Tonight while eating our New Year’s dinner, I asked the family if they had any New Year’s resolutions.

The kids replied with their normal, sarcastic “My New Year’s resolution is to make no resolutions.”

I said I was going to make an effort to bring my reusable grocery bags to the store with me. You have to pay for your bags at German stores. I have at least twenty of the damned things, but either leave them at home or in the car, every single time.

Then my husband Mark started to tell us his goals for the year. He paused, changed course, and said: “I’m not making any resolutions. This year is already going to be full of major life changes.”

Boy if that isn’t an understatement.

Who knows where we’ll ring in the next new year. Maybe skiing in the Rocky Mountains, on the beach in California, with family in Indiana or Florida, or somewhere in between.

Maybe we’ll be checking out a possible place to settle down, or visiting a National Park or joining in some random town’s celebration.

It’s not unusual in military life to not where you might be 12 months down the road. But it is unusual when that choice is up to you, and you are solely responsible for making it happen.

Yes, this year is going to bring a lot of changes. And challenges. And unknowns.

But that’s OK. We’re ready for you, 2016. Bring it on.

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