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The American Dream

So I had our lives planned up until Jake's graduation. Everything we did was to get to that point. Now? We have no freaking clue.

We found out yesterday that ETSU rejected Jake, no other school has even contacted him either way. He was turned down a job a ways back and yesterday, after hearing the Air Force recruiter go on and on about how it will change our lives and all the benefits that come with enlisting, just to find out that the cut-off age is 28.  He could still apply to be an officer, but they only hire 10% from civilians, and it takes over a year to be accepted or rejected.

It's completely frustrating to go from Plan A to Plan B and all the way to Plan X and still have no idea what we're doing next year. The Air Force in my mind was our absolute last resort, I do not have the personality, spirit or faith to be an Air Force wife. Now I have to change gears and get on board with the possiblity of being an army or navy wife too? Aside from my fear of Jake with and around armed weapons, I could not handle if the army sent him overseas and I was stuck in some lonely base in middle of nowhere Minnesota.

 I guess I was seeing the world through rose-colored glasses before graduation. I just assumed that of course someone would hire him immediately and offer him the benefits and job he wants in the location we want and near the school he got into.  I've gotten to the point where I'll go anywhere he's accepted, wether it be an elisted soldier in the Army, or a 7-11 district manager. I have no standards, no limitations or stipulations. Just get my honey a job.

Also, I've been job hunting, for anything I can walk to or easily get a ride (within a mile or so of the Faz etc.) and I laugh. If a college graduate with loads of work experience can't get a job, how in the world is a high school graduate with some on and off work experience going to get a job? Even the "lowly" fast food jobs are being filled by college grads. One advertisement even put a college degree in their requirements to be a WAITRESS!! 

So if you're reading this Obama, my family would really like a bailout.


Amy says:
at: May 15, 2009, 4:37:00 PM said...

i don't know what to say except that i'm sorry Plan's A & B are not working out...i think Navy wives have a good chance of living in Hawaii though! or Maine(since you're a northern girl after all)

Dirt Queen says:
at: May 15, 2009, 5:08:00 PM said...

So sorry dear. Love and well wishes (and crossed fingers) to you both.

Coiner Family says:
at: May 15, 2009, 8:17:00 PM said...

The sad truths about the grown up world. I hate it sometimes...can we just be kids again???

Susan says:
at: May 15, 2009, 10:34:00 PM said...

Something will work out I'm sure... hopefully something better than Plan A or B! Then it'll be like that song... "sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers." Have faith, girl!

Vicki says:
at: May 16, 2009, 8:29:00 AM said...

Sorry that things aren't going so well right now...but don't sell yourself short in regards to the possiblity of being an Army/Navy wife. You're stronger than you think! You can accomplish more than you know, too. We've been married for 19+ years and I still keep in touch with friends from our first years of marriage in Germany. Plus, serviceman wards are amazing. Our time in Germany was during the first Gulf War. I'd guess that 90% of the priesthood left and everyone pulled together and helped everyone through tears, fears and stress. I'm not saying that it's all roses, there are thorms, yet, you know about them. :) Who knows what the Lord has in store for you, whether it's Army or 7-11 district manager, just know I've seen your strength and you're amazing. This always helped me, Where the Lord guides, the Lord provides.

Nicki says:
at: May 17, 2009, 9:34:00 AM said...

I know that this is a hard time. I can still remember the trepadition and fear that encompassed me when I graduated from college. The big what if begins...

You just have to have a lot of faith that things will work out the way their supposed to. I know that if you rely on your Heavenly Father he will lead you and Michael on the right path, not matter what it is.