While it is true that virtually all Air Force dentists get promoted to major (right now they do, anyway), it is not something he or I ever take for granted. We have several friends who don't get the same luxury, and work just as hard (if not harder) than he does. They deploy often, work horribly obnoxious hours and have to face a board of military mugs to determine whether they get to wear the gold leaf. Doesn't seem fair, but I guess they have it balanced to keep retention where they want it. I don't know.
Anyway, what I am trying to say is that some in the dental community may take the promotion with a smug grain of salt, but we do not. We are thankful to have it handed over and very grateful to be provided this luxury because we understand how sought after a promotion like this is.
We have been in for 6 years now , we could get out in 2 if we decide that would be a better fit. After 2 more years we would need to be ready to swear in again for another 4...or say goodbye. It's always a choice, but never an easy one for anyone to make considering all of the 'what ifs' involved in any military family life. What if...yadda yadda yadda.... what if...deployment what if....cut in more benefits what if...war....
Here we are, 6 years ago. The first time I saw my man in uniform. We were newly engaged and had no idea what was in store for us.
So, anyway, here are photos from his promotion ceremony. He gave an exceptionally touching speech, well it was in my eyes anyway. He wanted Sabrina to remove his Captains bars like we had practiced at home but she got really bashful and shy when she was up there and all she wanted to do was bury her sweet little face in daddy's blues. We helped her out with the removal and I, along with one of Peter's favorite mentors and superiors placed his new rank on.
He thanked both Sabrina and Kai for being such wonderful military kids and presented each of them with a toy, and thanked me for everything (in a nutshell) and presented me with a huge bouquet of lilies. It was very sweet!
Then he called up his assistants and coined each of them. He gave his old captains bars from his hat to his assistant who is aspiring to be a dentist. He told him that when he is faced with adversity and doubts whether he can make his dreams come true, to just look at those bars and know that someone believes in him....or it was something along those lines. It was really touching.
So here are a few photos!
The packers come this TUESDAY...which means today and Monday are our last big days to get ready for it. Sabrina has a big dance recital tomorrow and she is in two dances for that, so that will take up most of Fathers Day. Some of the things that will be packed include our refrigerator, washer & dryer and our beds. It's good the baby is still in my tummy because could you imagine living out of two coolers and a laudry mat with 4 kids 4 and younger? hahaha!!!! oh man.
Still house hunting at our next base. Still no prospects and day by day I'm letting go of stress and handing it over to God. I'm not in charge of anything other than wardrobes these days, it would seem :)