Monday, November 30, 2009

Time Flies

(I'm beginning to think I'm a once a month blogger instead of my intent of being a once a week blogger!)

Tomorrow is December. I can not believe that 2009 is coming to an end. This time last year, my husband began the journey of becoming a police officer. I was informed of CC's dream that I never knew he had. At this time last year, I was still in shock and trying to understand what was about to happen.

Then, began the crazy application process. I am thankful that the process is so diligent, but it can also be so heart breaking. We put our whole selves out there. We put all of the baggage we have, all of the mistakes we've made, out there. And for a while, to only be rejected.

I remember this time last year being in a state of prayer. I wanted to understand. I wanted to support. I wanted to be the wife I was called to be for my husband. And with God's help, I believe I'm there.

In a little more than a month, my husband will be in Police Academy.

That blows my mind, first of all, but it also seemed like this time would never get here. He got hired by his agency in June, with the terms that he would wait 6 months to leave for academy. It wasn't an ideal situation, but it was a job and it was obviously the place that God felt he needed to be.

Life has changed. This year has been full of adjustments. This year has been full of learning and a lot of questions. I'm a planner and a controller. This year has been hard. If anything, God has allowed me to stop planning so much and stop trying to control situations. Through my husband's new career path, I have become a better person.

I know it will be hard. I am still learning all of the ropes. I will always be learning the ropes. I have found this job is not one you can become comfortable with. But, with God's strength, I will be much better.

Hebrews 13:6 - "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?"

I'm excited to see what the next year holds for us. It will be a big one I'm sure!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fire Issues??

This past weekend (CC's first weekend working graveyards) a little "ruffling of the feathers" occurred between the fire department and the police department CC works for. He said there was obvious tension between the two and some words were exchanged that supported that assumption as well. I also saw on another blog (A Police Wife) Mrs. Fuzz posted a little toy that had the firemen and policemen combo. As I read through the comments, I noticed that one police officer said, "Sorry, we have a strictly "no fireman stuff" rule in our home, so the first one is out. "

Being new at all of this, I never would have guessed the 2 didn't like each other. What's the story on this?? It makes no sense to me....really....

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Time of Change

CC just finished his first complete week of graveyards. It has been an interesting ride for us, but I can't complain much since I still get to see him a lot. I don't think this shift is so bad, but I'm obviously not the one that is affected by this as much!

Poor CC has been so tired these last few days. Today was a mess for him. We are very active in our church and so it was never a question or not as to whether we would go like we normally do. CC got home at about 6:30 am (after working an extra hour as well since it was the end of daylight savings time) and since we needed to leave the house by 8:30 am to get to church, he decided to go ahead and take a shower and watch some TV so he wouldn't fall asleep and be impossible to wake up. We generally go to lunch with our Bible Fellowship class as well, which we did. On top of that, our favorite football team was playing a game at noon. So, by the time we got home, CC had almost been pulling a 24 hour day. I knew he wouldn't make it watching the rest of the football game on the couch. Sure enough, not 20 minutes after he sat down, he's asleep. Finally he gave into going to the bed.

However, what makes it even more difficult is that his department has scheduled some training tomorrow morning at 8 am for him. He is very excited about this training, since it's spending some time with the CID (which CC finds very interesting anyway), it just happens at the wrong time of day! He will go to this training for 2 days, and then will have some fire arm training on Wednesday, after working a full 8 hour shift on Tuesday. So, the poor baby is already trying to get used to sleeping in the day, but his department is making it even harder by not letting him!

We are a little more than 2 months out from Academy, which will be nice, because he will finally be on a regular schedule! I'm hanging in there just trying to roll with the punches.

I also found out that they have scheduled him to work as normal on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. We had planned to go see my brother and my new nephew, but it looks like I will be going alone. All in all, this is truly a reality check into what it means to be a Cop's Wife. He hasn't gotten his Christmas schedule yet, but that will be a little more flexible since I have 2 weeks off, so if we decide to go somewhere, we can just do it on the days we both have off. I'm okay with not celebrating the holidays on a day that isn't actually the holiday.

Anywho, we're making it work.

At least CC had a somewhat exciting shift with some action over the weekend. You can read about it at his blog.

I found it very ironic that Mrs. Fuzz over at Married to the Law brought up a great discussion about the night shift. It's interesting to see how different people deal with it.

I'm interested to know what the weekly schedule is for other departments. It seems difficult to have a normal life with the graveyard shift and run the schedule CC has. I don't think CC's department is ideal, but right now he's 5 days on, 2 days off with 8 hour shifts. The other officers are 12 hour shifts, 4 days on, 3 days off. I've seen lots of different schedules from reading other posts. So, what is your favorite weekly schedule?