Military Celebrations- TBS Graduation: We Are Done!

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Next in this Military Celebration Series:


 Jason's TBS Graduation


Veteran's Day (Revealing Our Duty Station)

A heroic pose :P

We are finished with TBS! Those words hold such joy and relief when saying them out loud. The toughest grueling 6 months for both of us is finally behind us. No more super late nights (for now), no more exhausted husband coming home for dinner only to turn around and go straight to bed. 

No more random out of pocket expenses for gear, books, supplies, and uniform items week to week. No more drained and hurting husband on the weekends just dying to kick off his shoes and rest the weekend away. We managed to do a few things for fun, but this was the pattern most weekends.

Graduation day was another day of pouring rain and gloominess, but it didn't stop the elation of the evening's mood. Jason's roommate from law school made the trek down from Maryland to support him and was such a gentleman shielding with his umbrella me and one of my friends who came. 

Jason wasn't permitted to carry one over his cover in his uniform. (I've been learning the strict rules of uniform wearing. Very interesting and I'd love to know why!) In the meantime, thank you Jason's roommate for being our umbrella carrier! :D He also brought a nice camera to get some better photos than my little iPhone would take. :) Thank you again! The room filled up quickly with relatives and friends as
we eagerly waited for the ceremony to start.

Many names were called one by one. Instructors and other key faculty members were introduced before a long line of names of the graduates were read one by one with their ranks, MOS, and accomplishments.
As I sat in my seat listening and waiting for my beloved's name to be called, I flashed back to his impressive endurance. All those hikes including the 12 and 15 mile hikes, long FEX weeks, the land navigation challenges, and getting through the simulated war. So many things they did and trained for. I gaze at him in wonder and amazement.

When he walked across that stage tall, confident, and in proper gait to receive his certificate for graduating, I couldn't be any prouder of my man. He shook the hands of his and the other platoon commanders who worked hard and spent many hours away from their families to help mold them into stronger, well equipped men. Even more ready to be leaders than when they started.
It was so sweet that a handful of friends from church including our pastor, 
his wife, and his son came to support him as well. 
We ran into several of our friends after the ceremony. 
Many of them are moving on. It was bittersweet greetings.

These friends aren't going anywhere. ;) Look at that jubilation on our faces! 
Being done is such an accomplishment for us! :D

It's amazing how fast and slow 6 months can go. After the ceremony we enjoyed some chick fi la with Jason's roommate to end the evening.

Now we can relax abit, but not too long because it's now full-in preparation time for the next phase of life for us. But first Jason has an in between MOS school for 10 weeks that will be coming up quickly after the holidays.

Up next is the reveal of our long awaited first duty station. I'm oozing with anticipation for this reveal! Stay close! You will not want to miss this! :D

For now I leave you with a beautiful acapella version of the Marine Corps Hymn sung by the graduates of TBS. :)



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  1. Congratulations you guys! Can't wait to see where you are heading next!
    I'll be sending prayers along with you!

    Continued Blessings!

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    1. Thank you so much Angie! I appreciate you following us so faithfully and your prayers. :)

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