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e.a.s. day

Today’s a big day in the Atwell house! It’s Gary’s End of Active Service {EAS} day!

This past month G has been on terminal leave but today marks his last official day in the United States Marine Corps.

EAS Day 1 | Atwell Adventures

Never would I have thought that I would be married to someone in the military.  But the Lord knew exactly what I needed, and that was G – military status and all 🙂

I still remember on our very first date in May 2012, when G casually {and I mean casually} mentioned that he was going to deploy sometime that fall.  Since he had JUST returned from Afghanistan, I thought for sure he was joking, and in fact, I probably asked him if he was joking a million times.  Although he didn’t have to deploy after all, from that moment on I took our relationship even more seriously.

It wasn’t going to be easy. It was scary. But it was so, so worth it.

I’m thankful to have walked alongside him during his last 20 months in the Marines {7 months as his girlfriend, 7 months as his fiance and 6 months as his wife}.  And as much as I’m happy to see him a “civilian”, I have been and always will be proud of the time that he gave to serve our country.

EAS Day 1 | Atwell Adventures

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2013 marine ball

I’m back to the land of the living!

Last Sunday afternoon until Thursday night consisted of a bottle of ibuprofen, hours under a blanket, making friends with a thermometer, making enemies with my makeup bag, and a trip to the doctor. They never figured out what it was but test came back negative for flu and parvovirus – which apparently is also a dog virus {see I told you I was enemies with my makeup bag}.


Thankfully, the fever went away on Thursday because we had the Marine Ball on Friday night.  While the thought of getting in a formal dress sounded the least bit appealing, I really wanted to be able to go with G, especially since it was his last.  

marine ball 1 | Atwell Adventures

And I’m glad I did – mostly because we got to see these friends!

marine ball 2 | Atwell Adventures

Only a few days left in the military life… crazy!