My husband got back from his yearlong deployment, two weeks ago, and I have really lost all sense of time and reality.
It felt good to go off the grid for a little bit and forget about things that was stressing me out for the past year. A years worth of worry and hard work kind of just melted away, as soon as my husband got home. The laundry piled up, I let the phone ring, the crumbs took over the house and the sink was full of dirty dishes. So what!? Ah. Family time there is nothing like it
“Ahem, Allison? Honey, I reported in today and we finally got our orders. Looks like we are PCSing in about 6 weeks or maybe a little less,” said my lovely husband the other day.
Oh yeah. That PCS thing we talked about before he got home. We are MOVING!?!? Crap. Leave it to me to forget about a big old whopper of detail, like THAT.
Hurry, we have to make a list. Yes, lists and lists and then another list for our list. We have to organize and then re-organize every closet we have in this house. Oh gosh, we need to clean the garage, have a yard sale, ship our cars, and get reservations to hotels. Oh, housing! Quick, call housing at the new post. Don’t forget we need to call about our utilities and cable, clean out the fridge, try and take a little vacation. Did I say organize? The house is a mess. Oh no, oh no, oh no.
I did start to go down this path in my head for about five seconds, then I looked at my husband, laughed and said. “We got this.”
The phrase “We got this” has been our mantra when times get stressful, a little tough or hairy. “We got this” has helped us through a lot of stuff in our marriage and military life together.
Moves in the military are inevitable. They will happen every one to three years. Why make it crazier and more chaotic than what it needs to be? If we can make it through a year deployment, a move cross-country seems like a small adventure.
Yes, moves are stressful, not the most fun, and hardly glamorous. But they are my adventure in life and a time for my family and I to make memories.
Growing up military, some of our most memorable moments that we now talk about as adults were during a PCS move. Thirty days in a hotel with your parents as a teenager, combative movers, getting stuck in a airport for three days while making an international move – all rank high on our hilarity meter of family memories.
Alright, I only have a few weeks to prepare for a move, but I am ready for this adventure, a new post and most importantly, not doing dishes for a few weeks while we are traveling.