I love the travel opportunities being a military spouse has given me, especially since the girls are out on their own now. For instance, one snowy, cold day in Alaska, the Good Chaplain came to me and said,”I’ve got to get out of here. Let’s go to Kauai.” Okay. You don’t have to ask me twice.
Or this past fall when he said, “You know we really should go to New Zealand and Australia while we are on this side of the world.” And voilà, we booked airline tickets and a cruise and set sail in December. And it was wonderful too.
A friend of mine recently accompanied her husband on a trip to Thailand for a conference. I met the Good Chaplain in Italy for a conference and some R & R while he was deployed to Africa. We had to pay for my ticket of course.
I’ve seen a bit of the United States as well because of the military. Besides our cross-country moves, I’ve been to San Antonio, Nashville, Asheville, NC and Dallas. In fact, the only state I’ve never been to is Vermont.
And each time we go somewhere I get to see family and friends. The Good Chaplain had a class in Montgomery, AL and I flew in to see some close church friends. After the conference in Asheville, we stayed a few more days and managed to see an old friend from seminary days and some very close military friends who were visiting family in the area. We also try to combine these trips to the mainland with a visit to Illinois to see family there.
Because the Air Force sent Staff Sergeant and Mrs. Staff Sergeant to England, I get a third trip there to see Tony B and help with the player to be named later who is due in June. It’s a boy, by the way.
I can’t say I enjoy the plane rides that take me to these places, but, oh how I enjoy seeing different parts of this world.