Saturday, September 1, 2012

The best has yet to come!

I'm still awake. Partly because Mark is playing a game with his friends, and yelling at them, and partly because I'm still trying to process my thoughts.

Germany is really, REALLY far away from Oklahoma.

I've never been more than two days driving away from my state. Being across the ocean in a different country is going to be a HUGE change. I can't describe how much I'm looking forward to it though. 
We'll be there for four years. 
That's a really long time.

However, there is a LOT we can do in four years. A lot we can see.
The more I think about it, the more excited I get.
But, the more I think about it, the more it sinks in that I have a LOT to do,
and a lot to learn before we leave.

I speak ZERO German, for one. I know most people there speak at least a little English,
but I would like to be able to communicate more if I need to. Which I probably will.
I don't know anything about PCSing. 
Especially not overseas.
With a large dog.
I've never gotten a passport before, so I don't know the process.
I know the military will give me one, but I need one to travel with once we get there.
Plus, have I mentioned that Germany is far away from Oklahoma?

In all seriousness, I'm very excited. I was pretty nervous at first, but the more I think about it, and the amazing adventure that Mark and I are about to go on, the more excited I get. Yes, I'll miss my family (especially my parents and grandparents) and friends desperately, but I'm already making plans for many
of them to come and visit as soon as we get settled and they can, and I'll only be a plane flight away.
I'm going to be in GERMANY, in EUROPE, for four years. I can see a lot in
four years. Mark's already talking about going skiing in the alps, and all the castles he wants to take
me to see, so as long as he's excited, I think I can manage it.
I really feel like, despite the anxiety and anticipation I feel right now, that the best really has yet to come. Germany is going to be an amazing experience, and one I can't wait to share with you all.

Like I said in my previous post, if you have any PCS stories/tips, please share them! I know 
several of you are doing your first PCS soon, so any tips would be appreciated by many!


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