Last September I joined the local school district as a substitute teacher. I didn't care much for it and quickly found another job within the school district. Since the summer I have been helping out in the district office, in the human resource department. I am a "sub," if you will, for them. They call me in whenever they need help catching up on paperwork or training new subs. I have been pretty busy this school year thankfully. In addition to helping out with paperwork, I also am there to help the receptionist whenever she is sick or one of her family members is sick. It is great to connect with some people that are non-military. I have enjoyed working alongside them and will miss them as we move on.
Along with working in the school district I was in charge of setting up events for other spouses every month. Another spouse in our class and I were able to plan events like getting fro yo, picnic in the park, and various Pinterest projects. We had a blast getting to know all the new spouses that were coming to the base weekly. We worked closely with the squadron commanders wife and have made great friends with them over these months. They are ending their time here in Mississippi at the same time we are.
We have been fortunate enough to be grouped with some awesome spouses. Gabe and I have grown close to many spouses in his class. We have gone on vacation with a couple several times and spend many a weekend with a group of these spouses. If one of us runs into town, then we usually ask another and make a trip out of it. Our usual stops are TJMAXX, Petsmart, and Chik-fil-a. We usually find many things at TJMAXX we don't need, but love scouring the racks to find a hidden gem anyways. On occasion we get the urge to drive the hour into Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide...) and visit the long isles of Target. These women have been with me through every night flight, cross-country, girls nights, and three day weekend. I could not have asked for a better group of women.
We graduate in January and will have to say goodbye to one of our girls the next day. It will be hard to say goodbye this round, but I know Facebook will keep us connected over the years. Until then we will enjoy each others company as much as possible and spend Thanksgiving together as one last event before Christmas and preparing for graduation.
God has truly blessed Gabe and I here in Columbus. God knew we were meant to be here and meet these men and women.