Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ha Ha Tonka

Ya'll are going to get tired of me saying how beautiful it is here :). We decided to spend the day at one of MO's many state parks yesterday. Which by the way are free, score!

The park is less than an hour from FLW and it is a must see. There are castle ruins, a natural bridge, a natural spring, an island, and more. And since everything is nestled in the Ozarks, its even more magnificant. To top it all off it was 60 degrees and sunny! Pictures don't do justice but here are some!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Our new home!

We arrived here safely. We brought both cars down, FULL of stuff. It was a really fun drive actually. We both took "walkie talkies" and talked the whole way.

Tedd started inprocessing yesterday so I haven't taken many pictures yet but I wanted to share some fun facts about things so far and our new state!

P.S. For the purpose of this post, FLW will mean Fort Leonard Wood and MO will mean Missouri. :)

  • The base is HUGE and seriously beautiful. Set smack dab in the middle of the Ozark Mountains and Mark Twain National Forest. There are tons of trees and parks and outdoor activities, off and on base.

  • We are living in temporary housing right now. Its almost like living in a dorm room in college. We're making the best of it. Although I will say its slightly difficult to find meals that can be made soley on a "hot plate" haha.

  • We've been offered a house!!! Praise the Lord. The normal wait list is 2-4 months. And we get to walk through in about 10 days. We will be accepting because we can't afford not to. And because no matter what, we're not buying it so no biggie. Home is here the heart is. Well and where the moving truck drops your stuff off haha.

  • I went to the commisary yesterday. It is just like any giant grocery store except for two things. The first being the prices. Not everything is cheaper. But there are some things that are CRAZY cheap. Like, "I can't buy this because we can't make it on a hotplate but I want to buy/hoard 28 of these, cheap" Honest. The second difference is that they bag and load your groceries just like the good old days.

  • When the nice old commissary man was following me out to the car to load my groceries....I realized I did not have one single solitary clue where I'd parked. That was slightly embarassing LOL. But you know me, you know I roll that way :)

  • I somehow found my way to the post office, thrift store, movie theatre, bowling alley, Army Community Services building, and the Px all on my own yesterday! Since I am directionally challanged and can't find my way out of a three sided cardboard box, thats great for me.

  • They have a special office here at FLW that is specifically to help spouses find employment. Yay! I will be headed there after we get back from meeting the movers.

  • In a safety brief yesterday we learned that it is illegal to pass on the right in MO.

  • We also learned that you're allowed to text and drive if you're over the age of 21 in MO. (Seriously? Thats so extremely crazy. Who thought that up?)

  • There is NO using cell phones or electronic devices while driving on FLW. If you so much as check the time on your cell phone and the MPs catch you...$75 fine. Oh and since this is the MP (military police) school, they'll catch you. :)

  • The thing that I am possibly most excited about is the fact that we have armadillos here in MO. How cool is that!? My wonderful husband has so bluntly pointed out, that they are simply rats with shells. You may think that made it less exciting for me? Oh no. Not at all. In fact I am quite determined to find one and take many pictures :) I wonder if they bite?

  • I am very anxious to get all of our Household goods packed up and on a truck. But I'm more anxious to get Flea and Trixie here. But I am so excited to have everything here. And to set up our new home. To hopefully find a friend that will help me decorate. Or maybe just find a friend in general haha.

And last, but certainly not least, for your viewing pleasure......

I think its kinda cute!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If you would have told me...

Remember in elementary school and high school when your teachers would ask you where you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years etc? I do.
I remember knowing EXACTLY how my life would pan out. I was sure of it. I won't put you to sleep telling you what I had planned but what I am going to do is the following.

If you would have told me that _______________, I would have looked at you like you were C.r.A.Z.y.!!

  • I'd be living in a 900 sq. foot apartment with no yard or barn

  • I would be washing A.C.U.'s

  • I would know the meaning LES, ACU, ASU, FDS

  • I could spend months without seeing my husband

  • we are leaving tomorrow and have NO clue where we will be sleeping for the next week

  • we are leaving tomorrow and have no home set up...period.

