A Video of Our Journey. We Are so Grateful. We Are So Proud.

Over two months ago, I kissed my son goodbye and left him to begin his journey to become a Marine.

The first few days of his absence were the most difficult days I’ve faced as a parent. I cried too much, I ate too much, I didn’t sleep much and I cried some more.

Luckily, I have an amazing family and support system. So many of you were there for me, sending me emails, texts and comments, letting me know you were thinking of me and praying for my son.

On August 9th, I got to see my son again. On August 10th, he graduated and we brought him home. It was the proudest, most meaningful moment.

I wanted to share this video I created and to say thank you to every single person who was there for me and my family during this amazing journey.

I am so grateful for your kindness.

And I am so proud of my son.

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30 thoughts on “A Video of Our Journey. We Are so Grateful. We Are So Proud.

  1. Lena

    Yvonne. I needed to watch this twice so I could see through the tears.

    This line got me “and we brought him home. It was the proudest, most meaningful moment” because it made me think of the first time you “brought him home”, from the hospital when he was born. All these moments where we bring them home – from the hospital, from their first day of Kindergarten, from graduation, from boot camp or college or their wedding…or having their own babies. All we want as moms is to keep bringing them home. That’s all we ask.

    I love you. You inspire me to be a better mom.

  2. Redneck Mommy

    Totally weeping. Just, wow. I’m so thankful you took us along on your journey. Thank you for sharing with us. And Andrew? Best wishes to you young sir. You will do your parents and your country proud.

  3. Maggie

    Just, wow. The tears. I’m so happy for you and your family…and so proud of the man Andrew has become. The photos of your reunion are just priceless…I know you will be framing many of those and cherishing them for years to come. Thank you so much for sharing such a special time for your family with us. Truly, thank you.

  4. Kami

    I have cried reading every single post about your marine, but this video crossed the line into sobbing territory. Sweet Jesus. So moving and emotional. CONGRATS to Andrew, and you to mama, you made it!

  5. Jennifer

    From one USMC mom to another, Oorah! You raised a fine Marine. Sleep well moms, our boys have your backs!

  6. carol

    And this is why I love my blog peeps. You take such a personal moment and let us all in. Even though Andrew is not my child, I am so proud of him, his courage and strength to stay strong and complete this journey. Love that Marine!!!! OORAH!!!

  7. Nancy P

    I have learned by now to always have Kleenex at the ready when I read your posts. 🙂
    Yes, exactly what Lena & Suebob said.
    And same as Carol, I feel so proud of Andrew!

  8. Kathleen

    Congratulations to you and your son and thank you for sharing such a personal moment in time with us. Many thanks to your son for his service to our country. It is greatly appreciated! May God bless him and keep him safe.

  9. Christina Q

    Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us. You have such a beautiful family and I am so grateful you share so much with us. After I wipe away all my tears (and blow some good snot bubbles) I will be sharing this with my husband, the Marine….

  10. Amy

    Congratulations, Andrew!

    It’s incredible how much older he looks in just the short time from when he left to boot camp, and now. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Yvonne. One of my childhood best friends’ younger brother just left for USMC boot camp on August 5. I’m going to fwd your blog url to her so she can read these posts, too.

  11. Kristina

    Thank you so much for sharing. Congratulations, Andrew. I have followed your journey since before Gabby was born. You are an amazing mother and have a wonderful family. When did Ethan get so tall? He doesn’t look like the little brother anymore. Enjoy your time with your children.

  12. Leeanne

    I’m totally crying. That video really captured it all! Such awesomeness!! My hubby and my son from another mother are Marines, so I can appreciate all that Andrew has gone through. What a wonderful man he is and we are also so very, very proud of him!!

  13. Suzy Q

    Oh my, I am weeping right along with the others. What an awesome video. Congrats to Andrew on such an accomplishment and to you and your entire family!

  14. JoAnn

    Thank you Yvonne for sharing this with us. I don’t know you or Andrew, but I’m proud of him just the same. My nephew graduated from the same Marine boot camp and then served four years for our country. It is really hard to let our babies grow up.

  15. Michelle

    Congratulations to all of you. Everything about this entry is just so beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us.

  16. Julie B

    Thanks and congratulations to Andrew, thanks and congratulations to you, thanks and congratulations to dad, thanks and congratulations to brother, thanks and congratulations to sister. Andrew is amazing and he has the most wonderful family to support him,

  17. dana michelle

    Just…wow! So powerful! I am also bawling and now have to try to make myself look human before I leave for work 🙂

    I have been following your blog since 2002, and I am so impressed by and proud of the strong, confident, handsome young man Andrew has become. And I, too, was shocked to see how tall Ethan has gotten. When did that happen?!

    Congratulations to Andrew on his achievement and to you and Tony for raising such an amazing young man.

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