The end of a chapter.

When I look back at my life and the book full of memories, I can easily divide my life into chapters.  Things I don't remember from my early life.  Elementary school and my years in Overland Park.  Moving to Shawnee to continue middle school and high school.  My senior year gets its own chapter, because it was just that great.  College and the memories made between 2008 and 2010.  And then begins another chapter... that has defined the last 6 and a half years...

I married Rob.  I left Kansas.  I followed my husband across the country.  And let the Army guide my life.

I'd call this chapter the Army chapter.  And by the end of this year, we will be writing the ending to this chapter and move on in our life.

Rob is getting medically separated from the United States Army.  At just 26, Rob's knees prevent him from keeping up with the physical demands of the Army.  Twenty-six y'all.  The last few months we have been preparing to get that unfit memo.  And it finally came through.

And it is a bittersweet feeling.

Just hours before Rob finally got the call, I was on base running errands.  It's been awhile since my errands took me on post.  But pulling up to the gate.  Handing over my ID card.  Walking around the sea of uniforms at the Soldier Center.  Stopping in at the PX to check out the Halloween selection.  Driving past the hospital I delivered Brooke at 6 months ago.  And then finally pulling through those gates again on my way home, I had an overwhelming feeling.

We will be leaving the community that is the military.  The lifestyle.  All that we have known as a married couple.

It is hitting us tonight.  This is really happening.

We've still got several weeks/months before the med board process will be complete and then there is terminal leave before Rob's final day in the Army.  But LOTS will happen between now and then and the transition has only begun.

SO if you pray - we'd love to be included in your thoughts.  Any good vibes sent our way will be very much appreciated.  We have faith this transition will end up being better for our family... we just have to get to the other side first.

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  1. Oh man, I'm so sorry to hear Rob is going through that! I hope he's not in too much pain. Military Husband had knee surgery twice...and still has to go back again.
    I definitely have you guys in my thoughts and I know something fantastic will happen for you soon. Military Husband and I have been through some blah times and things finally are turning around for us. I know how it feels. If you ever need to vent, message anytime!!
    I KNOW this will be good for your family. You guys are going to be great. There's something awesome in the plan for you. Big hugs.

  2. Praying for your family in this scary transition time as well as for your husband's knees! It seems like a lot of the Engineers here are getting med-boarded so my husband and I are already beginning to prepare in case we're in this situation.

  3. Change is never easy - no matter how expected or unexpected. Many prayers that it is a smooth transition! :)

  4. Change is not easy but I know you all will make the most of it. You have given so much to the Army and you are an amazing lady! Sending lots of love your way.

  5. Oh, wow. That is a lot to take in. Bittersweet for sure.