I've never written a blog. But I wonder how many mothers have gone to the great lakes naval training page just to see the building. I have 11 times as of today. I wonder when I'll get an address to mail the pile of ridulous letters that have no content, but were written out of wonder and concern. I wonder just how he is and if he is learing half of what I had hoped for. I wonder if all mothers are thinking all these obsessive thoughts and cry at a whim.
Added by Laura on June 30, 2008 at 9:30pm —
10. Cats' facial expressions.
9. The need for the same style of shoes in different colors.
8. Why bean sprouts aren't just weeds.
7. Fat clothes.
6. Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time.
5. The difference between beige, ecru, cream, off-white, and eggshell.
4. Cutting your hair to make it grow.
3. Eyelash curlers.
2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.
AND, the… Continue
Added by Karen Gallagher on June 30, 2008 at 9:02pm —
My father and my brother were Navy men. They had their share of sailor stories. But now that I'm a Navy mom, the story I remember most is the one my mom told me many years ago. My brother "Gary" is 17 years older than me so I was very young when he joined the Navy. He was the oldest of 6 children, the first to leave home and my mom (I'm sure now) cried many tears because she missed him so. Gary had been gone, out to sea for a very long time. Mom had no idea when she would see him again. One day… Continue
Added by Lisa in Michigan on June 30, 2008 at 8:21pm —
Did you ever wonder what your son or daughter is doing right now? Many times throughout the day, I wonder. I know he is P week, so I imagine that most of the time he is standing in line waiting his turn. I wonder what he had for lunch and I wonder if this is everything he expected, wanted, and anticipated. I wonder when I look at the stars if he is looking at the same star. I wonder if tomorrow will be easier, because today was a bit easier than yesterday.
Added by Cyndy on June 30, 2008 at 7:59pm —
Please note that this is for NAVY, NOT marines, army, air force, or any of those other branches of the military
Sailors come in all shapes, shades, weights, sizes, and states of sobriety, misery, and confusion. He is sly as a fox, the sincerity of a politician, and the subtly of Mt. Saint Helens. He is extremely irresistible, totally irrational and completely indestructible.
A Sailor is a Sailor all his life. He is a magical… Continue
Added by Diana EMT * Dana's Mom * on June 30, 2008 at 7:05pm —
If you haven't read Janice's blog with this same title, you are missing out on one of the most beautiful pieces of patriotic music I've ever heard. It is sung by high school and elementary choirs and dedicated to our troops. What great kids! I really recommend this site. But get your tissues out. I know we've all cried a million tears but a few more doesn't hurt.
Added by Lisa in Michigan on June 30, 2008 at 5:50pm —
Okay guys I have never blogged so bear with me and my Gilligan's island theme. We started this journey Feb 20th when He left for GL and man did the umbilical cord get cut. First I thought I was going to get a call and nothing came so I called the recruiter and got nowhere. I was just another one of those moms. Then came the proverbial box and still nothing, next day the form letter with I love you at the bottom. Still nothing, then 2 and a half weeks later I get the call which of course it was… Continue
Added by Lois on June 30, 2008 at 5:00pm —
Well it has been a long time since I have blogged but I am so excited I could burst. I leave in 2 days and 4 hours to head for Groton, CT to see my 2 oldest children. Chris will be graduating from Sub school on Thursday and we will be staying with my oldest daughter and son in law (who is in A School there as well) I have not seen Don since he came home for the New years holiday.
I am driving (ugh) with my 2 year old daughter and my 80 year old parents .....what an eventful trip this… Continue
Added by Jan aka Chris' Mom on June 30, 2008 at 12:31pm —
I am a newbie at a lot of things right now and one of them is blogging, but I am going to give it my best shot and am hoping this will help me with a lot of feelings I don't know how to deal with or express at times.
