Friday, February 4, 2011

Graduation Day!

Steve and I took a short trip to San Diego to watch Seth graduate.  It's amazing when you see 470 young men all marching in uniform.  All of those young men have been, and are being prepared for war. They will be ready to fight and die for their country whether anyone is aware or appreciates it or not.  It reminds me
that Christ died for us, the ungrateful, indifferent, ungodly haters of Him. It also brings to mind that there are things to fight for, like sons, daughters, wives, husbands, neighbors.

We had a hard time finding Seth in the crowd of his platoon because everyone had the same uniforms and haircuts.  After all the marching was done and each platoon settled at attention, Seth ending up being right in front of us! My first thought was, "He's got a gut!"  One of the DI's was telling everyone that we will notice our children have slimmed down now that they are in shape - I should have known Seth would gain weight instead of lose it. I forgot how scrawny he was when he left.
Platoon 2115

Day one:  we spent the afternoon at the base with Seth and let him talk and talk some more.

Seth & Dad

Seth is excited to call home!
Day two: Graduation. The order of the procession was incredible!  The band played, many aspiring speeches were made by men who certainly know how to use words, and then...........dismissal!

Getting ready for the ceremony
On the parade deck!
Graduation of platoon 2115

We have been given so much! We have a rich godly heritage. We have God's word, the communion of the saints, forgiveness of sins, and family and neighbors to give to daily.


  1. Congratulations Marine!

    - Jeff Wild.

  2. Thanks Jeff, tell Wendy and Billy Hi for us.

  3. Thanks for the awesome writeup Crystal and photos. I cant believe he is done with the basics already. Gongratulations Seth...
    Daren O'Brien

  4. Wow! He looks so grown up! Hard to believe that's "little" Seth :)

  5. It's funny Sarah, that you called him "little" Seth. I told him I wouldn't call him a Marine until I saw him in a uniform. When I saw him in a uniform I told him, "O.k., now you're my "little Seth" in a uniform."

    He didn't seem too bothered by the comment.

  6. A special thanks to the Graduation Fund for making our trip extra special!