April 15, 2010

PCS Virgin: Part 1

Thanks everyone for the support yesterday. I'm sorry I haven't had the chance to reply to everyone personally, as I usually try to. All of your words meant a lot to me, and please know I took the time to read and think over each comment. I apologize for the total lack of proofreading on that post. As an update, this weekend has been designated "family time," which I am really looking forward to. We're going to go shopping and watch movies and play games and just take the time to enjoy each other. I need to take pictures, too. I have next to no pictures of my family, which is just wrong. So hopefully I can remedy that this weekend.

So, we finally got word on our official move. SoldierMan did not get HRAP (home recruiting, thanks Ashley!), but we did get the 10-day PCS. Plus, SoldierMan is planning on taking a few days leave on top of that, to give us time with family. In fact, the Battalion Commander (is that supposed to capitalized?) strongly encouraged the incoming IBOLC people to do just that. In fact, there was apparently quite a speech made yesterday about the importance of bringing your family out there (and apparently one guy got p0wnd when he alluded to making his wife move herself out there. It didn't go over well with the Commander :)).

So, it works out. But that means...we're moving 3 weeks from yesterday!!


So yesterday I was pretty much running around like a chicken with my head cut off completing the first steps towards applying for apartments and booking movers. Of course, we're working off of a tentative move-in date in Columbus.

We're using a company where we pack and load and unload our own stuff, they just provide the trailer, rig and driver. It will save us boo koo cash, allow us to make sure everything is packed and loaded to our satisfaction, and not have to worry about stuff being packed away that we don't want packed away - but will also allow us to drive across country together in my car at a leisurely pace. This seems to be the best option for us.

Still open to any PCS advice you have!!

I still have to call and finalize various aspects with the moving company and the apartments (like making sure it's kosher to have a 21-ft trailer parked at the complex overnight while we unload). Have to buy boxes tomorrow and start packing up some of the stuff I've been living with here. Start deep-cleaning this place so my mom doesn't have to do it after I leave.

Last night, though, I took some time to say goodbye to a some friends. I had a Thursday night Bible Study group that I had been facilitating for about two years now. The faces had changed over time but it was pretty much the only regular "girl time" I had here. I'm really sad to be leaving them and missing this time.

It was fun. We laughed and talked and caught up and just generally had some fun girl time. It was just what I needed. My dear friend Brianna even brought me a sweet gift.

Yeah, to you, I'm sure that just looks like a jar of dirt. But it's seriously one of the most thoughtful gifts I've ever received. I didn't think I had talked about it very much, but apparently I did. One of the things I wanted to do before I leave is to get a jar of Oklahoma red dirt to take with me to Georgia, so I always have a piece of home with me. I was thinking of taking a trip to Lake Thunderbird with a baby food jar and getting some of that mud in a jar to take with me. This is, obviously, a much cuter option that will definitely be going on whatever shelf or mantle we have in Georgia or anywhere we get sent. This just may be my favorite gift ever. Words can't describe. I'm still choked up.


  1. I have a jar of dirt of hubbys and my home state and every duty station. :) Such a sweet gift!!!

  2. I love the dirt idea! We've PCSed three times now and I never even thought of that. :)

  3. What a sweet gift! And what a great idea. How exciting you will be moving soon. I hope it is as stress free as possible.

  4. You have a great friend that gave you some dirt! Seriously...that is freaking awesome! Loev it!!!!

    Good luck with the PCSing! Just a helpful tip....if you have time, go around to Wal-mart or Target, and ask for their old boxes. They just throw them away...and you could use them for FREE! That could put some more $$$$ in your pocket!

  5. Haha! The jar of dirt idea is great! Although it does remind me of that part in Pirates of the Carribean where he sings "I've got a jar of dirt, I've got jar of dirt..." lol!

    Anyway, my PCS advice...LET THE ARMY MOVE YOU. They will come and pack your stuff that way you don't have to mess with it. It was such a relief for me to not have to deal with it last time, and I'm looking forward to that again. They will also unpack things for you, if you want them to. They actually do a really good job of packing your breakables and I (knock on wood) didn't have anything broken last time. Just my advice. =) I hate packing and moving and that just makes it easier.

  6. So you have 3 weeks too!! Lucky number I think! Seriously girl, I would just let the Army move you. It was so easy and not the least bit stressful, all you have to do is check off paperwork and make sure they are doing what they are supposed to. Easy as pie. I had little to no stress doing it this way, I never would have been able to move if I had done it any other way.... I take that back I would have it would have just taken me another 3 weeks to pack and load myself.

  7. What a great gift! Now you will have to get a jar of red Georgia clay to go along with it.

  8. i can give no advice due to my totally civilian-ness, but what a great and thoughtful gift from your friend!
    so glad you are getting to have a week of family fun:O)

  9. I love the dirt idea! Very thoughtful. Goodluck with the move! I hope everything goes smoothly. We moved to this duty station in Jan. and will be moving to another duty station in June! Hugs

  10. The dirt idea is awesome!! I know that is something you will always treasure. Good luck with the move, I know it can be intimidating but you will do great! :)

  11. I think the way you're moving is the perfect combination of controlling what's going on but not overwhelming yourself.

    It's a bittersweet goodbye for us. We love you and SoldierMan and we'll miss you but we're also so excited to see what the Lord has next for you both.

    (btw, that pic on top is awesome!-Joshua did that twice as a kid...yup, explains alot, doesn't it?!)

  12. I am definitely a fan of letting the Army move you...But found that moving from GA definitely keep an eye on those movers!!! They packed our stuff horribly last time we left there.

    Also - I strongly encourage you to get involved in the IBOLC "FRG" they have there. You will meet some amazing wives!

  13. Aw, that was so sweet of your friend to give you that. Good luck with your to do list!

  14. Oh, I love the dirt idea too! Wish I had thought of that before our moves. I could have gotten sand from the beaches. Maybe that's a tradition I'll have to start.

    Enjoy the time with your family. Take deep breaths. It will all get done. Can't think of any more advice for now, but I'll let you know if I do.


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