I mentioned last month that we got some pretty awesome news and I've been bursting at the seams to share! But things change so quickly in the Marine Corps, Jesse asked me to wait until the official message came out before telling the world. So I've been sitting here for almost a month on pins and needles just waiting and waiting (not so patiently!) Well, yesterday it was finally made official and I can share our exciting news.
Jesse has been selected for meritorious promotion to the next rank!!! I can't even begin to explain what a huge accomplishment this is for him and what a blessing it is for our family!
I know many of you are not affiliated with the military so I don't want to get too technical with it all but meritorious promotion is basically when a Marine is nominated to compete against other Marines to be promoted to the next rank earlier than normal. Marines are nominated in recognition of exceptional leadership and performance. There are around 25 Marines per year in the entire Marine Corps (and only two in the program that Jesse is currently in) that are meritoriously promoted to this rank. It's an amazing honor and I am just so proud of my favorite Marine. :)
By being selected for this special promotion, Jesse is being promoted at least 1-2 years earlier than he would have normally.
This is huge for his career and should make our transition back to life in the States a little bit easier. It also most likely means that I will be able to continue to stay home with Emerson, which is a blessing beyond words.
The craziest part of it all is that there's a good possibility that our orders could change! Yep, that's right! We've been sitting here in limbo for a month waiting to see if we are still headed to California. At this point it looks like things will stay the same, but we are hoping to know for sure in the next few week or so. Y'all know that it is driving me absolutely crazy but I'm so thankful for the reason behind it!
So please forgive for bragging on my guy just a little bit! I have never been more proud and I'm so honored that I have been able to stand beside him as he has advanced in the Marine Corps over the last 11.5 years. I tearfully sent him off to boot camp and attended his graduation in 2001 and now I'll be celebrating with him as he pins on his new rank at the beginning of 2013.