After quite a few days off, I am home. My hubs and I were able to drive down to Missouri and see our son (for a whole 96 hours), who is a United States Marine, OOHRAH! Missouri is beautiful! Have you been to Branson? It was our first time, and instead of doing the whole touristy thing, the three of us had a picnic out of the back of our car at a lake, visited the Veteran's Memorial Museum, and wittnessed a funnel cloud on our way back to the hotel. Needless to say, it was an exciting day! For those of you who know my son, I wish you could see him now. He's changed. All of the good stuff is still in there. His kind heart, his ability to make me laugh when I don't want to, and his goofy smile. But the USMC has changed him. He stands taller, offers his arm to me when we are walking (I LOVE that!) and has become a man in the past 6 months. Its been quite a change! For my husband and I as well. Gone is our little boy with the chubby cheeks and Harry Potter style glasses. We now are the proud parents of a young man who stands taller, holds his head a bit higher, and pays his own phone bill. Seriously, lots of changes :) So OOHRAH and Semper Fi to those who are serving in the USMC. Walking through the Veteran's Memorial, I now have a whole new appreciation for those who served and died for our freedom. I couldn't be more proud of my Ben. Thank a Veteran or an active military man or woman. Whether they serve or have served in any branch of the military. They deserve our thanks.