  • I don't know where I'll be working

  • I don't know when the movers will come

  • I don't know when I'll be coming back to get my animals

  • I would have packed a bag with scissors, a skillet, a pot, a wooden spoon and a cookie sheet

  • there are sleeping bags in the pile of things we're taking with us b/c thats most likely what we'll be sleeping on

  • we may be living (wherever that is) without furniture for months

  • I would be going to the laundry mat or to my sisters to do laundry every week

  • that I would get SO excited when my husband calls

  • That my husband wouldn't know where the silverware is where I've been living for 3 months

Okay are you bored yet? I'll get to the point. FAITH. You may have it. You may think you have it. This entire year has been an enormous leap of faith for us. I have times when I worry, or stress but then I hear these words:

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)

The moral of this story is, it does matter what plans we have. God knows what he's doing. God knows where we'll be sleeping tomorrow night. He knows when we'll get a home to rent. He knows where I'll be working. He knows how much time Tedd and I will get to spend together before he has to leave again. Our plans do not always coincide with his.

So in the the near future my "plans" consist of lots of faith and prayer, lots of driving, and a lot of aleve for the backaches of sleeping in sleeping bags on the floor :).

I'll try to keep you updated if we have access to internet!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

He's Home :)

He's Home :) It has been wonderful being together again. We've had to endure some hard things within the last week. Its probably been one of the hardest weeks of my life as I faced a very tough loss. But I am trying to have faith and get through things one day at a time. Mostly I thank God that Tedd has been here with me to love and support me.

Within a few days our life will change drastically again. That is what our life is all about now. I'm very excited to finally start our new life together again. To move together, not alone.

Things are a little crazy right now. The futon is mounded with belongings we want to take with us, there are christmas wreaths hanging in the coat closet, a cooler in the living room, and shoes...everywhere.

We still haven't scheduled the movers, because we don't know when we'll be back. We can't take Flea and Trixie with us the first time so my lifesaver of a friend Taya is going to take care of them for a week or so until I come back. Thanks Taya! :)

My most wonderful sister, who just happens to be an amazing photographer, took some family pictures of us tonight. Isn't she just the best? I am trying to convince her to make a business out of it. Is there anything she can't do? :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

A series of tributes #3

I'm continuing the series on the people who have been so amazing and helpful this summer. Today is about "Dr. Glasgo" :) She is one of the veterinarians that I work with but more than that...she is one of my very best friends.

She's an amazing vet. Honestly. Best I have ever/will ever know. Not only is she extremely intelligent but she has great people skills. She is oh so patient with Mr. Amos Josiah Miller. NO other Dr. would EVER be as patient with him.

She sets me straight and tells me to "get ahold of myself" when I am being ridiculous :) She tells me the truth. I respect truthful people to the moon and back. She's always there for me. As busy as her life is, she's never too busy to be there when I need her!

Her hubby (Tedd's best friend ) gave us realty advice and helped me move. That was a SERIOUS lifesaver! I really don't know if we could have gotten that task done without him that day!

She can always make me laugh. We would often find our boss very uncomfortable with our closeness and our conversation topics HAHA. I also can't call her anything but "Dr.". I am not sure why but since I call her "Dr. Glasgo" at work, it just doesn't seem like her name really is "Jennifer". Last week we were shopping at the mall and I was yelling to get her attention across the store..."Hey Dr.!!" Yes, people DO look at us funny. :)

I love her so very much. Thank you for being there for me and for helping me this summer especially!

OH and just in case you thought she wasn't amazing already, she also got me the most amazing "going away" present! She made a photo book on snapfish of our friendship at work and outside of work. Such an awesome personalized gift. AND she put together a basket (in all of her craftiness) of things I love most, including a big bottle of Amos's meds. Can we say answered prayer?

I love you Dr. and I will miss you when I leave! :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

A complimenting kinda day

I really should never make plans...because thats usually when things start to go awry lol. One thing I have talked about a lot is how this whole "army" experience has taught me that I can do much more than I ever thought I could.

