Yesterday we were able to witness Nathan vow to protect our Country as he officially joined the Air Force. It was a bittersweet moment as I am incredibly thankful to have a son with such strong character and a love for the Only True Living God. I am blessed by his walk with the Lord and his love for others. He will do well in the Air Force...he grew up in a military home and has a healthy respect for those in authority over him.
But, the bitter part of this was that his dad was not here to witness such a wonderful event. Eric stood in a room similar to this almost twenty-five years ago as he vowed to serve his Country in the Navy. He would have been proud to see his son do the same. He had so much to do with how this young man had turned out. What a blessing it was for Nate to have Eric in his life for so many years. I just wish Eric could have been there to see it all.
Today I was looking at some photos and though how fun it would be to share some of those photos with you all. Sad to say, I am limited on the photos I can share with you because I have not digitized all my photos yet. But, all the same I thought it would be fun to share what I did have.
The above picture was taken eight years ago when we were adding a swimming pool to our backyard. The kids are ready for the first dig.
And here they are a almost six weeks later getting ready to fill the pool with water. Nate did much of the construction around here at the side of his dad. Everywhere I look I see their handywork. We put a pool in our backyard but then did a major remodel where we added 1,500 square feet and a cinderblock wall around our yard. Nate learned much about construction that year. He even tiled my bathroom!
He also learned how to work hard. He is a diligent man now with quite the work ethic. He also leanred how to push himself which has developed a self-determination that is well liked in young men.
Eric took Nate on many hiking trips. Their first trip up Half Dome was when Nate was 10. By his fifteenth birthday they had climbed Mt. Whitney with some other men and their sons. This is where Nate learned perseverance. He continued on even when it was not easy. But, most of the time he was way ahead of everyone else on the trail setting his own pace.
Nate is a loving brother. Probably the hardest good-bye yesterday was with his sisters. All four of his sisters adore him.
For Nate's sixteenth birthday Eric gathered quite a few men and young men to celebrate. They encouraged him...what a time that was. In fact, now that I think about it, a few of the men that were there that evening were at our home Sunday evening to say farewell to Nate.
Nate was a good Confederate. He really enjoyed the many Civil War Re-enactments that he fought in. The best was the awareness of history that he gained from these weekends.
This was taken right before the Eric Davis Memorial Hike that quite a few families put together in honor of the many hikes that he put together every year.
On Nate's 18th birthday we had a small group of families that came over for Karaoke. Nate can not hold a tune but he can hear lyrics or movie lines just once and then goes around making us all laugh as he sings or quotes at just the right time.
What a character! This picture is not upside down...Nate is. We have our bikes hanging upside down so he thought it would be a great pic to have him riding the bike while it was hanging from the rafters! Just like his dad!
Again, another picture of his daring ways. He crawled up the walls to change the lightbulb. This is the stairwell up to the loft where he made his residence for quite a while.
When we went to Washington DC , it just seemed appropriate to get a picture in front of the
Iwo Jima Memorial.