Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Deployment? So Soon?

So for those who may be starting to follow my blog, my husband is currently in BOLC at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio. He left for basic this past April, which was quickly followed by Officer Candidate School and now here. Once he finishes BOLC, just in time for the holidays, we will head home, pack and head to Ft. Drum, New York.

I moved to San Antonio, even though he is TDY. I love here and from what John has been told there is a good chance we will eventually be stationed here. I have family here as well, so that has helped fill a few days and weekends spending time with them. My aunt's birthday is Friday, my younger cousin just turn 6 last week, and my another cousin is in middle school playing volleyball. For just a few short weeks I get to be part of their lives. I'm really thankful I moved here even if it is only 10 weeks.

We have also been fortunate that he hasn't had to stay at his hotel every night so he comes home when he gets released early in the evenings. I LOVE IT!

Now back to what this is really about.

John called on a break yesterday. He met a classmate going to Ft. Drum with us and he has already been talking with some of the guys from post there. Both he and John will be in the same unit and currently their unit is deployed. So what does this mean for us? There is a good chance that when we get to Drum at the of December, he will start training and deploy with the unit.

In less than a year we have gone through all the training and a possible deployment. I can't believe it happens this quickly. However, the good part of all this is that the unit in on the end of their deployment and will be back in April. A short deployment is better than a long one.  Plus, he shouldn't deploy again for another year or so. Let's hope.

When we found out that this would be a short move we weren't sure if I would make the move or not. Everything changed so quickly for us that we had only a week to make the choice. I had already quit work and had planned to move anyway. I also wondered how long it would be before John deployed and would I regret not having this time with him. So things are just meant to be.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Letting Go...Or Trying To

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;"

This has been my mantra lately. I don't know why, but I have a hard time of letting things go from my mind. I can't change what has happened in the past. I can't change my actions. I keep repeating this thinking it might somehow make things better; sooth my mind. It helps sometimes. These things are not necessarily horrible things, but things I wish that I could go back and change even for the slightest. For some reason I have a hard time just letting go. 

Are you able to let things go? How do you do it? 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No Compromise

There are things that I know will come with being an Army wife, or a military wife for that matter, that I will simply have to pass or give up.

Back in July John and I had made the decision for my to go ahead and quit my job and I would make the move to BOLC. This was partly based on thinking all BOLCs were backed up, but more importantly we wanted to be back together again.

So Med Services came along, there wasn't a wait for BOLC, and turns out it was a short trip. Obviously we made the decision for me to move to San Antonio despite the short time and it is well worth it.

Part of me feels like I really needed to make the move because I had already given up my life back home. I wasn't at a job that I could have just given two weeks notice. (I could have but it wouldn't have ben fair) But as a military wife we change our lives sometimes not thinking things might go one way when another curve ball is thrown at us.

I can see how it can be easy to look back and say, but I gave up this and I gave up that because this or that was supposed to be happen. We need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. I'm fine with the fact I quit my job and moved, even if for only 10 weeks. I am back with my husband for the first time in five months and I wouldn't trade that for anything. It might mean giving up a dream job or putting off school to relocate for a short time, but in the end being a family again means more than anything else in the world.

Again, I am new at this so the choices we have made are nothing compared to what is coming our way. What are some difficult choices you have had to make and how did you handle them?

Monday, October 4, 2010

We're Here!!!!!!!

So we finally made it to San Antonio after two days. Staying with my aunt for a few days until we get things figured out. We are about 30 minutes from Fort Sam Houston, which isn't too bad. John is going out exploring tomorrow.

Everything went well for commissioning and we stayed busy. The flight down was a nightmare and my luggage got put on another flight because they noticed I switched flights. Luckily I have friends! My friend, Sheryl, was nice enough to take my to get a new outfit and shower at her place while Tracey was nice enough to take me to the social that night.

John and I did take the time to drive to Atlanta where we visited the Aquarium and the Coca-Cola Museum. They are right next to each other so next time you are there you need to go. Military is free at the Coca-Cola Museum and there is a discount at the Aquarium.

Georgia was a great trip and I kind of miss Fort Benning. I will always remember it and all the great people I met. Even though I didn't love there it still kind of felt like home.

Now we are in San Antonio and I can't wait to see what the city has in store for us!