Thursday, July 2, 2015

A special ceremony



On Day-3 of our trip to Tybee Island, Georgia... we drove into Savannah to attend the 
change of command ceremony for one of my husband's oldest and dearest friends
 who has honorably served his country for years in the U.S. Army flying helicopters.

He is the new commander of a special forces unit and we were honored to be able to attend. 
 It was truly humbling to witness this special military ceremony and hear the stories of 
the sacrifices that have been made by so many in this unit.

It is an incredible honor for the hubby's dear friend to reach this point in his career
and we couldn't be happier for him and his dear family.  






The hubby's dear friend is pictured above standing on the far right. 


His amazing wife, Karen, accepting her bouquet of roses for her sacrifice and support.
They will serve in this command for the next 2-years.

His acceptance speech...


















The hubby was pretty emotional when he was finally able to give him a big bear hug...
it was hard for all of us to hold back the tears at this point.

We were so happy we could be there to support him on this special day.


Their other dear friend, Wade, and his wife Erika came in town as well for the ceremony...
 we so enjoyed getting to spend time with them after the ceremony.  







Afterwards, the kids had a blast getting to look around and explore all the 
helicopters that were at the base.



The hubby was especially happy to give these two sweet boys a great big hug...
their dad was killed in combat several years ago.

Their dad, Matt-- was a dear friend of the hubby's while they were in the
 Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M.  Seeing the boys and trying to grasp what all their
little family has been through since his death ....man, it was a humbling reminder
 of how dangerous the special forces missions are and the tremendous sacrifices that have been made by brave men like their dad and their mother.











It was super hot....so little Tay-Tay was glad to find the cold water to help cool her down.



Later that evening we all headed over to Reggie and Karen's new home for BBQ and games with 
their family and friends.  The kids had such a fun time playing with all the other kiddos 
and the hubby and I so enjoyed getting to visit with old friends.