Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Farewell Ceremony! :-(

Yesterday afternoon marked a very emotional day for me and my family. We all attended Chris's Farewell Ceremony for the 135th MP Company. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. All the soldiers marched in and showed their pride, not only for themselves, but for their families as well. The ceremony consisted of many speakers from all over the state of Ohio, along with his Commander.
As tears ran down my face and my heart and mind full of so many different emotions, I try to stay strong for Chris. In fact, that's one thing I've learned from the Family Readiness Group and his Command is that our soldiers need their families to be stronger then ever right now. I for one know that's defiantly easier said then done!
I'm so proud of Chris and all of his accomplishments and I know he's going to go to Iraq and serve his country proud. My heart fills with such pride when I hear him talk about how he needs to be there for his soldiers, lead them and bring them all home to safety. I've asked him, who's bringing you home safely? His response to me was, having you to come home to and knowing that you're here praying for me!

This morning, I had to yet say good bye to my best friend and be strong for another 6 weeks. But as the tears once again rolled down my face, Chris said to me, Bay...I'll be home for Christmas and don't forget that I love you.


Kevin, Isabella, Jennifer Kramer said...

What a great video! We are praying for Chris, his unit and for you! We love you both so much!

Kristy said...

WOW- stay strong... lots of love and prayers from the whole LaVella family!!!

The Kramer's said...

Stay strong Julie! :-) Keep your faith, family and friends close by! You guys are in our thoughts and prayers!

Anonymous said...

We will keep both of you, Chris and Julie, in our prayers. We are very proud of our soldiers, especially on this Veteran's Day, who continue to fight for our country's freedom and to make foreign lands a safer place to live for so many more.
Sue and Al Kramer

Rachel said...

I've been thinking alot about you two today and the very special job that you have both endured. I am so proud to say that my cousin(s) are a part of such a bigger cause for our country. It is something that I am not brave enough to do. Thank you for your service...
:) We love you!