There've been some big things going on lately! It's late and I'm tired, so I'm not going to drag this out, but I wanted to write a little something before I forget to do it.
First of all, Matt finally was sent to the promotion board on August 29th and passed with flying colors. Thank God!!!! He'll be pinning on SGT on October first. Yay!!!! It's been a long, long time coming and he worked so very hard for it. I am so proud of him! He wrote a lot more about it all in his most recent journal post (stargazer169
Secondly, Matt applied for the Assistant Music Librarian position with the Army Field Band. I proofed his resume and then he sent it to his two former supervisors at the music libraries he worked at in the past. They both gave him some pointers and then wrote killer letters of recommendation! Matt submitted his application materials the Monday before his promotion board and literally an hour or two after he passed it, he got an e-mail from the Field Band inviting him to interview for the position. Talk about a great day!
On September 9th, I drove Matt to pick up his rental car. (The Field Band paid for everything for him to get there -- car, gas, food, hotel room. What a relief for us!) He left for Fort Meade, which is just between DC and Baltimore and a four hour drive from where we live. The following morning he got up bright and early and went to his interview. After a long, grueling process involving a written test and two interviews, one of which was given by a panel, the applicants were narrowed down to two, my husband being one of them. They were taken to lunch which must have been absolute torture. After they got back though, Matt and the other guy were called into an office and after a tense moment the Sgt. Major offered the position to my husband!!!!
It's hard to begin to express what this job means for Matt and our family. First of all, it means another promotion in rank. Literally five to six months after Matt pins on Sgt. he'll be promoted again to Staff Sgt., getting another pay raise. Even more than that though... and this is so huge... the job is permanent. As in we will never have to move again until Matt ends his service
No more worries about deployment or bad assignments. Matt won't even have to go to Korea. Our children won't be uprooted every three years, having to make new friends and adjust to new schools over and over again. We can actually buy a house and settle down. This is so wonderful, I get tears in my eyes every time I think about it! It's answered prayer, to say the very least.
He doesn't have his official report date yet, but we were told that it would be sometime in February or March of next year. We'll be moving to the Columbia, MD area, which we've heard is very nice. We're so excited! We've even started looking at homes online already! Now that we know Matt has the job, I think it's going to be hard to wait for it to start. Haha! This time of the year through New Years is always so busy and hectic though. I'm glad we don't have to think about a move until after the Holidays are over.
As for me otherwise, things are pretty great. My parents will be in DC this week, so Abby and I are spending Tuesday through Friday with them at their posh hotel in Arlington. I've gotten myself up and out of the house a lot more in general. I've joined the Y and am taking a Mommy and Me swim class with Abby. I've also been watching what I've been eating and I've lost 10.4 lbs so far! I'll be starting a mother's group at my church at the end of this month too... I'm looking forward to that.
Abby has two teeth now and will probably crawl any day. She makes all sorts of cute little sounds and I can't wait to hear what her first word will be! She 's just two weeks from 7 months... where has the time gone? I'll post some pictures soon...