June 4, 2021
Working on my children’s books manuscripts has definitely taken an extended pause in this pandemic. Early on I was able to attend virtual seminars or workshops related to the craft of writing for children nearly monthly, but in January 2021 my work pace skyrocketed. Then in February 2021 I received news that my job was transferring me across the country and so the plans began for preparing my family and household for the big move from California to Virginia. We have always looked forward to big adventures as we love to travel, even my little guy, and this time was no different. Excited to see what the Lord has in store for us but sad to depart Long Beach, California after such a short time here, much of which was while under COVID-19 restrictions.
Today was my last day in the office. It, too, was bittersweet, as most of the last days at a unit are for me. I certainly will miss my team as they have been wonderful to work with; a great crew of professionals, so smart and dedicated, and I’ve learned a lot from them. I had the tremendous privilege and honor of presiding over a shipmate’s retirement ceremony. That was a first for me, and the event planning team did an absolute amazing job! One could definitely see how much the retiree was respected, appreciated, and loved by the amount of care and details put forth in the event set up, words expressed, and departure gifts.
Our extended family traveling with us arrived in town today. Tomorrow will be our last day and night in California before heading east. This will be my fifth cross-country move and the third attempt at trying to keep “travel blog” so hopefully this time I will have better success in sharing some of our journey with those who are interested in traveling with us vicariously. I hope you will enjoy! Cheers and blessings! 🙂