Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The *BIG* News!!

Okay, time to spill the beans! We have kept our little secret for long enough. You know the one, the one that has been keeping me from my blogging responsibilities? Which I am really sorry for, by the way. If I haven't visited your site in a while, don't take it personally, I really do love you! I have just had very little blogging time lately. And here is why. A hint first:

That's right, everyone! Ben enlisted in the Army Reserves! Before you start asking yourselves, "What was he thinking!?" Let us explain! We are trying to make our lives on our own. No help from rich relatives, no scholarships, no bumming off anyone. Ben has worked full-time our whole marriage and full-time/ part-time college at the same time. He has worked his butt off so I could be home with the boys. We have gotten to a point where school is so hard, that work is killing his grades. And the student loans we have had to take out are eating us alive!

This was not a choice we made lightly. Much prayer, fasting, research, and more prayer went into this decision. Because of Ben's grades, college credits, bilingual status, and Eagle Scout, he is able to join with a couple promotions already under his belt. And Because he scored so high on the Military aptitude test (ASVAB) he qualified to do what he was meant to do: Engineer. So there you go, my man is going to be an engineer in the Army! So say goodbye to that sexy facial hair! And HELLO to sexy uniform!

When he comes home from his training (6 1/2 months for an engineer) he will be able to finish college along with the ROTC and graduate with his electrical engineering degree and earn his commission too (2nd Lieutenant). We will have some money, and all our student loans will be paid off by the Army!

Oh, and did I mention he is leaving in less than 2 weeks? June 22 is the big day. Don't worry about me, I am one tough cookie! Just means more adventures with the boys to blog about, LOL.

I am so proud of my Ben! There is no one else I would want more protecting my country!

So wish him luck!

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Note: Ben will write 2 more "Daddy Saturdays" before he is off. Meanwhile, I will fill in with "Daddy Saturday Updates" and let everyone know how he is doing and maybe share a funny story or two about Ben's new adventures. I bet there will be a lot! I mean, it is boot camp! Right?

35 comments:

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

Congratulations! That's a big step, one I don't think I could do. I'm going to be solo parenting for the next five months while my hubby is still working here in Germany, we can keep each other sane if you like :)

(And I'm way behind on blog comments too!)

Rocksee said...

Connnnnnnngrats.

Ben this is a great great decision. So proud of my Nut Family!

Anonymous said...

We are very proud of you Ben. Many wonderful and dedicated men and women protect this great country and now you are one of them. God speed son.
Gramma Nut

Practically Perfect... said...

It sounds like you've really put a lot of time and thought into this decision, and I'm so glad that it's the best one for your family. Best of luck on this new journey!

Pam said...

You weren't kidding when said you had BIG news! Wow! I applaud you guys for finding a plan that will allow you to meet all your goals. Good for you! And Ben I have the utmost respect for the men and women who choose to protect our country. Thank you for making that choice. I salute you!

C.J. Keller, said...

Wow, I didn't see that coming! I can't begin to imagine how difficult making this decision was.
You two obviously don't watch enough reality T.V. Don't you know that these days you're supposed to get what you want immediately with no hard work or sacrifice and step on anyone available to get a leg up the ladder?
Seriously though, you're such good people, following your values and doing what's right by your family. I wish you only the best because you all deserve it.

DaveandRuth said...

Good for him! That is awesome. You are a strong person and many adventures await you!

Anonymous said...

I love you guys. Thank you Ben and good luck.

kiddiescorner said...

Congratulations! Great decision.

Melanni said...

Wow, I thought you were going to say you were pregnant! This sounds like a great decision for your family. That's awesome that the Army will pay off school loans-that's got to be a huge relief!

Jill said...

I've always said "You're more woman than I could be." And now it's even more true than before. I know Ben will do a great job. You know where I live. Don't hesitate to visit in those 6 1/2 months. You're gonna need it. :)

Rebecca said...

I think this is fabulous! May God's favor look upon him as he serves his country proudly!


:)
Becki@BlogMommas

becca said...

What exciting news! I know i am new to your "family" but as an avid reader of your stories I feel I have just started getting to know you and this seems like a really great decision for your whole family. All the best and keep us updated!

Our Family said...

Wow, that is big news! That sounds exciting, scary, and busy all at the same time. It does sound like you will be getting great benefits, though. Good luck with everything!

Shannon said...

Good luck with this new adventure!! I hope he really enjoys himself.

Andrea said...

Wow-not what I was expecting for the BIG news. Congratulations though, that is exciting news. I'm proud of you both to choose to serve our country. . . .and get help with school and student loans along the way. Best of luck to both of you! Will you be staying in Logan while he's away at training?

Kelly Dawn said...

Exciting Exciting news!! Great decision on both your parts...my daddy was an army lifer....

Let me know if you need ANYTHING...

