(Picture from one of Ben's other deployments.)
This post is for our friend Angela and anyone else we haven't given the news to:). She specifically asked so she gets mentioned by name. Way to go Angela.
A few months ago we found out that Ben had been chosen for a job with the Seabees. He loves this part of the CEC so he was rather excited to get this job. I on the other hand was thrilled that this job got us back to California. We are really excited by this as it gets us near our families again. We have been on the East coast now for 4 years so we are ready to have some more frequent family time. We have to thank our families for making such big efforts to come see if us they could afford to. We really appreciate all the trips out here guys:). We really have enjoyed the East Coast a lot but I am ready for my coast:).
Anyways, at the end of June we will pack up the van, the car, the kids and the cats and drive from 2800 miles from Virginia to California in one week. While we have brain washed the kids that road trips are fun, I think even energetic Ben and I will be hard pushed to make this a fun trip. But we will try that is for sure!! And I am confident we will form some great memories.
We will arrive around July 4th and with a week or two Ben will leave for Afghanistan. He will be there roughly six months. This is the downer of moving to California. We have been talking the boys through it a lot but I know their little minds can't really grasp what will happen. But we are blessed with so much family and so many friends in CA that I feel we can really make this separation as easy as possible for them. We will be living on base there which we have heard wonderful things about. I am excited to apart of that Navy community there.
This new job of Ben's will last for two years and he will have two deployments but as I am learning with all things in life, it is best if you take it a day at a time. Jesus said it best when he said, 34"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."
We have a "For Rent" sign in the lawn and on Monday the listing will hit the internet. We already had a showing and they claim to want to the house. They have the application so we will see if they turn into possible renters. That would truly amazing as the sign only went in the yard on Wednesday.
There dear Angela is our news.