A few months ago I wrote about Steve’s reenlistment here. What I didn’t elaborate was that he has chosen an entirely new career path. He spent his first four years in the infantry, as a mortarman, assigned to 2nd Battalion 8th Marines…. at times this was a love-hate relationship 😉 While he is proud of his time as a “grunt,” he is ready to move on, to a job less taxing on the knees, elbows, shoulders, [I could go on and on…]. A 24-year-old guy shouldn’t crack and pop the way he does, or have already shrunk an inch! With a new job comes new training, and that training is only offered in Pensacola, Florida. So for the (approximately) next 8 months, we are off to Florida. We are [supposed to] come back to Camp Lejeune, but we will be awaiting on official orders coming in the fall.
Because the school is so long, we will not be eligible for base housing on Camp Lejeune (where we just moved from). We moved into Tarawa Terrace three years ago, and it has become our first home. I hear so many people refusing to live in base housing, but for us his has been such a wonderful experience. I am so happy we chose to start our life together where we did. It has been home-base [in a base home… lol], where we can always count on coming home to each other – even when I am working crazy rotating shifts and Steve is in-and-out for training or deployment.
Yes, I’ve caught myself wishing for a two-car garage or a garage door opener. I’ve longed for a third bedroom, more counter space, and to tear out those ugly linoleum kitchen floors. But given all those imperfections, it was the perfect first home.
[ It is where we had our first three Christmases. ]
[ Where Steve built us a fence in the backyard for our brand new puppy Zoe. ]
[ And where we brought Mitchell home from the hospital for the first time. ]
[ It is the neighborhood where our best friends moved in down the street, and we all had “M” babies together. Mitchell misses you Maybree and Macy. ]
[ It is where we have had some of the best neighbors. These are three of our wonderful neighbors, taken about three years after we all first met. ]
[ Can’t wait for Kelly to pop so I can come take newborn pictures for Lee! ]