so, apparently i was really off in my speculations as to when we were going to find out what we would be doing with the rest of our lives.
really off.
but the good news is that now, a month later, we finally do know.

i got this text from zachary today at 2:29 p.m.:

"3:05 p.m. i'm meeting with the wing commander. today's the day baby. pray and be calm."

i'm pretty sure my heart sunk straight to my toes.
my hands are shaking, i'm on the verge of tears, and i'm fearing that if i don't get it together quick, the two kids i'm babysitting will think i have gone crazily mad.
i take a few deep breaths and regain composure.
i was able to go home about fifteen minutes later, but let me tell you, the half an hour that followed was the longest of my life!
i sat at home trying to do anything that would occupy my mind.
i prayed, read my scriptures, crocheted, prayed again, watched some t.v. and prayed even more.
i don't think my phone rang for more than few milliseconds before i picked it up.
zachary informed me that he will be retained in the air force and will be going on to be a space and missiles officer!
i felt my whole body sigh in relief.
i couldn't have been more grateful.

that's all we really know at this point.
we don't know where our next base will be or when we will be leaving.
we know that there will be some training to be done at vandenburg afb, in california, but as to when that will happen, we don't have a clue.
so far, the space and missiles base options aren't looking too fabulous, but that's okay.
we have no room to complain.
maybe we were supposed to go through all of this crap, so that instead of getting upset about where we are stationed, we can remember the last four months of dread and just be grateful that zachary has a job.
besides, i think if we can conquer laughlin, we can conquer them all.

one thing i have learned in all of this, is that God has a plan.
for all of us.
in my time trying to occupy my mind today, i came across this quote from president Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

"to paraphrase the Psalmist of old, if we wait patiently for the Lord, He will incline unto us. He will hear our cries. He will bring us out of a horrible pit and set our feet upon a solid rock. He will put a new song in our mouths, and we will praise our God. many around us will see it, and they will trust in the Lord."

i don't think that anything has brought me more comfort in the last four months than this.
i couldn't help but think that whether the "solid rock" that He would be setting our feet on was somewhere in the air force or somewhere back home, i knew that His purpose in putting us there would be for our happiness.
that's all He wants to give us is happiness.
though we may not see it at the time, whatever happens in this life is for our benefit.
i truly believe that.
i hope this all made sense and that you are understanding what i'm feeling, which is extreme gratitude and also appreciation for the solace that comes from knowing i have a Father in Heaven that is taking care of us.
thank you for your love, support, and prayers.
we are more than grateful.

-the wife


  1. Congrats! It is always a great feeling to know your husband is still employed. I know its a little different, but if Ty ever had elimination rides, and he'd wait all day to call to tell me if he passed or not, those were always the longest days. Glad you guys finally know!!! Zach also told me to get you to like Muse. I'm not sure how to do it, but it is awesome. :)

  2. I already posted this on Zach's blog, but I'm so excited for you guys to come out to Vandenberg!! If you need ANYTHING, please ask! Both Sarah Merrill and I are here so we can help you out with housing or whatever. Between the both of us, we've lived off base and on base. Whatever you need. That being said, how do you feel about dinner and board games? Can't wait!

  3. Yay! I'm so glad that you finally know! I bet that is such a relief.

    Congrats! and GOOD LUCK!

  4. Haha! He would tell you to make me like them. I'm sorry, but I don't think that will ever happen in this lifetime...and probably not in the next either. Thanks for the support though Makamae!

    Kara, I cannot wait to finally meet you! I have kept up on your blog {hope that's not creepy} and it will be a grand day when I am actually able to meet you in person. It's going to be so fun to go to a base and already know people!! Thanks for being so willing to help, too. I will definitely need it! As soon as we get our dates and stuff, I'll hit you up and you can give me the ends and outs. I just don't know what to expect yet. And a big freaking YES to board games and dinner! Can't wait! :)

    Thank you so much Chels! It's a HUGE relief. I feel like a big burden has been lifted. We appreciate the support! :)

  5. Awesome(and other thesaurus adjectives for "awesome". Which by the way, are all applicable): astonishing,fearful,formidable,grand,impressive,intimidating,magnificent, mind-blowing,nervous,overwhelming, wonderful,cool.


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