Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Chaplain Spouse Seminar - Day 2

I noticed today that I forgot to mention anything about the relationship aspect of the seminar. I've met some really neat women and it's been very encouraging to get to know them and also to learn about all the many ways to meet other chaplain wives once we arrive on our new post. I'm very excited about the PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel). Not only because of what they said, but because I observed the women who came to bring us lunch and how they interacted with each other. The saying is true - actions speak louder than words!

Today we learned a lot about moving and all the many things you need to know about moving as a spouse - like packing, housing, helpful organizations to contact once you arrive at your new post, searching for a job when you arrive, etc...

The best part about today, and the one thing I wish we would have had more time with, was when they had Q&A with other chaplain wives who've been there and done that so to speak. Not only was there great questions and helpful answers, but, again, watching how they interacted with each other was meaningful to me. I'm excited about what's just right around the corner now!

We also had a chaplain and spouses' luncheon today at the Officer's Club and now the spouses have the rest of the afternoon off to prepare for this evening. The luncheon was really nice. The best thing about it...sitting next to my husband! I'm loving every moment we get to spend together and, after talking to wives whose husbands deploy just weeks after they arrive at their new post, I'm going to cherish every moment! Love on them while you can, right?!

Tonight we have a chaplain banquet and we'll get all decked out again. This time we're taking the twins with us. They are so excited, and I'm excited about taking them. I know it might get a little boring for them, but I also know how much it will mean to them to be there with us. We won't always take them, but as their dad ends his time here in training, and they begin their new life as Army kids (notice I didn't say brats!...they tell me they aren't brats, and I agree...) we feel it is important to include them.

5 comments:

Allyn said...

No, they are for sure not brats and I am so glad they know that about themselves. Y'all do such a great job!

Love,

A-

Kristina said...

I'm so thankful I found your site!! I plan to read all of it!! You are exactly what I was looking for!!

My wonderful husband and I are, prayerfully, considering for my husband to join the ARMY as a Chaplain. It's been on our hearts the entire time we've known each other.

My husband is currently in Seminary part-time and works full time at a local church. We have a lot to think about and your site will give me an idea of what it's really like to be a chaplain's wife!!

Again, thank you for this site.

God Bless your husband, your son, your role as you minister to other wives and family, and God Bless our military!

I am so proud of you!
Love,
Kristina

Laura said...

Kristina,

Hoping you come back to this post so you will see this comment...please feel free to leave a comment with your email address and I won't post it, but will email you!

Thanks so much,
Laura

Pattie said...

Someday I want to connect with many chaplain spouses like this!

Anonymous said...

Bravo, your idea it is brilliant