240th Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Monday, November 16, 2015


They were super excited to be in a photo with us.


I wasn't sure the Ball was still going to happen one night after the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris.
But it did, and I'm glad that we could go on as planned, unafraid. We all stood together in silence, and prayed for the lives lost and families left behind. The Ball commemorates the birth of the USMC, and celebrates all that it and Marines stand for... which is in stark contrast to the evil that sadly permeated the streets of Paris. It felt fitting this weekend to honor and celebrate something so deeply committed to destroying that evil.

The US Ambassador and The President of Croatia (she is lovely!) both came to the Ball, so I think we were in the most armored place in the whole country. President Grabar-Kitarovic is Croatia's first female president and arguably the most pro-western, free market capitalist in it's history.

Happy 240th birthday, Marines! I'm so proud of my husband and of all of you!

19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous dress! Every time you post I always secretly hope you have added in the bottom where you have gotten your clothes! So glad you were able to enjoy the ball, I bet it was amazing having it in Croatia!

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    1. Aw! Jordan! I'm sorry I'm so lame. I only don't because I think, who on earth would even care? But now that I know you do, I'll try to remember to! The dress is from Nordstrom but I got it from Sarah Tucker, the style queen :)

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  2. That creepy moment when your husband kept appearing on my Facebook newsfeed due to being friends with a bunch of Embassy people and Marines on FB. HA! I meant to email you about it but totally forgot so thanks for reminding me with this post. I promise to email you soon to catch-up : ) I also saw you went to the Halloween event at the Embassy and I know the woman in the CLO who organized it! Her husband was my boss. Such a small world :)

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    1. HAHA that is hysterical. He was sooo happy to be in all those photos. Joke.
      Do you mean Lejla?? If you do, I love her! She has helped us so much. Everyone at the embassy has been wonderful - what an awesome community. Looking forward to your email and catching up! Hope you're doing well!

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  3. Ahhh LOVE your dress, SOOo pretty!! I'm cracking up at Grace's face…she's so excited about that pic, haha!! So glad you were able to go and enjoy yourself and stand for freedom and peace:) xoxo

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    1. Thanks friend!! Haha she was so pleased.
      Me too... I need to catch up with you soon!

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  4. oh Amanda, i am so grateful for your husband's service and all that you stand for on this blog. we NEED more gals like you in this world!! xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you! Bianca, I cannot wait for the day we get to meet in person. I wish we had been able to while we were in California, but bed rest changed all of our travel plans those last months. I have a feeling we share a lot of the same views!

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  5. you guys are amazing! <3

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  6. THAT DRESS!!! You beauty!

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  7. Your dress is stunning! And happy birthday USMC!

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  8. HAHAHAHA I busted out laughing at the awesome family photo. totally christmas card worthy! ;) We mentioned the Marines' birthday in the show and I ALMOST thought about pitching some pics of Marines celebrating at various balls. Of course - it was just a way to get your pretty pic in the show!
    miss you!!! lanneybear

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  9. I love your family photo! It represents real life in all its beauty and greatness. I think you have found your Christmas card. Hooray for freedom, service, family, and strong leaders.

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    1. Hooray indeed! Thanks, Colleen. Haha, yes, definitely real life right there. I am so thankful for it!

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  10. Where did you find your dress? It's fantastic!

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