Last summer we celebrated Tim's promotion to lieutenant colonel; and last week, a change of command ceremony marked the beginning of the culmination of his career, everything he's been working toward all along: the opportunity to lead Marines as their Commanding Officer. This was also the 'beginning of the end' because two years from now, once he turns the battalion over to his successor, he will be retiring after what will by then be 26 years in the Marine Corps. We're going to settle down, buy our forever home, and let our kids experience what it's like to not be moving every few years or less. (That doesn't even feel real to me right now.) I'm always making references to how fast time is flying, or is going to fly, and that's because when you keep breaking down life into chunks as small as two, three years, or even seven months, they just go so quickly. These two years of command will go faster than anything before that because they'll be super busy, and we'll also be figuring out the next chapter.
His parents came down, and my mom, dad and sister Grace came from Topsail to attend the ceremony. Knowing how seldom it is that we can get all these individuals in a frame together (last time was in Quantico for Annie's baptism), I hired a photographer. Megan of A Beautiful Moment Photography did a wonderful job of capturing the memories.