First of all....I'M BACK!!! HAHAHA I know you've missed me!! Well we had an amazing time in Chicago with many wonderful moments and many sad ones as well.
I can not explain to you how proud I am of my sister. As I sat through her graduation from the Navy I swelled with pride and tears filled my eyes. She has wanted to do this for so long and finally she did! She is such a strong woman in such a now muscular little body!! I sat in amazement of ALL of the "recruits" finally becoming SAILORS and wondered how they did it! They sang songs, threw rifles, carried flags, marched and stood for over an hour and although some of them passed out from over heating, it was such an amazing ceremony. Everyone did so well. CAN YOU TELL I'M PROUD!!! I am so proud to be a Navy sister.
After the ceremony we finally got to hug our sailor...well Hayli is actually known as an Airman because of the field she is going in. She is going into search and rescue so she will be in helicopters, which I will talk about again in a few minutes. So anyway, we finally got to hug her and see her for the first time in a couple of months and it was awesome. She was happy, we were happy, everyone was happy. We got to bring her back to the hotel with us and we spent a few hours talking and listening and laughing! Just like old times...but with HILARIOUS stories. We went to eat at a steak house..of course...that's what Hammonds do!! HA!! Then we went back to the room and listened to more crazy stories before she had to go back that night.
Day two: She was able to leave the base at 8 that morning which was great because she didn't have to be back until 8 that night! She got to the room and all she wanted to do was take a nice LONG bath and shave! HA!! The little things we take for granted right!! After she did that we went for breakfast and rode around checking out the area...trying to get to Lake Michigan (another story for another post) and just cross the Wisconsin border(literally.) We made it back to the room and Hayli wanted to put on jeans and a T-shirt and just watch t.v. so we did! A little later on we went to Chucky Cheese and had a blast! Then it was time to get back to the hotel for the BAMA game....ROLL TIDE by the way!!!! Hayli got to watch most of the first half and then it was back to the base, but this time it was for our final good bye before we had to head back to Alabama. Let me mention here that this good bye had to be the hardest one I ever had to say!! I have missed her so much but I don't think I realized how much until this weekend.
O.k. so that little something I said I would come back to. Well that's where my prayer request comes in. In her last check up Hayli was told that she was anemic. I know it's very common but it's a big no-no for people who are supposed to be in airplanes and helicopters to do their job. They have her on iron pills and all that and I'm sure the next blood test will be fine but the problem comes after that. She is stuck in Great Lakes until she isn't anemic any more and once she isn't anemic they will start the paper work to get her transferred. No big deal right....WRONG!!! She has been told the paper work could take months to process. That means she is up there for who knows how long and although she isn't still in boot camp she still has to abide by the rules. She is really down and out and needs your thoughts and prayers. Please say a prayer for her. I will try my best to get pics from the graduation up as soon as possible. Thank you again and I am so sorry for the long post!