Hello, everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed Super Bowl Sunday. We have exciting news to share if you didn’t already see our announcement on Twitter… it’s a doozy!
I was at work on Friday afternoon preparing to leave, and all of a sudden I see a system-generated email in my inbox from the Air Force Personnel Center. It said, “Congratulations, you’ve been selected for an assignment! Please log in to complete your initial assignment briefing.”
My heart started pounding. We’ve mentioned a few times previously that by April we would find out if we’d be moving me after I graduate physical therapy school in August. For various reasons, I had a feeling we would remain here for at least a couple more years. But you never know what’s going to happen in the military, so on my “dream sheet” I told them that if we couldn’t stay here we would love the opportunity to go overseas. I didn’t actually think I’d get an overseas assignment, probably ever.
So I’m logging in and I’m crazy nervous about what it’s going to say. It could be my first choice, or it could be something way out of left field. They give you what they give you… needs of the Air Force come first. The first thing that pops up is, “Congratulations, you have been selected for an assignment to the XX Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, with a Report No Later Than Date of 31 Aug 16.”
WHAT?!?! Seriously?!! I was flipping the hell out. The hubs was in a meeting and I texted him, “Babe, you need to call me asap! I got my assignment. I’m dying. Like, seriously dying. You’re not going to believe it!”
HAHAHAHA…. I guess I was a little dramatic. But seriously?! We get to go live in Europe for 3-4 years. My kids get to go to school in England, develop little British accents, we get to do the kind of traveling we’ve been dreaming of doing in early retirement. But we don’t have to wait, we can do it now!!
It almost hasn’t fully sunken in. We are ecstatic! There is so much to do, so much to think about. We need to sell the house, sell both of our cars, find a new home for our handsome boxer 😥 and the list goes on….
And it changes everything. DTG will leave his comfortable Corporate America job here behind. He needs to try to find a Reserve unit in Europe where he can continue his part-time Reserve gig. Besides that and potentially finding a simple telecommuting job that he can do from England, he’ll be a stay-at-home dad while I bring in the cheddar. Basically the early retirement he’s been dreaming of could start this summer when we move.
While in Europe, we will likely not spend very many weekends at home. We will make it a point to see as much as we can. What an awesome geography and cultural lesson it will be for our children (and for us)! Because of this, our big time saving mindset will shift a bit. With the Mr. potentially losing his salary and us trying to travel as much as possible, our savings rate will likely take a serious plunge. But it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter at all… because this is what we’ve been waiting for.
Obviously we’re not going to be wasteful with our money. We’ll still always try to find the best deals and do things as economically as possible, that’s just in our nature. But we’re not going to stress about it. We’re going to enjoy it. We’re going to live it up!
I anticipate we’ll still save a good amount of money on just my salary. Not only will I be getting paid more while I’m there, but we also won’t have any more childcare costs since our youngest will be school-aged and daddy will be there to greet them when they get home. For days he is on Reserve duty, we will have to figure something out, but regardless, the costs will be a small fraction of what we pay now. And to top it off, I should hopefully be getting a promotion while there, so that’ll be a nice pay raise as well. I’m not sure we’ll miss the hubby’s salary much, after all.
So that’s the news! The bad part is that we won’t make it to FinCon16 anymore since we’ll already be out of the US. If you’re interested in buying our tickets from us, please let us know! They’re cheaper than what they’re selling for now!
Also, for any UK readers, please chime in with your advice, suggestions, recommendations, etc!