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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On Earthly Detachment (We Know Our Next Base)

So it's official as it's gonna get until we actually arrive on base and the powers that be tell us we're in the right place (as far as I'm concerned). 

We are moving tooooo . . .

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Edwards AFB

(That's the little red blob IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOJAVE DESERT.) 

Edwards is very isolated, about 30 minutes from the closest city. BUT! Year-round sunshine. Los Angeles is a 2 hour drive away, Las Vegas and San Diego are 3 hour drives away. And other cities like San Francisco and Phoenix are within reasonable driving distance. There will definitely be a lot to explore on the weekends. Not to mention we get to talk like The Californians. "Take the 40 down to the 405 and hit up Santa Monica, bruhhhhh!"

And if you are like me and have no idea where the Los Angeles really is on a US map, here you go:

Seems like a doable walk with the Duallie. 

It's definitely farther from family than we were hoping for. You know. We were hoping to move to the right on that map, but instead we're going wayyyyyy left. But we do have some west coast friends and family that can hopefully give us a warm welcome. And I'm hopeful that our desert locale means the kids will be less prone to contract runny noses and I'll be sucking out less boogers

Will also got the position he was hoping for, Area Defense Counsel (ADC), so it's an exciting career move for him. He'll be the boss of his very own little unit and get tons of really great trial experience. But back to the boogers. No one gets runny noses in the desert, right???? 

Some other good news is that we have actually been getting to know our new neighbors for a while now:

I've got lots of desert jokes. 

The move will take place sometime in July, which gives me approximately four months to KonMari the crap out of this house. We will definitely be downsizing in square footage and there's also a pretty good chance that we'll be spending a few months in temporary housing while we wait for a house to become available on base. So just when I'm ready to say all my stuff "sparks joy" - I'll get to say goodbye to it for an undetermined amount of time. 

My initial reaction is one of "EHHHH" (high-pitched, nasally whine), because who wants to be without their precious stuff for months, but then Colleen shared this quote in her post today: 

Oh, Christian poverty. How very poignant. 

I've always thought I'm pretty detached from all my stuff, bragging that I am basically a minimalist,  the one in our relationship that throws everything away. I barely shop and I'd be pretty darn happy wearing the same three outfits on rotation, I am soooo laid back, ermahgerd. And then you are faced with the proposition of actually doing without your precious King-sized bed, KitchenAid mixer, and random assortment of baby gear/furniture for a couple of months and you discover you are a big fat phony. I am a big fat phony. I am weak and I need a heck of a lot of grace to help me detach from earthly cares, St. Therese. Help me out, please?

So the thought of getting organized for a cross-country move is a little daunting. (Heaven help me if we ever go overseas! I'm exhausted just thinking about it.) And the clock is ticking to check off remaining items on our Scott AFB bucket list. (We still haven't been up to Chicago, etc.) We will miss St. Louis so much, but lots of pretty darn exciting times ahead. 

And we can't wait to meet our new neighbors! 


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At February 24, 2016 at 4:02 PM , Blogger Julia @ I Camp At The Ritz said...

I *was* hoping for Andrews so the Wills could party while the moms hang out but alas. I'm super jealous of the lack of precipitation and runny noses! Take it from someone who did a move with an intermediary stop-over; throw everything out. None of it sparks that much joy. ;)

At February 24, 2016 at 4:33 PM , Blogger Hannah Gokie said...

WHAAAA. LA is glamorous! I can't wait to read all about the new move. David and I were just talking about how crazy it'd be to move cross country and look at you guys, you're doing it!!!

At February 24, 2016 at 5:07 PM , Blogger Cristina said...

This is so true! I've been reading Happy Are You Poor which is great if you really want to feel like a giant failure/hypocrite at living out Christian poverty. I guess it's always good to have a reminder? And congrats on the orders! Knowing is always better than not knowing, right?

At February 24, 2016 at 5:36 PM , Blogger Jen said...

Oh my goodness, that's a big move!! I totally feel you when it comes to material stuff....I think I'm pretty detached from my things too buuuuut no king size bed or kitchen aid stand mixer? Yikes. I'm sure it will be such a fruitful experience for you though! Most hard things are :)

At February 25, 2016 at 12:05 AM , Blogger Micaela Darr said...

"Seems like a doable walk with the Duallie." Hahahaha! Welcome to Cali, lady! There's a fair few Catholic lady bloggers just a couple hours away from you.

At February 25, 2016 at 8:21 AM , Blogger Emily Elizabeth said...

It will be sunny and gorgeous all the time! Focus on that! :) lol though being without your stuff just sucks.

At February 25, 2016 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Colleen said...

That's what I was thinking! You have an awesome group of Catholic women (sort of) close by!

At February 25, 2016 at 12:20 PM , Anonymous Elizabeth said...

We're at Beale AFB in the Sacramento area. I know some sweet, wonderful, Catholic families who recently PCSed to Edwards. I think you'll find a great parish community there!

At February 25, 2016 at 1:53 PM , Blogger Theresa Breslin said...

Oh, yay! I've been put in touch with a couple women who have lived at Edwards, but are either leaving or no longer there. They had tons of great info, though. Anyway, feel free to point your friends toward my blog or give them my email!!!

At February 25, 2016 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Theresa Breslin said...

Yes! Well, EVERYTHING is a couple hours away ;) so hopefully we'll find an excuse to meet up some way some how!

At February 25, 2016 at 4:17 PM , Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I'm sending you a friend request on facebook so I can put you all in touch!


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