Thursday, March 4, 2010
Cherished moments, Crushing hugs, and a Big load!
First of all, a most most grateful hug and huge Thank You to any of you who whispered that prayer for me yesterday. I felt your empathy and love. We pulled back into our home base in Charlotte at 2:30 am this morning. A long day, a long drive, but worth more than precious gold... every single second!!
Our time with Justin was just great. Kameron and Jonny and I got out to LeJeune and picked Justin up, stopped by the chow hall so he could get one of their "AWESOME" wraps for Jonny and Kam to taste. (they ARE REALLY fantastic) and headed out to see a movie. (ended up Shutter Island...ooo strange) Then we took in a delicious meal at Cracker Barrel and just talked. It was all good. Thank you.
We headed back to the base to drop Justin and get some last items. They had Staging at 5am this morning. (where they all line up and families who want to be there to wave ...can) I will not list all the logistics and times, as this is the internet, but they will be on their way today. Thanks for your prayers.
I had told Justin we would be happy to store a bag for one of his roommates. All rooms were to be bare. (renovations going on during their deployment) Ladies....That one consent somehow turned into what you see below,along with some legal papers to mail to some family. wow...
It is our honor, our privilege, and our pleasure to do this for these honorable Marines whose homes are too far away to get these last items out. My Marine gave me a warning as he loaded the last one into the van. He told me that at some point, having taken these belongings into my home, it might present a burden that I would not have wanted to deal with. I understood what he was saying. I nodded. It was enough.
I stood over all these bags and items this morning and prayed that each of the lives represented there in my little kitchen would come back safe and sound to retrieve their own bags. God bless them. God keep them. God grant SUCCESS to the 1/2 and all the other units over there..... AMEN and OOO-RAH!!
So...this is the life of a Marine mom. We too are a platoon of committed warriors. The praying kind. We are the fierce protectors of these do-or-die fighters. In our hearts we do battle every single day. And we desire victory just as much. They are no longer ours. They belong to Uncle Sam right now. But more than that, they belong to God. And that, is the ultimate peace giver to us as moms. The powersource available from that Heavenly Commander is out of this world ...excuse me,...stinkin' explosive. God is in control. May they all remember:
And to ALL of you Military Moms out there, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Reserves, National Guard, all of you.... I remind you and myself this: Our God is a BIG GOD!!!...so turn your loved one over to HIM every morning, and then you.......
Semper Fi. God bless you ALL!