Monday, October 4, 2010

Are we an Army Family?



Our re-enlistment issues went from bad to ugly last week. Many of you know about how a routine trip to MEPS in August turned to a completely annoying mess. All this time we've tried to stay positive and have faith that God was going to work it out but it just wasn't happening. Forget his outstanding service record and incredible test scores, no one could get past a certain office and their "logic." So we kept hearing "We're working on it!" or "Yeah we found someone else who might be able to help." and "We'll get back to you." It was so frustrating it was to hear that stuff for over a month just to keep getting the brush-off.



Early last week things got a lot worse. We knew what G.I. Joe was re-enlisting for was our loophole but something fell through with the only method they could use to get him in. I know that's super vague but stay with me. Basically our chance for Army (Active Duty) enlistment was shot. Because we need things like an income and health insurance we had to make a tough decision.

I cried and cried that night. I fully believe all branches are equally important but each branch suits those personalities the best. We ARE an Army family. The idea of going into another branch just broke me. I felt like I knew we wouldn't fit in anywhere. And I hated the idea of G.I. Joe enlisting somewhere else just out of worrying about money only to end up miserable. But he came to my rescue like always.



"Its not fair, Babe! God was supposed to fix this! He promised! We are an Army family."


"No, Babydoll. We are a family. We can be a family in any branch."


"But what about your dream? You can't have that same thing in any other branch! I don't want you missing out on something because of us."


"My ultimate dream was to be with you and have a Lucy. I've got that no matter what uniform I wear."



*Deep Breaths.*

So after a very long emotional night the next morning we got up and went to the Armed Forces Recruiting Station. We figured we should stop by the Army office one last time before talking to the Navy and Marines to see what our options were. I was finally at the place where--even though I didn't love the idea--I had accepted that we would have to switch branches. And I knew if that happened God would make sure we felt at peace about it. We had to get back to making sure we were God's family first, before the military's family. Both of us knew without a shadow of a doubt that if the Army was out we did need to go into another branch. Being out of the military altogether just wasn't where we felt led.

The big question now is....what branch is G.I. Joe in as of Friday afternoon?

































Haha is it mean I gotta thrill out of dragging that out?!

You have to love being able to slide in a back door!

That "one last" visit to the recruiting office turned up a whole new opportunity that really makes me wish someone would have found it a month ago. But on the other hand, this has been an incredible growing experience. We're both still exhausted because of it, but its a good tired. And you can imagine we've been celebrating like crazy! Soon we'll have ID cards! DoD stickers for the truck! PX privileges! Graduation! Tricare! Promotion pinning! Oh yeah, and that reminds me. Had things gone "right" back in August G.I. Joe would have had to wait a while on promotions. Now he'll get one much sooner. And he gets a job that he loves!

I don't think I can put into words how good this feels. 
We haven't stopped thanking God all weekend. 
This just feels right. 
God knew we were meant for the Army 
but I think He wanted us to be willing to follow HIM wherever.




58 comments:

addicted2shius said...

Yay! I am so glad that things worked for you! O heard a talk this weekend about our faith in Him. That despite our seemingly tough times, we should know we will never be abandoned or lead astray. It's totally easier said than done. We just have to remember how much he loves and knows each one of us and our needs BUT that our prayers are answered when we NEED it and not when we WANT it. We have to be open and receptive to accepting it.

Sorry to get so religious on you but I'm happy you came to that realization cuz I know I struggle with it from time to time too :)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Yay! I'm glad it's worked out!!!!

Jamie said...

What a wonderful story- I am so glad it worked out just how it should!! I also know exactly what you mean about feeling as though one branch is "home." My guy feels the same way about the Army.

Alia said...

God sure has an awesome sense of humor! I'm so happy for you guys, what an incredible blessing! I'm glad you followed the Lord because thats where we all get screwed up if we don't! Congrats!!!! ♥

The Mrs. in Stilettos said...

