Saturday, March 1, 2008

What's On Your Mind Today?

So my son told me this morning that he will be leaving for 9 weeks of basic training on next week Friday. As you can probably tell I am not at all thrilled or pleased with this idea. I knew it was a real possibility because he did tell me he was going to do it. he had a recruiter come to the house to meet with him 2 weeks ago and then he went to take the test last week. So when he got his results back and said it was time for him to pick his job within the National Guard I kind of ignored it. Because I figured if I didn't really address it it would go away. Well, I didn't really think that but I hoped it would go...a...way... Anyway. It is not my decision to make. It is his. He is a grown, able bodied, in his right mind (sometimes) man. Who has decided to join the National Guard. He will do his basic training here in Upstate NY but he will eventually be stationed in Texas. I am proud of the fact that he made a decision for his life, because too many of our young men are living without having accomplished anything, with no purpose or direction for themselves. I am also proud that he chose to serve and protect in this way. But as a mother this is certainly not the kind of news you jump and shout about.
From the time he was younger he had talked about the Military or the Police Force. He is married now with a baby, so it is going to be very interesting to see how the family adjusts to his decision. For now all I can do is pray, pray, and then pray some more...

So what exactly is the National Guard and what do they do?

The Army National Guard (ARNG) is one component of The Army (which consists of the Active Army, the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.) The Army National Guard is composed primarily of traditional Guardsmen -- civilians who serve their country, state and community on a part-time basis (usually one weekend each month and two weeks during the summer.) Each state, territory and the District of Columbia has its own National Guard, as provided for by the Constitution of the United States.

The National Guard has a unique dual mission that consists of both Federal and State roles. For state missions, the governor, through the state Adjutant General, commands Guard forces. The governor can call the National Guard into action during local or statewide emergencies, such as storms, fires, earthquakes or civil disturbances.

In addition, the President of the United States can activate the National Guard for participation in federal missions. Examples of federal activations include Guard units deployed to Kosovo and the Sinai for stabilization operations, and units deployed to the Middle East and other locations in the war on terrorism. When federalized, Guard units are commanded by the Combatant Commander of the theatre in which they are operating.

The National Guard State Mission...

The Army National Guard exists in all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia. The state, territory or district leadership are the Commanders in Chief for each Guard. Their Adjutants General are answerable to them for the training and readiness of the units. At the state level, the governors reserve the ability, under the Constitution of the United States, to call up members of the National Guard in time of domestic emergencies or need.

The Army National Guard's state mission is perhaps the most visible and well known. Nearly everyone has seen or heard of Guard units responding to battle fires or helping communities deal with floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms or other emergency situations. In times of civil unrest, the citizens of a state can rest assured that the Guard will be ready to respond, if needed.

So there you have it, this is what's on my mind today. What's on your mind today?

Peace & Love!

16 People Saying Something!

Pastor Lisa 01 March, 2008 20:07

I will be praying for your family. Our babies grow up and eventually make decisions we wish they wouldn't. Didn't Nancy Wilson sing a song about if I could I would protect you from... I'm not sure of all the words, I just remember bawling when I heard it. I think Evan was a baby and I must have been dealing with post partum but I digress.

May the All-Seeing and All-Powerful God protect your son as he serves our country.

MsMarvalus 01 March, 2008 22:18

You have my prayers, Ms. proud you must be that your son is giving his life to such an immense job of service to his country...

Hey it's Amy Shipp 01 March, 2008 22:20

I understand that this is a hard time for you. {Hugs}My prayers are with you and your family. You should be proud of your son. I wish your family blessing during this time. ♥


He will be fine, my prayers are with him and your family.

Rosemarie 01 March, 2008 23:11

As a mother, it's never easy letting go and giving God full reign concerning our children while we pray fervently. I can't imagine the range of emotions you're experiencing and will in the weeks and months to come, but you have many surrounding you at this time.

My husband served in the military as a young man and then for years in the reserve [all before meeting me]. I can see the positive influence it has made in his life.

God protect and guide your son's every decision because we know that victory rests with the Lord (Proverbs 21:31).

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T 02 March, 2008 09:15

I will pray for him

Melanie 03 March, 2008 06:51

I am sure you are feeling a range of emotions from proud to scared to death. I will certainly be praying for you and your family.

btw- I do the same thing- I ignore things I should address and hope they go away.

btw again- I posted a picture of myself today on the mag cover.

Gill 03 March, 2008 08:18

Wow Regina you must be so proud of your son and fearful at the same time. He must be an amazing young man to be doing this.

jjbrock 03 March, 2008 11:50

Regina my prayers are with you. I pray that The Father shield and protect your son and keep him safe. Amen!

common mom 03 March, 2008 18:12

So tough when our babies grow up. Thoughts and prayers are with your family. Because of people like your son, the rest of us can sleep easier at night and roam free during the day.

Mary@notbefore7 03 March, 2008 19:53

I am sure it is tough to watch your baby "be a man". I am glad you are supportive even if you aren't thrilled with the choice.

Andrea 03 March, 2008 21:28

From one mother to another -- my heart goes out to you.

But you must know that you have raised an incredible man!


This is really strange for me. I knew that My grandson, like his grand father before him would wear a uniform. They both chose green.

My prayer is that God continually watches over him and be a part of his every decision; keep him safe from all hurt or harm; and help him to fulfill God's plan for his life.

I'm happy and sad at the same time; but I am oooh so proud. That's my Honey Bunny!

By the way I agree whole heartedly with Rosemarie.

Shana 04 March, 2008 14:10

What's on my mind is you now. (((HUGS)))I will be sure to keep your son and you, in my prayers. This can't be easy for you Regina.

I got my box in the mail the other day. Thank you SO MUCH! I can't wait to start reading those books. I am already using the pen and think of you each time I pick it up. :o)

Ana 04 March, 2008 16:36

My prayers go to you and your family. Your son's decision is definately honorable, but I can understand the fears. My husband served for 11 years in the military in various branches. I'm so proud of what he accomplished in his time with them, but it sort of tainted with the horrors of what he experienced. It's a double-edged sword. Your sons sounds like a good man.

freetofly 04 March, 2008 18:28

Wow. What a bunch of conflicting emotions, huh? Our children are good at that! :) I can tell you that the National Guard is what my husband joined when he was 17. To this date it is one of the best influences in his life, (and he was only in for 8 years) and because of the timing, (being young and all) probably something of a life saver. I completely comprehend the times we live in are very different and the risk is GREAT now. Just remember that living what you are created to do, there is just nothing like it! I predict that soon your pride (the good - mama kind of pride)) will mostly overwhelm that scary part, {mostly!})

praying for all of you!

P.S. My baby (15 right now) wants to join army infantry in 3 years)

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