Justin Kyle Smith U S Marine - Private First Class
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart... No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet,so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
(Hebrews 12: 1-3, 11-13)
After an awesome and glorious Family Day and Graduation Ceremony at Parris Island, we have our Marine home with us for a brief stay, before he heads off for Camp LeJeune. Just posting a few pictures to journal our visit.
First Recruit Battalion Alpha Company colors > RED!!
Our very first glimpse glimpse of Justin!!! (in the motivational run at 7am Thurs.)
third from the left.
Finally, we get to talk, hug, and reunite with him for the first time since January.
In the barracks, very spartan, orderly, clean. Justin's "rack" where he slept (or tried to)and proud big Sis!
His uniforms and cammies
Care to bounce a quarter on that bed???
Granddad taking pics... a LOT!!!
Graduation Morning - waiting to march out in front of the crowd (almost 600 grads !)
Marching on the parade deck. Justin - 2nd from the right.
the awesome and inspiring United States Marine Corp band.
Headed for home and 10 days of well deserved liberty....at ease Marine!
One VERY tired Marine :-)
proud, Proud, PROUD mom and dad of our honorable and much loved Marine.
Kam and Jonny. They so respect and admire their brother for what he has accomplished!
Proud Grandmama and Granddaddy. Prayer Warriors!!!!
An array of photos for a memory post here in my journal of life. :-)
God has been with Justin through it all. WE are thankful to HIM for watching over Justin and helping him to accomplish his first step in training. We are thankful to all who have followed along and prayed for his journey.