Saturday, January 31, 2009


Caleb passed his PT test on Wednesday (by army standards). He apparently didn't do as well as HE wanted to. He's such an overachiever! His squad was issued their electronics back, so when he called it sounded like a bunch on men on Christmas morning : ) But this does mean that we can talk daily now, which is so great!

Its amazing how God is helping us stay connected is this time apart. Caleb is going through the book of Romans again, and will talk with me about what he is learning. I am listening to a few sermon series from Mark Driscoll and writing to him about what I am getting out of studying his word as well. This is not something we has planned to do, but I think God is using this time of us being away from each other to help us grow individually and as a couple. It's WONDERFUL!!

Caleb also mentioned today that he will be starting flight school directly after WOCS, which ends around June 1st (give or take a day). This is a little sooner than we had expected, so we are going to start being very proactive about our planning i.e. home, jobs, moving etc.

It was a little discouraging to hear, noting that I just moved us 2 months ago and I'm already planning on moving again...Welcome to military life! I'm praying that God will guide us and keep us close to him, because he is the only constant that I know.

That's it for this update. God Bless!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Happy Hour

So God has been doing a number on me lately and I've come to some crazy realizations that a lot of people probably would not agree with.
Life is short. And in that short amount of time a whole heck of a lot of stuff happens. Friendships, deaths, marriages, births, days. Sure our time on earth should be fun and adventurous, but our main goal, as Christians is to glorify God and make it into his kingdom for eternity.

For a long time, I didn't want to go to God's kingdom. I thought that I would be miserable if I had to go worship God for the rest of my life without ever getting the chance to experience the things that I had planned for myself like married life (and ALL that comes with that), being a mother, grandmother, developing the best friendships...the list goes on. But God had to show me that my own sinful attachment to this material world was getting the best of me and I was doubting if he could do better than the things I wanted to accomplish in my life.

But the thing is that this life is not about me or anyone else. It is about Christ. I mean, for goodness sake, he made this life, he made us, the forgave me for everything I've ever done and am ever gonna do. I don't even deserve to be able to dream about the things that I have the ability to dream about. But he loves me enough to have a plan for me and to shelter me from my own sins.

I don't think I will ever stop being anal about cleaning or what I look like, but it is so trivial. He has so much waiting for me that it is impossible to fathom how wonderful my eternity will be. Because this life is NOT it.
So sure I can live it up like happy hour all the time, but will that make me happy in the end? I think that living for a king that can provide me with more than I could ever dream about providing for myself is all the happy hour I need.
Just a thought.
Well, it is 0150 and I'm at work with my fellow nurse, Amanda, learning how to shag from the computer. She looks pretty funny! Apparently our job is pretty easy right now.

Caleb has his PT test today so hopefully I will hear from him and have good news to report. I did get to go to Ft. Jackson on Sunday to spend 4 hours with him on base. I'm really looking forward to him being able to come home for the weekend in February.

Just wanted to give a little update. Hoping to have some news from SPC Wilkes later today!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

So, I thought I would give an update on where and what Caleb is doing. He is currently at Fort Jackson in AIT school for small engine mechanic. This will not be his official job in the army, but it is one step into the process of becoming an Apache pilot. He left on January 1 and will graduate on March 26 (well, so far that's the tentative plan).

You would think that with him being so close to home, we would be able to see each other often, but that's not the case now. As far as we know, he will be able to get weekend off-post passes starting Feb. 14.

This was just an update, I'll post more when I know it!

unpredictable bliss

Monday, January 12, 2009

birth control dilemma

Just some things to think about

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

No. 1

I've decided to start blogging. Something to get my thoughts out and let anyone who wants to know, what's going on with Caleb and me. The title comes from a lesson learned in the past 1 1/2 years of marriage. There are many things in life that are unpredictable or things that happen that were not planned for, but instead of getting into a tizzy about how this wasn't next on the list or planned for at all, I've learned to trust God (the only one who's plan matters anyway) and look for the positive in each situation.
Case in point: I am now the wife of an aspiring Apache pilot in the Army National Guard. The love of my life and high school sweetheart, Caleb. I had our life mapped out, what would happen each year and milestones I've planned on since I was little. I have no idea what happened to those plans. They kind of disappeared when a month into our marriage (and after dating him for 6 years) Caleb casually mentioned one day "what would you think about me becoming a helicopter pilot?" And, here we are, well on our way down that path. One I NEVER thought I'd be on, but God showed me that his plan is the ONLY one and what is meant to be will and not to fear because he is running the show. That provides a little comfort, but I still have to remind myself that I need to find the bliss in this unpredictable life, or I'll go crazy.
So, I'll try to keep things updated and let you guys know our status and how I'm doing rolling with the punches.
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