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Sunday, June 20-Update

June 20, 2010

This past week has been eventful! 

As you know, this past week has been a busy one for us. We want to let you know that we are very thankful for all that the Lord has been doing. He sure has been answering a lot of prayers. Our landlord gave us all of our security deposit back and sold Chris’ vehicle too! The buyer was the first and only person that looked at the CRV. 

Here’s a run-down on the past couple of days and the next few: 

Friday-Monday: Cleaning and organizing (Saturday included a nice going away supper with some people from Chris’ squadron. I can’t possibly do justice to the things that some of the men had to say about Chris as a Commander. I bawled.) 

We moved into TLF on Tuesday, after the packers….. 

Melissa did lots of repacking and Chris had appointments on Wednesday, Ian wasn’t feeling well all day and we had to quickly leave the restaurant at supper-he thought that he was going to be sick…….. 

Thursday– deregistered both vehicles and turned over the CRV to the new owner, Chris had appointments and the rehearsal for the Change of Command, I used my Christmas present from Chris, a gift certificate for a massage….:) 

Friday we mailed some large packages to ourselves. Chris went to the base pool with Ian, Hannah and Abby. Sarah and I did some shopping and picked up the rental van, twice. Long story.  Chris went to work for a while in the afternoon. 

Saturday– more organizing and repacking for Melissa, speech writing for Chris and then off to Sara B’s birthday party for all of us. 

Today, Sunday, Chris went to work to print off his speech for the “Change of Command” ceremony tomorrow. He has been doing a lot of “out processing” in the past two weeks. He has had lots of appointments with different agencies on base and has a few more left. He has turned in his Blackberry, his baby as we affectionately call it, and will turn in his work computer tomorrow. YEEHAW! Ooops, did I say that out loud? 😉 Really, I have seen God’s hand during the past three, sometimes very trying, years. I am so proud of the leader that Chris has become. 

Lord willing the next week will look something like this: 

Tomorrow, Monday at 9 am, is the Change of Command ceremony. Phew! The mantel is on his shoulders until then and he has had some weighty personnel issues even this weekend. He also has some more things to do in order  for us to be able to leave here. He needs to close out our bank account  and pay back our security deposit to the Air Force. He’s looking forward to not having something that he can’t forget to do. God has helped him to save quite a bit of money while we’ve been here and he was able to pay off our van loan. Two years early. With the sale of the other vehicle and the return of the security deposit we are now debt free! We are so thankful. 

I think that Tuesday will include the final out process appointment, a final trip to the post office and more packing……….. 

We leave here on Wednesday at 6:45 pm and will be staying overnight in Baltimore. We are thankful to be moving back to America and have wondered what we will do when we fly into American airspace this time. It’s our fourth move across the Atlantic and when we return to US soil we are always struck by how privileged we are to be in God’s service to our country. 

Thursday we’ll fly to Albuquerque. 

Friday we’ll go to the housing office for an update on where we are on the waiting list and/or look at the temporary house that we have accepted. We’ll probably pick up some mail and eat some yummy New Mexican food at Garduno’s. 🙂 

We’ll be staying in a hotel for the first 3 nights and then, when one is free, we’ll move into a TLF on base. 

For now, we plan on having our household goods delivered to the not-so-temporary house on July 6th. 

We are hoping to be in Maine around August 15th for about 2 weeks. 


So, we are tired. We are sad. But most of all we are thankful. Thankful for our time here, our friends here, our house here, our adventures here, our hard times, our sometimes painful growth and the faithfulness of God. He knows the number of the hairs on our heads, knows about my sore foot, Chris’ investment in his squadron and the difficulty of letting everyone and everything go and trusting Him alone. He is Jehovah-Jireh, God our Provider. When He asks everything of us, asks us to trust Him with our most precious thing, and we do, he always provides. Just like with Abraham and Isaac. We don’t usually understand what He’s going to do, especially when we are climbing that mountain of sacrifice. We will trust that He will provide for us as He always has.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Patricia M Thibodeau permalink
    June 20, 2010 10:39 pm

    Hi Melissa,
    I was exhausted just reading your summary of your final days in Germany. Dad and I are so pleased everything is falling in place. You are living your own Tetris game at the moment. I’m sure Chris’s final speech will be uplifting…laced with humor and humility. He will be missed in his role of leader and example. You and your family will be missed by many. Serenity now, serenity now.

  2. June 21, 2010 3:42 pm

    Thanks Mum. We love you.

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