Saturday, May 30, 2009

So far, so _____...

We got some not so good news on the first two days of Josh starting his new job.

1.) Josh leaves for a one month deployment for training on June 9.

2.) Josh leaves for a 7-9 month (they said their Squadran is usually gone for 8-8 1/2 months) deployment starting sometime in October. Which means he'll be gone for our first Thanksgiving and Christmas being married, my birthday, and our 1 year anniversary. :-(

3.) As for now, Josh doesn't get to touch an engine for about a year and a half. This is the most upsetting for him besides the deployments. This is why he joined the work on planes! Instead, he'll be motioning in air planes as they land for a year and a half. UG!

4.) Since he doesn't get to work on engines, during his long deployment he'll be doing dirty work like dishes, scraping scum off the side of the ship, and motioning in planes on the ship deck.

5.) He is in one of the most awarded Squadran's, therefore they go on ALL deployments. Meaning he'll most likely be home for 6 months and then leave for 7-9 months again. An officer told him on his first day to prepare himself and me for him to be gone the next 5 years more than he'll be home. :-(

6.) We WILL be getting our things from Louisville around June 8th, but it will probably be limited cost. Which means they'll pick up all our stuff and then a few weeks later inform us if we owe anything or not. We don't even get the option of seeing if they'll be charging us before they pick it up to see if we could do it ourselves for less.

But among the cruddy stuff, Josh and I are having some really good times. We've been out and about in downtown Norfolk a time or two to see a movie and to just get out of the apartment. I had no idea he actually wrote in the journal his family gave him before bootcamp, but he pulled it out and read me two journalings last night. The first spoke of our engagement. His words were so sweet to hear. He wrote about how much he cared for "His Dear Lane" and can't wait to actually be in the same place. The second one he read was written after we eloped. He talked about what a great decision he made and how happy "His Dear Lane" makes him. I don't think I've ever heard him refer to me as "His Dear Lane", but I guess in his mind that's how he thinks of me. So sweet! He has definitely been my rock through this move and I know for a fact it would have been impossible without him. He has provided for me and taken very good care of me.

I'm currently working here and there to build up my Mary Kay business here in Norfolk handing out business cards. I actually miss my salon job (and the free perks) a little I found an upscale salon in downtown Norfolk that's looking for a coordinator for only 2-3 days a week. I applied for it in hopes that it'll help me meet some new people!

Everything will work out. God isn't surprised by the things that happen in our lives (thank you to my Father-In-Law who reminded me of that), so it's comforting to know that everything is for a reason. The time away from Josh can only make us stronger!

Thank you all for your prayers and support! LOVE LOVE LOVE to all of you!


Shelley said...

And LOVE LOVE LOVE to you two too! I loved reading about the fun stuff amidst the crud. Focus on that, you'll be okay. I can't wait until the first time we get to visit you!

HowryFamily said...

oh Laney.. we'll be praying hard for you guys the next couple of months! I'm so proud of you two for working so hard!

Leetle Babuski said...

Lane I'm so sorry to hear about Josh's deployments. I know you'll have some very sad and lonely days ahead of you, but there will be bright spots in the midst of it all too. Nothing can prepare you for these times apart except going through it, but you will be in our thoughts and prayers! Keep us posted and feel free to call or email if you ever need to talk to someone about it. We love you!