It's been crazy here. Good crazy, but crazy.
I/we managed to pull it all together and get things ready before the movers came. There have been some forgottens and panic moments when something was already packed or missing....but it wasn't my stuff - and we will leave it at that. Lol.
The dogs troll around nervously. The house is almost empty and they don't like it.
Actually the movers were supposed to be done Friday but they weren't and now have to come back to finish on Monday. I warned the lady that came to do the walk through and the crew the day they showed up. They all thought they knew better than me .... And they couldn't complete the job.
But I'm not complaining as it leaves me with the washer/dryer, the couches and a tv to watch over the weekend. Everything else we need is in the trailer which we pulled up in front of the house last night.
It feels really unreal this time. I think it must be because we don't have an actual destination or end time for what happens next.
We know the area we can live in ....and it is very large. We know there will be training and possible back to back rotations to complete before we will be able to even begin to look at houses. It could easily be six months. It's a big unknown.
So next week we start a whole new life adventure as travel trailer full timers. It should be interesting with an active 8 year old, snarky 17 year old, 70 pound Doberman, 9 pound chihuahua and the two of us. I'm sure it will not be boring.
I can't say I'm real excited as this is not the road we ever saw ourselves going down.
Who knew we'd have a president that would force so many out if the military and close down the contracting jobs at the same time?
Who knew we would have to use the money we worked so hard to save for retirement to keep ourselves afloat for so long?
Who knew the economy would be at its worst ever when we did get out?
We sure didn't.
Now it's time to do our best to get back to where we were at least. I really don't feel confident that we will with the way things are going. I think our nation is following Argentina's downward spiral almost exactly. I honestly doubt that it will get better.
But I'd love to be wrong.
So we march forward in hopes that we can recover from the damages done. Not everyone can recover from their losses.
We march forward to teach our children that you exhaust every possible avenue before joining those on assistance. Many other people have already reached the point of being out of options.
We march forward to teach work ethic to our girls. Lets face it - too many people do NOT have any work ethic- or never had it modeled for them. We can do better than that for our girls.
We march forward to teach that taking care of yourself is a personal responsibility - not a government responsibility. Again, there is a large population of capable people that think the rich owe them assistance and the government must provide for them. We don't.
We march forward to show that anything worth having is worth working for. We don't believe in collecting the money taken from those that work while we don't when we are capable.
And most important - we march forward because we are capable. There are many that are mentally or physically unable. We are not.
So I'm thankful we have the opportunity to keep marching. I'm thankful we have not yet been broken. I'm thankful we are mostly healthy and whole.
So. We are putting our marching boots on. And marching forward.
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