How are we? Still in limbo here, but not nearly as "limbo-ish" as we were last week! Why, you ask? Well, the long awaited moment arrived.....here's the scoop on our move. We are supposed to be in Arizona at Fort Huachuca (actually were supposed to leave at the beginning of October per this summer's schedule) but we've been waiting to receive Lou's promotion to captain in writing, official and all that. This particular promotion is a timed one, so according to our general calculations it was already at least 15 months overdue...but the paperwork was "in transit" and "who knows where" kind of places whenever Lou made inquiries. In order for them to "cut orders" for us to go to the captain's career course in AZ Lou had to be a captain....and although he was, he wasn't. Hope that's not too confusing, haha! Anyway, September was halfway gone and still no sign of this piece of important paperwork, so they cancelled his Nov. 15 class date in AZ and gave him a new Jan. 2013 class date...hoping that he would have everything he needed by then. Well, this week he came home with the amazing news....Yes! Paperwork in hand, signed by all the illustrious persons in the army and even better, BACKDATED to March 2011....over 18 months overdue! Shocking, yes, but we weren't too surprised. :) At times I teased him that he wasn't ever going to change rank, I'd always call him "LT"...but then when I sewed his "1LT" rank patches on his uniform so he wouldn't have to use the velcro ones anymore, then I was sure the promotion would come that week. But that was 2 months ago....and so at least I didn't have the enviable task of replacing them the next day with "CPT" patches. :) Also, 18 months overdue means that at some point all the money we would have received during that year and a half will be paid...sometime before 2018....I'm hoping! :) We might be leaving here for AZ the first week of November now, but I'll keep you posted. So, look for promotion ceremony pictures to come soon, as soon as we have the ceremony. I'm so proud of Louis, he's an amazing soldier but even more than that, he's an amazing husband and Christian man. Today he was up early working on the front sidewalk....
On to the baby....he's still in there kicking and squirming....I know its awfully early to feel him but I was certain I felt movement this afternoon after we finished lunch and I lay down to rest. I was perfectly still and I felt these strange "fluttery" sensations...so I checked my heartbeat and it was normal...after several seconds they stopped. I'm still convinced! I went to see the OB/Gyn on Monday at Ireland Army Hospital at Fort Knox and they had me slapped into "OB orientation" before I knew what hit me. Lots of paperwork, lots of "what diseases run in your family" questions....by the time I finished I realized again just how diseased we ARE! :) At the end of the questionaire, an ultrasound tech asked me my due date and then whisked me into the little room next door, where I got to see this!
Many things have happened this month...like the sweet little shower my Army girls gave me for Baby Crist.
We also spent part of September cat-sitting for our friends who are paving the way for us in Arizona already, Dave and Erica. They are also completing the captain's course so I will have a buddy there waiting when I arrive, how awesome is it that the Lord continues to place our friends in places to encourage and support us while we're so far from our birth families. We met Dave and Erica at Grace Church before the deployment and it was great to have Erica here while the guys were in Afghanistan. Their kitties survived their time with us and actually, while Gus thrived from the beginning, even Teddy (who hated me after my cat Missy attacked him last time he stayed with me for a month and would hiss at my coming) became sweet natured and would climb in my lap for petting while I sat at the computer! Gus has talent, let me tell you!
Teddy, on the other hand, is not a poser or performer...but he is beautiful...as evidenced below.
Lou also found time to put in a new tile entry way, discarding the old linoleum 90s patterned floor in the process. I love the new look!
On the way to NJ we broke the trip into two parts and spent the night at Aimee and Andrew's house. Look at their kids, aren't they growing like weeds?? Just the cutest guys, they were all certain we were going to have a camp-out on our air mattress and sleep in the same bed, but alas, the parents gave them the "No" and they contented themselves with telling stories and acting out until bedtime!