It’s tough moving to a new place and learning the way of the military life. For me, I had only been married one month when we moved to Georgia to be stationed at Robins AFB. I knew nothing really about military life, but I learned fast and was surprised that really wasn’t all that bad! Here a few things I did that helped me get settled:
1. Deciding Where to Live
Before we moved, we started looking around online at houses in the area where my husband was going to be stationed. We weighed the pros and cons of buying a house, moving into an apartment, and moving onto the base. Depending on what your situation is, it will be different for each family. If you read the first part of my series Young and in the Military: Getting Started, then you know that I suggested joining a support group or a military wives group in your area or on Facebook. If you have done this, start asking questions of the wives who live in the area you are moving to and find out the best places to live. Google “base housing at (your base)” for pictures of base housing and decide if you would rather live there or off base.
Personally, we chose to live in an apartment. With our BAH we actually made a little bit of money by living off base. Now that I am expecting, we are going to be moving onto the base in March. We will lose a little bit of money, but the extra room for the baby, and the money on gas and food we will save, should help even things out a bit!
2. Finding a Church
Obviously, everyone has their own taste in a church they want to find. We tried out so many churches before we found the right one just for us! Recently I came across a website, and I wanted to share it with you. It’s for military families who want to find a military-supportive church in your area. I did not use it because we already had found our church, but perhaps it will be helpful to someone else: Yellow Ribbon Churches.
3. Finding a Babysitter
If you have children, then I am sure finding a good babysitter will be something on your mind after you move to a new area. Finding a good babysitter is hard, and you want someone you know you can trust. I have been babysitting for 10 years now, and several times I have moved. Finding a babysitting job can be just as hard as finding a babysitter, but here some tips to help you out!
Once you find a good church, you can sometimes find people there who are willing to babysit or are looking for babysitting jobs. There are also websites out there that are safe and reliable ways to find sitters. Two that I have used and are known to be safe and very reliable are: Care.com, Babysitters.com, and Sitter City. They are very easy to use; you can run a background check, see references, and even see the babysitter’s picture all online.
Another way to find babysitters is to go to or call your Family Readiness Center or FRG (Family Readiness Group) on base. Here, where we are stationed they have a list of people who have signed up and are willing to babysit when you need it. I am sure that can be very handy, and it never hurts to call and ask! You can also check out my post: How to Find a Babysitter (Especially After a New Move) for more helpful tips!
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