So here's the first announcement of the week:
My husband has been accepted as an Officer into the United States Navy Medical Services Corps!
It's been a very long process (taking almost 7 months, and a lot of patience...), but I am so proud of him and this great service we are going to do together. Plus he'll look great in that uniform ;)
So here's a hint about where we will be stationed:
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can you guess??
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We're moving to Japan!!
We will be stationed for 3 years at the naval base in Yokosuka, Japan - just south of Tokyo.
This has not been a decision we've made lightly.
Which is one of the reasons I've been distracted
- a lot of emotions have been running through my little head and heart.
Lots of people say they would love the adventure of living overseas - but it's a whole different thing to actually pack up your things and fly 18 hrs to live in another country for 3 years.
We are very close to our family and will be very sad that we won't be able to see them as much as we have been. But we know that in the span of a lifetime, 3 years is just a blink of an eye.
So Ryan starts medical officer training in the middle of October. That will last 5 weeks and Charlotte and I will be staying with family during that time. Then we will head on over to Japan!
We decided to join the Navy for several reasons, but here are a few:
*they offer excellent loan repayment for medical professions (9 years of college hasn't been cheap)
*the work is diverse - Ryan will work with families on the base as well as train sailors and marines in hearing conservation.
*lots of benefits - free medical services, shopping at the exchange...etc.
So we feel that this is definitely the best financial move for our family,
as well as a great cultural experience, and a chance to serve our country!
I will definitely be continuing this blog - so you can follow right along with all of our adventures.
I guess I'm going to have to learn amigurumi :)
and I've already scouted out the fabric stores in Tokyo - there are lots!
So I'll have access to fun Japanese fabrics, paper, and washi tape ;)
If you have any info for me about JapanI'd love to hear it
(although please only share encouraging stories - I know there will be difficult times, but I'd like to focus on the positive).
hope you're having a great day!