We loaded up the car early last Wednesday and drove to North Carolina. West Texas to North Carolina. I will spare you the details of how grueling and devastatingly long THAT took.
After a flight around the world from Afghanistan, The Marine was scheduled to be back at Camp Lejuene around noon on Friday.
They had a welcome area set up in a maintenance bay on the base. Lots of eager family and friends waiting for their soldiers!How precious is that little guy waiting for his daddy?
Blonde rascal was anxiously awaiting his brother's arrival too...
There was some cool machinery and things that go boom for us to look at while passing the time.
Some brass walked around and met the families and thanked us for letting him borrow our son.That was pretty nice, we thought.
They told us the bus was on its way. They had to stop first at the armory to turn in their guns (thank goodness) and then go to medical and get blood drawn. Finally that was done and here they came.
I couldn't help snapping a picture of this little girl in her cute dress...obviously waiting for her daddy.
The bus pulled in.......and I could not help snapping another picture, that little girl's daddy was the first one off the bus.SO heartwarming, even though I did not know these people. That started my tears flowing!
At last after nine tough months, there was the face we had been hoping and praying to see again!Ahhhh....Thank God!
He grabbed his bags.......and we were out of there. We really did ask if we could help carry anything!
Blonde rascal did strap on one back pack.
I was a little scared to touch anything....The Marine affectionately called what we were smelling "the smell of deployment"....it was strong to say the least!
That didn't stop blonde rascal from trying on a few things!
We enjoyed getting to spend the weekend with him. He had some incredible pictures and even more incredible stories. It is somewhat amazing that any of them come out of it alive. Keep praying for those brave men and women over there still fighting for us!
Feels good to sleep peacefully again now that he is safe. Feels good to be out of the dang car too!!! No more road trips for me any time soon!