This week has been such an excruciatingly long one for this girl right here! With three night meetings and never getting home earlier than 7 any night this week, plus the planning and to do lists to get ready to go out of town, I couldn’t be happier that it’s Friday. So since I am so thrilled that we’ve finally gotten to this day of the week, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and give you some of the five highlights of my week!
If you haven’t been around here much or have just tuned out my bragging, I am super thrilled to be leaving on vacation with my husband for 9 days starting tomorrow morning! We have been planning this trip for about 7 months and it is a trip we have talked about for 7 years. It’s one of the things on our “must do before kids” bucket list. Now I’m not saying that the minute we get back we will start “trying”, but I’m excited to be doing some of the things we’ve dreamed of!
Last weekend, I experienced one of those moments that took my breath away. There are very few times I have been prouder to be married to my husband. Saturday was his annual Fire Department Sweethearts Banquet. Once a year, the department gets dressed up, thanks all the spouses, and hands out the awards for the past year. This is the 8th year I’ve been lucky enough to accompany Dan to this event, and each year I watch, as he’s disappointed when other people receive all of the awards. He has been part of the department for 12 years, and has yet to received any awards. He is the quiet one, the one who doesn’t boast about himself, and the one who goes to work day after day and just does his job because it’s what he loves. I know that he didn’t become a firefighter for the awards or for the accolades, but watching his face light up, hearing him thank me for the sacrifices we’ve made, watching him tear up and thank his dad, and seeing everyone standing and congratulating him was the most amazing moment. He was tuned out, not even paying attention when the chief got up to announce the last award of the night, so sure that he would never be picked. As soon as the chief starting describing the person he had chosen, I knew that it was Dan. It’s one thing for me to be proud of my husband, and another thing for the Chief to acknowledge all his hard work when he could have picked any other person in the entire department. I am so proud to be his wife and so excited for him!
Dan with the other three guys on his shift!
Not only do we get to go on a cruise and check off one of the many things on our bucket list together, but we also go tickets to see my favorite baseball team at spring training while we are in Florida!! Bring on Braves baseball and cute boys in tight pants!
Last night was our kickoff for the Relay For Life event that I am involved in. Even after I left my last job where I was their staff partner, I loved the volunteers I worked with and the mission I just had to get involved and volunteer! I have an upcoming post planned in the next couple weeks about volunteering and why I get involved, but I was excited that we have kicked off this year and are raising money for a great cause.
I’m excited that I actually got four posts scheduled for next week while I’ll be gone enjoying the sunshine. Get ready for vacation disasters, facing my fears, and a little takeover by the one and only Cooper.
I hope everyone has an amazing week and enjoys some of the posts I have scheduled! I can’t wait to get back and tell you all about it!