Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Why we moved off post...

I've had several people ask me why we moved off post and so I thought I would give an answer.

I don't, however, have an answer for those who would ask me what is best when it comes to deciding whether to live on or off post. It's totally a personal preference and both have their pros and cons. It's also a preference that might change - as it did for my family!

From the moment my husband found out he was in the Army, I really wanted to live on post. In fact, I was a little adamant about it. I'm not really one who always feels comfortable home alone at night so, with the knowledge of lurking deployments, I thought that living on post would eliminate more of the feelings that sometime accompany that. My husband, on the other hand, liked the idea of living off post, except for the thought that a very short commute to work would be nice. The twins, like me, also liked the idea of living on post and making neighborhood friends. That didn't really happen at our first house on post, but it did at our second place so I figured they wouldn't ever really go for living off post.

Then, just a few weeks ago, we all entertained the thought...

BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) recently went up and the thought of having an actual house to ourselves, not a duplex, appealed to each of us. Looking at the price to rent a home that was almost twice the size of the place we were currently living in, and less expensive when you look at the fact that they take all your BAH when you live on post, made it even more appealing. And then the other factor of our twins not liking the school district we were in...and, well, it all begins to unfold as we drive by this big, beautiful home in a very nice, quiet, safe neighborhood just outside the post (making our commute only a few minutes longer than before), and then we drive by this HUGE, brand new school that looks great and is rumored to be a really great school...and not a one of us was left with anything to think about. It was perfect...it IS perfect.

This evening my husband and I were chatting about how much we love living here. It's such a nice house. It's relaxing, and private, and the twins are happy as can be about their new school. All is well, and God is good! We thank Him for the blessing of this home. The guest room awaits friends and family!!!

6 comments:

LAURIE said...

Oh I am so glad that you are all happy in your new place. How are the newlyweds doing? I hope the dust is finally settling down a bit for you. You know there is nothing like having your own place, I don't blame you for wanting your own space. I have seen some of those military duplexes, even though they are nice, its still not your own. -Blessings, Laurie

Paulette said...

sounds lovely indeed, could you post a picture?

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura,

I left a comment on one of your older posts that I found. Its was on the heartships of being a chaplains wife. My husband and I just got married last may and we are just steps away from him joining the military to be a chaplian. I would really love to talk with you. Can you give me your email address? I feel that God really showed himself to me through that post! Thank You!!

-Kimberly

Laura said...

Kimberly,

Thanks so much for the comment. I would love to chat! If you leave another comment with your email I won't post it, and then I'll email you.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Your daughter's pictures from her wedding were beautiful. I am glad you posted about the house because I was also wondering why you moved. How is your job?
Andrea M.

Jenn Raburn said...

Laura, I have missed you and your blogging lately. I know life must be crazy for you right now. Take it easy and take it one day at a time. In Christ, Jenn