After enduring 8.5 of the hardest, loneliest weeks of my life, I FINALLY got to see my United States Airman. Airman 1st Class Andrew M. Shavlik to be exact.
I cannot describe the emotions of this day (or entire weekend!). Let's just say I was able to wake up at 4:45 am without an alarm... that should tell you something! I have never been so excited for something. My stomach was FILLED with butterflies. I had waited for what seemed like AGES for this day.
Our first glimpse of Drew was during the Airman's Run early that morning. The flights of guys and girls run by in their PT clothes during their 1.5 mile run. Seeing Drew for the first time, making eye contact for the first time, was absolutely amazing. I think it goes without saying that I cried!
After the run, a few of Drew's flightmates commented, "I couldn't see my family, but I saw Shavlik's!" We were apparently overly excited!
After the run, we hurried up and waited for the Honor Graduate ceremony to begin. We were extremely proud of Drew for working exceptionally hard during his 8.5 weeks at BMT and graduating in the top 10% of the 681 graduates. Not only was he an honor grad, but he also got 4/4 ribbons! (And was the only one in his flight to do so!)
When Drew walked out in front of our bleachers, we were all in shock. He looked HUGE! We later realized he was standing in between some pretty short people! But still, he looked so different from when we'd seen him last!
I'd be lying if I said I didn't tear up during the National Anthem.
I can't wait to attend another Air Force ceremony. And hopefully I'll have some more Shavliks to send through Lackland years down the road!
If you see the Airman on the far left, is smiling. Now look at Drew's face! They were talking.
"Hey Shavlik, do you see your family?" "Mmhmm."
Also, look behind them at the Airman holding a baby. That is Drew's flightmate and good friend, McCreary being reunited with his 6 month old son.
We spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with Drew as well.
Friday was the graduation ceremony. Mostly marching and lots of tradition. It was really neat to watch!
Saturday was an all day TOWN PASS! We spent time in San Antonio at the River Walk. And also relaxed at the hotel. Drew still needed to catch up on his sleep!
It was the best weekend of my life. I relive it in my mind every day. I look through pictures and can still feel the emotions from that weekend.
And now, we hurry up and wait to see him again.