Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 1 of packing..

So they are here---4 of them each in one room of my house. We have the things we will take in my van situated in a certain area of our house. The packers are very nice. They have been very polite, asking about individual items and what we would like done with them. I stole a few minutes away to write this, write a letter of recommendation for a friend who is working on his Master's degree and eat a little lunch. It's odd watching everything you have being packed in boxes, labeled and placed away in a nice orderly fashion for pick up later in the week. So that's it. I have always heard that when the Army moves you it's not as much work on you but amazingly I feel just as tired as when we moved in the house 4 years ago. I find it coincidental that we moved into our beautiful home 4 years ago just after it was completed being built. I unpacked our things and along with them, unpacked our Christmas decorations. It appears that I will be doing the same in Virginia. First order of business however is to find a school for our baby. We have 2 lined up to see the first work day after we arrive and I am hopeful one of them will fit us. They are both Christian private schools so I'm excited that we found them. I know every place has it's faults including private schools but I just feel very strongly that keeping her in that environment is a good thing. One of the schools even gives you a "sponsor family." Sorta like the Army designated a sponsor to service members--this school has a family that assumes sponsorship of you. This includes a "buddy" for your child out of his or her class. This "buddy" sits with them at lunch, introduces them and so forth. I like that! Yesterday we went on a class Cross Country Fun Run at Idol Hour Park locally and had a great time. Tomorrow is another field trip to a Science Center in Newnan, GA. I am excited that my little one will get those opportunities. My oldest daughter will stay in Auburn which is killing me. She's doing well and her changing schools was out of the question. My grandmother is coming home from the hospital (thank God) and so hopefully things will be alot better for my parents. It has broken my heart thinking about leaving my grandmother in the hospital so I am thankful she is coming home :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

New Beginnings...

I had a journal that I very seldom updated and decided that it was time to let it go. It was primarily started when I began sewing again several years ago and when time did not allow time for sewing, it became a blog about just stuff. My posts became few and far in between. I find myself at a crossroads in life and decided that it may be time to start this journal up again if nothing else to save my sanity.
So my husband graduated RN school, went to OBC and is back home now. He received his commission after 19 years in the Army as an enlisted soldier and life is beginning but down a bit of a different road. The Army has a program where the newly commissioned, newly graduated Army nurses start at one of the Army's major medical centers. We knew a move would be in our future upon his completing school and completing OBC. There are only a handful of medical centers within the Army which surprised me. I am not sure why it surprised me but it did. So back in March, I go on a work related trip of my own to Washington, DC and came home telling my husband that I thought it might be nice to be stationed up there b/c it was just so pretty. Keep in mind, back in March, there was still quite a bit of snow on the ground and the scenary with snow was breathtaking. That is not something we often see here in the South. He reminded me quickly that perhaps I should be careful what I wish for because sometimes you just might get it. And I did. Surprise! A month or so after that rolled off my tongue, the email came. Later came the "official" orders. Can we say shocked??!! I am not sure where I thought we'd be going but I guess I really had not thought about it too much. At any rate, we decided to pray about where we went and this is what we got so here we go.
New opportunities, new atmosphere and just new everything. It has been a bittersweet week. Husband came home from San Antonio but at the same time my grandmother became very ill. She's been feeling very poorly since the beginning of Oct when she had a hip replacement at 88 years old but alas, the past 3 weeks found her in much worse shape. We were not sure what prognosis she may have. It's been hard to say the least. I have spent alot of time on the road going to Alabama to see her and try to spend all of the time I could with her. I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd see my grandmother in the shape she is in but thank God, today she is doing somewhat better--again, thank God! I cleared post and work yesterday and cleaned out the locker I have had for 8 1/2 years. Tomorrow is the last day Sunday at our sweet church here and I know that will be very hard.
So another journal. Like I said, if nothing else, it's here to save my sanity. I cannot believe that for the next 2 years we will be living in Virginia!