Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Orders...

Please excuse my delay in posting the news: we are moving to Okinawa Japan in April! We had suspected this for a while, but the phone call came in Friday morning. Tim has gone today to go pick up the actual paper orders. We have a lot of questions awaiting answers, as I am sure you all have questions too. Of course, I'll post more information as it becomes available.

I guess I might not sound very excited, right now. We are thrilled, but a little overwhelmed by the amount of work to be done in a short amount of time, just 8 weeks, maybe a little longer. This week's goal is to decide what to bring, what to store, and what to sell. All three cars have to be sold. And the timing has to be just right so we still have them to get around until it is time to go. The dog will stay until his quarantine period is up. If he arrives in Japan before the six months is up, he'd be required to be quarantined in a kennel over there, in unknown conditions and at our expense. The kids are excited, but I can occasionally detect a hint of sadness and maybe even panic when thinking about letting go of toys and friends and family. We are looking into homeschool support groups, but the military community is so transient and fluid that it's hard to find current information. This may be one of those things that will need to wait till we arrive and get a house. Off base housing is expensive, and while there are compensations for the extra expense, we are looking into living on base at first. There are advantages and disadvantages to either, it comes down to personal preference.

That's about all we know for now. There isn't much we can do, except start paring down to bare minimums and apply for passports (in progress). We'll keep updates posted regularly. My sister may be doing a going away party for us, so check back in for that news too!

4 comments:

allenacademy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment :) Congratulations on orders to Okinawa - we have had ours since last July, but my DH had a TDY en route to Oklahoma City, so that is where we are. We will be heading for Okinawa sometime between April and July... as of now, we don't know when.

I would love to talk via email - mine is mrsamy at hotmail dot com (not sure if there is a link from my blog... I should probably add one?)

Also, not sure if you have found it yet, but there is a great Okinawa website called Okinawa Hai - the link it at my blog. It is full of useful information and has helped me prepare tremendously.

Amy :)

maryellenlewis said...

I'm both excited and a little sad for you. It will be quite an adventure and we will definitely miss you. I hope to visit you all in Okinawa :)

sarahp said...

Hello Lewis family. This is old friend sarah chandler. Oh my goodness what news. I wish you all the best and God Bless. I know you all are excited and nervous about this new life adventure. Please let me know when Josie gives you a party. I would really like to see you and your family and for you to meet mine. I know you are real busy with school and trying to get stuff together but if you get a free minute I would like to hear from you. I know it has been a VERY LONG TIME since we have spoken Smile. My email is sarah.peterson@nctreasurer.com. Phone is 919-639-5470. Take care. Love Sarah

Jack and Susan said...

Jackie,
What exciting news! I love your updates but really miss our long phone conversations. We'll begin praying for your move to Japan. Please keep us posted and let's talk soon!
Love you,
Susan