>> Thursday, May 27, 2010

Last Sunday was a hard day for us. My Marine and I went to the base to see our friends off to Iraq. G Company was leaving for 12 months. My Marine had trained with them over the past 6+ months, getting them ready to go.

It could have been him going on Sunday. In December he came home with the news that if he stayed in his current company, he would be deploying. As late as March, we still didn't know if he was going or not.

It was hard watching our friends pack up and get ready to go. It was harder watching the families left behind. I was there. I was in their shoes. I watched as my husband flew away from me and my daughter (who was only 8 months old and said "Dada" for the first time the day he left).

And while I don't know everyone, I can at least reach out to the families I DO know. As those helicopters were flying away, I made myself a promise that I would reach out, make sure they're ok, ask a spouse to go out for coffee or set up a playdate. Keeping busy makes the time go faster.

And so, I leave you with some memorable moments from G Company's departure. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.


Christy Killoran May 27, 2010 at 5:53 AM  

Okay, I have tears in my eyes just from looking at these pictures. Seriously.

Our prayers are with all of the soldiers and their families.

Thank you to your marine and all of the other service men and women who work so hard to keep our country safe and allow us the liberties and freedoms that we take for granted every day.

Amy @ Positively Splendid May 27, 2010 at 6:20 AM  

God bless each and every one of you - both the deployed, and those who have come back home - for the sacrifices you make for our country. Thank you so much for this post.

Java May 27, 2010 at 6:27 AM  

Apparently we are both making each other cry!! How sad this must be..I feel for you and for those families! Sniff!

Awwww hope the graduation goes good! Preschool to kindergarden is a big step! Seems like it just yesterday that my son went through that. Take lots of pictures and implant it into your mind!

((hugs)) to you!!

Natalie PlanetSmarty May 27, 2010 at 7:49 AM  

I hope that everybody comes back safe and sound! I cannot imagine sending my loved one into danger :(

One Photo May 27, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

Oh so sad to look at those pictures, so I cannot imagine how sad it is for the families who were there watching loved ones depart. I so admire all military families and how much they sacrifice.

Happy Gramma May 28, 2010 at 1:07 AM  

God bless each and every one of our servicemen!Please check out my blog on May 29th and 30th, as I honor our past and present servicemen this Memorial Day.

Jessica @ This Blessed Life May 28, 2010 at 5:11 AM  

Hi Jennifer, I clicked over from NFF because I loved the name of your blog! I have SO much respect for military families - thank you SO much for what you've given up for our country!

Anonymous May 28, 2010 at 6:12 AM  

Im coming over from Friendly Friday. Wishing for a safe return. God bless.

"Iowa Mom" May 28, 2010 at 6:28 AM  

Saying HEY from Friendly Follow.
Of course we follow you through GFF, please make sure to stop in and do the same for us :)

Java May 28, 2010 at 7:21 AM  

Hi Jennifer!!
Come on over and join the fun!! All new for Friday!! Its the Follow Friday 40 and Over Blog Hop!
Make new friends and most of all...have fun!
Hope to see you there!!

Momrempel May 28, 2010 at 7:40 AM  

I already follow your wonderful blog, and these photos show just how blessed we are to have those wonderful people we know, and don't know, serving in the military! I am in Canada and very proud of our military, and love the emotion brought out in your photos!

Dina May 28, 2010 at 8:59 AM  

jen i awarded you the versatile blogger award,

Aysha May 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

Our prayers will always be with you guys.. And it is great that you are doing your part to make them feel that they arent alone and to help them make time go faster. Found your blog through Fun Follow Friday. Hope you could "hop" onto mine. Its about gift giving ideas to wonderfil people

The Halton Mom May 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM  

Hey, great blog you got here. I'm stopping in from the Friday Follow.
Have a great weekend!

Lee May 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

This was a beautiful post and fabulous pictures that capture it so well. You have a huge heart. Thanks for stopping by. Following you back!

Amy May 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM  

Stopping by from over 40 Friday Follow. Beautiful post!

Amy @ Things and Stuff

Unknown May 28, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

New follower here. I thoroughly enjoyed this post, and it brough tears to my eyes. God bless those guys and you military wives too!

justicecw May 28, 2010 at 4:48 PM  

My prayers to you and all the other military families! I am a new follower from Friendly Friday. I would love if you checked me out at Cute Stuff

Pinching Abe May 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM  

Hi, I came here via Friendly Friday. I'm your newest Google Friend. Hope you can get the chance to stop by and see me at my blog sometime soon :)

Please thank your Marine and all who serve. It is because of men (and women) like them that the air we breathe here in America is free!

My Wee View May 28, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

Thanks so much for linking up for the Fun Follow Fridays. I hope that you found some new blogs to follow and that you got some new followers as well!

Please make sure to link up again Next week.

Thanks again,

Lynette & Stacie

雅婷 May 28, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
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Anonymous May 28, 2010 at 8:51 PM  

I know that was hard to actually be there and watch those men leave. You must know some of the families being left and like you said you've been in their shoes so you know how they must feel. God Be with each of these men.

Well I'm your newest follower from the 40+ blog hop. Come visit my blog and follow me. You can't have too many blogger buddies to share things like this with. Plus I never see these things on any of the news shows...which I think is strange? I'm glad your Marine isn't being deployed at least.


Andrea Kruse May 29, 2010 at 1:38 AM  

I enjoyed your photos and am so grateful for all those men and women do for our country.

I am a new follower from Friendly Friday.

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