Thursday, October 9, 2014

An Exciting Update

After going weeks without receiving any encouraging updates, just days after posting our update on here we received word that Chase is receiving a new assignment rather than being deployed.  We are thrilled with his new assignment!  Not only is it in a beautiful location, Hurlburt Field, FL, which is near Destin, FL, but it is Chase's ideal job.  Over the past two years Chase has discovered that he doesn't love all the prep work that comes with litigating.  He loves being in the court room, but not everything that leads up to it.  But he still has a passion for international law.  His new assignment will be working at an AFSOC base (this means the base works with the special operations of the Air Force...very cool) in a new position they just created for a captain working on none other than international law.  Amazing!  His report-no-later-than date is January 31st, but we think we'll be able to get it pushed up.

We've decided to keep me where I am here in Kansas City until the move for the ease of the girls.  Mila is loving preschool and her cousins, and I feel like I need to be here right now.  My sister in law recently underwent a hysterectomy at the age of 33, and although it went well, the recovery is slow.  Plus, by the second Sunday of being here I was called to teach the Mia Maids class at church (girls ages 14-15), and I really feel there are girls I need to reach before I leave.  Side note: I have decided that being a Young Women's advisor is my ideal calling. Seriously, sign me up every time!  I am loving it.

I want to thank all those who kept us in their prayers.  I know the Lord has a plan for each of us and our families.  I am really grateful for the trial we faced because it stretched me and really required me to walk in faith.  But when we take those steps in the dark, and when we really include the Lord in our decisions, he opens paths that are better than we could have hoped.  Sometimes it just takes waiting upon His timing.  And I know everything happens for a reason.  I don't believe we would have received this assignment if Chase had deployed.  But could he have received this assignment if a deployment had never even been in the picture?  I don't know.  Because we thought he was deploying we moved our family.  And because we are now apart I believe the office that hands out assignments wanted to make up for a crummy situation by giving this assignment to Chase.  See, usually in the military you get a coveted assignment/base and then a not so desirable one.  Andrews is considered a more desirable assignment, so we figured we wouldn't be living anywhere really desirable next.  But seeing that Chase was a perfect candidate for this position and that our family is apart right now, they gave this assignment to Chase.  So I believe all the ups and downs that we've faced this past month was necessary in order for everything to align for this new assignment.  Will Chase still deploy down the road?  Most likely.  Lots of deployments come from Hurlburt Field apparently because it is an AFSOC base, but the deployments are "a lot cooler" says Chase, so he's excited for the opportunities that might come his way.  I will cross that bridge when we get there ;).  I figure the beautiful beaches of Florida will hopefully ease my sorrows when he does have to deploy.  Right now I am just focusing on my immense gratitude to the Lord that our prayers were answered and that our family will soon reunite on the warm beaches of Florida.  Come visit us!  We'd love the company :).

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Much Needed Update

I want to first and foremost say thank you for the abundance of love and support we have felt from so many.  We really feel blessed to have made so many great friends over the years and to have so much family who are looking out for us.  Even though I haven't utilized this blog in over a year for keeping friends and family up-to-date on the happenings of our family, I felt that this could be a good way to disseminate an update on the commotion that has fallen upon our family in the last month.  I know many have reached out to us in the past month and may not know some recent events.

As many of you know, we found out in March that Chase was tasked to deploy to Afghanistan starting this month.  With so many months to prepare we really weighed out our options and felt at peace with the decision to take Chase's sister up on her offer to have me and the girls move in with her family here in Kansas City.  The decision to move really became a leap of faith when we found out, a week before our movers were set to arrive, that Chase's deployment was possibly being turned off.  As you may be aware, we are trying to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, but as with everything in the military, we have always felt, "We'll believe it when we see it."  Well, the wheels really are in motion and deployments are being canceled.  You can imagine the panic that I began to feel wondering if we should really pack up and leave.  After seeking the Lord through prayer, we still felt encouraged to press forward with the deployment.  We packed up our house and put it all into storage, then made the drive from DC to Kansas City, KS at the beginning of September.  After helping us settle in, Chase flew back to DC to finish his out processing.  Well, the day before he was set to leave for combat training, he received official word that his deployment was canceled (this was three weeks ago now).  Usually anyone would be pleased to not deploy, but given the fact that we are in two different locations right now and without a house in DC, we experienced feelings of frustration/confusion when given the news.  We had oddly felt that this deployment was an answer to prayers (we had been praying that we could eliminate our law school debt by next year, and with the deployment that would be a possibility), and then felt prompted again to continue moving forward when we found out that the deployment could be canceled.  Plus, we had mentally prepared for this deployment and it really had come at a good time--I could go live with family since the girls are young and they won't really be affected by it.  Because if he doesn't deploy now, he will deploy eventually, so I say the sooner the better, right?

So what are our plans now?  Well the tricky thing is that Chase enters what is called a "bucket" every year and a half that lasts for 6 months.  When a JAG is in their bucket they can be tasked to deploy, no questions asked.  So Chase's bucket just started yesterday.  So we aren't packing up our things here in KC yet because there is still a very real chance he will deploy.  In fact he is #1 on the list to take the spot of any deployment slot that becomes available.  So we are just continuing to trust in the Lord as we really take steps into the dark.  I feel at peace right now with things.  I have to laugh at the Lord and His infinite wisdom in the timing of things, because I was asked a few months ago when they knew I was moving here to speak at the Stake RS Women's Conference on "Recognizing the Lord's Hand in Your Life."  I found out about Chase's deployment just 2 hours before I was to speak.  So I approached the evening asking Heavenly Father to help me receive inspiration for my own situation as I spoke, and I walked away feeling peace.  We just need to trust and take things a day at a time and we will gain understanding.  For now, I feel I am suppose to be here in Kansas City.  Luckily some dear friends of ours have opened their home to Chase so he isn't too lonely out in DC and is still having home cooked meals :).  He flew out to see us last weekend and will hopefully come visit again sometime this month.  

So our story is "to be continued..."  I will definitely try to keep people informed.  Thank you again for the kind words and prayers on our behalf.  We know the Lord has something in store for our family.