Hello my friends!
I cannot believe that it has been so long since I've been active on my blog. I've missed you all! I've been asked several times what happened to me, so I thought I would just make a general post. I have remained active on Instagram so if you follow me there, you know whats been going on!
But if not, here's your explanation!
The last year has been absolutely crazy for me! I feel like so much has happened between June 2015 to today. Thank God for my organization and my planner, or else I don't think I would have made it through. Last year June my "at the time" boyfriend decided he wanted to enlist in the Army. He took the exam, and did so well that he was able to qualify for the job that he wanted. From there I knew my life would be changing.
...and so it did.
June 30th, while we were vacationing in Virginia Beach, he had asked me to become his wife. Of course after 5 years of dating, I said yes!
We decided to get married pretty quickly. We had planned for December knowing that he would be on holiday block leave from the Army and he would have 2 weeks home. To anyone planning a wedding, I would not suggest doing it while your husband is in basic training where there is no way to contact him, Haha! Needless to say, I was finishing up my last year of grad school, planning a wedding, and learning how to be part of the Army family. Life was crazy. My blog and crafting side of me took a back seat. Unless it had to do with one of those things...it definitely didn't get done.
The wedding came quickly. It was an amazing day and better than anything I could of dreamed it would be. I loved having him home for a few weeks. But like always, knowing he was leaving again was in the back of my mind.
Everyone knew that once I finished school and he completed AIT, I would be moving with him. As everyone prayed for different places, I just prayed it would be somewhere safe. Somewhere my new husband and I could start our life without fear of deployment (is that even possible in the Army?).
A few months went by, and I continued to finish school and Derek was doing really well in training. One night he called with the news that we had been waiting for. The news that we knew would change our lives.
Derek had been stationed in Hawaii.
We were from New York.
That's 4,742 miles away.
How the heck was this going to work?
Both of our graduations came and we knew what was coming. I began to pack my live up into a few suitcases, and said goodbye to people who have made giant impacts on my life. It felt like those few days I had left flew by. I knew that I was going to be and take care of my husband, just as God commanded me to do, but I never knew leaving would be this hard.
I had learned that life had gotten too comfortable for me. I hadn't experienced much change nearly at all. And in that 11 hour flight, my whole world was about to change.
My husband picked me up at the airport in Honolulu, HI. It was such an exciting reunion. I was so happy to know that when I said goodbye to my husband this time, it would only be for a work day, and at the most, for a few hours.
Since I've been here, I feel like I've grown as a person, a wife, a child of God, and a woman. I've learned what its like to take care of someone other than myself, and what my mom had been doing for 30+ years. Hawaii is an amazing place, and I truly feel blessed to have the opportunity to live here.
As time is going on, I'm realizing how much I missed having my blog as my creative outlet.
So here I am. I am back at it. Back at loving what I do, in this beautiful place I now call home.
If you have any questions, comments, or things you'd like to read, PLEASE leave them in the comments below.
I am so excited to be back, and ready to share my Hawaiian creative journey with you!