This past December, my wonderful husband came home from Iraq after serving a year long deployment. We were estatic! After two weeks of reverse deployment processing, he was given 30 days of leave. This was exciting because it meant that he didn't need to go in the office or worry about phone calls. We spent the time reintegrating back as a family and working on the girls recognizing daddy's leadership in the home. For one of the girls, we are still working on this. Everytime daddy goes to discipline her, she runs to me crying that daddy put me in trouble.
After enjoying time together in Houston and taking a week long Caribbean cruise, we came home and tried to get into a groove again. Having taken a month off of homeshooling, I was worried that the girls would have trouble getting back into a routine. I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised. We've had a few bumps in the road, but we seem to be doing well.
As we are getting into our routine of family as it used to be, we have been thrown a curve ball. We knew that we were ready for a PCS (move to a new duty station) this summer but things are moving faster than we have anticipated. We will be leaving behind the great state of Texas and Fort Hood, which is know as The Great Place to venture into the great unknown. We will be moving to South Korea.
I must be honest, this was the last place I wanted to go, but I have been praying that God would place our family where he wanted us. As I have encouraged others, the Army may be the one who cuts the orders but it's God who ordains your steps. This move is definitely going to test my faith. A new culture, language, etc. I have a missions heart...but it's been for short term missions trips, not for two years of my life. I have decided to embrace this upcoming move and to look at the positives. Besides, if I don't do that, my kids won't either.
I need to be the one leading the girls with a positive attitude and anticipation of great things we can do....on the other side of the world. Little by little, I am trying to encourage them that not all kids in life get to live in another country, experience a new culture, and learn a new language.
Yes there will be things that we will miss, but oh, the things that you will see.
So as we prepare for this upcoming move, I pray that we look at the positive things in this journey of life we are on and continue to trust God in all things.