Thursday, November 6, 2008

November 6, 2008

Well, after claiming how I wasn't going to be afraid to speak my mind, I managed to procrastinate for almost two months before taking the time to sit down and write something new!! Ah, yes, that is another issue God has been working on with me for quite sometime now....

Anyway, I was having fun figuring out how to add different blogs to my watch list so that I could keep up with folks I'm interested in. It seemed a good motivator to put something new on my own.

Currently the Sanford household is in a somewhat constant state of flux as we adjust to the ongoing changes in our lives. My husband Terry retired from the military after 26 years of service. Figuring out exactly what his role/purpose in life is at 47 years of age hasn't been easy, but God has blessed us so much through this change! And I know that with Terry whatever happens will not be boring.

Our oldest daughter Cody is a senior in high school. I catch myself "memorializing" moments in my head because I know that there will be fewer and fewer of them as this year progresses. Next year she will be away at college. And both our lives will never be the same. I am going to miss so much the day to day contact we have. The opportunity to get up and just give her a hug in the morning before she heads off to school or to do her paper route. The chance to get to make tea with her and just visit about life. Watching our favorite shows we've rented from Netflix. I know that these opportunities won't completely end when she leaves, but they will become fewer and far between. It's so true that sometimes you don't realize what others are going through until you've experienced something similar yourself. I have a greater appreciation for how graciously my own parents have handled major events in their children's lives. I only hope I can pass on the same legacy to my girls.

Okay, I have to change subjects because I am sitting here blubbering at my computer and the screen is hard to read!!

On a day to day level our lives are in change because I have been working more hours each day at the office. One of our legal assistants went on maternity leave at the end of August and the last couple of months have been very busy! I work for a small law firm consisting of two attorneys who happen to be husband and wife. We have two full time legal assistants and me. I work part time helping out with whatever needs to be done and I love it. I couldn't ask for better people to work with. They are extremely good to me and supportive of my role as a wife and mom and because of that I felt that the least I could do was step up and help them out while Jenny was taking time off to be home with her new baby. She will be back in the office in a couple of weeks and then I will be able to be home more again. Working full-time hours has been a wonderful reminder of how precious my time with my family is. The slightly bigger paychecks have been very nice, but I find that I especially miss the hours between 3pm and 5pm when I could be home with the girls when they got out of school and just be there if they wanted to visit or have the time to prepare dinner or run errands, etc.

All of our children are anticipating milestone changes in their lives. In addition to Cody finishing high school this year, Kati is in the 6th grade and will be making the transition to Junior High next year. And Tori is in her last year of preschool - next year she starts Kindergarten!

And while I'm musing about changes in our personal lives our country is going through some historic changes as well. No matter where you are on the political spectrum this is an exciting time in our nation's history. I would encourage all of us who are Americans to remember that we are the UNITED States of America. The political process which has served our great nation for decades has spoken and we have a new leader who will step into power in January. Regardless of whether you voted for him or not - Barack Obama will be our next president. John McCain's speech after the election was extremely gracious in acknowledging that fact. It was very moving to hear him acknowledge that Obama will be the nation's president and John McCain's president. His love for this country is strong enough to carry him through the disappointment of losing and move onto continued service. And that service involves accepting the decision the people of this country have made. Our country will continue to be great only if we can see beyond political lines and differences of opinions and remain united in our efforts.

Well, that's it for now!

'Till next time - God Bless Everyone - No Exceptions!