22 January, 2013

God's Route

What if all along He had a different plan than we thought?

What if it was just to season us for a different, but yet maybe "normal" lifestyle?

What if we needed those 8 years for molding?

What if I just said let go and let God.....

If everything I am about to say comes across as a jumbled mess, well lets just say it is one.
These are thoughts and feelings swarming around in my head and I've tried for weeks, heck even months to put them in a post that made more sense, but I just couldn't.

I really don't think that many will understand, but maybe you will.
And if you do, please tell me.

As has been stated many a time before, I am a control freak.
Like; God I have no problem trusting you if you give me a heads up and let me plan first. I'll put my complete trust in you if you just make sure I have some earthly insurance.....
Before J re-enlisted the first time, I never saw myself as a longtime military wife. Heck, I never even saw myself as a military wife before J joined!
But for some reason when he re-enlisted and the months went by, before we moved to California, it all started to feel right to me. I felt that God was calling us to be a career military family and it felt right to fall in a role of being a "seasoned" military wife helping out the newbies.
I looked forward to every move and every new adventure that was around the corner. I had never been attached to my family by the umbilical cord so I had no problem going long periods of time without seeing them. I hated having my husband gone for deployments, but I thrived on how close it brought us together and loved watching the inner strength I never new I had, grow like crazy.
I thought I was designed to be the perfect Military Spouse.
I accepted the challenge and was ready for a lifetime of adventure.
I loved meeting new people and living in different places.
It was going to be painful at times, but it was going to be FUN!!

I will not take you down the road of the last three years, because most of you already know by posts in this blog, but we are now heading down a different path in just a few short weeks.

My husband is done.
He never had PTSD from a deployment, but I am starting to wonder if he has developed it from his time here at the regiment.
He lost every spark possible.
He made the decision that the Marine Corps was no longer going to be a part of our family.
If he had his way, every article, award, t-shirt, and even memory would be removed from our household.

SO here we are.
I accepted what I thought was God's plan for our life.
But it's not.
I am a hundred percent behind my husbands decision. ( I mean how can I not be when I see the hurt and pain in his eyes?!!)

But that doesn't take away the odd pain I have from leaving the military.
I had a plan.
"Oh you can still carry that out as a former Marine Corps wife."

Not really.

I know there will be a lot of well wishing, prayers and encouragement that will come from this, but I am just having a hard time explaining my emotions.

I feel like I am abandoning my post....

Please know I know God has a different plan that will be just as awesome for us. But if you think that will make me feel better at this point in time, than you truly don't understand my emotions.

So please pray for me.
I need reassurance that I can still be a blessing, as a civilian wife.......if that makes sense....

14 January, 2013

Mouse Land

As our time in Southern Cali comes to a close, we figured it was time we actually paid the money and headed up to one of the "happiest places on earth!"
Now don't get me wrong, this wasn't by any means something J and I didn't want to do, but we wanted to go when both the kids were old enough to go on rides and have fun.
So as a cold front settled in, we headed up, got there 15 minutes before the parks opened and spent the whole day freezing our butts off, but enjoying every minute!!

Here our a "few" pics from the day:

I would just like to point out that my kids are just like me as a child and hate anything and everything with a mask on. So getting them to pose with even their favorite characters was a challenge....


We missed Woody by two people but got a close up and a wave!


Their choices for Mickey ears:


We had to zoom by Mickey to make it to see Tink and the Princesses on time.
:( Sorry Mickey, maybe one day we'll meet!

Meeting Periwinkle (Tinker Bell's sister....) This is where Turtle had no problem...

Giving Tink a big hug. Turtle was so ecstatic!!

Brother was grumpy, but loves Tinker Bell also, so he had to get in the pic.

Even though it was getting late and the line was long, this Tinker Bell took the time to walk over and answer some of Turtle's questions about Pixie Hollow....Many Kudos to her!!

Meeting Belle.
This was another wonderful lady. Turtle was bummed about not getting to meet Cinderella and all she did was talk about Cinderella in front of her, and Belle just took it all in stride...lol


All in all we froze to death, kept getting screwed in lines for rides, missed Cinderella and Snow White by five people, and didn't get to do 75% of the stuff we wanted.....But it was oh so worth it and we all had a blast!!!
Someday again!

11 January, 2013

Here and There

 This and...
Were part of our view yesterday!

Stay tuned for a post of our adventures, update on packing/moving and a sweet little girl's upcoming 5th birthday!!