How wonderful! I have been thinking about the three of you and hoping that everything would work out the way you wanted and it sounds like it has worked out even better! We went through this as well last October-December and it was HARD but we are way better off for trusting in God's plan and going with it! Keep us posted!

Jen said...

I am so happy everything worked out!!! :)

Shayla said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!


Woohoo :) SO HAPPY for yall!!!

Julie the Army Wife said...

That is so awesome! Congrats :)

Jessica Lynn said...

YEA!!! What a fantastic sigh of relief, and I'm sure a huge weight off your shoulders!

Allee said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you all :)

mrs.wood said...

Congratulations!

KelleeLyn said...

So glad it all worked out! I love that last part that God knew you were an Army family bit He wanted yall to be willing to follow Him anywhere... powerful!

L said...

God is good!!! I am so glad that things are working out. It is so hard to see in the middle of it, but He is working it all out in His timing. And it sounds perfect. Prayers answered for sure. God Bless your Army family!! =)

The Mrs. said...

HA! I'm so glad he is able to be active duty (ARMY) again. I fully agree with different branches fit different people.

My husband served in the corps, so thats all I could ever see him doing. After being around different branches, I saw why he chose the Marines, it was the branch with people just like him! haha! He even walks like a bull dog!

I'm so happy for you!!!!! Will you be PCS'ing??

Radiant Readhead said...

this is so inspiring! i am glad he will be staying with us, and that he is happy about this! it is great to have soldiers like him fighting along side of us, especially one who loves the Army so much! congrats!!

Renee said...

Congratulations! That is such exciting news for you and your family! To have this waiting all behind you has got to be such a huge relief!

ThatArmyWife said...

It's amazing isn't it? That so often we have to be willing to give up what we want in order to get it?

R said...

So, so, so happy for you guys! I know I don't "get" all the re-enlistment and military talk, but I do know that you were going through a rough time. So glad you're right where you are supposed to be, both with God AND the military! *HUGS*

PS - the conversation between the two of you? LOVE it. G.I. Joe is super sweet & adorable, and I'm so happy for you that you've got him supporting you, as you support him. XOXO

Mateya said...

Such great news! Glad everything worked out for you guys! God has a crazy way of working things out sometimes huh? :)

Lora said...

Congratulations!!! Wonderful news, I am so happy for you all. God never works on "our" schedule, does He? :)

Rebekah said...

I'm so glad things got worked out!

It can be so frustrating, but everything is in God's time!

Just Hurry Up and Wait said...

I love this post!

It was all meant to be!!

Meg said...

I am so happy things worked out for y'all. Isn't it funny how God works? I just love it!

Kaylee said...

Congrats! This is so awesome, god does have a plan for all of us and I am so happy that everything worked out for you!

Doc's Girl (Noel) said...

I am SO happy things have finally worked out. I'm always that super optimistic person that says everything will be ok in the end, and it will work out for the best, but the bumpy ride getting to the end can be pretty torturous sometimes.

I'm glad you get to stay with the Army, since that's where you feel you belong, and even happier he gets to do a job he loves ♥

Now, what duty station are you guys going to request? :P

armywife_b2010 said...

God works in Misterious ways and everything happens for a reason. :) I am really glad that yall was able to get what yall wanted.

PS New FOllower

Mrs. Monkey said...

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. And this just goes to show that very thing. There was a reason things didn't work out the first time, you were meant to come back and find this opportunity. And in the mean time, like you said, you had a growing experience and a test that only made you stronger as a family. I'm so glad it all worked out for you! We've had similar disappointments that turned out to be better in the end. You just have to keep your head up and in hindsight you'll find that it was all for the best. Good luck to you both on this new leg of your journey.

Brie said...

Woohoo! Congrats on it all working out! Althought, I admit I would have somewhat cheered and gotten giddy if he'd jumped ship to the Marines. ;)

Hil Fish said...

