Ten years ago I was working and Jason was a temporary stay-at-home dad. We only had one baby. The war in Iraq started and Jason was actually at MEPS signing his contract while I was in the break room at work watching the Iraq invasion on TV and wondering what in the world we were getting ourselves into now.
uneventful years as far as military life goes. Jason did some language immersion classes and some military training but was never away for more than a couple of months at a time. Life was good.
Then our lives were turned upside down again when I got pregnant on Christmas Day in 2007. Jason got orders to go back to Texas and kept it a secret from me because he worried about how I'd take the news. Shortly after that, he found out he had been accepted into Officer Candidate School and would be leaving for that instead. No move back to Texas for us.
Nathan and Ryan were born in 2008 (my second homebirth-turned-cesarean) and we had six kids under the age of six. Life was just crazy. Good crazy, mostly. Jason left a few months after the little guys were born.
commissioned as an officer and received orders to go to Ft. Lewis, Washington. His new unit was deploying.
The kids and I lived in Virginia for a few months before returning to our (vacant) house in Georgia. Then in the summer of 2010 we set off on our RV adventure across the country. We stayed in 22 states before ending up in a campground in Washington.
came home from Iraq. Nathan and Ryan had no idea who he was or why they were supposed to call him Daddy. They were two years old but hadn't lived with Daddy since they were almost 4 months old.
moved to Arizona. That marked move number eight in only eight years. Matthew had just turned nine and had already lived in seven states.
beautiful baby. Life is good and relatively uneventful at the moment. But 2013 will see us moving yet again.
And we are only halfway there! I can't even begin to imagine what the next 10 years will hold for us. Ten years ago, I couldn't have imagined our life today in my wildest dreams. This Army life stuff is a seriously wild adventure!