- Clay has been home - really home - for a year (this is the first time in our 7 years of marriage).
- In this year of togetherness we did not kill each other as some predicted.
- Being home, Clay has been able to watche the pregnancy and birth of his second and third daughters and has spent countless hours with his oldest daughter.
- We won the neighbor jackpot. Everyone in SC has been amazing and welcoming.
- They have seasons in South Carolina.
- Clay's job is easy. I mean really easy compared to his normal life. We both needed that.
- See notes above on how Clay has been home for a year and we haven't killed each other.
- Our girls were born with the aide of fantastic (non-military) healthcare!
- Kayla has done beautifully in her school.
In addition to all the really good things that have happened, this year in particular marks the culmination of a heartbreakingly difficult journey to build our family. With Kennedy and Karsen soon to be 6 months old, I am almost to the point where I can actually be thankful for the painful lessons God taught me along the way. I can definitely be thankful - beyond gloriously thankful - for the the abundant blessings that resulted. (And the fact that they finally sleep!)
So, with 4 desperately necessary days off (of one of the many jobs I regularly find myself barely getting by in) I can kick back, relax and enjoy it all enough to be truly thankful.