The Army Side of Things

The Army Side of Things

The Army Side of Things


My husband questioned me the other day about the “branding” of my blog. It went something like this:

“Why is it called The Army Chap’s Wife when you really don’t write much about the Army, the Chaplaincy, or being a Chaplain’s wife?”

Valid question–and after I got past the (slight) defensiveness that rose up in me, I honestly had to consider it. And, as you may have noticed as well, he was right, and I have some possible re-focusing to do.

I know that one of the reasons I’ve not focused on the military side of our lives is because as a Reserve Chaplain, the Army doesn’t influence much of our day-to-day existence. That is all about to change. In fact, there’s a lot that’s about to change.

I haven’t been comfortable sharing here yet, because we didn’t have official orders, but we finally got those today. So now I can tell you that we are going to be an active duty Army family for at least the next 15 months…and we’ll be that, not in Indiana, but in Texas!

That’s right. In less than a month from today, we will be heading to the big state of Texas. Reactions around here have been varied, to say the least. My own emotions and thoughts are all over the place. I swing from excitement for what this opportunity means for my husband to sadness over leaving friends to anxiety over how all the details are going to work out.

This is all going to be new to the females in our home. We’ve never really lived the Army life. Thankfully, my husband has! Even though he’s been Reserves since I have known him, he was active duty for many years before we met. He understands the system and the way things work. That’s been a huge comfort for me–’cause I’m pretty much clueless! (I think I know about 5 of the tens of thousands of acronyms.)

Here’s one of the acronyms I do know: PCS. Stands for Permanent Change of Station and means that this will be the first time I’ve ever moved that I don’t do any packing. That’s strange, and probably one of the reasons that the move doesn’t exactly feel “real” right now. Having movers come and do all the packing is going to be an entirely new and weird experience for this girl!

So stay tuned, I guess I’ll have more Army stuff to blog about! 🙂





Thankful Thursday




Today I am most grateful for the person who gave his first-class airline seat to my travel-weary, Army husband and took my husband’s coach seat.

When my husband called from St. Louis and told me what that man had done for him, I was in awe. And now as I type this I’m getting all misty-eyed over it. Thank you, sir, wherever you may be.


And now, on to the rest of this week’s thankful list!

  • Motivated kids
  • The Content Brew class I was able to be involved in
  • Morning study time
  • Pandora’s “Film Score” station (it’s what’s been playing during school these days)
  • God’s timing–perfect once again
  • A fun weekend ahead for my girls
  • That I can look forward to this, even if I have to wait 6 more months for it:

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  • My husband does not have to go overseas! He will be on a special orders assignment for at least 4 months, but only to–Wisconsin! This means we might even be able to see him every few weeks. It’s not the ideal family situation, but we can work with it.
  • We got the rest of the garden planted yesterday. Alas, I have no pictures–I was too busy and dirty to mess with the camera. Soon we will be eating spinach, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, green and yellow peppers, watermelon, green beans, and corn! Oh, and I picked the first of the lettuce yesterday too!


I hope you can find things, large and small, to be thankful for today.

It’s a Major Deal


Yesterday was a big day for my Army Chaplain husband. He was promoted from Captain to Major! I’m so proud of him.

His commander had some great things to say about him in front of all the others gathered, and I wish I had had the camera on video instead of only taking pictures. Still, I’m glad the girls and I had a chance to go and see his new rank “pinned” on.

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Now, instead of calling him “O Captain, my Captain,” I’ll have to switch to “My Major Love”….or something like that. These are serious things to consider, you know!