So today we got our orders. It’s a big deal in our world because it tells us where we’re going next. Of course, we already knew where we were going as the word trickled down through the proper chain of command when it was officially released, but getting orders allows us to do a few things:
3. Check “get orders” off the very long list of things to do when facing a PCS.
2. Schedule appointments around Wiesbaden with housing, lodging, and transportation.
1. GET ON THE HOUSING WAITING LIST at Fort Jackson!
As HH6 I am concerned about getting our family housing as soon as possible. It’s my job as the mom/wife/housekeeper to establish a home in whatever housing we are given so getting orders allows me to take official, physical steps in securing said housing.
However, it comes with a bit of sadness as I prepare to leave a place we all feel so at home. I also happened to get the text from Matt that we had received our orders during my regularly scheduled coffee date with Aimee. Bad timing.
The orders we received do other things:
3. Remind us that we are at the will of the Army. That was a fun conversation with Bailey this week when he realized that we go where the Army tells us not the other way around. If we don’t like what our orders say, too bad. They’re just that. ORDERS. We are “ordered” to go wherever the paper says. (And we actually like that. It’s always an adventure!)
2. Add to the amazingly long list of things we need/want to do within the next 4 months, including traveling to Italy and back. The to-do list is massive and requires a massive amount of organization.
1. Separate us from friends we’ve made here who we consider family, and take us farther way from those “family” friends who have moved on to the land of Big Ben.
It will be painful to leave this place and these people. Painful barely scratches the surface. I think God knew what He was doing when He orchestrated our last few months to fall when they did: Our last three months will be filled with travel and they also fall right during my favorite time of the year – cool weather, fall treats, and then Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.
I did the math a few nights ago. Between the dates of 1 Oct and 7 Jan we will spend about 40 nights in hotels in four different countries on two different continents. Our heads will rest on pillows in our current home here in Wiesbaden, Livorno, Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Venice, somewhere in Switzerland, the Army Lodge, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Charlotte (Stanfield, actually), Gastonia, a hotel in Columbia, and finally, our new home.
I think the Lord knew that I’d need some serious logistics to sink my brain into to help keep from spending too much time being sad. Of course, I’ll be happy to be with family in NC again, don’t get me wrong. But there are always amazing people I hate to leave behind… I’m glad I’ll be able to call them friends for life.
I’ll leave you with an image of the floor plan for our possible house in Columbia. Obviously there are variations of this floor plan and there are also older homes we could be placed in, but we were told to expect this particular type of house. We are officially #9 on the waiting list but were told that three have already accepted housing so we will be bumped to #6 by the end of the week. Not a bad deal. I LOVE WINTER MOVES!
Oh, and side note: Check out our country-count map at the bottom of the page! It shows which countries we’ve been to. So far we’re at 15 but we’ll be adding a few more to that in the next few months! Thanks for the link, Christy!