Reluctant

Sunset June 28
To be honest, I'm a reluctant military wife.  That makes us, to some extent, a reluctant military family.
Sure, Jeff was active duty when I married him (in fact, he had already committed to enlistment when we started dating so many years ago).  And still, I never really thought we'd be a "military family."
In many ways we aren't.   We don't usually live on base.  I don't belong to spouses groups.  We rarely attend parties, galas, and other functions.  We have few military friends.
Don't get me wrong.
I am immensely proud and thankful of Jeff, his career and those of all our Armed Forces.  I'm happy to attend those functions and do the "military wife" thing.
It is just not what I imagined.  Or, ultimately, what we hope for.
I never imagined I would live so far away from my extended family.  Or move so many times.  Always, right when we're starting to get settled.
We dream of a life of chasing chickens, growing veggies and feeding the poor (my man has some plans).  
Yet, this is where we are.
Reluctantly.
We embark on this new stage, another move, more transition and huge adventure.
Italy.
Yet, a piece of me is yearning to stay here in Colorado with my friends, our church, the kids' school, our chickens and so much more.
I must embrace this adventure and opportunity all the while dreaming of a day when we have our forever house (maybe?!), chickens, family nearby, and a way to serve the poor.
For now my attitude must be to embrace la vita bella (the good life) especially when it isn't what you thought it would be.

Reluctant

Sunset June 28

To be honest, I’m a reluctant military wife.  That makes us, to some extent, a reluctant military family.

Sure, Jeff was active duty when I married him (in fact, he had already committed to enlistment when we started dating so many years ago).  And still, I never really thought we’d be a “military family.”

In many ways we aren’t.   We don’t usually live on base.  I don’t belong to spouses groups.  We rarely attend parties, galas, and other functions.  We have few military friends.

Don’t get me wrong.

I am immensely proud and thankful of Jeff, his career and those of all our Armed Forces.  I’m happy to attend those functions and do the “military wife” thing.

It is just not what I imagined.  Or, ultimately, what we hope for.

I never imagined I would live so far away from my extended family.  Or move so many times.  Always, right when we’re starting to get settled.

We dream of a life of chasing chickens, growing veggies and feeding the poor (my man has some plans).  

Yet, this is where we are.

Reluctantly.

We embark on this new stage, another move, more transition and huge adventure.

Italy.

Yet, a piece of me is yearning to stay here in Colorado with my friends, our church, the kids’ school, our chickens and so much more.

I must embrace this adventure and opportunity all the while dreaming of a day when we have our forever house (maybe?!), chickens, family nearby, and a way to serve the poor.

For now my attitude must be to embrace la vita bella (the good life) especially when it isn’t what you thought it would be.

In the Kitchen, Summer Edition

End of summer lunch
Summer has definitely arrived here in Northern Colorado and with that comes higher temps in our non-air conditioned house.  Not only do we naturally want lighter meals, I also try to limit my stove and oven use to help keep the house cool(er).  Burgers, grilled chicken and other common summer meals definitely find their spot on our meal plan but I thought it would be fun to share some of other favorites.
Meals in high rotation this summer include:
:: Ancho Chicken Tacos
:: Red Pesto Ravioli
:: Flank steak w/ McCormick's Montreal Seasoning
:: Tacos with Crockpot Refried Beans and Mexican rice (I plug the crockpot in on the deck!)
:: Weekly pizza night on the grill
We discovered the Sangria from Men's Health this past weekend and it is delicious.  We're also enjoying the Vihno Verde that they recommended.  In fact, I think it has officially become our wine of choice for Summer 2011.
As for the dish in the picture, that is probably Jeff's and my favorite summer dish of all time.  It's Pasta Bella from The Junior League of Seattle's Simply Classic.  It is so delicious however the large amounts of blue cheese and brie take it off the kid friendly list and thus only makes an appearance once or twice a year.
How about you, what are your summer favorites this year?