I love love love when the universe answers the prayers of special people!!!

Young Mom/Wife said...

I am so glad things worked out for you and your family in the end. God really does have a plan for us all, it just takes patience on our parts. We are finding that out too.

Good luck with your "new" Army adventure!!!

Sarah said...

Oh that was just mean. =P

But I am sooooo glad that things are working out!!! I have to admit, when you said "switching branches" I was a little sad!!

You're so right: God wanted you to be willing to follow HIM, not just the military. =)

SHILLIG4FAMILY said...

I'm so excited to read more about your journey! How wonderful!

JG said...

I'm so happy that everything has worked out for you! God's timing is perfect.

Carmen said...

Yay!!! I'm sooooo glad things worked out for the two of you!! God always knows what's best for everyone. =)

*~BrittDill~* said...

YAY! Congrats and I wish you and your Army family the best of luck in everything!!!

Emily Roe said...

awe, it looks like you guys are right where you should be!!

Adrienne said...

I am totally jumping up and down with excitement for you!!

Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

I am so happy for you and I love the way you said it. Willing to follow Him anywhere. That's what its all about. Loves!

September Love said...

J, I am so glad that things finally worked out! God is good!!!! I LOVE your statement at the end of your post. Beautiful.

Katie F said...

WEll you know I'm super excited for you guys!!
Oh and I tagged you in a little game on my blog

Marie said...

Yay! So glad that everything finally worked out for you!

Ash and Matt | A SoCal Story said...

I'm so happy that everything worked out for you! What a relief :-)

Bradley said...

out standing!

Amanda said...

I'm glad it all finally worked out. Sounds like it went in true Army fashion. Nothing ever goes according to plan A, B, or even C, does it?

Tonya said...

That's so awesome! God is always on time! :-) Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

I think the world would just end if you didn't stay an "Army Family" because joining another branch would be the worst thing to ever happen! I mean staying an "Army Family" is so much more important that anything-cancer, world hunger, aids, etc. To tell you the truth, its a little obsessive. And ALOT of people think so. Yeah, being an Army family is awesome but to get so depressed about moving to another chance to try something new? OBSESSIVE. I really cant believe how materialistic you are. Maybe the other branches need your "GI JO" more than the army does. GET A LIFE.

Mrs. G.I. Joe said...

Anon. Thank you for your thoughts. I agree those things are bigger than whether or not G.I. Joe re-enlists in the Army. But this blog is OUR personal family blog and its kind of only natural that I'll blog about the things that hit us specifically and deeply affect us. Is it materialistic that we have a 2 year old and really were thrilled we'll get things like health insurance again and not be so worried about money? Not hardly. Is it "obsessive" that I have only had 2 blog posts about this in the past 6 weeks since we found that re-enlistment might not be possible? Again...not hardly.

If you really are that bothered by the fact that someone used their own personal blog to share some good news their family got then why read it? I can assure I am NOT worth you getting so worked up over.

A Lady in Waiting said...

Absolutely thrilled for you! This is wonderful news. And I could tell that you enjoyed dragging that picture out...haha. By the way...not obssessive, just saying how you felt but I'm glad that you had realized that you could be happy anyway. I'm glad that your concerns for your family are being washed away. Good health and happiness to you, GI Joe, and little Lucy!

Anonymous said...

No, I don't think you are matherialistic for having the things you NEEDin life. And I really don't think your obsessive for sharing your good news. I'm actually really happy for you and your family that things are worked out. I do however think it's obsessive that being an "army wife" is ALL you talk about. I mean on your blog, on your facebook, I honestly would like to hear more about the other parts of your life. Its nice to have updates ad all, but it's always got to be "army wife this, army wife that" and it's never anything else. It seems like you can't even breathe without mentioning it. It just makes you seem suffocated. You are an AWESOME writer, and I really don't see why you waste your time obsessing over being an "Army Wife" and for that matter, if you all weren't able to have another opportunity in the Army, you would have been fine. There's alot more out there than being an "Army wife". BTW, I mean that with no disrespect because as I've said before, I belong to a military family. It would just be nice to see that you could actually still live not being considered an Army wife. Yeah, you should be honored to be one, but it shouldn't consume your whole being. Either way, your going to do what you want, I just know it's alot more to you than this role you've taken on now.

