Friday, April 17, 2009

Finally!

The day we have been waiting for finally arrived today: the Army Man graduated from the Civil Affairs Qualification Course. Laura and I attended the ceremony this morning, and got to see all of the soldiers all dressed up. Nothing like a man in uniform, right? Too bad for everyone else that our Army Man was the most handsome one there.

I am so proud of the Army Man for doing such a great job during school and dealing with all the grief that comes with being in training. There were plenty of times of annoyance and confusion, lots of sitting around and waiting, and some really time consuming (and possibly pointless) assignments. But never once did the Army Man say that he regretted making this switch, never once did he say he was going to give up, and he never stopped doing his best. That is why I am so proud of him, and why I am so thankful that he is a member of our military.

He has put up with hard work, stress, and time away from his family, all so that he can be the best officer he can and protect his soldiers when it comes time to deploy. He chose this new branch so that he can go to other countries and help the civilians there, however he can. Selfishly, it will be hard to be without him when he deploys, but if he makes a difference in the life of even one other citizen of this world, be it with health care, infrastructure, or government, it will be worth it.
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10 comments:

Rachael said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

Patty said...

We are so proud of the Army Man, and so glad that this day is finally here! You and Laura should be proud of all the support you have given, we are cheering for all of you!

Bee and Rose said...

Hooray for the Army Man! Congratulations!

I love your photos!

Martha said...

What a beautiful family! I salute Army Man for his hard work and continued sacrifice. Thank him for me, please.

she's the one said...

That's terrific. You have every right to be proud. Don't forget to celebrate. Plus, you guys look amazing.

Wanda said...

Dear Claire, Congratulations to the Army man on finishing his training. I am very proud of him. I know you and Laura have supported him and helped him to hang in there when things were hard. Trust you are all well and that the business is going strong. I love all your creations. Thanks for all the pictures etc. They are great.

Michelle said...

Congratulations to the Army Man!! I'm so proud of both of you...

Anonymous said...

This is Steven, your brother-in-law. I translated the caption via iGoogle and it spit out the phrase "Olive juice, honey."

Claire said...

And now it is up to you to figure out why I would write such a thing! :)

Dustin said...

Sometimes when I see your photos with Laura, I can't believe that my old friends have a daughter like that already. Seems just like yesterday we were stepping on peanut shells and eating pizza at Vincenzo's. Gosh, how I miss that amazing pizza :)