Friday, September 26, 2008

And so begins the madness.

Since we arrived in Alabama just a few short months ago, Pete has had to confront a very obvious elephant in the room--his looming military retirement. As we've learned, one can pretty much do an entire military career without *too* much planning. Pete's not a planner. He's a dreamer. He is perfectly content to take life as it comes, and for the most part, that's perfectly fine. But this is one time when it's just not going to happen. There is too much that he/we simply must do--real, live legwork. We live in military housing, so at some point we're going to have to get real about finding a mailbox to put our name on outside the gates of Redstone Arsenal. Of course, then there's another biggie--his post-retirement JOB.

God is amazing us over and over when we see how well 'staged' this move was in preparation for Pete's Army retirement. But there was always the possibility of just riding out the last few years without making any real efforts at making a civilian life until he's pretty much forced out of the Army. We've spent a LOT of time the last few days talking about that, and he admitted to really not even knowing how to go about making that decision. I told him it would be a great idea to go talk to some men who have actually transitioned from the military to civilian life and get their take on things, get advice, etc., but I also asked him if he would rather spend the next few years wearing camouflage or donning civilian clothing to go to work. He finally said it--"I want to be a civilian."

Yesterday, he went and had a conversation with the installation antiterrorism head honchos to ask about the job they're advertising vacancies in. He came home with a TON of paperwork.

And so it begins!


Qtpies7 said...

Oh, so not fun! But I bet he will like being out, finally. With a bit of a retirement check, to boot!
My brother is doing his 20, too, and who knows what he will do. He says he will be a part time golf instructor, but what a waste of a master's degree in engineering, right?

Dawn said...

Regardless of all the downfalls of military life, it really is a no brainer type job, know what I mean?

Continue spending lots of time in prayer seeking His will for your lives. He will lead and direct as always. :)

I used to be the planning ahead type of gal who always had to know what's ahead in life and so forth but after my dad's cancer diagnosis in 2004 and his death in 2005, I really began to see why Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will have it's own worries and how we only have today. It's so true. Since then, I have just let life and God have their way.
We can plan and plan and prepare everything to a 'tee', but God is the Ultimate Planner and we shouldn't be suprised if He decides to mess up our plans with His. :)

We have transitioned out of active duty pretty well, minus nobody seeming to want to hire the hubby for some weird reason, but all in all we have been doing well and will be transitioning in to the Reserve life soon as he just made contact with them today.

A family that prays together stays together. :)

Have a safe and blessed weekend!


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