Friday, June 17, 2011

Letters!!



This week I got 4 letters from Tedd!!! He has sounded really positive in all of them! Today in the letter I got Tedd said that "this is the best day here so far!" Then he went on to say that it was the best because he started to recieve my letters! YAY :) He said that as they were getting ready for mail call, the guy who sorted mail that day leaned over to him and said, "Geez Miller, I sorted mail today and you got a crap ton of letters!!!" :) He sounds like he is really liking it and doing well. It takes about 4 days for letters to get from here to there. Now that I started to recieve letters and I know that he's okay I'm feeling much better. I Love him so much!!


So far this journey has been an emotional rollercoaster haha. It definately has its ups...and its downs.



I'm very lonely without Tedd. But, being lonely...I've really learned to lean on and trust God. I also truly believe that as hard as this has been so far, it is making me appreciate the little things much more.






We have barely any money. I mean...really...none lol. With a mortgage, student loans, 2 car payments etc. and not getting a check from Tedd yet its a little stressful. Once again, this has taught me to be even more frugal than I already was. Its amazing when you realize what you can live without.






I'm nervous making major decisions by myself! I have had to make some major decisions lately regarding property, money etc. I've also had to take care of the house inside and out, the money, the animals and everything involved with all of the military stuff all by myself. You know what? I'm proud of myself! I've had a lot of help from my parents with fixing "house" stuff too. But I've learned that God really has given us so much strength!






I've done a lot of things on my own that I never thought I would. I've been attending Sunday School and church by myself, which is something Tedd and I always did together. I've had to really do a lot of things by myself that I was very uncomfortable with.






As hard as this journey is, I still believe it is what God wants. He is truly taking care of us and I can't thank him enough for that!



Saturday, June 11, 2011

Update and address!

Its been one week since I posted last. I miss Tedd terribly. But I'm looking on the bright side..ONE week down! I got a 3 minute phone call from Tedd Wednesday night. It was wonderful. I thank God that I was home, that I had my phone, that I had reception, and that I had paper nearby! He was able to give me his address. Its really long! 6 lines to be exact, almost a paragraph lol. And I had long enough to ask him how he was. He had lost his voice already haha but said he was doing great.

I've written Tedd every day since he left so the next morning all of my letters finally went out. I know I probably won't get another phone call for a while but just knowing that I can write him makes things a lot better! I hope to start getting letters from him soon too.

I did get my packet from the army yesterday so that I can go get my military I.D. I'm going to do that next week. It is important that I get that soon since it doubles as my health insurance card as well.

I have had an eventful week here at home too. Something broke into the duck house and killed 3 of my pet ducks. Whatever it was also injured Dewey. So now we have them on lockdown. Dad helped me set a live trap, hopefully we catch the criminal. Oh and I'm keeping dewey on the back porch. He's not liking me but he's on antibiotics, pain meds, and eye meds. Its easier for me to medicate him this way.

I also had to make a huge decision this week on my own. I prayed for wisdom, and I hope I did the right thing. Now we just have to see how it all pans out. Please pray for that situation. And hopefully I can share more details soon.

I continue to ask your prayers for Tedd's safety. I also ask for prayers that he is happy and having a good time. If you would be interested in writing him a letter or card, please comment, email, or facebook me. He would love to get mail from everyone. There are quite a few stipulations on what you can and can't send, the outside of the envelopes, the return address and the address itself. I can fill you in on that if you want to send something.

And again, any questions? Feel free to ask.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Phone Calls and Update!

So when a SIT (Soldier in Training) arrives at their Basic Training Location, they first go through 3-7 days of "reception". During this time, they take care of pay, life insurance, medical insurance, get their military I.D., learn to march, learn how to make their beds correctly, get issued their boots, get issued their uniforms, go to the Px to get all of their supplies (shower shoes, running shoes, soap, flashlights, socks, underwear, spandex etc etc) and much more.

That is what Tedd has been up to since he arrived. From what I hear/know once a soldier actually starts the basic training portion they will get very few, IF any phone calls. When I have asked about during reception, the answers were ALL over the board. Some family members got phone calls every night from their SIT during reception, some never even got a call to say they made it there safely. It all depends of where they are, and their drill instructors etc.

Well Guess what? I've have been one of those VERY lucky wives to get at least one call each evening so far!!! I know that tomorrow (if he even gets to call tomorrow) will be the last one, but I'm going to soak them up while they last! I cannot even express how blessed I feel. It is SO wonderful to know that he's safe, that paperwork is going the way it should be, etc.

There have been a few roadblocks already. I'll share them with you.
The first day Tedd was there when he called me he was VERY down. When I asked what was wrong, "I....lost....my....packet"

So whats the big deal? Well let me explain. When a soldier ships out, they have only a few things in their bags, there "packet" is the most important. It contains: their ORIGINAL birth certificate, and social security card, a direct deposit form from the bank, an original marriage cert., high school diploma, college transcripts, Journeyman's Certificate (in Tedd's case) and much more.

They had to dump their bags when they first got there, everyone was rummaging through everything and someone else had picked it up. I immediately called the very helpful, Sargeant from Fort Wayne and he told me that they have copies in the system so to not stress out and to tell Tedd the same. That made us feel better. I didn't tell Tedd, but I was still worried about those documents missing or worse being in someone elses hands.

But guess what?!!! I prayed. And prayed. And Prayed some more. Did I mention I prayed? LOL Tedd just called for a few seconds and said his Drill Instructor called him into a room with a serious look on his face and said, "Miller...... You are a VERY lucky man. Someone found this."
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The packet was returned with every original document!!! God is SO good. Tedd feels SO much better now!!

This week has been hard, thats for sure. I've cried when things remind me of him, or when I hear a slow song, or just when I think about his smile or his laugh, especially his hugs. But God truly is performing so many miracles. I know that God knows what he is doing. We are handing things to God, and learning to have so much faith in him. I've been so blessed to get those phone calls.

Feel free to ask any army questions you ever have! And thank you all for the prayers!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Swear In

Wow. So today has been hard. I went down to Indy to see Tedd swear in and to see him off and say our final goodbyes. His last physical and interviews ect. went well. I was able to see him for just a few minutes before the ceremony. It was a small ceremony with about 10 Army and 1 Navy person shipping out today. After the ceremony we had about 2 minutes to hug and say our final goodbyes. I definately did not want to let go, and I'm not going to lie...I was a bawling mess lol. But I know that this is where God has led us and I know that he will take care of us.


Aside from it being hard to leave him, it was a VERY proud moment for him. And I am SO proud of him. I'm proud to be a new Army Wife. Here is a picture of him after swear in with the sargeant that performed the ceremony. There was one picture of him and I together but I am literally bawling and look terrible...so that won't be up on the blog haha.





Thank you so much for everyones continued prayers. They really do mean so much!