Yesterday morning I went to the bank and was planning on going straight from there to Ft. Wayne to meet my sis and to do some other errands. I was driving the truck because the mechanic told me to drive it once a week lol. As I pulled out of the bank parking lot all of the sudden I could tell something was very wrong. I immediately pulled into the very first spot I couuld in a parking lot only a few hundred feet away and this is what I found...

A REALLY flat tire. I must have run over something. With no one else to call... I called my Roadside assistance. An extremely sweet older man came out and put my spare on and also taught me how to do it. Roadside assistance rocks! haha. Then I went into town and went to the Ford Dealership and had the tire fixed, had it remounted, and had them put my spare back under the truck.

Then I went to the mall to meet my sis. I was rushing down the escalator and I almost ran into a lady as I was getting off. I started to apologize and she stopped me and said, "oh its fine! You know what? You have beautiful eyes!" Whoa. In case you never knew how much a compliment could do for someones made me feel so good!

The biggest compliment though came from my hubby :). We didn't get to talk last night until after 11pm. After talking to him about his day, he asked me about mine. I told him about the flat tire. But I followed with telling him not to worry because everything was fine and I had it handled.

He got very quiet. VERY quiet. I asked what was wrong. After a pause that seemed like an eternity he said, "Nothing. I'm just SO proud of you. You have no idea. You're a military wife now. You guys have the hardest job there is and you have to take care of everything. I'm just so proud of you for not freaking, getting it changed, and decidin to get it fixed all on your own."

THAT was the best compliment I've had for months :) I thought it was sweet and it definately made my day that he appreciates me, as much as I do him.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Combines and Labradoodles...

Look at me blogging 4 days in a row! :) Here is my day in a series of "snippets"

  • Amos met his new best friend at daycare...a big black labradoodle. Apparently they are quite smitten with each other!

  • I spent the afternoon riding horses with one of my besties. We did what we do and riding until our poor horses can barely stand. lol We even got chased by a was quite adrenaline pumping.

  • I read 100 pages in a very good mystery novel I rented from the Library yesterday

  • I listed 4 more large things on craigslist...I'm certain by the time we leave everything we "own" will probably fit in a Smart Car

  • It saddens me to say I apparently cannot even handle keeping a 900 sq ft. apartment from looking like it has been through a natural disaster

  • My cat is currently cuddled up with a stuffed giraffe

  • My dog is asleep in my bed...on my side...with his head on MY pillow...*sigh*

  • I found out we may be living in a hotel room for a while...awesome lol

  • Working on a resume is seriously no fun. I can't help but wonder if anyone will want me lol

A series of tributes...#2

She's going to hate me for this picture! Its the only one I could find on my computer of us together. :)

My one and only sister. She is six years older than me. We used to hate each other. Haha. It may have been because we had to share a room. Or maybe because we didn't have much in common back then.

Who knows? The important thing is that now I love her A LOT. She is not just my sister. She is my BEST friend. I can talk to her about anything. She is an excellent listener and she always knows exactly what to say. When she doesn't know what to say, she can at least make me laugh :). She understands. She doesn't judge. She doesn't try to "fix" me. She just plain "gets" me.

I know she will always be a phone call away. She is one of the people I will miss the most. We have become very close over the past few years. This summer even when I did not want to talk...she made me. She has some way of knowing what I need. We have lots of inside jokes and she ALWAYS makes me feel better!

I LOVE you Janelle Ann Keefer!

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Series of Tributes...#1

This has been one of the hardest times of my life. There are a few people who have been there for me through thick and thin. They've loved me through all of it and I truly owe them a thank you! Now that I'm feeling SO much better about life :)... I think its time that I give them the recognition they deserve!

The first is actually not human LOL. However he IS first because I had lots of pictures of him on hand. P.S. This list is NOT in order of importance haha.

#1 Amos

Isn't he just the cutest thing you've ever seen? Of COURSE he is! He is doing one of his favorite things in this picture...watching tv! We actually didn't have tv until we moved here and I finally broke down and got a converter box for him so that he was not so bored. Oh...and yes he may be a TAD bit spoiled!

I realize that he is an animal and lots of people will think I'm crazy. But whats new? :) Anyway I know God has put this CRAZY dog in my life for a reason. As nuts as he makes me sometimes he really has been a wonderful comfort and companion.

