Sunday, June 24, 2012

Crazy Army Life

Life is never boring when the Army is part of your life, that is for sure! First we were told we'd be staying here to retire and now we're being told to prepare to move before the end of this year. We've been stationed here for 7 years and the thought of leaving Germany just takes my breath away and the tears start to flow, but...I see God working.

Chad is working to get a GS job when he retires. For us to have a housing allowance as part of that move, he needs to be hired state-side. If we remained in Germany and he was hired as ultimately a local hire, there'd be no housing allowance. So this way the Army moves us back to the states, if he gets hired, the government will move us and we'll get a housing allowance there for saving Chad's pay for our bills, savings, etc. We have a lot to still learn about what civilian life will bring us, but it's exciting (I'll admit a tad bit scary, but in a good way). The older boys are just itching to move back to the states. I think they believe we'll be eating out every day, lol.

We do not know where we'll be stationed in the states, yet. Chad's requesting Alaska. If we get that, it'll be an amazing gift, as we have dear friends who leave tomorrow to head back to the states (they don't leave Germany tomorrow, just our post) who are heading to Alaska and to the particular post we'd be able to go to. Emma calls the mom of this family, Grandma, so this would be such an amazing blessing. Chad's dreamed of going to Alaska for years, I think it'd be an amazing experience for our family, and we'd be able to be with our dear friends and Emma's sorrogant Grandma who loves her dearly.

We don't have a pin point date of leaving, no pinpoint new assignment to end this career of Chad's and a way of life we've known. But what we do know is that GOD is in control. We see him working in so many ways and don't see him working in even more ways. So for now, I'm waiting and trusting. Waiting on the Lord (through the US Army) to tell us where we are heading to next. So now I wait,  hopefully patiently and gracefully.


Conny said...

bless your heart ... changes and transitions are so hard to wrap your head around. We are in the midst of a big one too ... and my husband actually has 3 open GS job applications right now. One he interviewed for a month ago and has heard ZERO since (sigh); he's going to call tomorrow.
I know God has a plan and His timing is perfect ... keep trusting!!! :)

That corgi :) said...

Wow how exciting Christy! I know you have enjoyed your time in Germany and certainly added to your family while you were there :) But it is neat that you will be returning to the States, wherever God has in store for you!


Tettelestai said...

Just FYI we just PCSed here to Alaska ourselves!! If you do get the Richardson post, please let us know and looks us up!! We would happily help you get settled in!!

Rebecca said...

I didn't know you had a blog. Cool! I started blogging when we were in Bamberg, quit for a while and have now gone back to it. If you guys wind up here at Lewis, I have a great church for you to try! Didn't know Chad was fixin to retire, but I'm excited to see where you're heading next!

Shelly said...

Hi Christy!! I just found your blog again through my old journal. I had made a huge list of all the aol transfers. Some are still going strong and others are gone completely. Glad to see you are still here and writing. How exciting for you to have a new prospect in life. No matter where you go, you will be blessed. :) I've been blogging a little at GBU, Shelly

Emily said...

Wow, scary and exciting news all in one. I respect you and your family for serving our country (and moving to German) in your case.... I don't think I could.. ha! I get home sick just going to the beach for a week.

I hope you get your wish of going to Alaska.. I would like to visit there one day. However, Tennessee is a lovely state to settle into as well. LOL!