Today was a day filled with lots of emotion. I did my best not to let it show. My oldest, Michael, made the decision to join the US Navy. He will complete his senior year of high school under the delayed entry program. He is scheduled to head to basic training in July of 2009. He will spend 8 weeks at basic training and then head to his A school for 14 weeks where he'll train to be a Navy Corpsman. Upon completion of his A school he can opt to do C school where he will train to be a Navy Corpsman for the Marines & Navy Seals. Mike's ultimate goal is to become one of the elite Navy Seals. I am very proud of my son. Many have asked me how I feel about his decision and my response is this is all in God's hands. He is in control and I will continue to pray for my son but add to my prayers for God to keep him safe and if/when he is deployed to protect him and bring him home safely. I am the proud Mother of a Navy Seaman.
On a side note, Alyssa is so proud of her big brother. She spent the afternoon decorating a cake for her brother. It's kinda hard to see in the picture, but she wrote NAVY in the center of the cake and put an eagle on top of it. She sprinked all kinds of red, white & blue sprinkles on top of the word Navy and the put in a couple of streamers. I don't think the fully understands what Mike joining the Navy means, but what she does know is that she loves him and is very proud of him.