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It’s hard to believe that nine months have gone by since we moved to Carmel, and that we only have a little more than a year left to enjoy this wonderful area. I want to stay here permanently; I don’t even want to think about moving! It’s also hard to believe that we are just now celebrating the one-year anniversary of D's return home from a long training and deployment cycle (he was gone 12 out of 15 months!). Fortunately - with work and my furry companions - time went by quickly while he was away; unfortunately, at the moment, time seems to be moving just as fast, when I want it to slow down! Because of my husband's work, I don’t ever have a real chance to set down firm roots or build a home - I only have two or three years to get to know my neighbors before we pick up and move on. My roots may be short, but I am learning to be flexible with them and not take anything for granted.