*I* want to write the story - but *you* probably all want me to cut to the bottom line. ::snort::
I was huffing and puffing away at the gym when my cell phone went off. Well - SHOOT! - I'm not about to interrupt a workout to talk on the phone! I thought I left it at home. I guessed it was Mike with news but I had 15 minutes left.
I called Mike from the car and was told where we were going. He said he'd come home at lunch to tell the kids before we went to drama at 1:00 p.m.
I sent a text message to my parents and the older kids.
At noon....Mike walked in the door, sat down and asked for the globe.
I called Jared out (Jamin was at work - I'd forgotten he would be working). He saw Mike on the couch with the globe and said, "SNAP!"
The guesses began. Oklahoma, England, India, Italy, Japan....?
Zander pulled out his globe to show Mike where he guessed we were going.
After the hubbub died down here at home, Mike went to Chick Fil A to tell Jamin. We felt bad to have missed having him here when we told the others.
Have you guessed already? Here are a few more clues....cherry blossoms, Nate & Heather are moving to China (my brother), I worried about Internet NEEDLESSLY....
Misawa AB, Japan!
Yes, we're excited. NO - we weren't expecting it. I'm thrilled to get part of the family over to Asia (My parents were missionaries in the Philippines). It's amazing how it contains the various aspects we all hoped for, though Jared feels like he wasted two years learning German. ::snort:: I was hoping to stay in Central Region because I love PWOC Central and have loved serving on the Central Region board.
Please do pray for my MOMMY'S HEART which is struggling with the idea of going off and leaving 4 "children" across an ocean...this is a strange deja vu from when I left the Philippines to attend college in OR. Please also pray for our children, who will be just fine, but who are bound to have mixed feelings as they watch us make our first move without the nuclear family intact. The girls moved down here and then moved to WA. We'll have four less children when we leave here....well 3 as we gained Stacia. ::snort::
In the next few months we need to finish school, graduate Jamin, declutter, hold several sales, repair the house, sell the house, figure out what to do with cars, trailer, piano, pets...and will we be able to get an orthodontist over there for Arielle - should we start that here? Do we want to wait another 3 years? How will we ever pay for the kids to come home for Christmas (Meet in Alaska?)? How will we fit in an apartment? Will we be able to get base housing? Do we know any of the chaplains over there? Will I be able to get organic food? Will I be able to grind wheat? Should I leave the Bosch and Whisper Mill here? Will my magazines ship to Misawa? What about curriculum? Amazon.com? It's been a full day.
Tomorrow I begin to SERIOUSLY research Misawa. I think we'll do a lapbook. I want to find out about homeschool support groups etc. Jared plans to learn to surf and snowboard. I plan to stay inside during the winter. ::snort::