Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Our Weekend With David

Well, let me see - where do I start? This could be one of those interesting blogs where some of it won't make sense 'cause you weren't there so.....we'll see how the comments turn out!!
Last Thursday Dave came and picked me up at work at 5 and we headed off for Camp Lejeune, NC. The whole office was VERY thrilled to see me go since I had pretty much driven them crazy the whole day!! We managed to get about 60 miles into Georgia before stopping to spend the night! The Navigator (namely me) made a HUGE mistake suggesting to the Driver (namely Dave) that we take an alternate route which turned into a disaster. Needless to say - just because David got off work early to where we could have picked him up by 3.....we arrived at the base at about 6. That was a major GRRRRRRR moment! In order to get on base, you have to get a temporary pass which means you have to stand in line with your drivers license, registration, car insurance and the name of your Sponsor (PFC Fulton, David - in our case). The line at this point was a good 50 people long so Dave stood in line and David had a friend bring him out to the Arby's about a mile from the main gate. We got our pass and went to Arby's to pick up the "already inhaling supper" Marine.
That evening we pretty much just spent chilling out in the hotel. Since David had been out in the field that week, he was very tired so slept in quite a while Saturday. We went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast and then to Wal-Mart for some stuff he needed. He was mainly only worried about getting back to the hotel to finish off the cookies someone here baked for him!! We went to the base on Sunday and he showed us his room and took us on a tour of the base to see where he works and where he runs. He showed us the "tank" he would be riding on in the "sandbox" and tried to explain his job there. That went so far over my head it wasn't even funny!! We ended up leaving him there around 12:30 and Dave took me to the airport in Jacksonville, NC to fly back home and he went on to Ohio for a camp.
The weekend was so nice to just spend with David. (He reads my blog so check back for his comments when he reads this!!) I must admit to struggling some when he talked about his life insurance policy and where he wants to be buried should something happen. I can imagine having this conversation with my mom but my son? no way!!!! He is his usual chipper, upbeat self and it was so fun to wrestle around and pick on him. I sure wish he was little so I could just hold him down like I used to!! He inhaled the chocolate chip cookies like they were gold! One of the things that I noticed was how grown up and mature he seems but the thing that hasn't changed a bit is his appetite!! That boy can eat let me tell you!! He really works it off though!!
So...my son is a tall, strong, well-mannered, disciplined, handsome Marine. He's headed off to parts unknown in September and that is something I am trying to not dwell on. I miss him and it's tough knowing what he has to face! He is doing well in his walk with God but we have no concept of the struggles he faces on a daily basis. I am very thankful that God is faithful and walks with David each day. So this blog should probably come to an end but I wanted to tell you that I had a fantabulous weekend with my son and hubby and wouldn't trade it for the world!! Sorry about no pictures but since my digital camera is in Alaska and I didn't have room to bring back the disposable ones - the pictures will be posted later!!

8 comments:

Vonnie said...

So glad you could go and be with him for a while. I can't imagine talking to my son about his "wishes" should something happen. It has been fun to see Ashley... she looks just like you, Leah. :)

CrazieChrisa said...

I miss him sooooo bad!!!!! And ya'll too....I am really missing home!!! But I'm going to make it~~~ Luv ya'll, Christa

Angie Davis said...

This Mommy of two little boys gets weepy just thinking about all that...

Leah said...

Vonnie, Ashley may look like me but she is much more beautiful!! The unfortunate thing is that she acts like me and that is bad!!!

LaDonna said...

I can't even imagine having that conversation with my son!!! I'm so glad you all got to spend this time with him, though. I'm looking forward to seeing some photos.

maryellenhuff said...

Even though my 3 little boys are way to young to do anything but "play Marine" any Mom with a son has a heart that goes out to you. I can only imagine how hard some of those conversations must be!

I'm so glad you and Dave got to spend some time with him - remind me to never let you navigate "-) and I'm sure it meant the world to David too!

Linda S said...

Glad you got to spend some time with David....hope he gets to come in on the fourth. To mothers every second counts, doesn't it?

floridabozonebunch said...

I'm so glad it worked out for you and David Sr. to be with your Marine . It sounds like you had a memorable time. I'm sure any time with him is really valued. We pray for his safety and your sanity during these days.