Mrs. G.I. Joe said...

Anonymous I find it really hard to consider anything you are saying. A true friend would have messaged me privately on Facebook to say "Hey, what's going on with you besides Army life?" But you didn't have the decency to do that, or the courage. You came here and posted that extremely rude first comment instead.

If you were a friend you would know our situation that we've lived through and would maybe understand why this career turning point was such a big deal. And you would know why I'm talking about it so much. You would also know why I never even felt like an Army WIFE until last year. But apparently you don't. That begs the question...why are you posting these comments? This blog and facebook are my place to talk/brag/vent as much as I can. And believe me, no one reading this or my FB statuses even understands the half of our military life. I talk about certain things because it helps keep me sane. I only have 1 in-real-life military wife friend that I can talk to in person so this is how I get things out.

And sometimes I don't even blog about military stuff on here for MY benefit, I do it for the emails I get on a weekly basis from Milies I've never even met who say things like "Thank you so much for talking about _________ and how you felt about ________. That made me feel so much better!"

There is a calculated reason for how I choose my words and topics. If you don't like my status updates, then stop reading them or unfriend me. Its as simple as that. Beyond that I really don't even know what to say. Thank you for saying I'm a good writer. I appreciate that. But why are you reading if the topic bothers you? Or why not ask me something specific that you are curious about?

And for the record...I said I would be okay if we switched branches. I don't know what military relation you have but if you aren't that attached to whatever branch your family member serves in then that's fine. Other people do get very sad over the thought of switching. But you know what? All of my true military friends have told me they know I'd adjust fine. And I believe that too. It just would have been an adjustment. We are NOT the type of family to say "If its not the Army, then we just won't serve." That is not US.

Lastly, it is NOT a waste of my time to support my husband and to want him to do what he feels called to do.

Please feel free to come back and comment once you have the backbone to tell me who you are.

heather said...

Congrats on this AWESOME news... I am so glad everything has worked out. I hope after our upcoming deployment that we will be able to go active when he resigns overseas... Finger's crossed... Don't let stupid comments get you down. They are not even worth your time. I love reading EVERYTHING you have to say about being an ARMY WIFE.. Since I have not had that many years behind me it is nice to read that other people feel like i do sometimes and that i'm not crazy... So thank you for writing about military life... :)

liberal army wife said...

Anon - ok... now let me get this straight. You come to a blog called ACUs... you know this person (of course you are too cowardly to give your name or even take a second to go and make a gmail account) and know that for the future of her family, this IS a huge F*&%ing deal. And you piss and moan about what SHE says on HER own blog. Seriously, you need to find something else to do, somewhere else to go, another blog to haunt. From this OLD Liberal Army Wife, I think you need to take your cruddy attitude and put it somewhere else.

LAW

Lauren M said...

As an actual friend of both Mr. and Ms. GI Joe, and an army wife myself, I just want to say that I think that anyone who can survive what they have been through, can write whatever they want on any PERSONAL blog or facebook page or ANYWHERE!And no one, especially a "friend" should be posting hurtful things. And definitely not someone from a "military family." Military fams need to encourage one another and stick together. Ms. GI joe is an inspiration and a really great friend. Not cool "ANNON"

Anonymous said...

