Friday at 1:00 pm we went to Jeremy’s Deployment Ceremony. It wasn’t really what I thought it was going to be…I guess it was just an old tradition. But regardless, it was the event that marked the end of Jeremy’s training and that was pretty monumental.
The ceremony was quick; only about 30 minutes long. There were 3 speakers of pretty high rank and they all basically said the same thing; that the guys have trained hard for this time, that they are a unique unit and that they should be honored for all the hard work they’ve done. They are the only Stryker unit to be stood up from the ground up and they are the first Stryker unit to go to Afghanistan. Then, it was pretty much over.
Jeremy has 10 days off work from today through the 30th of June. We plan to do our best to finish up our administrative things we need to do as a family and then we would really like to sneak away for a little family vacation. After that is the 4th of July and Cooper’s early birthday celebration; then the count down begins and we’ll be basically waiting for the phone call to tell us when it is Jer’s turn to go.
We are trying to keep our spirits high and light. I keep thinking of the following verse:
8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[a]With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:8-20.