During the January drill weekend I got a lot of help from getting together the paperwork I need to extend my enlistment for another year or maybe two. At the end of the weekend the sergeant in charge of admin for our battalion had most of the papers so in February we should be able to get them signed on on the way up the chain of command to the Adjutant General of the state.
If it goes through I serve until May of 2014 or maybe 2015. If not, I am out in May of 2013. Either way my long term plan includes most of a year in Rwanda. That would be the academic year 2015-16. That year my wife would be eligible for a sabbatical. She is a math professor so her research is very portable. The plan is to take the whole family to Rwanda for a year.
Our three (maybe four) sons will have the opportunity to live in a black-majority culture. Of course, Xavier has spent his entire life in a black-majority culture, but he will experience it partly through the eyes of his brothers.