We’re on our own this week while Matt is away at sea. I hope we’ve gotten used to his absence enough that we will fall easily into a rhythm, finding the ways that work for us to partner, cope, and have fun together without Matt. We got his schedule for the next year, and it shows us that many weeks will be spent away from us. It isn’t what we thought we were getting into, but it is what it is. This Navy thing has its good parts and not-so-good parts… but I know that life, no matter what our situation, always brings its ups and its downs, its easy parts and its hard parts, its blessings and its challenges. And I also know that it is all a blessing, in one form or another. Now my question is how to remember that, especially when things seem so hard.