16/365 – Random Thoughts – Fill Ins

January 16, 2015

girls on jetty

My pretty girls. We love beach time and being near the ocean. And can’t wait to go back!

It’s Friday morning and this weekend that means 4 whole days off from work. Today is a teacher work day but as an assistant, I do not have to come in. I’m going anyways later today but not in my usual capacity, I’ll be going as photographer to take the girls’ basketball team photos. I’m thrilled and beyond nervous at the same time. I sure hope I can do right by my friend and her team. Wish me luck!

Last night, as I was cleaning up after dinner my mind started wandering, as it so often does when my hands are busy. And I realized that last weekend was my 3rd anniversary as a US citizen. I was so busy prepping for hubby’s birthday party and celebrating him that it just never came up. I guess, I’m getting to a point where it just is a part of who I am now. In a way, I don’t think I will ever take it for granted. At the recent awards ceremony for our country science fair winners the color guard of the school it was held at came out to present the colors and everyone stood to say the pledge of allegiance. Can I just say that it still makes me tear up and I get a huge lump in my throat. I wonder if that will ever go away…

And then my mind went from that to the fact that at the end of this year, December 30, 2015, my family and I will have lived here for 20 years!!! 20 years people! Looking back, I remember people telling me that, when we were here only a few years and I often wondered how that would feel. I couldn’t imagine it and now this is us and it’s still a little hard to believe because I have no difficulty imagining the 16 year old girl I was back then, the wonder, the fear, the nervousness… 20 years in which our lives changed in ways that I know, I will never fully understand. I don’t know what live would have been like for me had I stayed in Germany, so it’s hard to imagine anything beyond what is.

Something else that has been on my mind, in a little corner, far far back, pushed there by me but not wanting to stay quiet. It’s been there ever since hubby’s company Christmas party in mid-December… At that party I met a very nice woman, the mother of one of hubby’s co-workers. We sat and started chatting, she told me stories, of her life in Germany, just before the wall was put up, her subsequent move to England and eventually the US. I love listening to these type of stories. And while we sat there, I told her my story, a story that in a way is special, having grown up behind the wall that she managed to “escape”, even if it was only as a child. And at the end of the night, when we started saying our good-byes, she looked at me, and told me that I should, no need, to write a book. A book about my story. I’m not sure if I can, or that I will or that my story is all that special. Even though I believe that all our stories are special, each in their own way, even if we think, our lives are mundane.

So there you have it, these thoughts that have been swirling around my mind. Random thoughts that sometimes just need to be put down on paper or a screen.

And since it’s Friday, and I’m home, I will join Hilary for some fill in fun. She shares four blank statements with us, we fill them in and then share our answers, link up and hop around.

Here are this week’s statements:

  1. Do I have ___
  2. If only ___ then ___
  3. Every girl needs a___ and every boy needs ___
  4. I would love to learn about ___ but do not want to have to ___

My answers:

  1. Do I have things on my mind? Yes! Yes, I do!
  2. If only the sun would shine today then I would go to the beach.
  3. Every girls needs a boy and every boy needs a girl. (According to middle daughter!)
  4. I would love to learn about many, many things but do not want to have to add more to my already packed schedule. (Sorry, couldn’t come up with anything more specific.)
Feeling Beachie

Ok, now it’s your turn. Let me know how you would answer some of these, either in the comments or by playing along!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!


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  • Kimberly January 16, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    20 years?! My friend that is a celebration…well three official yes that too!!!
    You should write a book! I think we all find ourselves completely boring in our own minds, but we are quite fascinating to others. I keep coming back for your stories 🙂

    • Susi January 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Thanks for that, Kimberly. I’m letting that thought simmer for a bit longer and then we’ll see what happens…

  • Hilary January 17, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I can so picture middle saying that!

    • Susi January 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Yup. Sure does sound like her. 🙂

  • Rorybore January 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Everyone’s story is indeed special!! And, if you feel a pressing need to share it, I believe there is very likely someone out there who needs to hear it! One life impacts so many other lives: nothing mundane about any of it. Plus, I’d love to hear it too. 🙂

    The beach. Le sigh. I want to go down to our big river, but the windchill is so so frigid just outside my door – I cannot imagine what it would be like sweeping across a frozen lake. I doubt my camera would even function right.

    Look how long her hair is!!! beautiful.

    • Susi January 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Leslie, we’ll see what happens. Maybe I’ll just share anecdotes on the blog every now and then. That sounds very very cold to this Florida girl. Brrr….

  • McGuffy Ann Morris January 17, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Oh, my. I hope daughter learns she only “needs” herself. Everything else is gravy.
    What is this sun of which you speak? We only have clouds, very thick, grey clouds.

    • Susi January 19, 2015 at 10:14 am

      McGuffy Ann, she is 11 and a bit boy crazy right now but has a very good head on her shoulders. I think, she’ll be okay! 🙂

  • Claudia January 18, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I hope you had a great time as the team’s photographer!
    As for the life’s story – my friend at one time said the same thing to me, seeing how I have traveled and lived abroad and such, but I am just no writer. But I am with Leslie, I am sure there would be readers and I’d be one of them 🙂

    • Susi January 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

      That’s the thing, Claudia, I don’t think I’m a writer either and just don’t even know where to start. Maybe one day… I’m thinking I’ll just share here on the blog from time to time. And I do think your story would be amazing too. As for the team photographer… It was a lot of fun but also exhausting. I’m looking for a release form template so I can share some of the pics here. It was fun to play around with ideas and different poses etc. Plus, I loved working with the girls. 🙂

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