Kelly

Camryn said...

That is awesome that he scored so high! I am excited for you. If you want to swap stories and need someone to talk too, you know where to find me!

Congratz!

BridgetJean said...

Congrats!!! I wish you and Ben much success.

K Willson said...

YAY!!! I'm so glad you spilled the beans ;) I'm so proud of you guys ... and we're totally here for you! I've been there, so whatever you need! I'm good at babysitting (and you'll need 'mommy nut' time for sure!) Give me a call with whatever you need! Welcome to the 'ROTC' family!!

Kjar Family said...

Congrats! I'm excited it's all worked out.

Lydia said...

That is the way we did things Basic, then ROTC, then full time army. We love the army life and it has kept me home with my babies. Enjoy the adventure along the way.

Ryann said...

Advice for new military? Be prepared for anything! Moving, deployments, long nights. But there are a ton of things to look forward to: exploring the world with someone else paying for it, developing a stronger bond with your husband than you thought possible, and learning how incredibly strong and independent you can be, and truly understanding the sacrifices that have been made for you on behalf of our men and women serving in the armed forces.

I was raised by a Marine and then ended up marrying a Navy man (a step down some would say:). The military is all I have ever known and I would not change that for the world! Welcome!

Jodie said...

Congratulations! The military is a great career for many people. My brother has been in the Marines for 13 years. It takes a very strong man and woman to go through this journey. Good luck to y'all!

Otter Thomas said...

Congrats. I know you are proud to have such a great husband. I am thanful for him and everyone who serves.

joannamarieprice@yahoo.com said...

I wish you the best of luck! It's a tough decision, but I'm glad to hear you guys are so secure in it. The army has many advantages!!

Ana said...

Hey, I saw your comment on my blog and wanted to say welcome to the military life! As for advice, I have a couple of things (feel free to email if you ever want to ask anything, too - I'm not great about checking that account, but I'll get to it).

First, remember that nothing in the military ever stays the same. If you are an ordered, gotta-know-what's-going-on person, realize this is not going to be possible most of the time. Most days, I have no idea when he's coming home or what the schedule is going to be like tomorrow. I've learned that staying loose, going with the flow, and never planning too far ahead (or counting too much on any plans you have made) has kept me sane. We buy plane tickets that can be changed, and just hope for the best in all things.

Second, you are going to get a lot of great things from the military, but there are a lot of very crappy things, too. I like to think of it as taking the bad with the good. Financially, being Navy has been fantastic for us. We've been careful with our money, got out of debt in a just a few years, and have stayed that way. The downside, of course, is he has to deploy all the time so we can get all the special pays, etc. he gets.

Healthcare is good, but there are a lot of challenges and frustration that goes along with that. Definitely don't expect civilian care. It's nothing like that, although I haven't ever felt that we couldn't get the care we needed. It just took more time. Trade off for how cheap it all is.

Mostly, just keep you head up, don't be afraid to tell people you need help (you don't always have to be the strong military wife it feels like you must present to the outside world), and brush off the stupid comments people who don't know any better are going to send your way.

This is a very rewarding road, but it's a very hard one, too. We're actually working on getting out in the next few years for a number of reasons, but I have no regrets about the years we've done (or the ones we will be doing before the end). Good luck!

Controlling My Chaos said...

What, what a big, exciting change for you. It sounds like you've considered all your options and made an informed decision, so it must be right. Good luck. I look forward to updates.

Farmer*swife said...

WOW! This is awesome on so many levels. A life-long friend of my Hubbies is on his second tour in Iraq. He's an officer because he was participating during college.

He renewed his enlistment; and, the second term in Iraq came around. But, he's making awesome money; I mean A-W-E-SOME...

I think after this last enslistment he'll retire from the military, but he finished his schooling in the military and he's an expert in internal and technical communications. So, he can get employed with any tech/communications/programming type company.

I'm so thankful for your husband signing up and all the great things it will bring you. And, I wish him the best for how honorable this decision is for our country!

Y'all Rock and I wish Y'all all the Best!

A said...

Wow! I'm sure 6 months it will fly by. Time always does when you have kids. I can't even remember the last 6 months of my life. Darn kids.

Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

Wow, congrats!! What an exciting new adventure for your family. -Andrea B.

Haley Hatch Freeman said...

Wow! What a big life decision. I respect those who join any military serves. I wish you both the best in your new adventures!
I'll look forward to your updates.

NYC Mama said...

I just KNEW he would get in! Yay, Ben! Don't forget that I'm here for you if you should need any single mama advice (or ear to listen), even though you'll only be on your own with the boys for a short while. Congrats!!!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Holy Cow. Best wishes to you for all of these big, exciting life changes.

Maranda said...

Engineer hooah!!!! The Hubble is an Engineer. They pretty much do a little of everything. Congrats to you and your hubby!!!!