Inherited Wanderlust

Truth be told, I never thought I would find myself sitting here trying to write a post to introduce myself to the lovely readers of the Army Wife Network.

I never thought I would be sitting in my house at Fort Benning, GA, waiting on orders to our next assignment. I always pictured myself having a career by the time I was 24, almost 25. And yet, here I am; and I couldn’t love my life any more.

I am so excited to have this opportunity to share my experiences as an extremely new Army wife (and wife in general!) and learn as much as I possibly can from all of ya’ll.

inherited-wanderlust

As you can tell by the “ya’ll” up above, I was born, and for the most part, raised in the south. I am originally from Georgia, but don’t have many memories of that. I claim Charleston, South Carolina as home. But I grew up with a dad who has a bit of wanderlust and was always looking for the next adventure. So we spent a few years on a tiny island in the middle of the South Pacific: Pohnpei, Micronesia (pretty close to Guam) until we returned to Charleston.

I met my hubby when we were both in college. He was in ROTC, so I knew military life would always be some part of the deal, but he wanted to be in the National Guard as a pilot (obviously there was some change in plans!). I graduated a year ahead of him and went straight into graduate school, because my B.S. in psychology wasn’t exactly helpful in the search for a career. I began working on my master’s degree in marriage and family counseling, which I just finished this past May!

During the time I was in graduate school, my soon-to-be husband decided to put his name in for selection of active duty, rather than defer to the National Guard; that’s how we ended up here at Fort Benning! I definitely encouraged him in the process (maybe I inherited my dad’s wanderlust). I mean, there aren’t many better ways to see the world!

I remember I was in Michaels shopping for scrapbooking stuff, one of my favorite pastimes, when he called me; “Hey babe, we got our orders today…” his voice was a bit strained and I could tell there was some hesitancy. “Ok,” I swallowed, “what are we doing?” I knew we were in this together. That’s when he told me he got an active duty position in the infantry–not exactly what he wanted—and he would be going to Ft. Benning for BOLC at some point after graduation.

That is when my plan got thrown out the window. I stayed in school because I was so close to being done at that point!

Ok, now fast forward a few months! I finished school, we have been married for 6 months, with only a week of that living together (and that was the honeymoon!), my hubby has been at Ft. Benning for 5 months, and I finally moved here to join him! I had a degree in family counseling, but no license, and no real hope of being able to obtain one here in GA, a new puppy, a hubby who spent most of his time in the field, and no friends.

Welcome to life in the Army, someone told me! But I was determined not to stay in that place of little ambition!

So in a very un-me fashion I took matters into my own hands! While I am extroverted, I am not outgoing, but I made myself be. I met a couple of great ladies! I started babysitting, my old faithful in terms of work. I even worked up enough courage to ask for a volunteer position with the Family Life Chaplain on post.

And that’s what I am doing now. Two days a week I volunteer my services as a family counselor to the soldiers and families at Fort Benning, which I love. It makes me feel useful and valuable. I attend the PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel) as much as I can, trying to find a community to do life in, and take the wildly energetic puppy to the park to play fetch with friends!

My most recent endeavor is as a blogger, and that brings me full circle to writing this post.

When I am not counseling, babysitting, or learning all about the blogging community, you can probably find me watching Gilmore Girls (I have only seen each episode like a 100 times!) if I am home alone, or any DC or Marvel show or movie if the hubby is home. I’d probably be eating cheese, ice cream with peanut butter, or chocolate, as those are some of my favorite foods!

All I can say is I am so excited to be starting this new adventure! If there is anything you would like me to touch on, just let me know! I just want to be a helpful resource for everyone, just like others are for me!

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About Grace Lipscomb

Grace Lipscomb has been an Army wife for a little over a year. She was raised all over the world from South Carolina to Micronesia. A recent graduate from University of South Carolina where she completed her masters degree in Counselor Education, emphasis in marriage and family counseling, she is trying to get her foot in the door to provide services for troops and family members. She is currently a full time stay at home puppy mom to one rambunctious little ball of energy. She loves Starbucks, friends at the dog park, baking, eating all the sweets and cheese she can, and obsessively re-watching all episodes of Gilmore Girls.

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