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What's up with us

Let's see....   Dh started his new job last week. He is miserable. He is the top level of rank on the flightline before the jump to "the office". They are under manned and he is pretty frustrated. He is applying for every special duty available in an attempt to move to a new base.   I have been on my new medications for almost a week. The beta blocker has dropped my resting heart rate from 100 to 60. I may still need another medication to drop my blood pressure as well. The anti depressant

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More court drama

Our court date was scheduled for Monday morning. Today we received notice that he got it continued again. He timed it perfectly. In his letter to the court he says that we agreed to the continuation. There is absolutely nothing we can do about it. I can call Monday morning and say we did NOT agree but it will be too late. He very neatly boxed us into a corner. He got it continued for another month. We will obviously call on Monday to say we do not agree to any continuations.   I hate this man

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Court Update

We are still waiting to hear from the court on our request to change the date of our apperance. We did however hear from the PIA landlord. He called my husband today and left him a message. Apparently there has been a "death in the family" and he is asking for "an abatement" since he will be out of town for 30 days.   We are obviously quite thrilled to hear he is trying to string this out even longer.   There is some worry he is working on filing bankruptcy and before we can get a judgement.

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More Prayers :(

My husband's friend and former coworker commited suicide today.   My friend's husband who committed suicide the last week of December was laid to rest on the 8th.   Last week another military member on our base attempted suicide but was found quickly.   The effects of PTSD are very real and rocking our world at the moment. Dh and I are both shocked, heartbroken, and feeling helpless. Prayers for all affected would be appreciated. It breaks my heart that these men are not getting the help t

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The first week jinx

I swear we are jinxed. This is dh's first week gone again and our first week back at school. The military wives have a saying that the first week dh is gone anything that can go wrong will.   Nothing is going right and we are a mess. Yesterday we called off school when we literally almost died from carbon monoxide poisoning. The alarm kept going off but I thought it was the smoke detector (new house). I kept turing it off because I thought it was malfunctioning. When I started getting incredib

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Prayers for a friend

On December 20th my friends husband left their home, walked into the woods by their home, sent his wife a text with a picture, and then committed suicide. It took them six days of searching the woods to find his body. Last night she got the call that they had recovered his body.     Please pray for her, their children, his family, and all the military members still fighting through PTSD. I can not imagine the level of pain they are all going through.

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Doctors Appointment

I completed my physical therapy and finally worked up the nerve to go back to the doctor for a follow up to my back/hip injury last year.   The news was as expected: Chronic daily pain for the rest of my life. It will never "get better".   I am trying new pain relief methods and seeing a new specialist to try and regain a greater range of motion and strength. But basically my left hip and leg will always be weaker and need daily exercises and stretches just to "keep up".   I am trying to

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Vacation Chronicles

We have made it to KY to drop off the kids with my parents. Oh the stories I could tell. We drove from 8pm to 8am. There were deserted gas stations, women with tire irons, porta potties in the woods, gas stations with bars on every window and door, etc. It wasn't dull.   Today dh and I head to TN to check onto our chalet. I am flat out exhausted, this should be an interesting vacation.

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Confessions of the balanced budget

I finally worked up the nerve to balance out the budget. With the move, setting up the new house, and dh coming home from his deployment we went $500 over budget. $300 of that was for legal requirements on my van!   We could have covered the overage from our checking account but that would have left us only $70 for the rest of the month (after all bills paid). We decided we have been through a unique experience and had enough stress in our lives for a long time. We decided to take the $500 fr

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Here we go..

The farmhouse is packed and cleaned. The kids and I moved in with my parents for the two days before we head back to Jersey. Two days is a loooong time to bite your tongue. If I hear on more time how I have "gone off the deep end" or our children will be "unable to handle adulthood" because we will not have tv in Jersey I may scream.   Anyways. The meals are frozen. I just have to go to the store Wed morning when the budget resets to get the sandwich makings and snacks. We leave Wednesday nig

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Well Crap

Can I just have a mini tantrum?   DH isn't even home from his current six month deployment and he already has orders for another month away after he gets home.     We will be fine. We are always fine. I would just like to have my husband home for a few months straight.   Grumbling over. I have an entire house to clean and pack by myself and a kindergarten graduation party to host in three hours.   Sigh.

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137 days.

It has been 137 days since I have seen my husband. I wish I could snap my fingers and bring him home. I am tired, physically and emotionally. I don't know how single mothers do it...   I miss being able to talk to my best friend. I miss being able to be myself with someone who understands me. Not having to weigh every word I say in case I inadvertently cause world war three. I miss being able to be vulnerable instead of constantly having to be in total control. I can't tell anyone if I am havi

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Random updates on our lives :-)

I have not heard anything from the realtors we contacted about the houses on jersey being available in September. Now that we have the rough dates it makes more sense to wait till October anyways. December makes the most sense but dh isn't going for that. I made a deal with myself not to look at housing listing till September 15th, no since tempting myself. There is a particular farmhouse available on several acres that looks amazing so I am trying to hold strong.   Dh is doing well. They hav

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Prayer Chain Request.

