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Thursday, May 7, 2009

my Son is a U.S. Marine

He did it!!! They did it!!! The crucible is over and at this time they should be enjoying their big warriors breakfast of all you can eat. It is a very large selection of all kinds of breakfast foods and they say most of the new Marines eat till they throw up.

I am sure they are so thrilled, so proud, so excited!!! so excited to see their families next week!!!

My son is a U.S. Marine

when he was little he played for hours

with his little army dudes

guns have always been his most joy

shooting with dad and grandpa Lyle

Grandpa Great his very Hero

Hiking in the mountains

back pack on

full of survival gear

he enlisted on his 17th birthday

he would have it no other way

finished high school 5 months early

off to boot camp Feb. 16

His life forever changed

the day he met his D.I's

away from all he knew

away from those he loves

Homesickness set in

fears he never knew

he has overcome many challenges

grown in skills and knowledge

made new friends he never would of

found a new appreciation

for all his family and home

and today he overcame

the last obstacle that stood in front of his dream

The Crucible , it is finished

he climbed the Reaper to the very top

along with his friends and brothers

in Charlie co. Platoon 1050

he stood atop the Reaper

tears filled his eyes as

he walked down the mountain

the Star Spangle Banner played

the path was lined with all the state flags

of each new Marine there

and at the end in his hand

his D.I gave to him

what he's worked so hard for

the globe, anchor and eagle pendant

and his back was patted as his D.I said

"Job well done Marine"

there my son stood tall and proud

straight face still, but tears in his eyes

he must of clinched that emblem so

as he thought to him self,

"I am a Marine"

OOH-RAH! My son is a U.S. Marine and I am so proud, it has been a hard difficult 3 months filled with such emotion for me, my family and Dyl. And now we soon put an end to this and start a new beginning. One that I would not of chose for my son or me, but one I am so proud of. Please continue to pray for Dylan, Austin and Dakota as they begin their journey as new Marines. Pray for all our service men and women who so unselfishly serve our country for me and you. Thank you for praying Dyl and the boys this far, God works mighty when many pray!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

the Crucible down 46 1/2 hours

46 1/2 hours is here, WOW! How do you think Dyl and the boys are feeling at this point? I know they are so so sore, tiered, hungry and so so wishing they were at the top of the Reaper!! The Reaper is the 4 mile hike up a mountain side that is very steep, when they get to the top and ascend down, they are finished! Please pray with me for these last 7 1/2 hours to hold our boys well, that Dylan, Austin, Dakota and all of our boys in Charlie Co. to do great, be strong and courages and safe.

Dylan's very favorite: Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake. yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

I wonder if Dyl has thought of this Psalm during his trials? But I do know this verse must be in his heart as I wrote it on nearly every letter I sent him; I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13

I am going to have another hard time sleeping tonight even more then the last two nights, because in the morning my boy will be a Marine!

Our Country will have several more young men fighting for us, and they will have 3 of the finest young men there is, DYLAN, AUSTIN and DAKOTA! The flag is flying on our front porch all lit up, the candle is burning to light Dyl's way home (this is a tradition that families put a candle in their window during the crucible for their boy) The boys mom has her flag up and candles going too for Austin and Dakota!

My little Crucible

So most of you know that son Dyl set me up with my own little boot camp to do while he was away doing his. He bought me P90X that my husband and I have done every day very faithfully. Then I have been running at nights a few times a week on top of that. I am down 26 lbs, eek! 14 1/2 inches of me, GONE!

And tonight I did my own lil Crucible, I ran the farthest I've ever ran, 8 miles!!!!!!!! Did you read that? Yes I said 8 miles!!! OOH-RAH!I ran from my house to Wal Mart in the next town and NO I did not stop at all, that would of been defeat. I did it in 1:40. All for my Dyl!

It was very easy until I was about 1/2 mile away from town, then it got hard, my legs hurt and my c-section scaring hurt so bad, but I kept going on knowing what Dylan and the boys are having to go through and I though "this must be how they feel at rest, what little they get" and it must be much worst when they are moving.

But I did it!!When I got to Wal Mart, my husband was waiting there for me and he had to help me stretch out, when I bent over to stretch right there where I looked down was a penny, Heads up, A Lucky penny! my husband said I just earned my Eagle, Globe and Anchor, that is what our boys get when they are announced Marines at the end of the Crucible.

My husband seemed more excited that I had just ran 8 miles then me, He said now he has to do it, so he may tomorrow! All I was thinking was, that's not too far, how far am I going to run next?

Now I will have to see what I continue to do while Dyl is in his Infantry training! My husband told the kids, they would have to watch me close for now on, when I say "I am running to Wal Mart"!

24 hours of the CRUCIBLE DOWN!

Hoora! 24 hours is behind my boy and all of Charlie unit!! Only 30 more hours to go!!

I know it will get harder the farther in they get as they will become very sleep deprived and hungry and sore.

I can not even imagine what they are going through, what my Dyl is doing, oh I wish I could be there to encouraging them on, but I can only be here and send prayers and positive thoughts their way.

I thank you Father that Your Word prevails over our children.

They walk in the light as You are in the Light.

They can do all things through Christ who strengthens them

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

12 hours down!

Well my Dyl now has 12 hours behind him, I wonder how many miles they are in, how many obstacles they have over come?

Please pray for Dylan, Austin and Dakota and ALL of Charlie Unit, that they all make it through this Crucible, safe, healthy and without any major problems.

Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified,do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

The Flags are flying for you boys!
The candles are burning for you!
The prayers are going up for you!
The positive thoughts are with you!

God speed to you!

The Crucible

Right now my son and his Platoon are being woke up to begin the Crucible. What is the Crucible? It is what every recruit must go through in order to become a Marine. It is 54 hours of very little sleep, 6-8 if they are lucky. Only 2 MRE's (meals ready to eat) and about 52 miles of hiking that consist of lots of obstacles they have to overcome. They will be tiered, hungry, sore and have lots of blisters at the end of this, but they will Stand tall, Stand proud, they will be Marines! My son will be a Marine, oh where time has gone, I miss my little boy who for hours at a time played with his little army dudes. My boy who always kept us laughing. Father in Heaven, be with my Dyl, with all the boys in Charlie Unit. give them the strength of Christ, that they are alert, strong, healthy, safe and that they feel Jesus right there with them. Allow them to go through this time with ease, that they will learn, that they will grow close together as brothers, as one. Bring my Dyl to the end, bring them all through to the end. I ask you this in Jesus' name, Amen.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phill 4:13
We made this sign to hang up, we will fly the flag all of the 54 hours, night and day. I will have a candle burning each night. GOD BLESS MY BOY

Friday, May 1, 2009

my boy's platoon video!

So here is my Dyl's Platoon video!! I cried before I even seen him. But we are all so happy we seen him and are even more excited to get to his graduation.

So, my boy is in the 2nd row, and at the end of the pass he is the 3rd recruit from the left, his best friend Austin is right next to him on the left, the right of Dyl. And Austin's big brother is on the top row, the 6th recruit over!

They all look so good, but different, makes me sad, but makes me happy. I am so very Proud of you Dyl!