Friday, September 9, 2011

Proud Parents

You know I don't share much of our private life on my blog,
 but in this case I just had to tell you about our son Josh.
He tells us he was meant for the military and he was right!
Josh left for boot camp back in April.

He Loved it!! Who loves boot camp? strange I know.
But during his time he earned the highest award given. Out of 170 recruits he was awarded the
Distinguished Honor Graduate.


During graduation the offices would slip coins into Josh's hand with their handshake.
He received four coins.
This one was given to him by a Two star General for Excellence.

back of coin.

This was for Honor Graduate.

other side of coin

For Excellence Artillery Brigade

back of coin.


and another!!!
One other young man received a coin, but to get four was quite an honor!

Then he was given a very coveted signed football
 by the camp Commandant and the two star General.
He tells us theres only four of these on base and he has one of them!
We regret to say we weren't able to attend his graduation as
I was recovering from one of my surgeries and unable to make the trip. sob sob


A pic of his platoon.

He went straight on to his training. So we hadn't seen him for 5 months.
He came home for a few days and was able to fill us in on his adventures.
He's now back at Fort Sil and getting ready for officer candidacy school. 

 Were so proud of Josh not only for the awards he has received
 but that he has decide to dedicate his life to serving his country.

God bless all our young men and women
 who serve in the military!

66 comments:

Нинель said...

This happiness when you are proud of the son!My son doesn't want to serve in army! It is a shame to me with it!

Diane said...

I know that you're both very proud of him. What a great guy! Thanks so much for sharing this important part of your life Lynn. Blessings, Diane

Yours Artfully said...

Wow Lynne, what a wonderful blog post. You must be the proudest parents on the planet. Sending Josh lots of good luck wishes for the next stage of his big adventure.

Lin

Terry said...

Oh Lynn, I know you are proud and you should be! What an honor indeed! Congratulations, Josh!

peggy gatto said...

You should be proud!!!
I am too!!!!!!!!!

Chrissy D said...

Congratulations to you and your son, Lynn!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Wow what an honour and a wonderful post, you must be so so proud, huge congratulations Josh and all the very best on your new adventure . Love to you all. Tracy x

Carla said...

That is totally awesome and you should be so proud!

craftattack said...

You can be very proud of your son! We need more young people like him! Valerie

flutterbycrafter said...

Wow, how proud are you, and so you should be. It's an absolutely fantastic achievement by Josh, he must have worked so hard. Good luck to him in his career and to all your family for having such a fantastic son xx

Evelyn S. said...

How wonderful, Lynn!!! Doesn't it feel good when your kid achieves like this....(and you knew he had it all along!).... Congratulations to all of you!

Helen said...

Wow, what an achievement! Your pride reads through your post. Well done Josh.

Martina2801 said...

Congratulations to you and your son, dear Lynn!
I understand very well that you're proud of him!

Betsy said...

Congratulations to your son Josh for receiving these honors. You all have so much to be proud of. I wish him all the best in this exciting new adventure.
My oldest son is in the Calif National Guard...I'm so proud of him and I know exactly how you feel!!

Lori said...

How cool! And how very proud you are of him, that's wonderful! Congratulations! Yep, God bless our military!

Wax Beach Artist said...

You deserve to be proud, wow, so many awards and honors! God Bless our military indeed. May God watch over your son and keep him safe! Please thank him for his service.

Nan said...

What a wonderful honor for your family,Lynn. He sounds like an amazing young man. I hope you are still healing quickly! :) Nan

Barbara Jean said...

You should be proud!! That's awesome!!
And we are grateful for his service. Please tell him so.

blessings and thanks
barbara jean

Kikka said...

Congratulations to the whole Family!

Createology said...

You and your husband have great reason to be so very proud of your son. He is unique in his dedication and calling. Bless him for this choice in difficult times. Thank you Lynn for sharing your private family news with us. May you continue to be blessed...

Heavens2Betsy said...

This is such a touching post. You must be so very proud. Congratulations to your son for putting in all the work necessary to be outstanding! penny

Daniele said...

such an honour for your son, you must be on cloud nine and just sooooooo proud
hugs

Netty said...

Oh wow Lynn you must be so proud of him, he has achieved so much. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

Moose Ridge said...

you deserve to be proud!!

misteejay said...

You have every right to be proud - such a wonderful achievement. Please pass on my congratulations and best wishes to Josh.

My niece married an army man - a career solier not one of these short haul folk. Announcements here about the cuts our Govt. is making to the armed forces knocked him for a six as he doesn't want to be anything else - luckily he just had confirmation that his job is safe.

I think it is wonderful that these young folk are so proud of their countries that they want to protect them. God bless them all.

Toni xx

Cyn said...

Very proud parents!!!! Please tell your son Thank you for all that he does! I make cards for Operation Write Home...he may see these one day. Hugs, Cyn

Carolyn said...

Lynn, please send our congratulations on to Josh. He is a very intelligent, likable young man and it appears he is very dedicated to the choices he made and has excelled in his training. May God bless him and all of the others who serve our country.

Carolyn

Jo said...

OMG Lynn, this is such amazing news it brought little tears to my eyes ... How completely and wonderfully amazing! What a wonderful man your son is becoming! Congratulations to all three of you!

Christine said...

Congratulations proud mama!!! That's amazing!!!

Kathy Eddy said...

Well, good for him! I bet you are just beaming with pride!

Sassy Marsha said...

You are proud and rightfully so. What a wonderful young man your son is.

Tell him a big thank you for serving our country proudly from my husband and I.

xxoo
Marsha

Petite Michelle Louise said...

what a wonderful young man. i can see why you're so proud!

Chris @ my arty attempts said...

WOW ! what proud parents you must be. It is your guidance that brought him to be such a dedicated person! Thank you for sharing.

