We recently found out we are PCSing. Which in terms of living the military lifestyle wouldn’t be so unusual, except up until about 2 months ago thought we would be retiring. I began to notice as the time ticked closer to “the date”, the detailer periodically would tempt DH with a few different jobs. Something that I imagine went like this: (since of course I only got one side of the story)
Detailer: So, are you SURE you want to retire. I have a hot fill set of orders. They are to Iraq, but think of the extra money you’ll make.
DH: No thanks
Detailer: You know, the (SSGN XYZ) has a spot open….they do cool stuff. Sure you want to retire? Port calls….new platform….etc…
DH: Yes, um well tell me more…
Detailer: Um, well as much as I’d love to send you there….what I really need is someone to go the (SSN ABC) as soon as possible, it’s a great boat, (insert all the AMAZING things that might tempt any red blooded Sailor who has been on shore duty way to long….)
DH: Let me talk to my wife…
DH: Well, they really need someone, it’s a hard to fill billet…. (at this point all I hear is 6 month deployments vs the sweet life of 3 month deployments on a Boomer)….blah blah blah
I think I am still saying that….
…even after much prayer and thought.
At present our lives have shifted 180 degrees. As of about two weeks ago we officially have orders. Instead of planning a retirement ceremony, I’m now planning house hunting leave.
I’m not sure how all this is going to workout, but what I do know it is going to be a crazy summer. It’s hard to believe we moved here four years ago. That’s a long time in military time, just ask any milspouse. I was beginning to get very comfortable here, but now our worlds are about to get shaken upside down.
A few Good, Bad and Ugly parts of PCSing
The chance of course to get rid of all things I haven’t used in the past 2 years….lets not get crazy, I still might need college text books.
The adventure of a discovering a new place
Having to design my house to sell vs designed to live (that means no stationary bike in the living room)
Selling a house in a not so great housing market
Figuring out my job situation
Having to find my new favorite places (i.e. hairstylists, Chinese food / take out place)
No more Corky’s
The actual “moving day”
Saying good bye to friends and neighbors, this part is never ever easy.
Organizing and getting ready for the move.
Oh, and I forgot to mention 3 job offers have come through since our orders have arrived and one was A-MAZ-ING, leaving us both to wonder if this was the best decision. We are stepping out in faith. *Deep Breath*
I’m trying to wrap my brain around our change of course. I’m concentrating / trying to take comfort in the fact there will be thousands of military families like mine PCSing this summer. Let the adventure begin….for all of us!
cross posted over on mymilitarylife