So it's true. I've been lost. Lost in Albuquerque. Lost in homeschooling. Lost in starting a business. But guess what? I am finding my way again! I haven't forgotten about all of you. I've just been trying to establish a new normal and learn how to run my house with all five littles underfoot again all day, here in the crazy southwest. And since my husband's career has changed, so has my role in supporting him. I'm no longer a teacher's wife but, a Mathematician's wife. And that's quite different, I may say! One is not necessarily better than the other, they're just different. I knew everything about his job at Monte Vista. I know nothing about his work at Sandia and can never know. That has taken some getting used to. I like to know everything about him. Because I love him, you know. Anyhow, enough said.
Okay, so Albuquerque. First of all, you need to know, the Southwest is a pretty great place. I have really grown to love it here. I truly think that anyone can be happy anywhere if they put their mind to it and decide to be thankful. When I moved here, I had never visited and did not know what I'd think of it. But I was determined to learn and figure it out. It's really been a great place. Growing up in California, I was definitely spoiled with amazing, mild weather, green trees and beautiful landscapes wherever you go. The weather here isn't extreme but it's cold in the winter and hot in the summer. It's also very windy. I never knew there could be such strong wind. When I say Albuquerque, I know that you all are thinking arid, desolate, high desert. And in some sense, you're right. Either that or Breaking Bad...possibly both. Okay, I get it. But let me tell you, there is some real beauty here. The Sandia Mountains are positively MAJESTIC. That is them off in the distance.
And here is a taste of my morning run. I love that I live on an Air Force base and I can run super early without feeling unsafe. Watching the sunrise is one of my favorite things to do!
One of the most amazing things though that I've experienced is the amazing power of people. I have met some of the most genuine, loving and caring people. I've never lived out of state. I've never known a different climate or way of life. But I have to say, that living here has shown me, that no matter where I go, there will be great people to meet. There will be others to cross paths with, even for a short time, that will be an encouragement.
Just this last week the two middle kids have been in swim lessons here on base. That is Joshua and Elliana. They are having a blast. Within two days, I'd made friends with these ladies there. One of them, her husband is a Scientist at the labs and the other, is just visiting Albuquerque (it's home for her) but her husband is a Major in the US Air Force and they live in the Midwest now. The first friend has had us over to play twice in the last week and the other has gone running with me at the wee hours twice before having to leave to go home. The military community is like this. There isn't time to mess around and wait. People live in the moment and just love each other. You never know when someone will get orders and have to move away.
We've had other people take us into their home and feed us when we were new here. Dropping off food, babysitting our kids and inviting us over to dinner. We've stayed up late with these people, shared our hearts and laughed HARD! We don't have a history yet. But they've loved us deeply simply because we are a part of their community. I've had other friends I've met from the kids' baseball teams sit on my couches, trying out great skincare, chatting with neighbors and talking about life. More friends I've met through a boot camp a bunch of us moms have participated in at Hardin Field twice a week. We're all moving our jiggly bodies, chasing after kids and laughing at how hard it is to do the moves our trainer makes us do (positively evil I tell you...I am a runner...I don't do weights...at least not very often-ha!). And not only have I met some incredible people but Steve works for the best guys ever. So often I hear wives say that their husbands really dislike their superiors. But Steve loves his. They are so encouraging, patient, kind and hard-working. They push him to his best. Both Mentors Steve works with at Sandia Labs have been the BEST. We thank God so much that He put Steve with those two. We're so lucky. All of these things have been precious to me here in Albuquerque.
Our time here has been brief. But it's been substantial. And it's not over yet. We'll be coming back next year. It's been substantial for Steve's growth as a Mathematician. It's been substantial for our family's growth as a family of 7 in the middle of a PhD. It's been substantial for my growth as a wife. Believe me, learning how to live on a military base, when you're a civilian is a job in itself. But it's also been a blast. We only have 1 month left here. And even though I am positively ECSTATIC to move to Fort Collins (which is like SLO in the Rockies...my dream place to live), Albuquerque will be missed. Very missed.
Yes, I've been lost in life here. But it's been a sweet, sweet time and a time that I will treasure.
Expect more posting from me. There's too many good stories not to share. Miss talking with you all. Catch up soon.