Recently I took my kids to the beach to collect shells and dip their toes in the water. It was a gorgeous day. And so different from the beaches in California. You may or may not know that I am a native Californian, transplanted to North Carolina via Marine Corps orders for my husband to Camp Lejeune. We've been Easterners now for a little over a year. I'm still getting used to seeing the sun rise over the ocean. Anyway, it's so different because the water where I am from is actually very cold. In northern California, in Sonoma County specifically, the ocean water is so so cold that you're considered a little nutty if you go in without a wet suit. But that's no so out here in the South East. The water is almost body temperature. And it's oh so beautiful with it's different hues of blue and green. Really beautiful.

Thursday morning I will be going in for surgery for a complete Thyroidectomy and I'll be thinking about that blue-green water and my kids running around happily. And wondering how quickly I can get home to hold my baby, and if my husband is getting along ok being back home early from deployment. The surgery is known to have good outcomes, so we are all looking forward to things going well and getting back to normal soon.

With Love

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