2013: Full of change.

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The year 2013 is full of exciting uncertainty for me & my family. For those of you who know me, or have been following my blog, you know that my husband just graduated college and is leaving for the Army soon. For some reason, we were thinking, “Oh, it’s 3 months away,” maybe because March is the 3rd month? I don’t know…but two months seems infinitely closer than three. So, for the next two months we’ll be enjoying precious time together as a family, before we’re on the military’s schedule.

Now, if you’ve read our love story, you’ll know that this lifestyle isn’t new to us…I was a military wife before. BUT (and it’s a big but) we didn’t have a child when he was in the Marines, which I think is both good and bad. Good, because now I can keep myself busy in his absence, but bad in the respect that I know it will be harder on McKenzie, and Jon too, for that matter. I’ve been preparing her, telling her that Daddy will be gone for awhile and we’ll be moving to a new home. I told her that she’ll get to go to a new school and make new friends. I think the mental preparation is key, so it’s not a shock. We don’t know exactly when Jon will be done training, so we’re not even sure when we’ll move. Exciting uncertainty, as I said.

And since a lot of people have asked: no, he’s not going to be an Officer, even though he has his Bachelor’s…at least not until he exhausts his other options. His contract is 18X (google if you’re curious), but of course there are a lot of obstacles to overcome…literally…before he would be assigned to a duty station. In order to prepare, he’s training with a personal trainer 4x a week for the next 10 weeks before he leaves (I don’t even want to tell you how much that cost…but we’re considering it an “investment”). We have no illusions about the realities of Army life, so we have no expectations. We’re just keeping an open mind and going with the flow.

On that note, I resolve to make 2013 a great year. Life is primarily about attitude, so I will strive to have a positive attitude, be more patient, and be kinder to myself (I am notoriously hard on myself). Three simple things I think I can easily achieve with a conscious effort. As Maya Angelou said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

I sincerely hope that 2013 is a wonderful year for everyone, full of happiness, success, and joy. Happy New Year!

Liz @ TheLambentLife - January 2, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Changes are so exciting and terrifying at the same time. There is a huge military population here in Savannah and I’m constantly amazed by the strength of the women I know who carry their families through trainings, deployments and general life in the Army all while missing their lovies so dearly. So, rock on Momma! I’m sure you will be fantastic. Happy New Year!

Nicole @ Broken Road Creative - January 8, 2013 - 11:09 am

I definitely agree that mental preparations are important. We always tell my little girl when my husband is going to be gone, starting out without much detail and then as the time gets closer, more details, so she knows exactly what’s taking place. There’s been times when he’s left that I was crying and she would tell me, “It’s okay, Mommy. Daddy will only be gone for ____ ” (however long). I also use a calendar with her so she can countdown until he comes home. That’s also helpful for me, lol.

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