When married to the military one should expect to be uprooted and moved to new commands every 3-4 year, at least that is the rotation for my sailor. Our rotation this time has landed us in coastal North Carolina, more specifically Havelock, NC. It's what my 15 year old refers to as a "drive by town". And she is right. It's not quite country but its definitely not urban living. We have a coup,e grocery stores, fast food joints and a few mom and pop restaurants. But if are craving chain restaurant food, we have to travel 18-20 miles in either direction to either Morehead City or New Bern. But when we first checked out places to live, I fell in love with a home I found on a website that lists homes for rent by other military people. What sold me on it was the swing set and nice deck out back. It is a beautiful 4 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath home. I think more importantly it was military housing. We had lived in housing for the last 5 years and even though I feel it's the way to go when you are in the military, the housing in this town was not quite worth chads bah. That's when we found our gem! Even though the colors of this house were a tad tacky for my taste I knew that a gallon of paint here and there would make this our home. I have come to find out that I am not as good of a painter as I thought I was but I'm getting better. It's sort of like therapy for me. Over the next several blogs I will post pics of the before and afters.