I invited our friends and family to bring a note of encouragement for Ryan that I will compile and put into a book for him to take with him. Since many may not know a soldier, I wanted to open it up to those of you who read the blog. If you would like to send Ryan a word of encouragement, advice, or your favorite Bible verse, it would mean so much to us. You can leave it in the comment section and I will print them out and put them in the book for him.
Our families have been struggling--all of us in different ways--with him joining the mil*tary. Of course, we are proud of him, but we also know that he has been told that he will most certainly be depl*yed to 'the desert' at some point. It's scary. I have to hang on to what I believe...that Ryan's life is in God's hands and all of his days have been written. God will hold him safe until it is his pre-ordained time to go.