The State of Me

September 18, 2008

To the both of you still reading my blog out there, let me apologize for my lack of posting and try to explain……

Basically?  I’ve been feeling sorry for myself lately.  Haven’t been looking for the joy in my life.  Just been moping around here in Arizona.

Where it’s hot.

But it IS a dry heat, so really it feels like it could snow at any minute.

(snort)

So since sitting around, whining, isn’t really fun to read about, I’ve been restraining myself from posting.

You’re welcome.

See, we’re here in temporary housing and there’s really nothing to do.  There is only so much laundry to wash and dry and fold and put away.  There are only 3 meals of the day to fix and eat.  There is only a limited amount of toys to play with.  And there is only a certain part of the day in which going outside to play is doable. 

Because you know what?

It’s HOT here!

So the effort I must go to in order for everyone to not kill each other is exhausting.

But here are some good things. 

Some joy.

We get free air conditioning.  As much as we want.  So much so that you can crank it down, open your door, and sit outside on the patio by the door and watch your kids play in the 9-million-degree heat, and actually be pretty comfortable with the free air-conditioned-air pouring out the door.

Theoretically speaking.

We got 2 temporary lodging units.  So we don’t have to sleep on top of each other and trip over kids sleeping on the floor on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. 

We were offered a 4-year-old house that is 2000 square feet in size as opposed to the 1200 square foot house we were told we would get.  It is very nice and has almost no neighbors around which is a pretty neat trick in military housing.  I am choosing not to focus on the fact that we cannot move in for another 5 weeks or so.  That’s 35 more days of preventing homicide by minors.  35 more days of breaking up fights out on the patio in front of many curious Air Force members who wonder why anyone in their right minds would have that many kids AND be in the military.

Here’s another positive……

Nine kids.  While challenging, moving with nine kids is pretty cool.  It’s fun to see their reactions to new places.  It’s fun to take them to Chick-fila for the first time even though 2-Year-Old will have to be in therapy until he’s forty or so.  It’s fun to walk to the Burger King on base and watch Yummy Man have an altercation with the management because it is against policy for him to turn off the TV that was showing violence.  It was fun to see the manager threaten to call the police BECAUSE HE TOUCHED GOVERNMENT PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION.

I’m serious.

The Burger King TV.  Government property.

So there you have it.  Joy in the midst of a major move with nine kids, one big box of matchbox cars, tons of diapers, 3 Rubbermaid containers of Legos, and a sometimes-whiney mommy.

But let’s be fair here. 

I’ve moved this family 12 times since we joined the military.  And it’s always been either overseas or halfway across the country.

So I think I’m entitled to a little whining.

There’s a verse about that in the New Testament, I think.

And if there’s not, there SHOULD be!

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5 Responses to “The State of Me”

  1. happy geek said

    Yeah for a bigger house!
    Yeah for turning the comments on!
    Boo for the heat!
    Boo to Burger King managers with surgically removed senses of humour!
    Yeah for AC!
    Boo for homicidal children!
    Yeah for children in general however, just not when they are attempting to recreate Cain and Abel.

    Missed ya

  2. Joanna said

    That’s such fabulous news that you’ll be in a bigger house with fewer neighbors! What an answer to prayer! I’m really happy about that. Although…a 35 day wait will be really hard. Yikes.

  3. TW said

    Hot? It’s hot in Arizona? Gee, I hadn’t heard that…. Watching Mr. Yummy handle the TV situation in Burger King would have been, ummm…interesting, to say the least. Anything else come of that little incident? Maybe that could be one of your purposes for being on base–to challenge the status quo in the Burger King! 🙂 Hope it’s not so hot today (ha!).

  4. Tonya Lancaster said

    That verse you were looking for in the New Testament is in 1 Cor 13:7 Love bears all, endures all… I think whining falls into that category, I’ll bear it with you and endure it til you’re finished. I’m sure your parents would agree.

  5. Octamom said

    III Krings 7:21

    “And they that whineth while moving tents shall find blessing and honor and permanent housing.”

    Blessings!

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