Friday, October 31, 2014

Life Lately, in pictures

Cell phone pictures, at that.

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Baby G turned 4 months in October. Of course, in a few days she’ll be 5 months. So I’m a little behind. I wish I had kept up with those “month by month” posts. I know I’ll regret that one day. #momguilt

Jeb and Achilles are their same old crazy selves. They love having a Baby G around. Even Jeb.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Church Search Reflections

A PCS means looking for a new church home, and that’s one of the more difficult aspects of PCSing. We got lucky in Georgia, being invited to a wonderful church home within a few weeks of moving there. El Paso, to be honest, we weren’t as fortunate. We found a place to go, but it never really felt right. It was more the process of elimination than anything else.

So now we’re looking at churches here. One church we’ve visited twice. We first tried their later “contemporary” service, which was your pretty standard contemporary service. A 3-piece praise band with a 5 member praise team of teens. Praise and worship choruses. A scripture-heavy message on stewardship by a guest speaker.

We visited the early “classic” service this week. It was like crashing an AARP meeting. I kid you not, aside from the pastor, we were the only people under age 65. It was only a little awkward, and only initially. (I’ll say this for old folks: they are much more tolerant of a jabbery infant in the church service, even on a Lord’s Supper morning.)

Monday, October 27, 2014

I was a Picky Eater

Me and My SoldierMan I was a picky eater

I’ll give you a minute to compose yourself from this shocking revelation, because apparently being a picky eater as a child is the worst possible thing in the world a child could be.

Friday, October 24, 2014

How to Do a DITY Move

How to do a DITY move Me and My SoldierMan

I don’t claim to be an expert in much of anything, but in our entire Army career, we’ve now completed 4 DITY moves. In as many years. And while we may not do things the same way others do, we’ve figured out a few tricks along the way that I thought I’d pass along.

DITY moves are intimidating, because they are stressful and exhausting and time-consuming. You are responsible for everything. And even though we’ve done several of them, I still dread them. But there are definite Pros to doing a DITY:

BYou pack your own stuff. You can take extra care with the breakables and valuables and important sentimental things. And since you are transporting your own stuff, you have 100% peace of mind that it’s getting to your destination.
BYou can wait as close to moving day to pack away your kitchen as you want, so you aren’t creating tons of trash with disposable plates, cups, and utensils, and you don’t have to spend the money eating fast food for longer than absolutely necessary.
BYou make money. That’s probably the biggest. The military saves money by paying YOU to pack and load and drive and unload and unpack your stuff, instead of hiring professionals.