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Are you calling me a liar?

We had been waiting for a paycheck from Uncle Sam.

A large travel expense paycheck.

Let me remind you, we are in the suburbs.  We are a National Guard Family.  We are in a suburbs.  There might be 3 other NG families in town. 

This has led to all sorts of interesting conversations last  week! 

Well my oldest had to start kindergarten this year.  And he is a special child, so we opted for a private school.  A school that is actually sponsored by our church. 

Here is where it gets funny. 

School started a few weeks ago.

School also costs $.

This check was supposed to be here 3 weeks ago. 

HA! 

I went and spoke with the lady that keeps books for the school, and told her "hey, we have your money, it is just not here yet."  The first couple of times I had that conversation with her, I think she believed me.  The third time I had the conversation with her.  Yea, I am pretty sure she thought I was playing her, lost my money gambling, or I was nuts.  I tried to explain to her that the Army was late paying us.  I got the look again.   The look on her face said…"The Army CANNOT BE LATE, NO WAY!"

In typical "army pay fashion", the check came last Friday AFTER SCHOOL, better late than never. 

I t was nice paying the tuition in full, FINALLY. 

About Rachelle

Rachelle began her Military Spouse career when her future husband proposed to her in a letter during Desert Shield. Mail took over a month to arrive back then, and they only had three phone calls with each other in the ten months they were separated. They were married at a small ceremony a week after he returned home. Rachelle's husband moved her to Ft. Bragg, NC, all of their combined possessions filling her small, two-door car. In 1992, they left active duty and moved back to their home state where she went to nursing school and he joined the Army National Guard as a traditional Soldier as he went to school. In 1999, Rachelle's husband was offered a full-time National Guard position in Arkansas, where they lived for eight years.

In 2002, their son was born (MFO Deployment) and in 2003, their daughter was born (OIF2). In 2008, they moved back to their home state to live close to family. Rachelle has been an active contributor with SpouseBUZZ since 2005. She currently works full-time at a physician’s office, and is active with her church and school's PTO. Her son has recently been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a subject that she is exhaustingly studying and learning to work with day-by-day. In 2010, Rachelle's mother-in-law moved in with the family, and they added a German shorthaired pointer named "Poncho" to the tribe as well. Rachelle enjoys spending as much "down time" with her family as possible - usually something outdoors or movie nights. Her favorite foods are sushi, steak, chocolate, and coffee. Her special skills include being an awesome cook, identifying odd accents by state or country, having an incredible sense of smell (almost bloodhound-like), and watching people at airports during long, unexpected layovers.