This week, I’ll be talking about our moving journey. But before I start about the current stuff, I’ll have to go back in time and paint the picture for you.
The first mention of us getting orders to move came around the end of January, beginning of February. My husband was deployed and the move was described as something that might happen, but not definite. We were surprised because we had only been on our current duty station for 2.5 years. We expected to be there almost twice that amount of time.
Around the end of February, we found out that we were going to be moving for sure, but we didn’t know where for two months! All we knew was that the report date was in June. The wait was grueling! We didn’t know whether to prepare for an overseas assignment, a remote tour, or another stateside location. Finally, news came in about our new base…right at the same time we were told that my husband’s deployment would be extended indefinitely.
To make a long story short, my husband ended up being deployed a little over a month longer than originally planned. Thankfully, he was able to push back the report date until July. From the time we got official orders in hand to the time we reported to our new base was 1.5 months. As you can imagine, we were running around like crazy trying to get things done before the move!
Military families are blessed in that we don’t have to worry about doing the actual packing of our household goods. The government pays for movers to come and pack up our personal belongings and ship them to our new location. While I didn’t have to worry about boxing up my china and endless book collection, I did have to worry about packing things that I didn’t want the movers to pack.
I did not let them pack: current bills, social security cards, medication, important documents, credit cards, checks, birth certificates, marriage license, orders, housing information, Little Man’s favorite sleep toy and blanket, school and therapy records for Little Man, computers, small toys for Little Man, and things needed for day to day living in case it took a while for us to get our things once we arrived at our new base. All of those things had to be packed in our vehicles before the movers arrived.
In addition, there are certain items movers will not pack: liquid items (like my washing powder and dish detergent stockpiles from couponing), candles, cleaning products, firearms, flammable items, batteries, jewelry, money, house plants, and a few other things that make perfect sense for them not to pack. Those things also had to find a place to fit in our vehicles.
About a month out from the move, I started calling all of my local bills, such as cable, water, power, and gas to schedule shutoff dates. I also got details about the closeout bill for each one so that we could prepare financially. A word of advice…don’t call too far in advance! My cable/internet/phone got shut off not once, but TWICE because the representative put it in the system wrong. Bless his heart, it was his first day on the job, but I was some kind of frustrated about the double shutoff! It ended up working out for my good though…the company gave me a credit that equaled to my last prorated bill.
Then there was the transporting of our vehicles. The military does not pay for stateside transport of your vehicles. We have two vehicles and I didn’t want to drive 1000+ miles by myself. Long distance driving and I don’t get along due to my history of back problems. Plus, I like the quality time my family has together on long trips. I found an online company called UShip that a friend of mine used to ship her vehicle across country. Transporters bid on the cost to ship your vehicle to your desired location. It started off pretty promising, but it didn’t work out at the last minute. I dreaded the fact that I was going to have to pull out my heating pad and drive cross country by myself in a two car convoy.
On Wednesday, I’ll be posting about what happened when the movers showed up. You’ll never believe what happened! On Friday, I’ll conclude the moving series and tell you about how God blessed us throughout the entire process.