Friday, February 24, 2012

ABOLC Graduation

Jake graduated from Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course yesterday! This is such a great accomplishment as he is now ready to take on his own platoon at Fort Carson in CO.

I must brag on my hubby a little and say that he not only graduated, but made the Commandant's list (I didn't know this til I saw it in the program, and was so proud of him!) I keep telling him it's okay to brag to ME! I'm his wife. This means he graduated in the top 20% of the class. 

Jake had a few classmates who also had wives! YAY for me! This was a great/easy way to make friends.  This is me with Emily (brown hair) and Lizzy (blonde hair).

After graduation we stepped outside because Jake SOOO badly wanted more picture taken of him ;)

Then we drove to check out, and Jake was done for the day! Woohoo!  We went to the dog park as usual, and then celebrated with Mexican food, margaritas, and Jake's favorite, brownies smothered in frosting. 

Now Jake works around post for the next couple weeks, then starts Army Reconnaissance Course (ARC) in the middle of March.  That lasts about a month, then off to Colorado we go!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"Army Strong"

I am excited to tell you about this new bible study I am in that one of my friends here is leading.  Our first meeting was on Tuesday, and it was so honest, encouraging, and insightful.  I am excited to go back again next week!
We talked about how army wives tend to become a little hardened as we "roll with the punches."  I cannot tell you how many times I've heard the sayings: "yeah...welcome to the army," "soldier on," "you were given this life because you are strong enough to live it," and "army strong." We start to take pride in being able to handle everything on our own and don't ask for help from anyone, including the greatest Counselor and Savior.

Thinking about this got this old hymn stuck in my head.  I so enjoy this rendition by Bart Millard.
I am trying to remind myself that Jesus delights in being my friend and helping me.  He wants me to depend on Him, so I do not need to be prideful and say, "don't worry, God, I got this."  Ever notice that usually after someone says they "got this under control" something terrible happens?  In our house it usually means there is about to be a huge mess in the kitchen, haha! 
Just a little reminder, for you and me, that we don't have to do life alone. :)