Life Thru the Lens 52/52... the end of a era, our story

Whooh! Wow, I am a little bit happy that 2015 is nearly over. Sadly, I have felt this way for the past three years. I used to mourn as Christmas whisked us into a new year, but now I love the release of setting the previous year behind me. I am entering this new year with excitement and trepidation, since we have no idea of what might come. What job will we have? When will we find a new job? Where will we eventually settle down?

We entered 2015 with much of the same trepidation as we waited to see if we would be medically discharged out of the military... this coming after just barely escaping the downsizing that had happened in 2014. We were settling in after another deployment to tack on our career, and by March found out we would not be discharged. Life was grand. We were making plans, and dreaming once again. Until July, when we were given the choice of 20+ months apart. It was our breaking point. After spending over half of our 22 years separated, we were done, fed up, and tired. Tired of saying good-bye. Fed up of spending holidays, and milestones, apart. And, done with counting down the days util we would be reunited again. So, we said no thank you to the big man, and we retired three short months later. 

Those three months were a whirlwind of chaos as we put our house up for sale and packed our lives in boxes to be stored until we enter a new life. Then the retirement, moving, storing our lives away, and applying for new lives. The Thinker and I feel like we somehow lost the last half of the year.

But, there were things that brought  great joy throughout 2015. I believe in silver linings; I call them blessings. And, the blessing are always there for you to see, if you choose. 

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise   

~ Laura Story  

~ The Thinker's medical condition, that almost kicked us out of the military, ended up not being as serious as the Dr thought.

~ My farmer's market, and the people there that became family to me.

~ Visiting St. Louis and the botanical gardens for Mother's Day.

~ My 40th birthday, which wasn't nearly as traumatic as I thought it woudl be.

~ Dreamer's 16th birthday, and watching him shoot his new bow... he really is a natural archer.

~ Blue Eyes turned 18. We have watched as she has matured, and morphed, into a fabulous young adult.

~ Our retirement ceremony which was full of love.

~ Seeing the colors of fall in two areas of the US, which I thought I would miss because of our move. 

~ A new found passion in still life photography.

~ Revisiting my landscape photography passion.

~ My on-line community with you all at Life Thru the Lens.

I'm not creating the link this week in a hope that you all will visit some of my favorite on-line communities. I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Trough My Lens MondayImage-in-ingSong-ographyOur World TuesdaySweet Shot Tuesday,  Wednesday Around the WorldLittle Things Thursday, and Friday Photo Journal.

Be sure to come back next week for Life Thur the Lens 2016... I'll be sharing a few fun things like a new reading challenge, and my 365 year in review for 2015.