Tuesday, December 20, 2005

It's Official!!!

We are back after a wonderful trip! From beginning to end it was filled with family, fun and the WING CEREMONY! We had the largest turnout there. However, there were two pilots from Italy and they came close in family who attended.

I wrote my entry and posted and it disappeared into cyberspace! ACK! I will try and reconstruct what I originally wrote but I'm not making any promises.

The day of the ceremony dawned rainy and cold but it didn't dampen any of our spirits. The morning began with a breakfast on base welcoming all of us. My sister and her husband attended with Pilot, J and I. Then we headed back to the hotel to pick up the rest of the crew and returned to the base to get our tour and to see the planes etc. Afterward, we stopped for a quick bite to eat before we returned to the hotel to change for the ceremony.

I didn't take too many pics of the actual ceremony because they had a professional photographer who took still pics and recorded it for a DVD. We have purchased that and when it comes in I will post more pics.

Saturday continued with the cold so we opted for more indoor activities. We chose the Texas State Aquarium which proved to be very interesting. The boys were especially excited to see and touch some really neat specimen! After our time there we headed back to the hotel where we gathered in the 'party room' (the large suite for our niece and her family) to watch football and eat pizza. We put the napping children in our room with the baby moniter.

Everyone headed out early Sunday morning to go to D and M's home in McKinney. We stayed in CC with Pilot and had some time for just the three of us. Monday afternoon found us back on the plane headed home. Pilot is now half way home and should arrive early evening tomorrow (Wednesday). Yea!

Once we were on the plane J and I looked at each other and sighed, "He is now fully released from us." His dad and I enter a new season of our life. Our job on rearing him is now accomplished and we have placed him securely in the Lord's hands. It will be exciting to see what the Lord will bring our way this next year!


Dave said...

Just so thankful that everything went well for the trip. Oh how proud you must be of James. As an ex air force engineer I have a lot of respect for aircrew and the job that they do.

Tell James that if he ever flies into Scotland at RAF Lossiemouth or Kinloss then he is to give us a call. It would be great to offer hospitality to him and his crew.

And yes, he is now in Gods' Hands.

ps: Claire, thank you for your continued encouragement.

Corry said...

Wow, Claire, that is so wonderful. May God bless him in his career and may you get to see him much:-)

God's Grace.

jettybetty said...

I am so excited for you all!

We know about the parenting part--our 24 year olds are just about there.

What a blessing for you and your hubby to be able to place James in God's hands--and move to your next assignment!

Pilot Mom said...

Dave, you are most welcome! Isn't that what friends are for? For encouragement? :)

And, I will be sure to tell James to contact you if he ever flies into RAF Lossiemouth or Kinloss. He is certainly going to see the world, that's for sure!

Merry Christmas Dave and Kriss!

Thanks, Corry, for your prayers and kind thoughts. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

JB,it IS an exciting time for us! One we are eagerly embracing. And, I'm sure you understand all about giving our children over to the Lord. Merry Christmas to you and yours, also!

LJ said...

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Thanks for sharing in pictures, and congrats to you son. Blessings, LJ

Pilot Mom said...

Thanks, LJ! A very Merry Christmas to you and yours! :)

~Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures. What a nice crowd! I know how important the support of family and friends is for a young guy in the military. Your son is blessed to have you all.

HeyJules said...

I'm so glad everything went as well as you had hoped! What a wonderful Christmas you'll get to have with this memory lying right at its front door.

Way to go, Claire! You raised a beautiful son.

see-through faith said...

wow wow wow
and congratulations to you and your son. You did greatby the grace of God :)

Suz said...

What wonderful pictures, James looks so handsome in his dress uniform.

Congrats to James, you must be so proud of him and Congrats to you & your husband for raising such a fine young man.

May God Watch Over Him Always & Keep Him Safe!

Hugs Suz