My Sister Can Totally Kick My Ass

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This morning my heart exploded with pride as my sister Katie marched into view as a U.S. Marine.  Today was Family Day.  Tomorrow she will graduate with her fellow Marines from Fourth Battalion Papa Co. and Second Battalion – Echo Co.  

Plt. 4017 Marches In

She has come so far from where she was just over a year ago when she made an extremely courageous personal choice and left my house to figure out a way to put the pieces of her life back together – to make a life for herself that she – and her family – could be proud of.

The tears flowed freely as the newly minted Marines were released to their families.  All the emotion in the room was moving.  Thousands of family members witnessed the start of a new life and new opportunities for their child, their sibling, their grandchild or their parent.  For me, Katie was there when Sophia and Miles were born but had not yet met Violet.  It broke her heart that she could meet her newest niece before she reported to Parris Island.  I was ecstatic to finally unite these two beauties!   

Auntie Katie and Violet

Katie was, for the first time in a very long time, proud of herself.  She was so ready and has waited so long  to stand in front of our parents with nothing to hide and immense possibilities in her future.  No Katie did not ever want to put Violet down…would you?

Proud Mama with Katie and Violet

That smile shows the sister I used to know who was lost for so long.  I am so grateful to see her glow again.  The Marine Corps could very possibly be the change she needed in her life.

This graduation is a major accomplishment.  After 12 weeks of gruelling basic training culminating in The Crucible, a 54 hour physical and mental endurance test, she certainly deserves to be called one of The Few.  One of the Proud.  One of The Marines.

The Crucible Basic Facts (From the Marine Corps Site)

  • Recruits will travel 48 miles on foot during the event.
  • There are 29 problem-solving exercises during the Crucible and 36 different stations.
  • The recruits will have three meals, ready-to-eat (MREs) during the 54 hours.
  • The recruits will be required to carry 45 pounds during the Crucible, in addition to 782 gear, uniform and M16 A2 service rifle weight.

WHAT???  Holy crap that seems ridiculously tough!  Go Katie!

I believe the Crucible may actually top MOTHERHOOD in testing the limits of a woman’s strength, perseverance and courage.  However, it ends after a few days so it’s a toss up.

My thoughts are jumbled in my excitement and exhaustion but I will post more pictures of Family Day and Graduation as well as more information of my sister’s experience as a woman in the Marines.

I am one proud big sister and yes, my sister is now a little scary.  Did you know that Marines must be able to shoot a target at 500 yards away.  Katie barely missed expert but is now a sharpshooter with hand to hand combat training.  She could totally kick my ass.  And I couln’t be happier about it.

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Brittany
I'm Brittany. I believe that simple is best and that smiling can make or break a day. I love being a woman, a wife and a mother. I like to make pretty things and making things with big tools. I am a huge fan of good design. I love to travel. Hugs make me happy. I share my life, experiences, tips and tutorials in the hope that this community can find a whole lot of awesome together.
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  • May 27, 2010 Cari

    Oh man, this post made my heart smile. I read the courage post too, and that made me cry. I commend your sister for making such a hard decision. I can’t even wrap my head around something like that. I am proud of her too, and I don’t even know her.
    .-= Cari´s last blog ..I’m sorry. =-.

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    • May 28, 2010 Brittany

      Thank so much Cari! I am so excited! I’m glad it made you smile. I have either beein grinning like an idiot or crying since we got here!

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  • May 28, 2010 Alli

    Way to go, Katie! Brittany, it made my day to read this! What an amazing story you have shared with us!

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  • May 28, 2010 Kelly

    Way to go Katie!

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  • Go Katie!! So very very proud of you.

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  • May 30, 2010 Melisa

    What a wonderful accomplishment! Way to go Katie and way to go Brittany for being such a wonderful supporter of your sister! I am jealous as I have a lousy relationship with most of my family. :(
    .-= Melisa´s last blog ..Screaming ‘n’ Crying ‘n’ Whining – Oh My. =-.

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  • May 31, 2010 Kelly

    Katie is my newest hero. I’m so proud of her — and of the many men and women who trained and endured beside her and before her.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..All she wants to do is dance =-.

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  • June 2, 2010 Amy

    Yay for Katie and for your family! But no, I think the endurance of motherhood is far more strenuous . Done right, it is a 24/7 job that never ends and requires mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual strength. Hardest job in the world. But the crucible might be second.

    Congratulations, Katie. You are an inspiration!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Some Random Notes =-.

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  • June 3, 2010 becca

    Amazing. Truly Amazing. You must be so incredibly proud and overjoyed with her success. She should be as well! And you’re right, you don’t mess with a marine! Thanks for this wonderfully inspiring post!

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  • June 3, 2010 Julie M.

    Congratulations Katie! I have a close friend who was also a Marine for several years before she had an accident that caused her to be honorably discharged. She talks about how much she loved being a Marine and how it made her who she is today. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished!

    Brittany, I’m stopping through to check out your blog and can’t wait to work with you on the picnic!
    .-= Julie M.´s last blog ..Peachy Keen Chicken =-.

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  • June 3, 2010 Brittany

    Wendy I followed you back…I didn;t know you were following ;) and will stop back by when I have a free moment! Sorry if I did not notice when you followed. Things get busy around here sometimes! A comment always helps!

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  • Congrats & thank you to her! And what an amazing sense of service.
    .-= beth aka confusedhomemaker´s last blog ..Window Shopping on Main Street =-.

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  • June 4, 2010 denise

    After reading Katie’s story here, I am filled with light and happiness for her and her accomplishment. Huge high five to her. (And to you, too, for your awesome big sister support.)
    .-= denise´s last blog ..Cocotay Giveaway =-.

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  • June 4, 2010 Hear Mum Roar

    Congrats on becoming featured!
    .-= Hear Mum Roar´s last blog ..New toy from Mattel – Peek a Boo clock =-.

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