I am a single mother (18 years) of 3 sons, Trey being my youngest. His older brothers are a bit older so it has just been us for the past 7 years. As he got older and into his high school years, I noticed he was really interested in war history and war movies. When the… Continue
Added by Sindy on June 30, 2008 at 12:30pm —
I'm so excited b/c this July 4th we're spending with Patrick! We're leaving the 'Ham early on July 4th and will be in Pensacola around 4 hours later ! My daughter Natalie, her husband Brad and their wee ones, Kemp and Daisy are going as well as my other daughter, Katie and myself. I'm taking a cooler with some of Patrick's favorite foods and we'll have our own July 4th picnic! We all bought cute July 4th shirts and we're ready to roll! Brad will be driving Patrick's truck down and as… Continue
Added by Jan, (A Southern Belle!) on June 30, 2008 at 9:17am —
Thought you all would enjoy this. You all have a Happy 4th of July.
Here is the link.
Added by Janice on June 29, 2008 at 8:03pm —
Added by Lynne Meeks on June 29, 2008 at 5:30pm —
This is somthing I share with new moms and dads this is great so that you all know what boot camp life is really about.
A Day in Boot CampPosted by Jake Gallagher on May 18, 2008 at 10:12am
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This post seemed to be popular, and I've been asked to bump it back to the main page...
So I've been reading a bunch of threads on here about boot camp, and I wanted to clear up a few things for anyone with a new recruit going… Continue
Added by Karen Gallagher on June 29, 2008 at 4:52pm —
I am considering this blog as a therapy tool, something to help me work through the transition as my son Alex went from my baby boy to a sailor. Alex was in DEP for almost a year and I thought that this would be easier, but it wasn't. When that final day came to say good-bye, it was the hardest thing I had ever done. I don't think I have ever cried so much in my life. Little things make the tears flow. Each day gets a bit easier, but I am looking forward to not have the waterworks flow when… Continue
Added by Cyndy on June 29, 2008 at 12:29pm —
I want to go to bed and not get up for a month. Honestly, if no one bothered me, I could sleep from now until the middle of July. I am JUST THAT TIRED.
It's not like I don't know why: working full time; going to school; going to clinicals; starting this new relationship (or whatever we're doing), organizing stuff for PIR; trying to keep my house just clean enough so the health department doesn't come to condemn it; and trying to keep up with laundry just enough that we don't have to… Continue
Added by Tina -- James' mom on June 29, 2008 at 12:15pm —
1st time blogging so bear with me.
Before I actually became a member on this site, I used to see the advertisement on TV and thought just another ad for the military to get our children to join. However once my daughter Susy went to boot camp it seem like the ads were popping up on every show that I was watching…lol, as if something was telling me to go to the site and just see what it has to offer. Well to my surprise, I found a community of women who are caring, thoughtful, very… Continue
Added by Sonia on June 29, 2008 at 12:11pm —
I have edited out names and some specifics for security purposes, but in his usual flare he has told his story far better than I could have:
Dear friends, family, and miscellaneous people who feel compelled to read your inbox while you slip away momentarily to make that "sammich" in the kitchen, (Don't want to leave anyone out on this one).
This has to be my biggest update yet; as I am nearing completion of my "A" School. For those of you who don't know what an "A"… Continue
Added by Coyote on June 29, 2008 at 8:33am —
Well, my husband left this week. I am really trying to adjust to it all. I have been super busy at work, so don't have much time to think about it. It's when I get home from work that has been difficult. I am so lookin forward to Ryan's PIR so that is helping a bit. I don't know when Ryan's battle station is yet. Just kinda waiting to hear from him again. I am so excited to see him. I can hardly believe it is only 5 days away.
I know I will get used to this, it is just going to be… Continue
Added by Sara on June 28, 2008 at 5:30pm —
I found this today as I was talking to the Dale Jr crew. We have NASCAR rascing here this weekend so they are all over the place and when they found out that I have boys in the navy the told me of this
Thought I would share it with you all…
Added by Karen Gallagher on June 28, 2008 at 1:00pm —
Adam has made it to A school in San Antonio. I'm so proud of him! I'm glad that he wasn't on hold for too long because then his graduation date would have changed. But right now, he says he will graduate the 15th of August! He has seem really happy lately. I think he was just excited to get out of Great Lakes finally and move on. He was getting kind of moody waiting around there. But he got a new cell phone and was all excited about that. He called me maybe 15 times telling me to do this and… Continue
Added by Melissa on June 28, 2008 at 2:46am —