My Biggest Military Lesson

There are lots of things to learn about the military community. What is PCS? Then what is PCA? What are orders? You have to have an ID to buy groceries at a Commissary?

This year, I (re)learned about the military what must be the biggest lesson for a spouse. Ever. Remember when I moaned and groaned about moving to Georgia? Well, that didn’t happen. We are staying right here at good ‘ole Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In fact, we just moved from off-base to on-base. We got so lucky as to get a gorgeous house on the water. Really, really lucky.

So what’s the lesson? I’ll tell ya (and military wives, take note!): Never, ever, ever, react to anything (you think) the military is saying you are going to do, ever, until it’s actually happening. It’s just a waste of breath, tears, and time. Because in the military, nothing is final until it’s happening.

I thought I learned this when the first deployment date changed a thousand times before he actually left. I learned it again when I got upset about moving, only to find out that in the end, we weren’t leaving at all. I’m hoping that I remember this lesson next time, because in this life, there’s always change a’coming. And to be honest, this view ain’t so bad.

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  1. Stacy, Beautiful new home and beautiful message really. We all need to learn to live in the moment and not worry about the future or things in which we have no control. Good reminder! Much love – Valerie

  2. Ellen and Gene

     /  June 14, 2012

    That”s a mighty pretty house!!! I’d say the view is awesome! we are so happy for you both and glad the military option turned out so well. Keith earned it! Send us some pics of the inside when you are finished moving in.

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