Well, he did it!
|Jake and his Chief (Sorry for the bad indoor pictures...)|
On Wednesday, Jake graduated from fire academy.
I am so proud of him! He worked so hard and it paid off. He is a great firefighter and was the one firefighter chosen by the instructors to receive the Martin H. McNamara Outstanding Student Award for demonstrating outstanding commitment and excellence! My cheeks hurt by the end of the night from smiling so much- I am so proud of him!
|Jake and his Chief, receiving his award|
|Jake with one of his instructors, who made a huge impact on Jake|
Jake is such a hard worker and takes his jobs very seriously. I know that he will never give less than 100% when he goes out on a call or is working at the station.
|Me and Jake with his Chief|
But, reality is starting to set in for me. My husband is a firefighter. In the past month, 2 firefighters have died in Massachusetts. I tend to be a worrier, and this has definitely added a bit of worry. I have been praying a lot, for Jacob's safety and protection, but also for my mind and heart to be at ease. To trust that this is what Jake is supposed to be doing. Well, I actually don't have any doubt that this is what Jake should be doing. He is a great firefighter and even better, he really loves it. It really suits him well and just seems like it's the perfect fit.
So, I really need to keep praying for help letting go of my fears and to be okay with whatever the future holds. Firefighting is a dangerous job, and I have a hard time controlling where my mind goes when I am afraid. Of course my worst fear is losing Jake and how I could handle life without him by my side. But, knowing that this is where we are supposed to be, and knowing that God is in control and is always watching over us and caring for us, that is enough to help me push my worries to the side.
I am so proud of Jake and I know that he is really going to make a difference and help so many people. I am also so happy that he has really found something that he loves and could possibly turn into a full time career for him.
But now, we are celebrating Jake's graduation and we are loving having him home so much more now that he is done with academy!
I love you Jacob and I am SO proud of you!!