THe Harting Family

THe Harting Family

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Blog Ninjary

Hi Readers,
I am sorry I have been absent for so long. I haven’t actually ignored you all but I have ignored my own blog. I have continued to read your post and have enjoyed doing so in the few minutes I have to do so. My new job (3 months) has been incredibly awarding but also incredibly time consuming. I can say for the first time in a long line of careers reinvented that no matter what the day holds for me I have never once dreaded or not wanted to go in to the office. I love my job, I love the families that I work with and I love 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines. It is my home. It is my workplace, and it is where I feel like I belong. So for all the crazy hours, lack of sleep and never ending checklist....I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
So since my last post not too much has changed except being consumed by my work. My husband has been in and out the door, mostly out. Since the beginning of January he had been home about 32 hours. He is home now for awhile. We are now about 4 months post-deployment. I think things are starting to settle and routines are being re-established. It was a little difficult with him TAD, then on a ship since then, but it’s starting to feel like our “normal” again.
As some of you know my husband was selected to SgtMaj in November. So now we are waiting to find out what our next Marine Unit will be for us. Hopefully in Division and hopefully here at 29. But we will have to wait and see what the needs of the Corps are.
as as usual and hope the needs of the Corps are inline with ours. But when you come in to the Corps (we started this journey together) you know that the needs of the Corps are paramount.
We feel fortunate that my husband was selected, with the draw down a lot of our friends were not so lucky and we will lose some awesome Marines because of it. If you are facing that situation yourself I am sorry. I think it’s unfair, I think it stinks. I think for the last 10 years our servicemen and woman have worked so incredibly hard and for a lot of their reward they are going to be shown the door. We will have to see what this means for our Military but I fear a Clinton era climate and that was not good for anyone.
My son is doing awesome, again feeling so lucky he has his ROTC Scholarship, again a lot of his friends are working super hard in hopes of attaining the same goal will be denied. Heartbreaking for the kids of this nation that want to serve and are willing to work so hard to be able to do it.
Anyhow, just wanted to write something and let you know I am still around, a little on the Ninja side, here but not visible..but saying HI!!!!!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Job...New Adventure...

Hello blog friends!!
Boy oh boy how things have changed in the last month. First off, it’s been an amazing time. The holidays were amazing, our son was home, my husband was home and we did absolutely nothing! Part of the reason was because I started a new job!!!! Yes, on Dec 15th I started my first day as our battalions Family Readiness Officer. My dream job, a job I never thought would happen since it is a pretty elusive job too most. Not because there aren’t a lot of super candidates, well yes, that is part of it, but it’s just really hard to get a foot in the door. About a year and a half ago I thought maybe one way to actually do that was to volunteer to be our battalions Family Readiness Advisor, and I think it helped a great deal. I was able to see the inner workings of the job I may have missed had I not. Long story short, when our FRO (who I loved and was an amazing mentor) was served with orders via her husband I finally got the chance I was hoping for.
I have now been in the job for about 3 weeks. Luckily over the holidays I was afforded a lot of time to try to figure things out, feel my way around the office and try organize. Needless to say I was left an immaculate office so it didn’t take long to get all my ducks in a row.
So now the work starts. Hubs is leaving for a month for some Senior PME at Quantico and even though I hate he is leaving it will give me time to set up a cot in my office and get to work! Lots of training and lots of communication and hopefully I will be the type of FRO our amazing families deserve. Wish my luck everyone.....I am super excited!