I might be jumping the gun here, but I would consider myself a relatively seasoned military spouse. I’ve been supporting my husband in his military career for six years now. (He’s been in longer than that.) I’ve supported him through a lat-move, a deployment, several training ops, promotions, a strenuous B-billet, bought a house while he was deployed, was a FRO assistant, had several children at the military hospital, learned the jargon, etc.
BUT (this is a big “but”) . . .
I’ve never gone through a PCS before.
I know. It’s crazy. To make it even crazier, neither has my husband. In all of his 9 years, he hasn’t PCS’ed before.
I suddenly don’t feel very seasoned anymore.
Overwhelmed is the word.
Not only have we never done a PCS, but we’ve never lived on the West Coast or done a cross-country move. We have about 3 weeks to get everything figured out, get our house sold or rented (which we are doing “by owner” and is also a first for us), and start the move. I’m slightly losing my mind. I know I’m forgetting something. I must be. We’ve never done this as just a couple, let alone with 4 young, very energetic children. (Okay, Evelyn isn’t exactly at the energetic point yet. But, she is a nursing infant. Enough said.)
Yes, we’ve known about our move for months now. But, when we found out, I was still going through deep depression, and I was dealing with a very difficult pregnancy. On top of that, my husband’s B-billet kept him away from home a lot, so he wasn’t able to help much at all. Needless to say, we feel like we’re having to pick up slack and do it quickly.
It might sound like I’m complaining, but I’m really not. I’m excited about the new adventure. But, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t ready for it to be all done and over with. I am so ready to be at our new duty station and start the next step of our adventure!
Oh, and we’ll be living on base, which is also another first for us.
Shhh! I know you want to gasp again.
I guess after all this, I really will be able to consider myself a seasoned military wife! Yay?
I mean . . . *cough* . . . YAY!
For those of you who have PCS’ed or lived on base before, any advice or encouragement would be greatly welcomed!