Getting armed with notebooks, pens, calendars, menu’s, decorating ideas, and other blogs here on WordPress.
I have started a board on Pinterest labeled Marines The Few The Proud. I love that people share their ideas for letters and gift boxes and encouragement all around the world on Pinterest and other sites. Go ahead and check out my Pinterest and my Facebook. Jennifer New
Gary found a very wonderful, helpful, informative site usmcgradparrisisland.org. I can not wait to have some alone time to learn from this dear lady that worked so hard to inform us parents about graduation day at Parris Island. The notebooks and calendars are so I can write everything down that is starting to swirl through my head during the day and while I sleep.
Many prayers being sent up, but much more blessings being sent down.
She knelt down so that she was eye level with her son.
She looked into his big sweet brown eyes and her heart was filled with so much love.
Many emotions swept through her body and tears sprung up so quickly that she had to hurry and smile and think about what she was about to say to him.
She reached out and gently grabbed his hands and pulled him closer to her.
He looked into her eyes and she saw him begin to worry. So she began.
Son, you have to do this. You have so much you have to do. You have to start at the beginning and not stop. No looking around. No turning back. Once you start, remember, you must finish.
When you get scared, and want to turn around, look straight ahead and see me there. I am on my knees praying. I am standing up and cheering. I am smiling and encouraging. I am yelling out at the very top of my voice COME ON, YOU CAN DO IT!
We are so proud of you. Dad and I love you so much and have always prayed for, and protected you. We prayed for the very best in life for you. We believe there is a path for each one of us. We believe we are to step out and follow that path. We have seen you take those first steps to becoming a Marine. You have grown stronger both physically and mentally. You are looking forward and you will only look back to see us cheering you on, encouraging you to grow, mature, and become a man. We do not worry because now you pray for us and you will be the one protecting us, others around you, and your country. You may never read this because you do not know I started an actual blogging countdown, but here I am with 75 days left and I can not be more proud of you. I love you my smart, handsome, young man that the Lord blessed us with. Momma
77 days and all is well. There is a blanket of contentment covering me. I am breathing in and the air is coming out without a thought. Our Easter weekend was true family time. Saturday was Outback and a couple of foster’s with Gary. Then the rest of the day was spent hanging out with the kids and yard work and grocery shopping for our cookout the next day. We stayed up late,till the next day, with Alex and our daughter, Kelsey. Easter day was just beautiful. Our home was loud with laughter and picture taking. I stood in the kitchen and watched my son sit on the couch, making jokes and ripping into a bag of reese’s pieces. Then that night we had on the Disney movie Frozen. It was just Gary,our granddaughter, and myself. Then wonderfully,Kelsey came in and then Alexander was there and we hung out again. Talking,laughing. This is where the contentment started and the easy breathing began. Each day until Alexander leaves for the Marines in Parris Island is rapidly going by, and we are spending them all happily together.
Saturday, our 86 days till our son leaves, was beautiful, sunny, and warm. Gary was woke up with me screaming out that we had overslept and to get up Right NOW! We had not missed our alarm, but a small sliver of morning light had worked it’s way through the curtain and woke me up. We showered, then made coffee, and went out the door to take Alexander to his poolee function.
Our morning was all about mowing and trimming our large front and back yard. Then we sat and drank iced tea and planned where to place all the pots of dirt and seeds. Usually, we have a large garden in the back yard. But, since we will move, we decided to pot everything and take them with us. There are so many changes getting ready to happen in all of our live’s, all to be seen as exciting. From large to small, but exciting nonetheless.
We left early to sit and wait for our son to get done and I could hear their Military Cadence (googled this,just was calling it their running songs). I am so new to everything military related that I ask Alex questions and I google a lot! He is very patient as he explains and some times repeats. He is very intelligent and has always told me in detail what he learns every day. I know I will miss this sharing and learning time with him very much.
Came back home to a full house. Four of our nine grandbabies were here. You would think a 17 year old, almost gone to the marine’s, senior in high school, would flee to his room to get away from little one’s. No. He stayed with all of us till they left at 11:00 that night, then stayed up to watch The Hobbit as he promised with all of us. I went to bed at midnight so I felt like the 86th day till, was spent well right down to the last.
These Days Posts are not being shared because they are spectacular thrill-filled days or nights, but are just being shared to show our love and pride for our son, who will become a man, who will be a Marine, who will protect each and every one of us. Jennifer