This is something I have struggled with since moving to Alamogordo, New Mexico…. I have always been a southern girl and leaving Mississippi was probably the most exciting/nerve wracking experience of my life. I remember being here for one day and thinking..”Columbus, MS has WAY more stuff than this place does and that is saying a lot.” I still get upset sometimes when someone tries to mock my voice like I am some country bumpkin (If you could see my face writing this you would laugh so hard). It is definitely a different culture here than in Mississippi. We didn’t get to pick Alamogordo, NM, the Air Force picked it for us. We didn’t expect Alamogordo we expected Italy, Germany, or somewhere cool everyone else wanted to go.. for example, somewhere with a beach. Truthfully until about a year ago, I resented Alamogordo. I truly felt like it was the worst possible place to be stationed. Not because of the town, but because if I wanted anything I had to travel an hour or order it online. And girls, we all know that trying to match your foundation online is the biggest struggle of life lol. Truthfully another reason I hated it was because I was surrounding myself by people who drilled that this was the worst place into my head. Point of all this negativity is that a year ago, Jarrett deployed for his second time and when he came home we both talked about trying to see the beauty in such a small town because we will be here at least until I get done with school which is about a year longer. We began to not listen to all the negativity that our friends said. We started hiking and learning to enjoy some of the things this town had to offer (Yes people, I started hiking..still not the biggest fan, but I do love the view at the top), we began to be thankful every time we saw the mountains in the distance and realized how God created those mountains and how perfect they were. We also started traveling more to the things around us. Even though something isn’t right in front of you doesn’t determine it’s beauty. Just like the saying “you cannot judge a book by its cover.”Alamogordo would have a super boring front cover if it was a book..something like “Alamogordo” as the title and a plain black background. However when you open the book, you’ll see all of its beauty. White Sands is a great example, we didn’t go to white sands until about a year after living here and I promise it is so fun. We love just going and sitting on the dunes and letting Bruzzer bury himself in the gypsum. Another thing we probably wouldn’t have found if we started our Air Force journey in a big town is such an amazing church. This church is exactly what Jarrett and I needed when starting a marriage and leaving everything we knew behind. Moral of the story, if God places you somewhere and you not really sure why..try to find the beauty in it. God has a plan for everyone.