Because Jacob in under the age of 18 his father and I had to give written permission for him to join the military. His Dad served in the Marines so it was easy for him to sign his name on the forms. I on the other had found it very hard to do. I was disappointed that Jacob may not be able to get his college degree before being deployed to parts unknown. I have always wanted my sons to go to college get their degrees and then do what they wanted. I also was having a hard time knowing my baby was no longer a baby. Sometime in the past few months my second born son turned into a man and was making the biggest decision of his life. I did sign the forms and knew it was what Jacob wanted. My heart was breaking and I was very proud of his at the same time. Being a Mom sucks sometimes. That night I cried in the arms of Mark as he reassured me everything would be OK. Mark never lied to me so he must be right, everything will be OK.
Jacob taking the oath to defend the US as a Marine.