We finally saw the list.

Finally.. last week the list came down as to where we could possibly go.  While I'm not going to give specifics... it was not what we were expecting.  Although I don't know what I was expecting... I just know, it wasn't this.  I thought waiting around to know where we could possibly go was bad.  No.. now that I know where we could go, waiting to be assigned one of those slots is way way worse.  But as it goes in the military life.. we hurry up and wait my friends.  We have done what we could do and it is 100% out of our hands.  Hopefully we will know by the end of June.  Hopefully.

Completely unrelated picture of the dog thinking the babies pool is a giant water bowl.

In other news, we finally watched American Sniper last weekend.  My thoughts?  Holy. Crap.  Saying Chris Kyle is an American hero is an understatement.  I can't imagine what he battled when he returned home.. after a career like that.  And then to know that he came home and was killed on American soil in a country he loved so deeply, makes me irrationally mad.

And Taya?  My heart aches for her.  I can't imagine the phone calls left dangling in the battle field.  The pain of knowing how much her husband was hurting inside and not being able to take it away.  Then loosing her other half way way too early.  Being a military spouse, it hits way too close to home.

This movie made me cry.  Not just because of the loss of this hero.. but because the next part of our military adventure is very unknown to me.  Rob likes to call it the "real Army".  In the five years we have been married, Rob has been stationed at Fort Meade, Kuwait and now here at Fort Gordon.  Two non-deployable slots sandwiched around Kuwait.  I haven't yet experienced what so many military spouses experience when it comes to deployments.  Rob spent a year in Kuwait.  It was hard and he has mentioned that he was boots on the ground in Afghanistan at one point or another, but I was blissfully unaware.  We were able to talk daily and except for the giant timezone difference, it was like we were just doing the whole dating long distance thing again.  Our next duty station will very likely include a deployment or two.  And I'd be lying if I said it doesn't scare me.

But I'm ready.  Or as ready as I can be.  So if you need me, I'll be anxiously awaiting Rob's RFO so we can finally figure out where we will be come September - and the end of WOBS.

Story of my life.

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  1. Obviously we need to catch up! I hope for the best in wherever you get stationed I just wish it were here again. Your sweet family is going to be hard to watch leave :( God has a plan, no matter how aware or unaware we are of that and I know you will do great at making the best of wherever you are sent.
    I'll pray for you and the "real army". I have struggled with our experience thus far, I can't imagine all of the horrible things a lot of spouses experience!

    Have you read Taya's book? I have it/just finished. I think I cried more reading it then I did watching the movie. They are such an amazing family and my heart literally hurt for her!

  2. Mac's list at the career course was also disappointing. Maybe it's a Fort Gordon thing, haha.

  3. We will be at our next duty station in September as well. It was definitely not what we were expecting or hoping either. I'll admit I cried. Though I did go through one deployment (Afghanistan) with my husband, he was then put into a non-deployable position. I'm also nervous with our move, because I know that means he will be back into a deployable unit and a deployment will probably be right around the corner from us getting there. I'm not looking forward to that, especially since this time around, I will be going through it with our 4 children. (With my husband's Afghanistan deployment, we just had one child and he was a newborn when my husband left.)

  4. American Sniper really got me as well. But I saw it in theaters and forgot to bring Kleenex.

    Praying for you guys!

  5. Even when we have good choices for duty stations, I always assume the worst because I'd rather be mentally prepared to go there. But honestly, every duty station is what you make of it, so just make them the best they can be ;) People always complain about every DS, but those people are usually miserable in general. Deployments suck. No doubt about it, but you learn that fretting over every little thing just makes it harder on you and him. I freaked out for the first couple of months (especially when a small part of the FOB was blown up while I was skyping with him and we were cut off, but in the end, they were all safe and all his guys came home without a scratch on them. Well...they might have hurt themselves doing something stupid, but they put that on themselves, haha.

  6. I cried a lot during American Sniper.

    Good luck with getting some news!

  7. I cried during that movie too. So sad.
    And I really hope you get where you want to go!

  8. Oh no, I am so sorry your options weren't good! We weren't super happy with our choice out of Monterey. Althouhg it is nice to be near family, I reallllly didn't want to go back to DC and we knew Kev would have to deploy out of here too, BUT our other options were terrible, so here we are. I can't wait to move on. OUr list comes out in August and I am nervous! Good luck on getting the best of the worst, I guess?!

  9. I bawled watching American Sniper!!! It was such an amazing movie.