Life of a military family in Prince George VA
Prince George County, VA is now home for our family. We first moved to Virginia in 2005 from Louisiana. We were stationed at Fort Lee after deciding that my soldier husband would return to the Army full time. This came just after his returning from a deployment to Iraq with his reserve unit in Louisiana. The move was hardest on our oldest daughters, as they left behind friends and community they had known all of their lives in Louisiana. On the drive to Virginia, one of them even went so far as to inquire what we would do about Jambalaya, Gumbo and other southern dishes that they were accustomed to having. I laughed and assured them that I would not forget how to cook once we crossed state lines.....lol.
We moved to Prince George County July 2006. Our oldest daughter attended VCU, our middle daughters attended NB Clements and then Prince George High School, while our youngest twin daughters started Kindergarten at Harrison Elementary. While our family saw our husband and father deploy and TDY numerous times, we continued to live life in Prince George.
In 2012, we received orders to Fort Bliss, Texas. We left Prince George feeling as though we were leaving home yet again. In 2013, due to a deficient education system in El Paso, events and crime rates we were not comfortable with, we made a tough choice to move myself and our daughters somewhere more desirable. My husband was to retire in a few short years and we immediately knew where we wanted to plant roots, where we were comfortable raising our youngest daughters and we moved back home.....to Prince George.
My daughters and I immediately became involved in our community again. Softball was always the sport of choice for our girls and moving to Virginia did not dim their love for the game. Our middle daughters had played at the JV and Varsity level at PGHS, lettering and enjoying the sport through to their SR years. The twin daughters were introduced to the sport playing with teams for PG Parks and Rec beginning with Tee Ball, moving to coach’s pitch and finally into the fast pitch softball league. For the second year in a row, they are currently practicing to represent Prince George on the PG Belles All Star team.
My husband was stationed back to Fort Lee in 2015. Our older daughters live, work, go to school and are raising families in Prince George, VA. The twins will be attending PGHS this fall as sophomores.
My husband is retiring from the Army on July 1, 2017. Yes, you guessed it.....home is now Prince George County.
Guest Blogger: Christine Rivet