September 28, 2014

A Little Boot Camp Chatter...

I have now received three letters from my recruit.  He is not a very newsy recruit but he is reassuring to his family that he is well and moving forward.  I am grateful that I am in a parent group for our young men and we chatter a lot about our letters from the boys.  Every day we check in and see who got a letter for the day.  We share basic stuff like what they are doing and how they are faring with their platoons.  It is interesting to hear what is similar in the letters.  So many of the recruits love church and mail call is a highlight of their days.  Some are on food rationing to lose weight and some are on double rations to gain.  Some have had wisdom teeth pulled and colds and injuries.  Some dread the swim week and some are looking forward to it.  Some are looking forward to hiking and others are grumbly about it.  They talk about how they share their letters with each other and are making lifelong friends and brothers as they move through their days.  They encourage each other and cheer for each other and help each other through it all.  Letters from them and letters to them are a new experience for both parents and sons.

From the parent side of things we are doing just what they are doing!  We are sharing letters with each other to piece together their days and their adventures.  We are sharing what they ask for and who is sending packages.  We compare notes on the most requested things... stamps, stationery, Clif bars, beef jerky, peanut butter... my son asked for us to send him a "whole Bible" because they only had the New Testament and he misses the Old Testament.  So many of the boys are talking about how God is seeing them through and church and the music during church is the most encouraging time for them.  

We are really no different from them.... they are pulling together as a family there and we are pulling together as a family online from around the country.  This is an experience I never dreamed would happen but there is not a day that goes by that I am not grateful for this modern day technology that allows us to know... we are not alone.... we are a part of a bigger plan and picture.  We are the prayer warriors and encouragers of these young men and each other.  We are the families of some amazing young recruits.  We are now family with each other... in this small little band of parents called Marine Corps Recruit Families who will soon be Marine Parents and Families.  Once a Marine always a Marine.... once a Marine Mom... always a Marine Mom.  It will be one of the proudest days of my life and I will share it with this group that I have shared the whole experience with for 13 weeks.  We are ready... bring it on!

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