Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Military Man

Oregon, May 2011

Well, I must let you know a little secret... that is if you don't already know:

We tried this past year to join the Army! I personally did not, but my husband did. It was quite the adventure and step of faith! I had to face the reality of not seeing my husband for 6-10 months while he went to Bootcamp and trained for is MOS (Military Occupational Specialty).  We had embraced the fact that we are already sojourners and moved 13 times in our marriage! Plus, my husband was considering continuing his education and The Armed Services could pay expenses. We were not running from the ministry, but seeking God if this would be the next step for our family. He did show us, just not in that direction!

From about January through April we went through A LOT of surrendering. Sean studied like a mad man for ASVAB (a military aptitude test).  He was given an night in a hotel, dinner, and the next morning took the test and went through an all day physical with about 40 other (young) men.  (You can join the Military till 34 years of age. Sean is 31 years.) He of course was the "old guy"! Anyways, he "coughed for his country" and did an AMAZING job on his test. Aced it. He pretty much could sign up for any job they would offer! He was looking into Medical options of study, not a Mechanic;). Something, that could get him good job placement if he decided not to continue after his 4 years.

He had spoken to a retired Army friend, his brother, and brother-in-law who have both been in for more than 10 years. It was very helpful to get honest advice and a low down on many areas.  Again, might I add: We were not taking this lightly. I even had to go to the recruiting office and sign papers. Lets just say I was praying constantly.

Here is the declining factor: We have five kids. We were blessed the Army would consider him because the Navy turned him away at first inquire.  It is all about getting a "waiver" for the number of dependents you have. Even if we had one child, we would still need one. We don't have a lot of debt so we thought it would be in our favor. The higher ups said no. I guess they think we were bumming off them so we could "afford" all our kids. Maybe not. (The standard for a child over 10 in Military Housing: they get their own room.... so  Sgt. ____ said.) 

So why did I write this blog? Well, we considered the Reserves but did not have a peace about it. Thus, Sean decided to just put in applications for Canteen Vending. (The company he worked for before he was a Childrens Pastor.) Not the most noble in the worlds eyes, but it will support our family and keep him physically active. Within two days he got a phone call back from yes, North Carolina. 

The funny thing: we live between two Military Bases! (Navy and Marines) One of his larger vending accounts is at Cherry Point. On the base. HA!  When we tell people we have moved from Oregon....EVERYONE (even the WIC office) has asked us if we are "Military". We smile and say "no". Sometimes we say "We tried, just have too many kids!".  On Sunday, while walking into church Sean smiled and nodded a man pulling away... AND HE GOT SALUTED! lol! Sean just smile back. 

Sean also likes his hair extremely short, so it usually is a dead giveaway to whom is in the Military or not around here. Except in our case they're wrong. There was even a man at the beach in a conversation with us and he made a  comment "yah, I am just a civillian so our family doesn't have access to the pool on base."

It doesn't bother us at all. In a small way, I can feel I can relate to a few moms I have met because my world was consumed with the idea for months. I can appreciate their commitment to their husbands and children.

I am happy for my husband. He is where God has him. We trusted Him in the entire process to close the door if it was not His will. God may have a ministering to many Military families/persons after all... just without enlisting!

We are in the LORD'S ARMY!  AND I am expecting BABY #6! ;) Our 2nd reversal baby! Praise Jesus.


"10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—"

Ephesians 6:10-18


  1. Love this! You guys are amazing! God's blessing is definitely on you...:)

  2. Praise God for taking such good care of your family. You are all in His loving hands. I know you are where God put you...But you are all missed here : ) Monica S.

  3. Wow! To all of the above...what a beautifully blessed family!

  4. That's a funny story. So happy for you & baby #6! Oh, and love the family picture!!



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