to check out the trail maps. I think we will enjoy this park.
 
 
 
Happy Birthday Love!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Even One Life Is Too Many

There have been some ups and downs that go along with any move. And mine was no exception. But this time, I was smarter and chose to talk when I was getting anxious. For example, when I parted ways with rainBeau at the airport to fly back to mainland my anxiety went through the roof. Thankfully I was able to spend almost every minute while waiting for my flight on the phone, talking. I could actually feel my respiratory rate slow down.
Talking. Listening. So important.
The Holiday Season can be difficult for so many. Lots has happened this year. Lives have been changed for good and not so good. It is on each of us to ensure that we see each other tomorrow. Take the moment to check on our buddy.

 


Even one life is too many to lose.

 
While we should do this daily, I encourage you on the 22nd of every month to call and check your battle buddy. It takes just a moment. Military or not, we deserve to see each other tomorrow.


#twloha


 Crisis Text Line 741-741

- a safe place to talk via text with a counselor when you can't or are afraid to use your voice

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Moving In

Beau and I have very minimal furniture in our new home. In fact, the only furniture is a new bed. Everything else is on its way, but for now we are living it up in out empty home.
 Beau has been on guard since we moved in. Very aware of new sounds and always staying between me and the door.
 There are so many thistle things, everywhere. Poor Beau keeps getting them in his paws. My shoes easily collect some from our backyard.
Oh, and it is SO MUCH colder here!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Family Wedding

I had the privilege of watching my cousin Katherine promise herself to the love of her life before friends and family today. A beautiful location for such a great celebration of love. Selfishly, I got to see all of my siblings for a weekend. It is getting harder and harder to get all of us together.
 
The best part was that I gained a new cousin! So excited to have you as family Bess!

Friday, November 03, 2017

Travel Days

rainBeau Jangles getting ready to fly

rainBeau Jangles boarding at LAX

Snuggling into a two seater for a few moments of sleep

Excellent co-pilot

Sleepy co-pilot