If you haven't figured out by now, my big road trip this weekend is for my son's homecoming from Afghanistan! The photo above was taken the day he left, hugging his sweet wife of 11 days goodbye. I've got my camera ready to capture that happy welcome home hug! :)
We hit the road tomorrow, and the good news/bad news part of it is that my other son will have to stay behind. After months of trying to find a job, he started not one, but two new jobs this week. I'm so proud of him for sticking with his search, even though I know it was discouraging at times. He and his girlfriend Elizabeth, grandma, and grand-dog Crockett will be holding down the fort at home while grandad, Mrs. Thomas and I go get our boy. I can hardly wait.
This has been a tough deployment. There have been many many injuries and casualties, even up until the final days of the deployment. My thoughts and prayers are with those families at this time, and also those lost on the last deployment. These Marines will not be forgotten and we hold them in our hearts always.
He will have the whole month of March off to spend with family, but first, he along with a group from his squad will first be traveling through Florida, Georgia, and East Tennessee to visit the families of their fallen brothers. That's what these guys do - they take care of their own and their families. It makes me proud as a mother, and also as an American.
Now that the boys are out of country, pictures are beginning to be uploaded to facebook of their time there. This image was taken of their Thanksgiving dinner. Adam told me they'd saved any sort of Thanksgiving type food items they received in care packages and pooled them together in anticipation of their "feast." They bought some turkeys at the local market and by all reports, it was awesome. Sort of puts the whole gratitude thing in perspective doesn't it?
So, I have a busy day at work and I'm not sure how much time I'll have for blogging over the next week, but you can be sure there will be lots of family pictures showing up here very soon.