Sometimes I feel like I can't explain the way I feel. It's as if what I'm feeling contradicts itself.
Last week I received a Christmas card in the mail from a neighbor who I serve with in the Young Women's program. She had sent one addressed to my parents, and another addressed to my little family of 4. I wasn't quite sure why I was so grateful for this card until later that evening.
I guess it started while I was attending the Relief Society Christmas party. The evening was very well thought out, and had a sweet spirit along with it. I knew several other women there and I definitely didn't feel alone. But during the middle of the program I felt very out of place. It felt like I had nothing in common with those people around me. I felt like they could never understand where I was coming from and vice versa. That's when my bad attitude started to creep in. I didn't want to be there. I didn't want to be in Idaho anymore.
As I walked towards the door to leave, I happened to pass the person who sent the Christmas card I opened earlier that day. I couldn't help but thank her for sending me a card. I told her it was very sweet to address one separately, just for me. Another lady overheard and asked her why she did that. Why she used another stamp if we live in the same house. She explained how she felt that she had lost her identity when she lived with her in-laws for a period of time. She didn't want me to feel that way.
I fought back the tears in front of her that night but came home, curled up in my bed and let them fall. And that is when the contradiction started.
I am happier with life more right now, than I have been in a long time. I am mentally in a place that feels so good. I love being so much closer to family and seeing my kids get to know them better. Dan's job here was an answer to so many prayers. I feel so blessed to have the support and help of my parents and little brother. They have made it so easy to live here and I can see how hard they've tried to let us be our own family. I honestly feel like I can't complain about how things are.
At the exact same time I feel like life is in limbo. I feel chaotic and out of place. I'm hoping to strike gold and get a place of our own. I miss my routine and my own life in Arizona. I miss our ward and friends. I feel guilty for the convenience of having "built-in" babysitters.
The thought of putting my feelings together confuses me to the core. I guess it is sort of losing your identity. But at the same time, I feel like I've found the identity I have spent the last few years searching for.