July 23, 2012 by Last Star blog
The challenges in life are met moment by moment with the courage within us… and so begins our journey. We have finally bought the boat and now the work begins. This is an exciting time for us, but also a sad time for us. Hank decided to retire from the Air Force and as with the ending of all things, after 25 years, this is a big change in our daily lives. We have recently gone to two of our dearest friends retirement, and as I sit in the audience and think about the 25 years I have known these men and their families…I realized how we truly are an Air Force family, us and them. Our children have moved over a dozen times and we have moved 16 times in 25 years, and always, there is an open arm welcome from another Air Force family. I will miss that. Also, this month, our youngest son leaves for college. This for me is the hardest and most heart wrenching of changes. I survived the first one leaving (barely) and he thrived, I know this one will thrive and I will survive… but my little world where they are safe in their beds and making me laugh at any given moment will be forever altered. Hank is hoping to counter act these two losses with this big adventure/break for 18 months before we start the second half of our lives. He is excited and thrilled, I am anxious and concerned. We always get two reactions from people: Oh, how exciting, what an adventure or OMG, are you crazy? Hank is of the first mind and I am of the second. The boat has been sitting on the hard for over 2 years, so there is considerable work to be done in a VERY short period of time, on a limited budget.
So, I have to take Emerson’s word to heart, the sadness of the loss of the past and the fear and challenges of the future are small compared to strength of the love of this family and the courage within.