Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Paxton family has had a very eventful year this year, and all of it seems to have been bunched together in about 2 or three months of the year. 2010 started off rather unremarkably, with nothing to set it apart too much. The kids all finished up the 2009-2010 school year well, and were looking forward to a fun, if quiet, summer.
Jason was due to get new orders, with the possibility of heading to Afghanistan. In July, those orders came through, with him scheduled to leave in October. Or maybe that was November. Or possibly not until February. Thanks, Uncle Sam. We appreciate the effort.
Also around that time, the opportunity arose for us to get out of military housing, and move into a house that we would be buying, but the financing (which we had been working on since sometime in March) still hadn't come through. Nevertheless, we moved into our new house in August.
Meanwhile, plans were moving right ahead for Jason to be leaving his current command, and to report to his new command for training in October, to be headed out to some vague place known as "The Sandbox" in early November...vague because the orders said one place, but were not quite sure. At least we knew it was not going to be in Virginia.
In September, the kids started back to school (mostly in new schools), and Laura started her new adventure in graduate school at Regent University, studying Counseling. Jason was finishing up his final classes for his Masters in Theology. He was also able to take several weeks to spend with the family, and preparing things like legal paperwork and the cars for his being gone for a year.
(Thanks, Jimmy!). (Didn't he do an amazing job?! - most of these pictures are from that shoot) We spent lots of time shopping for things for him to take, and spending time with friends before he (or they) left. We also spent a lot of time unpacking the house, getting settled in, and doing things like getting TVs mounted. Jason was scheduled to report for the drive to training in South Carolina on Saturday, October 16, so the night before we went out to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary, and had a really good evening talking through a lot of details. One of the best parts of the night was finding out that Jason was going to be going to a "vacation spot" for this deployment, and would be there with a wonderful friend from a previous command.
As I write this, we are just over a month into Jason's actually being off of American soil. After Jason left for training, the financing for the house finally came through, and I got to do the closing by myself. Yeah!! We're home owners! We had a quiet Thanksgiving, and are looking forward to Christmas spent with family.
Heather has entered the teenage years . She is in seventh grade this year, and is enjoying being in band, playing the flute for the seventh grade band, and playing the alto saxaphone for the jazz band. This year her birthday was on Thanksgiving, and we celebrated on the Saturday following, with a few friends coming over, but the birthday party came to an early end when Heather fell at the park and hurt her arm...and was followed by a trip to the emergency room,with a diagnosis of a broken bone in her left wrist.
Leah is eight years old now, and in third grade, and doing very well. She is an amazing kid who loves the animals in the house, sometimes to the point of torture of them. She is enjoying the new house, and especially the new neighbors.
Katherine has grown to be an amazing little girl. She will be seven years old this month, and is in first grade, and loving it. She's smart, and she's a good kid, and loves to learn and grow.