It is part of the military lifestyle to move….a lot. I cannot believe we have already turned in the “preference sheet”, and I find myself shifting into the mindset of “the next duty assignment”. It’s funny, now I start getting itchy to move, and daydreaming about where we may end up next.
Growing up, I had dreams of traveling and seeing the world, but never in my wildest dreams thought that the opportunity would be given to me by being a military spouse. Chris and I have been so fortunate, and have been stationed in some of the most amazing places. We have blessings that dreams are made of, and I thank God for that everyday.
That said, Hawaii has been my favorite place to live so far. Big surprise, right? More so than the paradise factor, is the fact that this is the first duty station that I really made an effort to make my home MY HOME. It is easy to not want to buy houseplants or put pictures up on the wall, or have a junk room that never gets finished when you know something will be temporary. This time I really made the effort and will continue from now on, regardless how long we live somewhere.
Tien is moving to the mainland soon so we brainstormed some ideas to get some last shoots in. I wanted some pictures to capture what has truly been a magical time in my life. And what better place to take them, then the place we spend the most time, the heart of our life, our home.
I would like to add that pretty much everything we own is second hand. Chris’ mother purchased our couch when Chris was Vivi’s age and the iron bed was my great great grandmothers. My trunk coffee table, the chairs in front of my art wall, and the wine crates on my porch I straight up pulled out of the trash in Germany. In case you don’t know it yet, I pretty much have no shame. It brings me so much joy when I get a compliment on something in our home, or something that I’m wearing and I secretly know that I paid a dollar for it or found it on the side of the road.
I’m not going to lie, the first trimester of pregnancy had me feeling pretty ill all day and not having much extra energy. I’m now in the second trimester and starting to feel a little more human again, so hoping to get back on the blogging train.
All photos by Tien Austin www.tienaustin.com. We are going to miss her when she moves to Portland, but are so excited for her and know she has so much to give to the world!! She is a truly talented artist. Hoping to get in one more shoot before she leaves.
Hope you enjoyed the post!! Take care and have a beautiful day!!!