Moving…and moving and moving and moving!

When I married John, I remember hearing from someone that I was also marrying the military and everything the military had to offer: great friends, awesome parties, deployments, and moves, just to name a few…ahhhh, the big “M” word…moves.

SNAPSHOT:  Concerning moves, here’s a little snapshot of our life together thus far:

– Married in November of 2004 in IL

– Pensacola, FL-6 months

– Corpus Christi, TX-8 months

– Jacksonville, FL-7 years…To say we got comfortable in Jacksonville is an understatement…we were part of the community.

– Norfolk, VA-13 months

– Leavenworth, KS-12 months

– Jacksonville (Amelia Island), FL-4 months

– Sugar Grove, IL-I’m here now with the girls while John is deployed…it is eight degrees outside…EIGHT!

– Next up…Kaneohe, HI-For about 18 months

UPS AND DOWNS: Honestly, there’ve proven frustrations and joys in each of these moves.  On the bright side, we’ve become efficient movers!  I could have our house ready for the movers in a blink of an eye.  On the downside, for the first time, we are seeing the hardships of moving through our daughters’ eyes.  Just a few months ago, our oldest, Emma, wasn’t exactly thrilled about leaving her friends in Jacksonville.  You can read more about her experience here.

REALLY DON’T NEED MUCH: Perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned through this crazy moving process is how little you actually need.  The movers packed up our belongings in June of 2014 and we most likely won’t get them back until May of 2015 or later (ya…that’s a full year sleeping on other peoples’ beds). However, please know that this situation is actually crazy even for military standards.  How do I know that?  Well, even my military friends can’t keep track of me.  Some think I’m in Kansas, other think I’m in Hawaii, and some think that we still reside in Jacksonville.

WHY MOVE SO OFTEN?  Some ask, why do you choose to move so often?  Why don’t you just let John go ahead and you catch up with him later on?  Skip a location if you have to.  Well, we feel with the girls still young, the benefit of being with John outweighs the instability of numerous moves.  We left Kansas and John was scheduled to hit Jacksonville for his training unaccompanied.  Knowing that deployments are always on the horizon, we weren’t excited to be apart while he was residing in the U.S.  We made the decision for the entire family to join him and our adventure began.  Packing was a logistical nightmare that included three categories…things we needed for a summer in FL, things we needed for a winter in IL, and everything else for the movers to take to Hawaii.  That week was not for the faint of heart!  We packed up the car after the movers finished and headed to Florida.  John found an adorable (more importantly, furnished) cottage via Vacation Rental By Owner that we called home for the four months we were in FL.  I understand why every family might not be able to move somewhere for a matter of months but since our girls aren’t school age yet, we thought the move would be worth it if we could be together…and it was!  We had a great time seeing old friends and spending family time at the beach but before we knew it, it was time to pack up again.  Yes, there was instability.  However, us being together as a single unit absolutely outweighed the downside of moving.

MAKE THE BEST OF SITUATIONS:  John left for deployment and I decided to spend the following few months in IL with family instead of moving to Hawaii without him.  We’ve made ourselves comfortable in my parents’ home and will leave here for Hawaii next month.  While this wasn’t an easy transition either, it’s completely worth it being able to spend so much time with family.

When I married John, I remember hearing from someone that I was also marrying the military and everything the military had to offer: great friends, awesome parties, deployments, and moves, just to name a few…and, the big “M” word…moves.

SNAPSHOT:  Concerning moves, here’s a little snapshot of our life together thus far:

moving-sign

Married in November of 2004 in IL

Pensacola, FL-6 months

Corpus Christi, TX-8 months

Jacksonville, FL-7 years…To say we got comfortable in Jacksonville is an understatement…we were part of the community.

Norfolk, VA-13 months

Leavenworth, KS-12 months

Jacksonville (Amelia Island), FL-4 months

Sugar Grove, IL-I’m here now with the girls while John is deployed…and it’s 8 degrees outside.

Next up…Kaneohe, HI-For about 18 months

As you can see, we have a few hearts to add to our ” Home is Where the Heart is” Collage…in fact, we have another frame to buy!

UPS AND DOWNS: Honestly, there’ve proven frustrations and joys in each of these moves.  On the bright side, we’ve become efficient movers!  I could have our house ready for the movers in a blink of an eye.  On the downside, for the first time, we are seeing the hardships of moving through our daughters’ eyes.  Just a few months ago, our oldest, Emma, wasn’t exactly thrilled about leaving her friends in Jacksonville.  You can read more about her experience here.

twins

REALLY DON’T NEED MUCH: Perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned through this crazy moving process is how little you actually need.  The movers packed up our belongings in June of 2014 and we most likely won’t get them back until May of 2015 or later (ya…that’s a full year sleeping on other peoples’ beds). However, please know that this situation is actually crazy even for military standards.  How do I know that?  Well, even my military friends can’t keep track of me.  Some think I’m in Kansas, other think I’m in Hawaii, and some think that we still reside in Jacksonville.

WHY MOVE SO OFTEN?  Some ask, why do you choose to move so often?  Why don’t you just let John go ahead and you catch up with him later on?  Skip a location if you have to.  We’ll, we feel with the girls still young, the benefit of being with John outweighs the instability of numerous moves.  We left Kansas and John was scheduled to hit Jacksonville for his training unaccompanied.  Knowing that deployments are always on the horizon, we weren’t excited to be apart while he was residing in the U.S.  We made the decision for the entire family to join him and our adventure began.  Packing was a logistical nightmare that included three categories…things we needed for a summer in FL, things we needed for a winter in IL, and everything else for the movers to take to Hawaii.  That week was not for the faint of heart!  We packed up the car after the movers finished and headed to Florida.  John found an adorable (more importantly, furnished) cottage via Vacation Rental By Owner that we called home for the four months we were in FL.  I understand why every family might not be able to move somewhere for a matter of months but since our girls aren’t school age yet, we thought the move would be worth it if we could be together…and it was!  We had a great time seeing old friends and spending family time at the beach but before we knew it, it was time to pack up again.  Yes, there was instability.  However, us being together as a single unit absolutely outweighed the downside of moving.

MAKE THE BEST OF SITUATIONS:  John left for deployment and I decided to spend the following few months in IL with family instead of moving to Hawaii without him.  We’ve made ourselves comfortable in my parents’ home and will leave here for Hawaii next month.  While this wasn’t an easy transition either, it’s completely worth it being able to spend so much time with family.

THE FUTURE:  Our flights are booked and we’re excited to get back together with John; however, I’m wondering how this nomad lifestyle is going to change the way we live.  There are a few things that I really miss.  I miss my craft closet and the ability to whip up something when I need it.  I miss our couch.  Our couch was not extravagant…it wasn’t even new when we got it ten years ago but there’s nothing like laying on after a long day!  Oh, I miss our kitchen…so much.  I miss Emma’s bed.  Yep, it’s interesting what you miss and what you don’t.  I’m curious to see what we don’t even unpack once we finally get settled again!

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OK, enough rambling…I have a feeling traveling with little ones on a long plane ride might inspire a future post!

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