Three years in…

Later this month we will celebrate three years. Three years since our wedding day, and four years since we first met. Two, almost three houses later. 3 countries. 6 national parks. 9 US states. Marriage is a strange thing. By strange I don’t mean bad – I just mean that it has changed my life. Actually, i’m safe in saying that it has changed both of our lives irrevocably. Sometimes, it is not the decisions you come to that is ultimately important, just that you Continue reading →

The victories of a life hard earned; not taking anything for granted

The list of things I take for granted is very small, and growing smaller with each passing year. In fact, i’m not sure what’s on it anymore. By contrast, all of that which I don’t take for granted is growing ever longer. My health.  My ability to exercise or compete. It’s been difficult watching RM deal with his injury, but I feel like I have a little experience with this frustrated injured athlete thing. Time with Dwight. The future. Time in one location. Being able Continue reading →

Time to sift memories: an archaeological dig of your own life

It was time to sift memories. Have you ever stored away parts of your life for years on end? Have you ever had the chance to go through, to search, and to sift through the memories? Had a chance to let go or rejoiced in the opportunity to rid yourself or set fire to parts of your life long since over? Conducting an archeological dig of your own former life is strange. Earlier this year, I had a chance to do just that. I cleaned Continue reading →

The Green Card Club

The “you are preselected for a new credit card,” and the junk mail from cable companies are some of my least favourite kind of mail! The kind you rip up or shred without even taking a look at them. On the other hand, the white envelopes with the US citizenship and Immigration Services blue logo have become some of my favourite kind of mail. At each stage, they have heralded some little step forward. This time we are moving a leap forward! Last week, RM Continue reading →

Land of the Free?: Meditations on being an immigrant

A Greencard. Surely, you’ve heard of those. Apparently they are the holy grail for the entire world. Because, it seems, at least if you’re watching Fox News that everyone in the world wants to be American. Perhaps then, some of the things I will say about being an immigrant will be a shock: Not everyone grows up wanting to take on the nationality of another country. I love being an Australian. If I hadn’t married an American Serviceman, I certainly wouldn’t have considered Permanent Residency Continue reading →

When being In limbo is a gift: immigration paperwork

The last 20 weeks have been a whirlwind. A whirlwind of changes, of immigration paperwork, of realising just how little i understand about being a military spouse. This time last November, RM had just proposed and we were figuring out wedding plans and all of the permissions needed for us to make our late January wedding date work. But work it did and it was beautiful. It required permission from different parts of the AirForce in different parts of the world. It was quite the Continue reading →

Riddling and Diversions

“One [is] a riddle not only to others but also to oneself. I examine myself; when I am tired of that, I smoke a cigar for diversion and think: God knows what our Lord actually intended with me or what he wants to make of me.” A in Either/Or I (Kierkegaard) The next few months will involve a lot of traveling: connecting with friends I haven’t seen in a while, new experiences, revisiting old, and in eating some of my favourite things in some favourite Continue reading →

The Murphy’s Law of International Removals

Some days don’t turn out anything like you imagine or hope. I had imagined ending the day with a feeling of relief washing over me, and a nice glass of chilled Sauvignon blanc in my hand. But it didn’t end up like that. Oh, no, in the land of international removals, it seems like it is par for the course. This is what my patio looked like earlier today. I had hoped it wouldn’t look like that this evening. But, that was not to be! Continue reading →

Transitions

tran·si·tion noun \tran(t)-ˈsi-shən, tran-ˈzi-, chiefly British tran(t)-ˈsi-zhən\ : a change from one state or condition to another : passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another : a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another : a musical modulation : a musical passage leading from one section of a piece to another : an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single Continue reading →