Let me first say that I adore my husband I will support him and we will make a life together no matter where we are.
But we have been on the west coast the entire duration of my husbands career, over 6 years. He came up for new orders and he put his top 3 choices on his dream sheet. I understand that they are not guaranteed. I realize that. I understand that the Marine Corps will send their Marines wherever they are needed or could be utilized. His top 2 were east coast and 3rd was to stay at the current base. We were really really hoping for east coast for several reasons, including being closer to family. My in laws have never even met our youngest daughter.
Well, he ended up getting Hawaii. Sounds awesome, right? Yeah not so much. My oldest daughter is not his bio child. And even though the custody order says there shall be no restrictions on me to move with her, I still do not want to deal with the headache of having to deal with the drama that I am sure will ensue. My kids are also not vaccinated (this is not a matter of debate. I do not care what you do with your kids. You do what you feel is best for your family, and I will do the same with mine. I respect everyone's right to choose what they feel is best). I also homeschool my oldest who will be in 1st grade when we move. Furthermore I am concerned about everything that goes in to a TMO move, getting base housing, meeting new people for my kids and I, etc etc.
So, now that you have got that far, can anyone give me any insight on what I need to do to prepare my family for this? Also, does Lincoln Military Housing work in Hawaii? Are they on a baseline for utilities? Does my husband qualify for COLA? Anyone know how long the housing wait list is for E5 with 3 dependents and a dog? Oh, thats another thing, we have a dog. How do we travel with a dog? HELP please!