Saturday, April 2, 2011

in the navy


That's all I've been saying for the past 15 hours, or so...

brad and i have been working towards getting him a full time career for a VERY long time.
after a lot of unsuccessful attempts, I finally gave in and let him fulfill his LIFE LONG dream of joining the navy.
last september, he swore in for a job on submarines...
...a job that intrigued him, but just wasn't thrilling enough for my dare devil.
for the past 7 months we've been on a roller coaster ride... up & down... fast & slow as he trained and worked oh-so-hard for a new contract with a new job
{we're very used to this roller coaster and fully expect it to continue throughout our lives}

over the seven months, we watched a bunch of guys, who we've become close friends with, ship off to boot camp
& brad still wasn't getting word of a contract for himself.
trust me when I say it has been an emotional journey for both of us... constantly feeling as if we were at a stand still.

yesterday i took the day off from work because he was assured he would have his contract in hand & i wanted to be there to celebrate when he finally received the big news
{and they were calling for a foot & a half of snow... talk about april fools when we only got a couple of inches}.

we sat in the federal building ALL day when the official call was made around 3pm
when the head honcho peaked his head out of the door and said, "how does may sound?"
we were all in disbelief.
i kept stressing "THIS MAY???  AS IN 2011... NOT 2012????"
they reassured me they did in fact mean a month from now!!!


we have SOOOO much to do before then.
we NEVER expected a month's notice {even though we kept saying if it was offered, we wouldn't pass it up}
but, another guy just got a contract to leave in september.  i thought we would be pushing another winter, for sure.
i was so grateful to be there for that moment with brad!

words cannot express how excited we are, but boy are there a lot of people on the east coast we are going to miss.
it will be a month of visiting and celebrating some wonderful friendships.

as for me & damon, it's still up in the air where we will be for the 8 weeks that brad is gone.
sometimes it is not fun to be an adult with responsibilities, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do
& the entire time brad is gone & i am doing whatever it is i've gotta do,
i will be dreaming of this place:
& we expect all of you to start planning your next family vacation to the west coast! :-)

Let the packing begin!!!


  1. Kalen, You are so beautiful. I am so happy for you and your beautiful life of love with Brad. (and everything else that comes along) Best of luck on your new adventure. Keep safe and love hard. Your mom must be so proud. Sam

  2. Wow, how exciting and a little scary too.

    Congrats to your hunny!

    Take care...Jodi

  3. Dad and I are so happy for both of you. We know how long you have been waiting for the word and now it is here. Don't let the news overwhelm you. Try to take a breath now and again while preparing to make the big move. make a list of places and people to see and take pictures of your favorite places. I love the idea of a journal. I will keep my fingers crossed and my prayers coming so that it will work out for you to stay with us while Brad is in Boot Camp. Love you both and give Brad a BIG hug for us. XXOO

  4. Kalen,
    Always looking for what tomorrow will bring.....dreams really do come true! I am so happy for you both. Mom is beaming with pride from the heavens. Remember to walk gently, keep family close,love deeply, hope always, and always, always praise God from whom all blessings flow. Peace. Love you guys, Aunt Joan

  5. Congrats! What a blessing. I know how you are feeling. We did it in a month, maybe a week extra. It is a journey worthwhile! I am so happy for y'all. You are both special people, a beautiful couple, and I am really proud of Brad and excited for y'all.