CuddlyBunny said...

Congratulations to Josh and may you all soon find yourself back together sharing stories of adventure!

Sandy Davis said...

Congratulations to your Son, what an honor and congrats to you and your husband as well.
Will Mom be scrapbooking or making memory boxes with the wonderful items that he received??????

www.injoystampin.com said...

Oh Lynne, you must be so very, very proud! What an honor for your son as well as your family. Please thank him for his excellent service to our great nation, our family truly appreciates it! I know you must also miss him very much, so sending you a hug. :c)

Thank you for blessing our hearts by sharing his awesome achievements with us. He's doing an incredible job!

Hugs,
Robyn

Robin said...

Congrats to your son, and to you and your hubby for raising such a wonderful young man! Happy Friday.

Hugs,
Robin

Lynn said...

Amen! Bless that boy! That is quite an honor. Our son trained at Ft Sill too. (Over 20 years ago.) Lordy I am old!
Congratulations to all of you!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wow- this is so cool!!! Thanks Stevens for your dedication to our country!!! What a wonderful accomplishment! Best of luck with officer training too. Lynn, you must be so darn proud!!! Congrats!

Michele said...

oh Lynn my eyes tear up reading this post! i'm proud along with you. what a wonderful young man! oh my goodness such an honor! my prayers are with you and your family and i wish you all the best. xo

sonya said...

Hi Lynn,
Oh how proud you must be! I would be bursting! You should be braggin, Mama! That's is so great to see a young man taking his serving his country so seriously. And we are all grateful! Thanks for sharing this proud memory.
Hugs,
Sonya

Cheryl said...

oh lynn hun no wonder you are so proud of him,gosh that is some achievment,good luck to him hun,thanks for sharing,these wonderful photos,hugs cherylxxxxxxx

Sue said...

You have every reason to feel proud, what a wonderful achievement. May he always come home safely to you both.
Hope you are feeling better now Lynn x

joy said...

Hi, Lynn! Just had to jump in and say how very touching this post is! Your son is an amazing young man and you should be so very proud of him.

Hope your recovery is going smoothly! Love seeing all your published work, too!

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Thank you to your brave and wonderful son, as to you, Lynn, for raising him.
Blessings,
Kim

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Lynn
You and your DH deserve to be proud and why shouldn't you shout it from the rooftops :)
He has already achieved so much at such a young age, he is definitely going to soar.
Wishes
Lynne

Linda R. said...

That is so wonderful my friend.. I got goose bumps reading this.. Brag on Mom.. He deserves it..

Hugs, Linda

LynnF said...

Bravo, Josh, and Bravo to Mom and Dad for raising such an awesome young man! Thank you for sharing your wonderful son with us! God bless you!

funkycrafter said...

so sorry you were unable to attend his graduation. so glad he was able to visit later so you could get all the details. bet he will make a good officer. you have every right to be proud of him.
also, i really like the halloween book. very cool.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Congratulations to Josh on all his achievements. And congratulations to the proud family too as you are all part of the process.

Susan said...

HUGE CONGRATS to Josh! and you two, proud parents...you must have done something right, right? LOL
my goofball is still loafing around playing video games. ::sigh::
Saluting from NJ, please thank Josh for serving from the Guzy family in NJ!
Hugs Lynn!
Susan

Marva said...

Awesome!!! Way to go Josh! You must be so proud Lynn! And give my thanks to Josh for being one of the many that choose to protect us!

{oc cottage} said...

Thank God for men like your son! And THANK YOU for raising such a man!


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Marlene said...

You have every right to be so proud! What a wonderful young man you've raised. Please thank him for his service to our country for me!

JeanFB said...

Wow, Lynn! What a magnificent honor for your son - yes, you should be so very, very proud. And we are all so grateful to men and women like him who are so very willing to keep us safe and free. God bless him, and the wonderful parents who raised him. :)

ImagiMeri said...

Thank you so much for trusting us with that which is so precious to you. Bless you for honoring your sons choice to serve and letting him know how proud you are.......and please, please tell your son how proud we are of him. Thank him for us and when there is opportunity hug him tight for all of us and let him know he is in our prayers.

Hugs,
Meri

bobbie said...

You SHOULD be proud!!

Zoechaos said...

Utmost respect to your son for his outstanding first steps in a military life. How proud must you be bursting no doubt.

Sorry you are still not 100% was wondering hope each day is a little better than the last. XOXO Zoe

Lynne Phelps said...

You must be busting your buttons with pride! What a wonderful set of honors to reflect on during your recovery, sure hope you feel better soon!

pat said...

I know you are proud parents!
He will be in my prayers, as all service people are.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

I can see why you're so proud of Josh... What a wonderful young man. Our family is so very grateful to the men and women like him, who serve this great country.

Many blessings to this terrific fella....your post brought a tear to my eye.

Spencer

Jann said...

Wow, wow, and WOW, Lynn! Congratulations to Joshua and to you, his wonderful parents! You have raised a fine boy, who has turned out to be such an honorable man--this is wonderful news!

Carol said...

Congratulations to Joshua on all his accomplishments - I know you are very proud parents! Thank you for sharing a little of your life - God Bless!

Kim Budash said...

Congratulations, you and your husband have done an "outstanding" job raising a wonderful son. I support our troops 100% and there is nothing better than to serve our country. I'll be praying for your son that he continues on his path of greatness. Congratulations again!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Lynn, you are entitled to be proud. What an outstanding young man you have raised! My family certainly value his service to our country as well as the other young men and women who have dedicated their lives to protect our freedom.
Warmest regards, Connie

Dawn said...

I am so happy for you. I can imagine how proud you are, and so many medals he must be so made up at this achievement. He looks so handsome I wish him all my love and luck in his future. Love Dawn xx

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