Hey, Y’all! How was your week? Did you find a way to take care of yourself? Did you take a nap? Go out to eat with girlfriends? Curl up with a book?
I had to take it easy over the last couple of weeks as my back rested from the muscle spasm. I kept my workouts short, asked for help, and spent much of our school days on my tummy, (the only position where my back doesn’t hurt). I wanted to feel great in time for the Air Force Ball!
I’m one of those girls that often plans my outfits based on the shoes that I want to wear – and I couldn’t imagine attending the Ball with my Beloved in anything but my blue wedding shoes! I take every special opportunity to wear my Manolo Blahnik beauties!
I’m not a fluffy ball gown kind of gal, so I tried to find a sleek silhouette without many rhinestones or sequins. I enjoy looking at sparkle, but wearing it just wouldn’t feel like me. When I saw this little number from ModCloth.com, I knew that I was on the right trail.
My friend Marsha offered to let me borrow some of her Silpada jewelry for the ball. I picked out some of her amazing pearl and mixed metal things, and they were the perfect accessories for that night. Thank you so much for helping me out, Marsha!
My Beloved even had my rings cleaned for the occasion. That’s the kind of sparkle that I love!
Before we left for the Ball…
The venue was beautiful…
The most touching part of the night was when they honored the POW/MIA table, where we remembered those that could not be there with us. The moment was so poignant and full of emotion – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. My heart aches for the families of those who are missing their loved ones, and I love that they were honored at the celebration as well.
I had a wonderful time getting dressed up with my Beloved for the Air Force Ball. The toasts, the awards, the speeches…It was a fascinating evening, and I learned so much about my husband’s work family and the history of the Wing.
I don’t often feel like a military wife – maybe that’s because of our unique circumstances. When the guest speaker spoke of the appreciation he has for the military spouses who do the duty of both mom and dad, support their loved one while they are away, and hold the family together all on their own…well, there were more tears. Knowing that my Beloved appreciates me, it’s one of the most wonderful feelings in the whole world, but it also helped to hear it again last night. It was exactly what this girl needed to hear, especially being so close to our next deployment.
I am so glad that I took it easy on myself last week! It’s easy for me to feel guilty when I can’t be Supermom, but I need to let myself off the hook more often. I wonder if you need to show yourself a little grace once in a while, too? I promise – you really will be better for it!
I would love to keep in touch this week as we work together to take better care of ourselves! You can find me on Facebook and Instagram, and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest group board ~ Taking Care of Ourselves!
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