Thursday, August 19, 2010


Civlian Life 101
Good Bye Army
Moving On
Who am I now?

Were all titles I considered while writing this blog post. In some way they all sum up how I am feeling about what I am about to tell y'all.

Just over a month ago Mike got out of the Army. *GASP*

There were a few factors that played a role in this decision, that I would rather not discuss on a my not so private blog. I will however tell you all of this happened very fast.
After Mike officially got out, I wanted to give him a chance to tell all of his friends before I just announced it over here. You know how fast word travels in the Army. Several of his friends wives read my blog and the last thing we wanted was for them to be updated via the interwebz.

This transition into the civilian world happened about 10 months earlier than we expected, but has been amazing so far. While very scary at first, this has turned out to be an unbelievable opportunity for our family. Mike was able to get a amazing job with a very large successful company. It was pretty much everything he said he wanted if he ever got out. He still works long hours and travels occasionally for schools and such, but that is just part of life. No more deployments. WOOHOOO!! His schedule, pay, and insurance are all alot better in this job. Our new insurance actually covers 6 fresh IVF cycles and 6 FET's  (including freezing, one year of storage, and all of our medications). How awesome is that? I will be writing a whole post on this subject very soon, I almost passed out when I saw the coverage.

We have been extremely Lucky and Blessed during this transition from the Army to Civilian Life. We are now living in Columbia SC, and LOVE it. It is the perfect place for us, and is located right in the middle of our families who are now only about 2 hours away from us. This southern girl is thrilled about staying in the south, and being only 2 hours from Savannah makes everything that much better. 

I am sorry I didn't tell all of you sooner. I really wish I could have been more open about all of this because lord knows I needed the support while all of this was going on. But now that the cat is out of the bag, I will be posting a few entries over the next few weeks about our adjustments into the civilian world. Until then I am going to leave you with Mike's all time favorite song  (and movie), which now seems to be very fitting.


Kakunaa said...

6 of each? Amazing! And you sound very happy, so congratulations!

Anonymous said...

I don't know the circumstances, but it appears that you all are making the best of it :) We are facing the battle of making rank or being seperated from the Navy, and you have definitely reminded me that no matter what, you make the most of it, and everything will be ok!

My husband is from the Charleston area! Don't you just LOVE it down there?

Megan said...

I'm very interested to hear how the adjustment from Army life to civilian life is! I'm been "in" the military my entire life, so it is such a scary thought for me! I'm glad you are able to talk about it now!

Tillie said...

Wow - he has amazing medical coverage! that's awesome!

I'm excited for y'alls new journey! I am glad you made it through the transition...Also - love SC!!!

Can't wait to hear more about your new life!! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks Wonderful! I'm very happy for you.

Moe said...

Congratulations on this new chapter of your life!!!! I'm so happy that everything has gone smoothly for your family. And YAY for no more deployments.

PS> that health coverage sounds amazing!!!! Color me jealous! ;)

Michelle said...

Oh, the medical benefits sound amazing and congrats on your husband finding a new job! Good luck on your transition! And I like your positive attitude as you open a new chapter in the book of life.

Unknown said...

Wow! Congratulations! Our insurance only covered IUFs.

Christa said...

What does he do now? Even though Brandon re-enlisted 2 years ago and still has four more to go, he says he has already made up his mind that he wants to get out and become an engineer. But he'll have 10 years in so we were thinking that he should try for a civil service job instead of the private sector. We're willing to move whereever the jobs are, I just hope he can get one lined up BEFORE he gets out! How long did it take your hubby to find a job?

Momma on the Run said...

I'm so happy everything is working so well for your guys! How awesome to be juuuuuust close enough (but still just far enough away:-) to BOTH your families!

Kaitlin said...

That's great news. Congrats!

And that's awesome medical coverage. I wish everyone was able to have that.

Erin said...

I am so excited for you and all the opportunities for your family. It just still makes you a little sad that you aren't an army wife anymore sigh.

Lisa said...

What company does your husband work for? I'm going to have my husband put in an application there. That is incredible! I'm happy to hear that you and your husband are adjusting well.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It sounds like it's an amazing new journey!

Allison said...

That's great. It sounds like the move to civilan life is going great for you.

Ironically enough, our 'after army' plan included moving somewhere around where you are. Wouldn't that be funny if we ended up being neighbors?

ABW said...

Sounds like exciting times lie ahead! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Marthavmuffin said...

How exciting! And that is awesome infertility coverage. Not many US companies have that great of a health plan.

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