We’ve lived in a variety of homes while my husband has served in the military. The best ever was our first house at Ft. Benning. I still remember the address: 101 Madden Avenue. It was lovely. It had great character and good bones—a maid’s quarters (from back in the day), basement, wood floors, charming built in cabinets throughout, a glass enclosed lanai type side room. The Army had me at ‘hello’ when they let us live in this place?

“White Elephant” Ft. Benning, Georgia by Diane Osborne. Diane specializes in artistic architectural designs of buildings, old home places, current homes, churches, etc. You can find out more about her lovely art or commission a piece of work by Diane at: www.artbydiane.net

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As cliché` as it sounds, the Army has taught me that ‘home’ is not a house. Home is the people with whom you build a life. I’ve built a life with wonderful people. I am grateful for the family God has given me. They are what have made every place the Army has sent us…home.

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Here’s a little presentation I put together last week to show at my husband’s retirement ceremony.  It’s impossible to condense 28 years of living into 3 minutes and 16 seconds, but leave it to me to try. Click the link below to check it out:

Home is Where the Army Sends You.

This young, brand new Army Chaplain Captain is my husband—28 years ago.

Lots going on in the Pace household lately, not the least of which was my husband’s retirement ceremony to celebrate 28 years of military service. Wow! How is it that 28 years has gone by since he raised his hand and committed to serve God and country as a chaplain in the US Army?
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We both look at this transition as the next step in God’s plan for our lives. It is certainly not an ending, although there is some grieving that must take place in the process.
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Last week I poured over boxes (LARGE boxes!! no time for blogging!) of photos and mementos. It was a nostalgic experience as I was taken back to times and places. The memories of the places were great, but it was the memories of the people that brought the smiles. We’ve met some amazing people as a result of my husband’s service in the military—people who have influenced us in profound ways.
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During my husband’s remarks at the ceremony he made the statement that the church was getting a better minister as a result of the experiences his wearing an Army uniform have brought. He is better for the wear. I would echo that and add that we both leave military life as better people…better friends…better neighbors…better people who are eager to love and serve others as we have been loved and served.
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I’m dedicating the next few blog posts to bid farewell to active duty service. It’s been a great 28 years—but as I’ve been told over and over by several people, “the best is yet to come.”
©Brenda Pace, 2010