I've kept everyone in suspense long enough now.
So...you want to know what our little bits of excitement around here are?
First, on the G.I. Joe front...In a perfect world I would be using this post to tell you that the Guard has come through for us and G.I. Joe was released to Active Duty. Do we live in a perfect world? Unfortunately, no. However, things are finally starting to shift gears. Our biggest blessing right now is that he was selected to go a WLC, which is a school and the last thing he needs to get promoted to Staff Sergeant. We are so happy about this because it means that once he's Active Duty a promotion will be right around the corner. He would never want me to brag like this but G.I. Joe is so good at his job. He moves up faster than is considered "normal" and I couldn't be more proud of him.
Aside from the obvious reasons to be thrilled about this school it also reminds us that we haven't been abandoned by the military. For so long we've been strung along. Even though he hasn't gotten new orders this is a very happy compromise. The rest of his time in the Guard can be spent going to schools that he would have to go to when he went on Active Duty anyways. Its small steps, but big boosts for us.
For my very small insignificant news...I got published! Haha. Okay don't get too excited. I got 6 whole words published! I got an email at the beginning of December that Smith's Six Word Memoirs would be featuring my very first "sixer" in their newest book It All Changed In An Instant. The book hit shelves yesterday.
Why would I be so excited about a 6 word memoir being published, you might be wondering. Well, I've mentioned on here before that I'm working on editing my first book. That one is a memoir about getting married at 19 and my groom being shipped off to Iraq right after. These 6 little words that I have published is something that I can put on my "resume" when I send out book proposals. Everyone has to start somewhere. And this was actually the first thing I have ever sent anywhere for publication.
First step: My name published with 6 words behind it.
Next step: My name published with 60,000 words behind it.
I believe that mine is a story that so many young military wives can relate to and be comforted by. For that reason I am determined to get my book published. It All Changed In An Instant has given me a small reminder that I can do it. What I got published was actually something I just through out as an exercise. (Seriously, try writing a six word memoir. Its not that easy but its a great writing tool).
This book is on the shelves at Barnes and Noble! Later today I plan on getting G.I. Joe and Lucy to take me there to "visit" my name in print.
I know this wasn't anything as big as a move or a pregnancy announcement. But still cool stuff happening for the G.I. Joe family!