Living with a Marine has been an amazing adventure.
In the 19 years we were together as a family, we moved 13 times.
I am a moving expert.
I can pack a suitcase, box or a car to the brim and still have room for souvenirs.
Every May, I get this urge to start packing boxes… it’s kind of like anticipating the first day of school with freshly sharpened pencils, new backpack and ready for something extraordinary to happen.
However, in the last four years, the packing urge has become less and less.
Scott says he has about 2 more moves in him and then no more.
I like to keep my options open.
What if I need to move into a beach house or mountain house, or exotic location?
I am up to the challenge.
Of course, the packers will be there to unpack the kitchen and dining room, then get all the furniture in place.
My secret motivator to setting up house is to arrange a party 4 weeks after we move in.
This sounds crazy but in my brain, it seems to work.
Until things are settled, Scott either cooks on the grill, or we have microwave fare…
There are downsides to moving.
First Grade Christmas ornaments get smushed, antique furniture is scraped or broken, and then we miss the friends from down the street.
However, the Marine Corps is small enough to get back in touch with old friends who come from other duty stations, and it feels like home again.
Here's to all the Marine Corps families that move over and over again. It takes a lot of determination and strong will, but in the end, it's all worth it.
Happy Birthday Marines. Semper Fi!
I'd love to hear some great Marine Corps stories, so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.