Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Russell Graduates from Boot Camp

Russ is the second one from the front with the white flag

Russ graduated from Navy Boot Camp last Friday.  Steve and I got to be there.  We have 2 Navy boys now; our son-in-law Benjamin being the first and then Russ.  It stirs up your heart to be able to be at the Navy boot camp graduation.  It is an amazing reminder that there are still thousands of great things about our country.  I feel a sense of pride and love for our military who have sacrificed and are sacrificing so much for our country.

Russ with Steve

Russ and I 

We had lunch at Chili's for one of those hamburgers that Russ loves

We got two blessings during our trip to "Great Lakes", One of course was to be there with Russ, and the other was; 3 more of our precious clan drove over from Ohio and joined us.  We enjoyed almost 2 days with Jon, Marie and baby Zane. What a time we had.  We hugged, talked, laughed,  ate, walked on the beach of Lake Michigan and celebrated Jon's Birthday and Mother's Day (it was all like one long Mother's Day Celebration to me.)

Precious threesome

Little Zane

Uncle Russ and baby Zane

Jon and Marie and baby drove back to Ohio Saturday night and Steve and I flew back home on Sunday. Russ returned to the Navy base, and will fly out some time this week to Pensacola to begin his training.

Life of course is always waiting; school at home with Eddie, soccer with Olga and Eddie, Olga's fund raiser band concert, and of course there is always the laundry, all of which swallowed us up almost as soon as we got home ( I was glad to hear that Grandma Jo was worn out from hauling kids around in our sted...not glad that she was worn out I should say, but that I haven't just imagined that Steve and I are worn out from running so much lol).


  1. What delightful pictures Mom! Now I know what you mean when you say you and Dad eat up my pictures when I post them! :) What fun!! And Russell looks so hansom! It makes me want to cry just looking at them all!

    :) I can't wait to catch up with you again! :) Maybe tomorrow before your art class! :)

    Love you so much!

  2. Mom,
    It was so delightful to be able to see you and dad and Russell this last weekend. I so rejoiced when we were driving home thinking about you all and how much I love you.

    Thanks again for all your love and support you show Jon and me everyday. We love you guys so much.
    ~ Marie

  3. Hello there! Your daughter, Elizabeth, commented on my blog yesterday and directed me to your blog. My husband and I are adopting a 13 year old boy from Ukraine. We are going to be going to get him next month. Elizabeth told me that you had adopted three children from Russia. It's always nice to see other families who are fulfilling the same calling from our Father. Your blog is beautiful! I look forward to reading more and looking back through previous posts when I have more time!


  4. Marie and Elizabeth,
    Thank you for all the blessings and encouragement you give me. You are truly my reward. I love you so much.

    Amber, how delightful to read your comment. I am so excited about your adoption; I think we could have many things to talk about. God Bless, and I will be in touch.

  5. For years now, I have prayed for US servicemen along with praying for our own 'boys' here in the UK. I don't really know why they are such a burden to me, but when I pray for our own, my heart goes equally to 'your guys'. So - your 2 boys are part of my prayers.

  6. Russ is so handsome and what a wonderful time to see Zane and his mommy and daddy!! Isn't lake Michigan beautiful? Love Rox