Well today is Saturday. This Saturday has been a roller coaster of emotion.
I got woke up at 1 a.m. by some drunk marines. That was just so much fun. I swear one of them was going to break our sliding glass door.
I went back to bed around 3 and got up around 8. Then it was off to have coffee with Lyn. I had to pick up a quilt top and some ground beef from Lyn. However George and I have gotten very fond of our Saturday morning chat and coffee with Lyn.
Then it was back home. I did manage to get one quilts done, and I still have one more to finish. Yes I will post pictures of them!
I also made shepherds pie for dinner. I made so much that I thought I would have left overs but there was nothing left! I did have to remind all of the boys to turn the cell phones off and to stop texting at the table. We did not even have any cheese cake left. I guess you could say dinner was a big hit.
Everyone pitched in and cleaned up the kitchen, so that is done. I finally had some spare time. So here I am.
Here I am loading pictures from our dinner. I had to take them with a cell phone so excuse the quality of them.
It was then that it hit me. For most of the people at the table it will be the last time they will get to have a family dinner before they leave for Iraq.
Here is what else I just realized.
Barry will miss the birth of his first child. Barry will also reenlist and extend to stay in Iraq.
Chris and Liz will have their relationship stressed to the limit.
Jake will act big and tuff but will call either his mom or me every chance he gets. Jake will also reenlist. If they do not let him extend to stay in Iraq then he wants to go to Afghanistan.
Miles will soon leave to go out on ship and then he will reenlist for EOD.
Leroy will go off to war, not for the first time, but for the first time he will be going without his twin brother.
George and Ben have a few months before they Deploy.
CJ is having a hard adjusting to the fact that all of his friends are packing up and heading back to Iraq. CJ is on medical hold and he so wants to be with friends. CJ actually feels guilty for staying behind.
This weekend I have noticed that the marines are starting to detach. They are putting everything on the shelf and now their minds are set on their deployment dates.
These young men and women are trained and ready to go.
I however am not ready. I still have one more quilt to finish tomorrow.
I still have to say good bye to them. Tomorrow afternoon I will hug each of them and tell them to keep their heads down and call when they can. Tomorrow I will not shed a tear in front of the marines, but I can guarantee you that Rusty will be there hugging me and I will soak his shirt with my tears.
As hard as it will be for me, I will have to wipe my tears and go on with my life.
This year while the marines are away, Ryan will turn 13, Nikki will turn 16 and Amber will turn 18.
This year while the marines are gone Amber will be touring Europe, and Nikki will be on another mission trip.
This year while the marines are gone I will be working to chase down my dream of going to Egypt.
This year while our life goes on the marines will be defending our right to do whatever we want to do.
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