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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


He's Gone

Well, just for 2 days.  Seth left this morning for his MEPS.  He will be taking his ASVAB and doing some physical fitness stuff.  He was so excited to be going.  This is his 3rd attempt for this appointment.  The first trip was postponed due to the hurricane.  The 2nd because of an error on the computers.  So, I hope all goes well for him.

Seth picked up some Marine paraphernalia for his proud mom.

Ever since Seth's decision to join the Marines, I've wandered between excitement and fear.  Seth has loved the military life for many years.  I just recently packed up tubs of guns, camouflage, knives, canteens, and many other things from his years of playing on the battlefield.  I'm not surprised at his decision, but rather expected it.  I'm excited for him because he is excited.

This picture was for some army playtime he made up.

Seth would wake up at 5:00 am, finish his school work by 9:00 am, just so he could have the whole day to play "Army".  He was always in full gear, including the blackened face, accomplished from cleaning out the exhaust on the truck.  We were frequent customers at the local Commando Supply store, where Seth always wanted some new "gear".

You would not want to be our neighbors at night.  Seth would army crawl to surrounding houses just to see how close he could get.  Once he invaded a neighbor's birthday party without their knowledge, bringing home secrets about their personal life which I cared not to hear.  Another time he arrived home to say that one elderly neighbor did not have blinds on his bathroom window.  (That one bothered me.)  So, you can understand why I'm not surprised.

Then comes the fear.  If you are a mom, I need not explain a single thing to you.  All you need to know is that August 2011 was a deadly month for the US Military in Afghanistan.  I think I would be less concerned if Seth wanted a desk job.  But, no.  Seth wants a RECON job.

10 kind words:

Kristi cousin's step-son just enlisted & will leave Jan 1 for boot camp (also Marines).

Joy in the Journey!

I LOVE that God has been preparing Seth for the military life all these years! I am sure as a mom of a boy who knew a lot about the neighbors that it made you nervous, but man oh man how funny that is!

Praying for his safety and your heart.


Praying that Seth will be safe! It's obvious God has a call on his life and the military is a huge part of that call.

I fully understand your feelings as a mom. Totally praying that Seth will be safe no matter where God sends him.

Learning Together at Home

I love this post. It made me choke up a little (as a Mom). It made me excited for him though. I guess the part I love is the tribute you have recorded. What a gift to see the direction that he was started on so young. But oh, it does make me gulp.


I have been and will continue to pray, Cheri.

Serving the King

Hang in there momma! You can do this, he can do this and HE most certainly has this. Hugs!!

Adrian Roberta

Can you explain to this Military Brat what those acronyms mean? I'm not familar with them?



How exciting and nerve wrecking all at once! I will be praying for Seth, and you, too Cheri!

Football and Fried Rice

I think it is such a mature decision to make - that's what would fear me the most - I still look at them at think they are three.

Because of Seth's passion and following his heart, he is going to do amazing!


Hi Cheri! Thanks for stopping by our was great to see a comment from you! I couldn't help but think of my oldest son (almost 13) with this last post. He is always talking about the military. You should, and I am sure you are, be very proud of him!!

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