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Marine to SAHD: Introduction
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Introduction to Marine to SAHD Blog, laying out where I have been what experiences I have.
My name is Andrew “Fergie” Ferguson; I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and did four years of active duty in Hawaii. In those four years I deployed twice, once to Iraq and Afghanistan. I was injured during those four years on multiple occasions and still am injured and receiving help from the Veterans Affairs.
Before my second deployment I met my wife, Ashland Ferguson, who supported me during and after I got back from Afghanistan. We now have been married for three years and going strong. In 2011 it was time for me to make a decision stay in or get out of the military. Ashland and I made a decision for me to get out and go to school full time, utilizing my Post 9/11 GI Bill. Within the time I got out in 2011, still in Hawaii, I got a job working at a local restaurant while going to school full time. I eventually quit the job due to us PCSing to Fort Lewis, Washington where we currently are stationed. Not too long after we got to Fort Lewis I hit the ground trying to find a job, and did so. I was working as a security guard and still going to school online with the same school back in Hawaii.
Soon after I got the job we found out we were pregnant, yes it was a shock but we were ready to become parents and ecstatic. We went in for a normal appointment and got a surprise like no other, the doctor said, “Well baby one and baby two are fine.” My wife and I looked at each other with confusion and had to ask the doctor multiple times, “Are you sure?” We eventually overcame our shock and started planning for two! Well in December our two little girls were born and since my wife is the active duty member she had the first two months with the girls. I was still working as a security guard until February 2013 when I quit becoming a Stay-At-Home-Dad. It was a tough decision because all my life I have worked, worked, worked and I had a hard time thinking that I was going to be bored out of my mind, and stuck with house work.
Well that is why I am doing this blog because I could not have been more wrong in my life! I want to share my progression and tips I can give back to new dads like myself, mostly with multiples. This blog is for Stay-At-Home-Dads, Active duty parents becoming Stay-At-Home-Parents, and Everyone in between.
Key facts about me, (for those who do not like to read)
- Marine Veteran-Four Years with Two Deployments (Iraq and Afghanistan Personal)
- Disabled Veteran-receives education benefits and disability pay from the Veterans Affair(VA)
- VFW Member of Post 11402 in Lacey, Washington
- One PCS move, No Deployments as a Spouse of an Active Duty Member
- MACHOspouse Member
- MANning the homefront Facebook member
- Stay-At-Home-Dad (as of February and to multiples)
Marine to SAHD Andrew “Fergie” Ferguson
[These aren't real questions that avid readers have sent in, yearning for my sage advice. I'm just paraphrasing some discussions I've had about money with family, friends, and co-workers]
I just changed jobs. Should I leave my 401(k) with my old employer, or roll it over to my new employer's 401(k) plan?
You shouldn't do either. You should rollover your old 401(k) into an IRA with low-cost mutual funds, like Vanguard. There are 2 main problems with 401(k) accounts in general:
Buying a house can often times seem like an impossible dream for the average American. But as military family members, many people believe it's “easy” because, when eligible, we can buy a house with “no money down.” Now when you hear this what do you think? What does “no money down” mean to you? Do you relate it to buying a car where you walk into the first dealership you find, you sign some papers and then drive off in your new car? Well, for most people, this is not the case. Buying a home is a wonderful thing, but if you are going to take on the single largest debt in your life, you may want to prepare yourself, take some time, and do it right.