I spend the second day of all my PCS’s on the phone! I am either calling or texting family and friends to tell them about the move.
~ I call my mother because she is always on my call list! Actually, we often joke around in my family that the daughter (there are 3 of us) that most calls mom is the daughter that doesn’t live in the same town as mom. In fact, my mother does tend to wonder if I am not ringing her up every few days. This time I caught mom sitting in the car with a sleeping toddler while my sister was running an errand in the store. I gave my jubilant news and mom shed a few tears with me as we both got that much more excited about South Carolina. That is also a spot that my parents have not had the pleasure of visiting together. Mom came once to play nanny for me when hubby graduated basic course, but that’s it!
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~ my second phone call was an attempt to call my very good friend who will be attending that same course. I knew she had been praying for this just like I was. But happy dances had to wait, she was traveling around New York outside of cell range 😦
~I then hit my email to tell my best friend, Layni. Layni is the poor best friend who must constantly change her contact info as I wander all over the US. She often laments the lack of military base in Minnesota. Though we have been best friends our whole lives (we happen to also be first cousins), we have only had the pleasure of living together for 3 semesters at college. One of those as roomies. I do believe that long distance relationships can survive. Our friendship has lasted through snail-mail letters, phone calls, to now Skyping, email, and texting. It can be done. Layni was pretty jazzed for me.
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~ Next was a phone call to my friend Jamie. Jamie is on the short list because she is my southern belle prayer warrior. She and I have often hit our knees in prayer and supplication for the other. Jamie just found herself relocated to Florida, so the very short 4 hour drive between duty stations instead of balancing 4 time zone differences very exciting!! We even starting planning weekend road trips, woohoo!!
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~ Once hubby let our landlord know the PCS had come, I was free to blog about it and shout it out to everyone who would care to listen. So of course, I did!
~ I finally did get through to Andrea and after a bit of screaming, we began to hunt for houses that were in the same neighborhood or on the same street. Our husbands just rolled their eyes and prayed we would fail 😉
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My husband generally spends his second day of the PCS making calls as well! He gets the business side of this 2nd day with calling the landlord and informing his chain of command that he has received orders. The military member tends to have a much more tedious PCS schedule, but more on that later.
This is part of a blogging series Planning a Military Move