So day two of the trip, we drove from Wilmington to Jacksonville where my brother is stationed. But not without our morning coffee…
Ben has been deployed for the last year and I have missed him so, so much. So nice to see him back on U.S. soil.
The day was particularly special because it was Mom’s birthday. Look how pretty she is…
After a few excruciating hours at the DMV switching titles and registration for Benjamin’s car, we took a local recommendation for a little Caribbean restaurant called Elsa’s.
The food was saltier than I’m used to but I loved all the fresh vegetables and rice!
Ben escorted us on base and we got a peek inside his barracks. I realize Marines are pretty much required to be neat and orderly but it was still a shock to see his room so clean. He played and sang a few songs for us, too, and it made me pretty nostalgic for our childhood. Sometimes I just stare at him and can’t believe how grown up he is.
But then I see his dirty combat boots and I remember that not only is he an adult now but he’s in a dangerous and demanding line of work. Not going to lie…I got a little choked up when I saw these.
And his dress cover which I think is just so pretty. He rolled his eyes at me but I got him to put it on for about thirty seconds that afternoon.
It was about a four hour drive to Cape Hatteras that night but soooo worth it. Can’t wait to show you THOSE pictures on Monday!
If you have siblings, are you ever just blown away by their talents and abilities? Ben never ceases to amaze me.