Wednesday, February 21, 2007

February 2007, Chapter One -- Jason

Whew, do I have a lot to cover. Dyeing, spinning, knitting, JASON, SPA...my oh my.
We'll start with my boy...
I finally got to see him on Sunday, Feb. 11th. There was a small gathering at my mom's and I, of course, had to run off and cry like a baby after I finally got to hug him. we had a great time and the most amazing thing? He's still the same. No shell shock, maybe a bit more serious, but still able to laugh and joke and be himself. I am so encouraged seeing how well he is handling everything. And OH YEAH, he has seen everything. He had some videos -- most I chose not to watch. Bad stuff, but he is OK. All that matters to me right now. Some pics from our day...


The beautiful brunette constantly at his side is his GF Amber, the dark haired beauty shoving food in her mouth is my gorgeous sister Stacy...


And the blonde is my mom, the man to the right of her is my dad.
On Thursday and Friday, Jay and Amber came to stay with us for a few nights (YAY!) and he was barely in the door before I presented him with the helmet liners everyone knit for his platoon (finally found out the real name of his "team" -- they also call it his "clip", meaning the team he goes out on missions with). He was thrilled with them, and I could tell very impressed that that many people cared enough to do this for him and them. I even got the overnight Express mail package from Caroline (blogless) the same day, and his eyes opened even wider...and them met Nichole to pick up two more...and again, impressed. YAY! Thank you so much everyone for helping me to do this special thing! Even though they may only get a month or so out of them before the warm weather comes in, the impact of your kindness and love will last them throughout their tour of duty. Thank you from the deepest depths of my heart.
Here is Jay modeling a liner knit by Kendra...

...and lookin' thug...

I waited until Jason was asleep for the night on Friday, and then left for SPA (Chapter Two -- you'll hear about that tomorrow...). He and Amber left early the next morning, and we had one more visit with him on Monday when they came for lunch. I will meet the family in Manchester tomorrow morning (Thursday) to say good-bye, and begin holding my breath once again until he returns home safe and sound FOR GOOD. At least I know he is leaving and taking many prayers and much love with him.
until tomorrow...

9 comments:

Julie said...

Amber can't seem to take her eyes off him :) It must have been so nice to be able to spend some time with him.

YogaGardenGirl said...

Oh, what a beautiful family!!!!

Nichole said...

Thanks for sharing the wonderful family photos (I see beauty runs in the family!)... much love to Jay!

nichole's mom said...

glad you all had a nice visit thanks for sharing all with the rest of us and it was the very least we could do to make the liners may he be safe for all harm and came back to you safe soon

Kendra said...

I was not calling you on purpose because I knew that you'd be trying to get as much time with Jay and family. Glad you had such a great time with him, it seemed like he had a great time too! We'll touch base next week during vaca I'm sure :)

Amanda1 said...

Aw, such nice pictures... I enjoyed reading your post. My best wishes and prayers will stay with you all until Jay is home safe.

Amanda

Lora said...

Oh he's gone back...ok tearing up here!! I know you're worried! What a wonderful visit!! I agree with Julie, Amber just couldn't stop looking at him in the pictures!! Shoot why not thought!! He's a cutie hottie!!
Where's the picture of Jason in the Helment liner? I didn't see it.

Nikki said...

Ok, here I am! Responding on your blog! Great photos. Nice to see that he was home for a little bit anyway! Posted more on my blog, definitely heading to the DR! Miss you all...hope you all stay healthy!!!

Nora said...

Your family is gorgeous (especially J)!!! Did mum's helmet liner arrive in time (she left it to the last minute)?