He has cuddled with me when I am lonely. He licks my tears when all I can do is cry. He makes me laugh when he does something ornery. There were days I really did not want to get out of the apartment. But Amos was always there whining by his leash. His eyes were screaming, "come on momma...I have things to bark at!"

As much grief as he has sometimes caused me... I love him more than any human should love any furry critter.

Stay tuned for #2...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I'm still alive!

Hello ya'll. Yes, you may have wondered but I AM still here. Well...not "here" as in where I USED to be...but still "here" none the less lol. Are you confused yet? haha

Ok so its kind of been 3 months since I posted last. I'm a terrible blogger, but I'm going to be honest...I'm not losing any sleep over it. Oh and I know the grammer is bad. I'm not worrying about that either right now.

SO much has changed since I last posted! Just a few days after I posted last our house DID sell!! And the very same day...I MOVED! lol. Thanks to my parents, my brother-in-law and a very good friend (David...I owe you!) we moved everything we had in the house to our little 2 bedroom apartment. Amos and I have really done well here and although its VERY different to living on a small farm with a fenced in yard...its meeting our needs and we are very content :).

Then there was Tedd's Basic Training Graduation. It was nothing short of Marvelous to see my husband after 2.5 months!! To hear his voice after only imagining what it would sound like, reading his letters, feeling his arms wrapped around me after months of needing that soo bad... And getting to just talk about our experiences while we had been apart.

After dropping him off back at the base, we embarked upon the next adventure...AIT. He went down to Gulfport Mississippi for what was supposed to be 7 weeks. Well 7 weeks has turned into at least 9 weeks lol. But the end of the "training" phase is coming to an end and we're both very excited.

A few weeks ago I flew down to see Tedd on a weekend. I was able to "steal" him away from the army and have him ALL to myself for about 36 hours. Ok I lied...we stayed in the base hotel and they pretty much have to know every time you move...but it was AMAZING none the less. :) We honestly had the best weekend EVER. We spent most of it on the beach. Talking, walking, laughing, holding hands. Like I said...glorious.

Don't worry...its PG. We're allowed...we're married! haha

I am SO very proud of Tedd for every single thing he accomplishes. AIT has been very different than Basic Training. His AIT is very strict as far as they go. But we are very thankful that most days he is able to call me for at least a few seconds.

Then..a few weeks ago we FINALLY found out where we'll be going next! Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri! Yes this may sound pretty boring, but I'm really excited actually. When it comes down to it, all I really care about is that we're together. I think it will be a good first duty station for us since its not TOO far from home and its in the middle of nowhere (because thats how I roll lol ).

As far as me. I am doing really well. I am not going to lie and say this has not been hard. It has been by far the hardest 5 months of my life. Nothing can prepare you for being away from the person you love for that long. There are sooo many emotions and so many hurdles to jump through.

But I will say this...God KNOWS what he's doing. (Insert "DUH" here haha) As hard as all of this has been, I know that I am a much stronger person for it. I've learned to let go and give things to God...even when I don't want to. Tedd and I are truly closer than we've ever been. Our marriage is stronger in SO many ways. We have said to each other so many times that we love each other more NOW than we ever imagined we could. We now can see all of the things in life and in each other that we took for granted.

I've also learned that God will provide. Things have been very difficult and we have made a lot of changes. I've cancelled our gym membership, cancelled netflix, switched Amos's medication to a $4 med, sold a lot of our excess possessions, downgraded our phones to just "talk and text" basic phones...and the list goes on.

But you know what? I don't miss any of it. I am walking outside in Gods beautiful "outside gym" lol, I LOVE not being "connected" by a smart phone all the time..LOVE IT. I check my email and my facebook when I feel like it and its not constantly buzzing in and taking my attention away from the things in life that really matter. One of my VERY best friends (Dr. Glasgo) got me a 1,000 count bottle of Amos's medication for a going away I don't have to worry about the expense for a few YEARS. God really does provide.

The BEST news of that it won't be long until I get to pick Tedd up at the airport and bring him a home he's never seen haha...for the first time in 5 months! I am SO. VERY. EXCITED!