Tuesday, October 5, 2010
We arrived at Surf City on Topsail Island Tuesday afternoon the 28th... the only time it was NOT raining. Then the tropical storm moved in. But standing on the deck that night watching the lightning stretch across the horizon lighting up the clouds and ocean was breathtaking.
Early evening 9/28
Oh how I wish Justin would have arrived on Tuesday and enjoyed even a few moments on the beach before the winds and storm set in.
Kat filming from the upper deck...
Late morning 9/29
In the gymnasium at LeJeune because of the inclement weather...waiting...waiting... We arrived at 11 am.
We estimated about 500 people there waiting.Finally about 1:15 it was announced Charlie Company was marching in!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hallelujah...We had waited 7 months, what was a couple more hours...right? .....right????????
Kat huggin' on her "Hogie".
Dude! You been liftin'!! Scary!
Thank you God ...for bringing our tired, wet Marine home.....
If you're wondering about Mom's hugging, she didn't hang back and wait. She ran through the crowd when she spotted her Marine in the middle of the gym and grabbed on to that Big guy and cried. Honorable Marine said "Don't cry mom...."
Justin with his two new roommates from his Deployed Fourth Platoon.
Thursday morning 9/30
We awoke to a SHAKING house, gale winds, tornado warnings, and pouring rain blowing sideways...The ocean tide was so high it literally was coming up to the house. I was NERVOUS!!!!
Rained all day long....sigh. The roads were flooded, so we just stayed in and watched movies/tv, ate, and put together a puzzle, Jonny and Kat made some funny videos.
That evening when we were returning to Jacksonville for supper, and taking Justin back in to LeJeune (because he had to be in formation at 8 the next morning)....this appeared! It was actually a full rainbow.
Justin texted very late that night to let us know they had been granted a 72 hour leave, so when we checked out the next morning, we "floated" back in to Jacksonville and picked up our favorite Marine and brought him home with us for a short but sweet weekend.
When we got home, poor Woobie just ran in circles and up and down the drive. He really didn't know what to do with himself...he was so worked up! And a photo worth posting again. A Marine re-united with his Devil dawg.... :-)
Reunions and Homecomings....treasured moments in life.....Priceless! Especially when it is a Warrior returning home from war by God's grace and protection.
Thank you Lord!
Thank you all my praying bloggy friends...You are treasures too!
Hugs to all of you.