In case you missed my post about the decision we had to make you can read it here.
Roy has at times been very clear that he is retiring from the Marine Corps at 20 years. He is ready to start a new chapter of his life – one that does not include putting on his uniform every day – or shaving every day! But then there have been other times when he considers the reality of the job market currently, the fact that we have 5 children at home still (2 of them not even school-aged yet!), and the benefits of the military life, he changes his mind. Or rather he doubts his decision to retire. Once I expressed my full support of moving to Okinawa, he decided to test the waters. He figured it didn’t hurt to see if he could get orders, and if so, then God will clearly have shown the path! But if the door is closed, then we’ll know our path (stay in 29 Palms and then retire).
I spent much time praying and searching the net. I wanted to give Roy my full support. But I wanted to do it with contentment and joy in my heart! It didn’t take long. I grew excited about the possibilities for us – for the explorations, the journey, the language, the people.
I don’t want to get into all the details of what Roy did to find out if there was a position for him. That would be his story to tell. Needless to say, after 2 months of waiting, I had resigned myself to the fact that we were not going to Okinawa. I figured it was a closed door. Part of me was okay with that, part of me was sad. There was one more avenue that Roy was waiting for word on but I didn’t expect good news.
One day last week, after 3 hours of sleep, I got up to take Kayla to the train station early (VERY EARLY 3:30 a.m.! – she had been here for part of her spring break). I checked my email quickly while I was waiting for my friend to arrive who was staying here with the other kids. (Thanks, Carla!) There was an email from Roy in which he forwarded to me a long series of emails from a Mastery Gunnery Sergeant in Okinawa. The final email said something like, “Just got off the phone with your monitor. You have orders to 7th Comm on or after October 1st.”
I was shocked! It was really happening! I sent him a quick email confirming I had gotten the news. Then I had to leave. All the way to Palm Springs and back I just pondered this over and over. Okinawa. What a change for us. I like the convenience of living in the states, even if I do live in what a lot of people would consider the boonies!
So back to the net I went. Maps. Forums. Friends who live there now. Housing sites. Marine Corps sites. and on and on it went for several days. I’m excited again. Very excited. I can’t wait to get there and begin this new chapter of our lives. In the meantime, we have a lot of paperwork to do!