Monday, August 17, 2009

Ryan ships...

He's gone.

My baby flew out of the nest today. His Sergeant came and picked him up. They walked to the car, Ryan turned and waved...and then they were gone.

Before he left, we took a few pictures. I won't post all of them, but here are a few.

Good-bye, sweet boy. Fly well.

"For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways..."
Psalm 91:11


Lori said...

Oh my gosh, Karin! I'm sitting here bawling! Those pictures of you two are heart-wrenching! I dread the day my babies leave the nest. :(

I'll be praying for you sweet friend!

Tori said...

The last one brought tears. Praying for him and all of you!!

Cindy said...

Oh Karin,
My eyes are full of tears, my heart is crying for you, you are so brave and Ryan so full of courage too. May the Lord be with you all, prayers and hugs.
I know you've heard it before too, but you must be so proud of your son!

Mom Of Many said...

Tears welling. I can feel what you're feeling. Military moms understand military moms like none other could. I have been praying for you and he. I remember "basic" well. I will pray hard!!

He is a blessing to our country and we are one family that is so proud of our military - thank you Ryan for your dedication to our great nation. "God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in times of trouble."

Love from Colorado, Linny

Kim K. said...

I'm crying. Wow. This is a huge step for all of you. May the Lord be with you all. Hugs.

Holly said...

You can do can do this...he can do this....he can do this....we can do all things through Him Who gives us strength.
Praying for you tonight.

Cari Bacon said...

Oh, Karin! I'm fighting back tears right now just trying to imagine how you must feel. Wow..that's tough just to see those tender moments captured by your camera.

I'm praying for you and your family tonight.


Shonni said...

Oh your heart just full...of pride and of tears! Thank you for sharing this special time in your life with us. Praying for you!!!

trustandobey said... we will hit our knees and lift him before the throne and ask for every blessing and form of protection we can think of.

Adeye said...

Oh my dear friend--I have tears!!! There really are no words. I know your heart must be so proud of your son--but longing to hold him just a little longer. Thank you for being so brave and for releasing your boy to serve this great nation. I cannot imagine the mix of emotions you are feeling tonight.

Sending you an extra big hug!

Jackie said...

God bless your boy, and I'll be praying for his safety. This family is extremely grateful for what he's about to do.

Waitingfaithfully said...

Oh Karin,

I know the Lord prompted my visit to your blog tonight . . . I just read your comment on Linny's blog, and decided to come over.

My oldest bird Bryce, flew from my nest 2 1/2 years ago to follow his daddy's footsteps into the Air Force. I have been a military wife for 25 years, but being a military mom was a whole new ballgame. I was so not ready to see my bird fly. Oh how I know that awful ache in your heart tonight. Letting my baby go was one of the toughest things I have ever done. Ever.

I would love to share a poem with you that I wrote for Bryce before he left. Honestly I know that the Lord gave it to me, to minister to my hurting heart as I prepared to see my baby go . . .

Fly Strong

My firstborn bird is getting ready to fly,
He’s perched on the nest’s edge, wings ready to try.

How did we get here? I wish it weren’t so. . .
My babe is a man now just waiting to go.

I say, “Lord I’m not ready; I don’t want him to leave,”
God’s still small voice speaks gently to me.
He reminds me with love, of the last twenty years. . Of memories of good times, of laughter, of tears.

“He’s ready, he’s waiting, you’ve done all you can.
You’ve brought him up well from a babe to a man

I’ll take it from here, you pray and you watch.
He’ll soar, you will see, just give him a nudge.

There he goes; flying high, like you knew that he would.
It’s sad and it’s hard, but it’s great and it’s good!”

Thank you Lord, thank you, for holding us up!
My bird as he flies and me as I watch.

To my bird I say, “Trust Him with all of your cares.
He’s the wind 'neath your wings, he’s your strength in the air.”

I love you my God, and I love you my bird,
Fly high, fly strong, take your place, CHANGE the world!

Praying that the Lord would sooth the ache in your heart, Karin (and in the rest of your family's hearts as well). Praying too, that He would keep your Ryan hidden under the shelter of His wing.

Lord, please be Ryan's strength as he meets each challenge in the days ahead. Keep him safe Lord, guard his heart and above all help Him to fly strong! In Jesus' name, Amen.

Praying for you in Texas!

Blessings ~

(Excited to be in the "Top Ten" with you @ Linny's)

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your family. I know you are so proud. I have been praying for you guys since Katie's surgery. My little one had heart surgery on the same day in Boston. Just made plans for surgery number two in October. It is real encouraging to see how wonderful she is doing. Will continue to pray for Ryan.
Lyn Thomas

Wife of the Pres. said...

Oh Karin, I have a BIG lump in my throat. He looks SO YOUNG!!! I mean, he is young but he looks so boyish in these photos, more than others you've posted of him.


Thinking of you, praying for you and all of our soldiers. You must be SO PROUD too Karin.

Gretchen said...


I have tears in my eyes after reading this post. My heart is with you. I know that this can not be easy.