**Quick summary for those of you have not seen my previous posts:
I am a mom of a 2 year old girl who is extremely high energy with a willful personality and sleep problems. I am married to a military man. I also suffer from Fibromyalgia which is chronic and debilitating.
OK, now here is what I need help with. Hubby is in the infantry. He has 8 years left before he qualifies for a pension. But he really wants and needs a change of pace AND wants a more secure future for us… if he stays where he’s at, when he retires he will have almost NO job skills that apply to the “real” world.
So he applied for a change of trade to firefighter. Good all around… skills for the real world, no more going overseas, no more field exercises etc etc etc.
He was originally told that the course would be 3.5 months long (away from home) but not until AT LEAST fall time but most like not until next year. Today he was informed that things have changed and the course is now 8 MONTHS long and will be in either August or September for sure. We are both kind of shell shocked right now.
I am worried about how I am going to manage without all of his help around here. He is worried about that PLUS being away from Lily for so long. It has him in almost-tears.
My family is close by but are all ill and overworked and stressed as it is. My mom has promised to do all she can to help (but I haven’t told her about this new wrinkle yet) but I am worried that it’s just too much for her. We have looked into getting some help for me at home but nothing has come out of that yet…we’re still looking.
I am scared. I know in my head that this is all for the best and we’ll manage…but I still feel so scared. If you could pray for us as a family so that we can meet this new challenge with some strength and courage I would really appreciate it. Lily is such a daddy’s girl that I am very worried for how this will affect her the most. 8 months is a long time for kids.
I guess I just need some shoulders to cry on right now because I am not telling my mom or other family until at least next week… they have the flu and have to travel to my cousin’s wedding tomorrow (out of town). There is already a lot of stress and I just can’t be the one that adds more to that right now. And I am trying to be strong for my husband so he doesn’t have to worry about me so much…so that leaves you guys:o. Aside from prayers, any words of wisdom or advice from those of you who have been there done that would be great… thanks everyone.**