My little boy is in the Navy!

February 22, 2010

I know that sounds corny, but it’s a pretty emotional day for me. Even though he is 25 years old, he’s still my little boy and I know all you moms out there know what I mean when I say that.

This seems like it was just yesterday.

(Before I say more, I made a decision today to change BigT’s blog nickname. All our other kids blog nicknames are their real nicknames. We chose BigT back when we started this blog because a neighbor had nicknamed him that, but that’s not what we call him. We call him Bry, so from now on, BigT is Bry here on BigSisLilSis.)

Our entire family has been waiting for this day, with much anticipation, for seven months now. Bry first started the process of joining the Navy way back in July of last year. He worked with a recruiter here in San Diego for several months and when she couldn’t locate a job for him, he packed up his truck, moved to Texas, met a new Recruiter on his first day there and started the process all over again.

Bry has never been real sure about which direction he wanted to take down the career path until now. Ever since he started talking about joining the Navy, he’s seemed more sure about it than anything ever before. He’s gone through a lot of red tape, gotten into the best physical shape of his life, and is more focused and motivated than I’ve ever seen him.

Even though I never really anticipated Bry being in the military, I always knew that he had a big heart and would do something great with his life. Now, he’s going to help defend our country and I couldn’t be more proud.

I’m on an emotional roller coaster today because I don’t know when he’s leaving Dallas or when he’s arriving in Great Lakes, but I’ll feel better once I talk to him tonight. He gets a 30-second phone call to let me know when he arrives, but after that I won’t be able to speak to him for eight weeks. That’s gonna be tough!

Today, I’m a really proud mom and a teary-eyed, lip quivering mess all at the same time!

Note from BigSis:

I know what you mean, LilSis, about being emotional!  I remember that cute little blond guy like it was yesterday too.  It was a rough weekend here, with Bry moving out of my place on Friday after spending 6 weeks with me, and then his send-off party on Saturday night.  I’m totally proud of him for doing such a brave thing with his life, and I’m trying not to be selfishly mopey!  To keep from going nuts with worry, I’m going to keep praying every day that God will surround him with a supernatural hedge of protection to keep him safe and well!  I hope that our BigSisLilSis friends will join me in praying for him, and all of our military!

~LilSis

11 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

    February 22, 20103:02 pm

    WOW that is wonderful!! Good for him! Hubby is a Marine who retired last year after 26 wonderful and incredible years!!
    .-= Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer´s last blog post … Mangalitsa Lard Red Velvet Cupcakes =-.

  2. Posted by LilSis

    February 22, 20103:12 pm

    Thanks Cathy! And thanks to your hubby for serving our military for so many years. I bet it’s nice for him to be retired.

  3. Posted by LilSis

    February 22, 20104:22 pm

    Thanks, BigSis. I know he’ll be in good hands, but I’ll also be praying every single night for God to protect him and keep him safe. And, I pray the same prayer for everyone serving in our military.

  4. Posted by Melissa

    February 23, 201011:24 am

    Congratulations LS. Much luck and warmest wishes to Bry.

    My in-laws are a military family – 3 Marines (including my husband Steve, though he’s the only one who left permanently) and one ex-Navy. It’s a sometimes hard but honorable life and I commend your son on the undertaking.

  5. Posted by LilSis

    February 23, 20102:05 pm

    Hi Melissa,
    Thanks so much for the encouraging words and the warm wishes.

    My husband’s father and brother were Marines but I don’t have any relatives who were in the military, so this entire thing is very new to me.

    We’re really proud of Bry for making this decision. I’ll just feel better once I’m able to speak to him. It’s the unknown that’s got me feeling uneasy.

    Take care! Thanks for taking the time to leave the comment. :-)

  6. Posted by noble pig

    February 23, 20105:25 pm

    Oh wow, I’d be a mess too…good luck to him in all his adventures!
    .-= noble pig´s last blog post … Cinnamon Swirl Toast with Pears and Mascarpone =-.

  7. Posted by grace

    February 24, 20103:08 pm

    i suspect you’re just bursting with pride, and i’ll bet it’s seeping out through those things called tear ducts. :)
    i’m thinking of you and thanking bry! :)
    .-= grace´s last blog post … if looks were everything… =-.

  8. Posted by LilSis

    February 24, 20103:13 pm

    Hi Grace,
    I couldn’t have described it any better. Thanks so much for thinking of us. I really do appreciate it!

  9. Posted by LilSis

    February 24, 20103:16 pm

    Thanks, Noble Pig!
    Yeah, a definite mess, that’s me. Three days into it and I figure I need to snap out of it.

    I know you’ve got little guys and won’t need to worry about anything like this for a long time, but time does fly!

  10. Posted by marla {Family Fresh Cooking}

    February 26, 20108:11 pm

    Of course we will pray for him! How is he doing???
    .-= marla {Family Fresh Cooking}´s last blog post … Skinny Chocolate Drop Cookies =-.

  11. Posted by LilSis

    February 27, 201011:12 am

    Thank you, Marla!
    Unfortunately, I’m not able to speak to him for eight weeks while he’s in Basic Training. In another two weeks, I think he is allowed to send us his address so we can correspond by mail.

    I’ll feel better once that happens.

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