Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pictures of Ryan!

There is a F*cebook page for Ft. J*ackson, and today I found some pictures of my boy! It was so amazing to see him. He is the guy on the far right. This was taken as they exited the gas chamber (hence the guy in the front, losing some body fluids).



There was another photo of him being fitted for his uniform. It cracks me up because he refused to dress up for anything when he lived at home. He wouldn't even wear a shirt with a collar. Can't wait to see him standing tall and proud in his 'dress up clothes.'


Ryan, far left, wearing the super cool glasses the army gave him. He is not allowed to wear his contac lenses in basic tr*ining.

16 comments:

Kimberlie said...

Love the glasses! Paul has a picture of himself in his Army issued glasses. I think they purposely go out and find the ugliest ones just so you can't be too vain. LOL!

I am so glad you found these pictures! It must make your Mama-heart so proud.

Sean and Lisa said...

So glad you were able to see pictures of your boy! I'm sure that was an extra sweet blessing to your mommy heart.
He looks good...they must be taking care of him. :)
I'll bet you are counting down the days until you can give that boy a hug, huh?!

Lori said...

Oh my gosh, Karin!! How does that make you feel?? Sigh...I hate what those boys/MEN have to go through but golly, it sure does make THE BEST military in the WORLD!!!

Kristin Ferguson said...

How neat to find pictures of your son on Facebook. Not surprised to hear you crave the internet!:)

OK, Gas chamber? Please tell us what that is "code" for!!! Must make that mom proud to see her son hurling on Facebook. yucko!

Only a few more weeks until you see him right???

Kristin

trustandobey said...

Wow! I would never have recognized him in those photos. Looks like they are having a blast:)
Not too much longer, my friend!

Kim K. said...

How fun/scary that you could see a glimpse of Ryan's current life. This explains the contact lenses sent home to Robbie (And Now There are Five). You must be so proud.

Jennifer said...

How wonderful for you to find these pictures of him! I have been scouring the internet in hopes of finding pictures of my children waiting in China (no luck), so I know how you feel about wanting to see him!

You've just gotta love those BCG's (birth control glasses, my husband was military)!

Karin said...

Kristin...gas chamber is actually THE gas chamber! They have to go in there with their masks--and then take them off for 30 seconds. They have to breathe in the gas and it makes them cough, gag, throw up, etc. Not fun.

Jean said...

How wonderful to see pics of your sweet boy!! I bet you were thrilled!! He is looking extremely smart in his new pair of glasses!!

Why do these kids grow up so fast?

Adeye said...

Oh my friend--I bet this did your mommy heart GOOD!!!! I am so thrilled you found these. They must be like gold to you...even though I bet they are hard to see. Bittersweet, I bet.

So happy that you at least got to see your boy.

Angie said...

Great you could see photos of Ryan!

soontobemomof9 said...

oh wow, I remember how I felt seeing the first pics of my brother in basic training. I can not imagine the mixed emotions as a mother!

You must be so proud! I agree, they go through so much, and they walk away amazing! :) GO Ryan!

Karin said...

I AM proud of him but the only thing I was thinking was, 'There's my baby boy!"

Tracie said...

What a blessing that you were able to find these pictures of him! Looks like he is doing well!

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

How awesome that you found those pictures!! I can imagine the joy.

And, I've learned about those glasses just this week, ya' know. Caleb hasn't worn glasses since 6th grade.

I finally received the form letter today, with his 3 lines at the bottom. Praise the LORD! I've heard from him and sent his first letter from home.

We finished our tax return yesterday, and now I know we can afford the air fare, car rental, and hotel room to go see his graduation. Praise the LORD!

Wife of the Pres. said...

WAY to go Ryan. I know you are so proud of him Karin, and rightly so! I am proud of all our soldiers too. :)

And who would have though, Facebook?!