Well, it looks like I did it... I have been with Jason for most of time during these past 3+ years. I began this blog as an attempt at documenting his progress of healing and making steps at getting his new "normal" established. He has, from the beginning, done more and succeeded more than anyone (except maybe himself) expected. From early on, during this journey, I have been told that greater things await Jason, and it is only a matter of time before we find out what those greater things are. I think most of us already know that he is a great motivator, and helps others to come to grips with their own new normal, but we still think that he as even more to offer and we look forward to seeing what it is. Because this is the 1000th post; I think I might begin to cut back on posting every day, and go to every-other-day, or to whatever works.
This morning we got up to go to formation, and so the three of us (me, Linda and Jason) jumped into the van and headed off to the hospital. We were told to meet at the Flag Pole, and so we (and several other Marines) did. Shortly after arriving we were told that the Navy was planning their own ceremony there, so we had to move to building 14. The Marine ceremony was a retirement of a corporal who had been injured in Afghanistan. The corporal's ceremony was simple, and from what I was able to determine, it was just how he wanted it. I have been through a few of these now, and have picked up some ideas of how I would like to see Jason's retirement ceremony go, so I hope I get to provide some input, when the time comes.
The rest of the day was spent getting ready for Jason's birthday party, tomorrow, cleaning up/reorganizing the garage, and then getting ready to head over to the Delmar Fair Grounds. We worked pretty hard and got just about all we needed to, ready and then we briefly rested prior to going to pick up the girls. Linda actually did the picking up while I stayed back and took care of another, "final" errand. Anyway, by 17:00 we were ready to head over to the Fair Grounds, and head on over to the media event there. The girls had a good time, they especially liked taking their pictures with a unicorn and elephants. Richard Rovsek, of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation, invited us to the Delmar Fair Grounds, to give us a chance to ring the Liberty Bell, that has been traveling all over the country. It is being rung in remembrance of veterans - and to bring awareness of the challenges that some veterans still face.
Tomorrow is Jason's birthday, his 31st, and we should have a good crowd here. We have put everything together (at least I hope we have), and if everyone shows up that has said they would, then it should be a good sized gathering (maybe 25 people). The biggest challenge is actually going to be parking, since there really isn't a bunch of it available around here. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.