Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone had a wonderful Turkey Day!
Greetings from Kazakhstan!
Yes… Kazakhstan, land of mystery… as in, where in the world is Kazakhstan?
Kazakhstan is where I have been spending half of my time for the past year, hence the sparsity of recent posts. I am merrily working away at a crude oil tank farm in the middle of the desert, as I have been now for the past year. Unfortunately, companies in Kazakhstan don’t recognize American national holidays. I told them that was un-American!
Libby and the boys had a nice Thanksgiving with the family back in Houston! Cousin Dan came down and spent the day as well! It was by all accounts a lovely time. The Duke had a great time making a gingerbread house with Memaw and mama. Uncle Tim spent some time playing with the Earl. Everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving for me was much more mundane. Here’s what my Thanksgiving dinner looked like:
You’re insanely jealous… I can feel it.
As has been the case over the past year, I have been working hard to support the pre-commissioning and commissioning of a massive building (nearly 100ft long) containing a control system which, for legal reasons, I can’t show a picture to you all. However, they look something like this:
During the time away, I work twelve hours a day, seven days a week, sun up to sundown. Also, the coldest temperatures I have ever experienced have been here. Do you know what -30oC feels like? I do…
It’s precisely times like this that make me thankful for the things that matters to most. For me, being away has made me thankful for my family and the joy they bring me. It has made me thankful for the embrace of my wife. It has made me thankful for the joy my kids have when I come home. It has made me thankful that we don’t have to worry when our next meal will come. It has made me thankful for our friends who support us. We are truly blessed and loved.
We hope you enjoyed a Thanksgiving worth being thankful for and we look forward to catching up with you guys!
Derek, Libby, Duke, and Earl