The Journey – Week 11

I sat down today to write our son a letter like I do most Saturday mornings. But, today was different.

Our son has been in boot camp for 11 weeks. He has 19 days left. I began to cry as I was writing my letter to him. Why?

I think it is because I realize several things:

One, I miss him terribly.

Two, the young man I sent off to boot camp will be changed into a United States Marine.

Three, we are down to the final days, the home stretch.

It won’t be long before I can wrap my arms around my son, tell him how very proud of him I am, and how very much I love him. This has been the longest amount of time I have ever been away from my son. It has been hard, but it has been so worth it.

The man that will return to me will be full of discipline, honor, courage and commitment. He will be part of a group, that only a few, the elite, have the honor of being, a member of the United States Marine Corps.

We are looking forward to Graduation Day on May 24th. Please remember our son in your prayers as he moves into the finals phases of exams, and certifications to become a Marine. We are excited as a family to join this new family, and begin this new adventure together.

Semper Fi!




  1. Scott says:

    As always Cynthia, we have him in our thoughts and prayers. No matter where he goes after graduation. Semper Fi!

  2. Domesticated Breakdown says:

    Hey there, I just wanted to say hi, My husband is in the Army and I remember all too well what Basic Training felt like, He has been in almost 6 years and I still think that was one of the hardest things to go through, I guess mostly because it is all new. We are currently working our way through another deployment, and that isn’t any easier. I am assuming you have gotten to see him now and that is great! Good luck My dad i was also a Marine, or is a Marine, Once a Marine always a Marine right? Found you over on bloggymoms Following on Twitter

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  3. Adam Share says:

    That must be tough. I have 3 little girls so I don’t imagine that I will ever have to face anything like that. You must be very strong and very proud.

    P.s I hope your boy stays safe.

    Kind regards


  4. Leslie says:

    I just want to hug everyone in the forces. My ex is a marine and he loves what he does. I hope your having a great weekend.

  5. Laurie says:

    That is awesome! Thank you and your son for his service. We have a friend at Paris Island right now. I think his graduation was delayed a few days due to a technical Marine thing but he is in the home stretch. His brother just graduated a couple of months ago.

  6. Nikki says:

    Hello there fab post about your boy, I bet you can’t wait to have him home 🙂 I am just popping by from the Bloggy Moms July Blog Hop! I am a newbie blogger as of today, and I look forward to reading more on your blog x

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