Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Few, the Proud, the Marines and ....

Today we had a going away party for Jermaine. He has joined the Marines and he leaves at 4:00 AM tomorrow morning to go to boot camp in San Diego. We knew he had joined the Marines but he wasn't going to be going to boot camp until October. This week he let us know that he got into an earlier group. So we quickly put party together for him with some of his friends.

We had a BBQ and as usual, way too much food. Friends of Jermaine's kept coming in right up until just before he had to leave. It was neat to see all the people supporting him.

We are very proud of him for his decision but more importantly, he rededicated his life to the Lord at church this morning. God has been working on his heart for quite some time now. Jim has been meeting with him when they both have time and answering Jermaine's questions about the Bible. It has been neat to watch.

There is one more thing... this is Ashley, Jermaine's girlfriend. She was at the party and he had a surprise for her.

Jermaine told everyone about the changes he has been making in his life with his decision to join the Marines, with God, and with his future. He then...

Yup, that's right, he propose to Ashley in front of everyone. And she said...Yes!

Then after that was done, Jermaine said it was time for cake.

While Jermaine is at boot camp, Ashley and her mom will be planning the wedding which will be held in November when he comes back. For now, we will do what we can to help on Jermaine's end since he won't be here. We are very proud of the man he is becoming and it seems that he is really growing up.