First let me say that I am NOT a friend. Second, let me say that it would be hard to reveal one name when a couple f us are contributing to the "anon" comments you've been getting. I have a HUGE respect for you all being in the military, as I said before, it just seems a little over the top that you never have anything more to say. How can you ever expand your mind if the only thing you allow it to think about is military stuff? and why would we send you a personal message on facebook, where you could just sling an insult and block us? As I said before, you are an absolutely AMAZING writer; the way you choose your words and put things together is incredible. However, It'd be nice to see you expand that a little. and let me say that I never had any intentions of hurting your feelings, I don't dislike you at all, in fact, I don't know you too well outside of this blog. As for your husband, I just won't go there, there's ALOT I can say for him, but for the sake of "respect", I'll hold off on the vulgarity. I'm sure I'm not the only one who needs to "get a life."

Oh, and to :Liberal Army wife", this is a PUBLIC BLOG. Anybody who receives the link can view and comment on it, therefore, I think you can take your "cruddy attitude" and your comment, and "put it somewhere else", particularly somewhere on the back region of your body :)

Everybody's entitled to their own opinion. Why would you have a blog if you couldn't accept both positive and negative criticism? As I said a couple times before, your military writing is great, it'd just be cool to see you switch it up sometimes.

Anyway, it's been nice chatting, but unfortunately this is getting a bit boring for me. I hope you understand my point and just for future reference, if you're not ready for any type of negative feedback, you might consider making you blog only viewable to those you see fit to read. I probably won't be reading anymore, but if somehow we do end up talking in the future, I'll be happy to chat with you. Happy hunting! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to make this short and sweet. I don't reveal a name on here because there are a couple of us(aprox. 3)contributing to your "anon" comments. As I said before you are an amazing writer and I'd just like to see you switch it up a bit. I mean really, how can you expand your mind if the only thing you let it think about is military stuff?

For GI Joe: For the sake of respect, I'll hold off on the vulgarity. Why have a blog if the blogger wasn't ready to accept both negative and positive criticism? I mean, anybody who receives a link to this blog is able to read and comment, so if you don't want feedback, whether it be negative or positive, make the blog viewable to only those you see fit to read it. In other matters, I'm sure I'm not the only one who needs to "get a life".

To Liberal Army Wife: Please realize that this is an open public blog, it's viewable to anyone and everyone who can see the link for it. That being said, I think you need to take YOUR "cruddy attitude", along with your comment, and put it somewhere else, particularly somewhere in the back region of your body :)

Anyway, its been nice chatting. I'd say I'd be on here to comment back to the next batch of comments you all will be throwing my way, but unfortunately, this is getting a little boring. So, if we end up talking in the future by some crazy crossing of paths, I'll be happy to chat with you. Until then, Happy Hunting! :)

Jeannette said...

These three anons sound EXACTLY alike and can finish the other person's sentence. Odd... Personally, I think it's a bit creepy that this group of anons are so interested in what you write... Who's to say you don't have another blog where you never mention the Army? I ONLY talk about Army on my Army blog and never talk about it on my weight loss blog. They are blogs set up for a specific subject.

Anywhoodle... Lady, you have an awesome husband! And I am so glad you are able to stay an Army wife.

armywife_b2010 said...

to this or these anon bloggers...if you dont like what a person post either dont read it or just stop following. Mrs. Gi Joe's blog title specifically mentions ACU's so of course she is going to talk about the military. She is an Army Wife. I am an Army Wife. and you know what so is alot of other people that follow Mrs. GI Joe.
Anon also with you harping on Mr and Mrs GI Joe I think you do need to "GET A LIFE".
A BLOG IS USED FOR THE BLOGGER TO GET THEIR FEELINGS OUT AND YOU KNOW WHAT...IF ITS THEIR BLOG THEY CAN SAY WHATEVER THE HELL THEY WANT.

HEY ANON HAVE YOU SEEN THE WORD ARMY ENOUGH, IF NOT HERE YOU GO...
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Mrs. GI Joe sorry I took alot of space. I seriously hope that this or these anon people like seeing the word Army. lol.

Chelle said...

All I have to say is Congrats. I told ya it would work out just take a little stress to get there.