The adventures of an Air Force spouse

The Promotion Wait

Today we are waiting to hear if the Good Chaplain made the rank of Colonel. We should find out Thursday and the anticipation is hard to handle. I want to eat everything in sight, which is my go-to for handling stress in my life.Colonel insignia

I admit I feel somewhat apprehensive about my new role when (see, I’m being positive!) he makes it. It reminds me of how I felt when God called him to the minstry. I remember my reaction clearly. I was reading on the couch after our 6-week-old daughters were asleep when he came and said, “I think I want to be a minister.” I looked up from my magazine, replying, “You will be a great minister. I will be a horrible minster’s wife.” See, I grew up Catholic so I had no minister’s wife role model to rely on. And our pastor’s wife at the time was amazing. She played piano, sang in the church choir and ran the Sunday school program. Yikes! I felt like I could barely get out bed each day let alone take on all that responsibility.

In our Air Force career I’ve watched many colonel’s wives entertain and attend all sorts of social functions — some mandatory and some by choice. I’m worried about the entertaining. It’s not really my thing. I don’t mind a few people over for burgers and dogs on the grill, but a formal dinner party? I best be pulling out Martha Stewart and Emily Post. And cleaning my house.

At least in this role, I have some wonderful role models like Vickey C., Kim M., and Carol V. to rely on. Ladies, I will be calling on you. (See, I’m being positive again.) And I’ve learned I really am a good minister’s wife, just by being myself. Maybe that’s the secret to this success as well.

6 Responses to The Promotion Wait

  1. Vicki, I still miss you and your wonderful self. You really must post more often or come to Alabama to visit!

  2. You WILL let us know the results, won’t you?
    Congratulations on getting to this point.
    You will make a great Colonels wife. Just look at me, if I can do it, so can you and I am sure, much more seamlessly. Laurie

  3. Your last lines say it all, applicable to just about everything: “And I’ve learned I really am a good [fill in whatever your role], just by being myself. Maybe that’s the secret to this success as well.” We can learn a lot by remembering that. Thanks, Vicki, for the reminder.

  4. Wow, Vicki, I am truly humbled by your kind words below!! I was having a rotten day today, and you completely turned it around. Do you remember Ed and Cheryl Baugh at Heritage? Years into their marriage, Ed announced he was going into the ministry. Cheryl told me she didn’t have a clue about how to be a minister’s wife. I told her exactly what you’re telling yourself now about being a Colonel’s wife–just be yourself! And guess what? Entertaining as a Colonel’s wife would terrify me. It really would! I have NO doubt you’re a great minister’s wife and will be a great Colonel’s wife by just being yourself. 🙂 PLEASE let us know the minute you find out about the promotion tomorrow!! Love ya, Linda Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 01:33:22 +0000 To: lpoland8751@hotmail.com

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