“We met when he was in power school down in Charleston. He’s a Navy submariner. I was only 20 years old and we’d been dating for six months when he got orders to Hawaii. We wanted to stay together, so we decided to get married. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and twenty years later, I can tell you it still was a good idea.
“There I was on an island, not knowing anything about the Navy or Hawaii, and he deployed two weeks later for six months. It was sink or swim. It was very difficult to figure it all out, but I learned quickly. Fast-forward 14 moves, 9 deployments, 20 years, and three kids. Our oldest was born in Hawaii, our middle child in Charleston, and our youngest in Virginia.
“Five minutes before our eleven year old’s birthday party, my husband got his last set of orders. The timing of the Navy is always unbelievable. You have to laugh! But for the first time, we’re talking about whether or not the kids and I should go with him to his next duty station. We love it here in Virginia, and his orders are to Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s hard to move a high schooler, a middle schooler, and a second grader. It’s difficult to take kids that age out of an environment where they’re comfortable and where you feel like it’s somewhat controlled. We know our kids’ friends and their parents, and it’s a big decision. We haven’t determined yet what we’re going to do, but it’s something we’ll decide as a family.
“It’s strange to be at this point finally, looking at the last set of orders. The Navy has served our family well and our family has certainly sacrificed for ‘The Good of the Navy.’ After serving for over 20 years in the military, we can say ‘fair winds and following seas,’ and forever be proud of what we have contributed. There’s a whole big world out there. I’m looking forward to living in a house we can paint, with furniture we don’t have to move. We’ve loved traveling and moving, but we can’t wait to put down roots. We’ve excited for the next adventure, whatever that may be.”