Well this is big news for my family, clients, and even you my amazing Chic Blonde supporter! Our family has been thinking about, deciding, and processing this great big change for close to a year now and it wasn’t until maybe a few weeks ago that we have peacefully come to terms with our decision and ultimately our future.
Since my husband joined the military in 2009 we have experienced many changes from deployments, traveling, and several duty stations. All of this means time and distance away from family. For me being a very family oriented person this has been one of the biggest struggles and it only intensified when we had children. We grew up with family and family friends always around and together so it was a big adjustment when we went from everyone around to just Asa and I in a new city, state, home with not a single person we knew for thousands of miles.
We have since gotten used to the idea of being away from family but when we were assigned to OKC, which is only 6 hours away from Houston, life got a little simpler getting to spend time with everyone on a more regular basis.
Now its time for reenlistment or get out of the military and we put it off for as long as we possible could before we had to get serious and make a decision but the decisions were not easy because they were extreme. There was no happy medium. We had 2 choices that would shape the rest of our lives….. Get out and be near family or reenlist and spend the next 2 years in Bahrain. Yep the middle east. Sounds kinda scary, right? Reminds me of that meme “That escalated quickly!”
The answer seems like a no brainer…you’d think. But there is so much more to consider. This decision will change everything and we do not have the ability to peek into the future to see what the right choice should be. I mean how do you make this choice. We ultimately gave the decision up to The Lord to guide us but we weren’t hearing him or receiving any guidance until we weighed out the pros and cons of both, the reality of both, and had long heart to heart raw talks with our family and that is when we heard Him. There was peace, finally, when we said it, “We are going to Bahrain” We had made this decision for OUR family, our family of four. One of the deepest pieces of advice I received was from my mother. She told me that we need to do what was best for OUR family we created not our parents, siblings, grandparents, friends just our little family. I was so worried and I still am about the time I will miss out on with my family when we leave them behind in the states, even thought we will be able to see them every once in a while. I realized I was failing to think about the future of my marriage, my husbands career, my children’s future, and MINE. The decision became a little easier to accept.
Now that that is settled I have yet to let the raw emotions of it all flood me. I am scared. I know I will break and I am not ready to feel how much I am going to miss my family, friends, my hometown, Texas, AMERICA…..I feel my heart racing and can sense an anxiety attack coming on writing this.
For now I am excited. I am thrilled knowing we are going to experience so much in the next 2 years! All the traveling, the new people, the culture, the photography, food, weekend trips to Paris and Germany!!!!! Ahhhh can’t wait and I can’t wait to share it all with you lovelies!