I posted a bit ago outlining how our life as homeless squatters was going (really well!) and how the Lord was working in our lives. We have been so touched by the Lord that his fingerprints are clearly visible in the entire situation. We are current living in my great grandparent's farm house on the family farm trusting that the Lord will provide the house we are meant to be in when we are meant to be there. The kids and I will need to move back to Jersey beginning of September which means a hou

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Update on our lives...

I wrote this up for another forum I am apart of and realized I never really talked about what went on while we were in Jersey packing out so I thought I would share it here as well:   It has been a while since I have been able to come online and really talk so I thought I would post an update on how we are doing.       At the end of March my husband deployed for 6 mths. Two days later the kids and I closed out our house in Jersey and drove to Kentucky to stay on the family farm. We moved i

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Decluttering round one: upstairs

Here is a picture of the "stuff" I pulled out of the upstairs of our house. It is all sitting on the curb. Next up: the main floor. It is half finished.

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Update

Just a little update.   I heard back from the IRS. I was able to talk them down from $5,000 to $600. I could probably talk them down another $20 but I am sick and can't bring myself to do it. I wrote the check and will mail it out on Monday.   My husband's government travel card has issued us a refund check for $400. The check is in the mail. I plan to use it to refill the FFEF used by the IRS.   I talked to my husband and he wants to sign the one year lease and then reevaluate when he get

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mimi

 

I keep getting in trouble....

So I have been home for a whole month now. My husband gave me a month before I started my first war...I only needed a few hours apparently. I really am not kidding when I say I do best with my family when there is an ocean between us. Don't get me wrong I love them....we just don't "fit" if that makes sense. I have a sarcastic, blunt, and totally honest way of speaking. I have zero flare for "playing nice" or saying something other than what I mean.   The biggest problem is with my mom I appa

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checking in

Just a quick update. We are all settled in here in Kentucky and my husband is working hard through his deployment. Life back on the farm has taken some getting used to. Especially being unable to leave the farm if the creek rises. We are having lots of adventures here and I have been cataloging each week on my blog. Due to the lack of internet the posts are written and scheduled to start auto posting beginning in May.   Financially things are going well. Being unable to leave the farm and hav

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Going AWOL

We are down to the nuts and bolts here and will be going AWOL shortly.   My husband has taken leave to be with us as much as possible before he leaves   After he leaves our family will taking an "extended vacation". We will be moving into my great-grandfather's home on the farm where I grew up. It will be an amazing 6mths for our kiddos as my entire family still lives within a stones throw of the family farm. There will be calves to watch being born, barn cats to play with, creeks to wade,

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School ramblings

Just thought I would share our random school ramblings.   We currently use a mom intense (in regards to non-reading children) literature based program (Sonlight) for our oldest two daughters. With the addition of the twins to the routine our life was about to get very complicated (3 cores) and very expensive ($2,500). I did quite a bit of research (understatement of the decade) and came up with another option. This second option (My Father's World) allowed all of our girls to be in the same "c

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The countdown begins

We got the call that the deployment has been moved up by a significant amount. We are officially in our countdown window. I am not loving this   Tonight is my scheduled "fall apart night" Dh is at work and I am about to put all the kids to bed. I plan to have a long hard cry and get it out of my system. I can't keep walking around fighting back tears all day long. Then it is on to the planning phase.   You know what I hate the most? That I have a routine in place for this.   Six months.

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Blah....Doctor's appointment stuff

I petitioned the base medical center for permission to be allowed to see a civilian pediatrician. I felt the military doctor was missing big things and misdiagnosing our children. Our petition was approved and we are spending this month getting our kids into the new doctor.   Guess what....I was right   Today's appointment was a hard one. The new Dr feels that our 8 yr old was misdiagnosed as ADHD (which I felt as well). The Dr feels instead that dd needs to be seen by a psychiatrist and ev

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mimi

 

6 year TMMO anniversary.

We have reached our 6 year TMMO anniversary and I have been doing a lot of soul searching. We are obviously not where we wanted to be at this point. I sat down and asked myself some really hard questions and have been doing a lot of thinking on the subject this month.   Where we are now: 6 healthy children Blog that is paying for 90% of our homeschooling needs 2 paid for vehicles BEF is down to $220 after a major car repair this month Debt free in February (again) Rented off base house t

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Our update.

We have had quite the last few months at our house....   *We moved to a new house! Our current house meets our needs much better than base housing. We went from 1,500 sq ft to 3,000 sq ft. We have a secure backyard, all the interior safety requirements, and a garage for transporting our son safely to and from the car. The rent on this house ends up being $600 less a month then our last house. Electric and gas has been running $200 a month combined. That leaves us $400 towards the extra gas fr

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