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My son leaves on Feb 5 for boot camp

I have known this day was coming and have been mentally and physically preparing! Now they are forecasting a lot of snow to come on the day he goes so I will have to send him with his dad and a friend on the 1 1/2 hours drive to get him there in this 4-8 inches of snow they are forecasting. I was not prepared to say see ya later early! Why mother nature why? I know he will be fine, but I don't want to look like one of those parents who don't care! Melinda

Added by Mother of 4 on February 2, 2014 at 10:41am — 7 Comments

Worried Mom

Hello, my child is currently in boot camp and I have spoken to him twice (three including the "I arrived okay" call) and both my husband, daughter, and I have recieved a letter from him.  The first call he seemed a bit down as well as his letters stating the PT part is what he expected and is fine with but the emotional part is really hard for him my SR has only been away and not seen us for 3 days but we still spoke with him every night.  I have been strong around my SR and he has only seen…


Added by Chelly on January 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — 14 Comments

My Rock, My Sanity...My Husband

I am always talking about My SR, let me share a little of my husband.

Still waiting on my letter, hopefully it will be here today...

If not, I refuse to bake the mailman anymore cookies...LOL!  I have sent letters out all week. I miss my only son so much.

I wanted to share some of the silliest things my husband says to lighten my heart and reassure me that our son is ok.

and his mother is mess.

My husband said if I keep mailing him letters all he is gonna…


Added by sportsc37 on January 24, 2014 at 10:48am — 2 Comments

What I learned at PIR

I want to write all of this down before I forget.

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Waukegan. It was excellent!!!  The beds and pillows were so comfy! We got a suite with a couch and were able to sit and visit. There was about 10 of us in the room visiting.  Hide-a-bed not so comfortable.  All family stayed at the same hotel. It made it easier.

The breakfast was great!  It was very close to the base and very easy to get to. 

Take a roll of quarters if you drive for…


Added by ajoyb on January 22, 2014 at 2:57pm — 19 Comments

Emotions galore, but working through it

As I type this blog, I'm on the verge of crying.  In fact, ever since I received the text from him saying he'd been sworn in, I've been on the verge of…


Added by bearligirl89 on January 21, 2014 at 12:05am — 5 Comments

Overprotective Mom...

Ok, here I am again a worry wart....

Questions...I wrote my son several letters and sent them out.

My son and I have a thing about qouting Disney movies, We try and guess what Disney movie the qoute came from.

Just one of the silly things we do. On one of his envelopes I want to put some Disney stamps on them just because I know he will get a big smile on his face when he see's them. The mother in me worries that this is to juvenile and this might bring attention to him.…


Added by sportsc37 on January 16, 2014 at 11:43am — 4 Comments

checklist items to bring for RTC

looking over RTC website it has immunization records as an item needed. Sons recruiter said he didn't need it. He leaves for BC Feb 3. Can anyone help with this?  Did your son or daughter need this when they left for BC. He has been in the DEP. Thanks in advance for any replies. 

Added by wnlnd on January 14, 2014 at 6:13am — 6 Comments


My son got sent from his base in Hawaii to Sigonella, Sicily back in November. We have been able to touch base with him only once Christmas Day through the internet and have tried to send messages on Facebook. I sent him cards but he did not receive them so I am afraid to send any packages, and I feel bad that we were not able to send anything for Christmas and for his birthday. Any help anyone can give me as to where to start to find a viable address so I can send him his gifts I would…


Added by lynnem on January 3, 2014 at 10:52am — 4 Comments

No word about my daughter's status

My daughter was scheduled to graduate Dec 13, 2013. I got a call the 11th telling us she would not graduate because she failed the running test. (Thankfully we had planned on driving) That is all the information she gave us over the phone. We read and researched about what happens from this point forward. Then she calls on the 19th to tell us her new ship and division and what steps she is taking to pass and nothing she tells us matches with what her father and I had read about. She was…


Added by TanyaD on December 29, 2013 at 3:58pm — 17 Comments

Celebrating My Sailor

This young man came home with a serious appetite. His requests are sweet Mexican pastries (pineapple empanadas), Vietnamese spring-rolls, Cuban meat turnovers, Tortas al Pastor (pork meat), Jerry Built Homegrown burgers, Arroz con Leche (sweet rice pudding), Rudy's BBQ, Shiner Bock beer, and of course being from Texas can't miss out on Whataburger. HAPPY to spoil him!!!

Added by MADre on December 31, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments

dressing for PIR

My sons PIR is 1-10-14 I keep hearing dress warm. I wondered how we should dress for inside..are we talking casual (jeans and nice shirt) or a little dressy (dress pants) or real dressed us (dress, suit..etc..)  Also for the sarge's meet and greet what is appropriate dress?

Added by momma1992 on December 26, 2013 at 1:10pm — 11 Comments


My son will be home tonight for Christmas. Haven't seen him since he left for Great Lakes back on June 28th. I couldn't go to his graduation because I broke my foot a few days before he left and then had to have surgery. We leave for the airport in 45 mins!!!!!!!  I LOVE MY BOY!

Added by NavyMomKerry on December 24, 2013 at 12:51am — No Comments

attentions those who have SR going to graduate end of december and january

Well its that time again. CHRISTMAS TIME!!!!! I know some of you are not going to have your SR with you. As a Navy mom and retired navywife, I certainly know how that feels. This being said, each year Great Lakes allow different organization to host SRs for Christmas. We are a part of that. Now is the time to start telling your SRs to remember where they go on Christmas, if they are lucky enough to go anywhere. As in years past we DO NOT know in advance who we host. We only know as they come… Continue

Added by Nate's Mom (Wendy) ;P on December 9, 2013 at 11:58am — 34 Comments

Please Help

My son left for A School (ABH) in Pensacola on Nov 30 from Great Lakes.  I have not heard a word from him.  I do not even know if he is arrived.  Is this unusual?  I am worried sick.  Kurt's Mom

Added by Kurt's mom on December 15, 2013 at 4:55pm — 7 Comments

How to celebrate my sailor coming home for Christmas

We are driving back to our home state and we are planning to surprise the family. Its a small family but I can't get them to come over the day after Christmas. Maybe I should lure them with an extra gift!! By the way my sailor wants a big gathering he deploys in two weeks and will be gone for 2-3 years.

Added by MADre on December 10, 2013 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Correct Division addresses for Deployed sailors

My nephew is deployed on the USS Hopper (DDG 70). He sent 3 different family members hand written letters all within 2 days of each other. On the envelope it had his return address. Most of the address is also printed on the PO round date stamp near the postage stamp. My nephew's writing and the stamp area both say USS HOPPER (DDG 70) and FPO AP 96667-1289. My nephew also wrote his division number, but on all 3 letters the first character looks different from the other letters. For his…


Added by marlenem on November 26, 2013 at 9:59pm — 3 Comments

I'm new

So I'm new here, my son just left to Great Lakes boot camp, on Monday the 18th. So I don't know what to expect, how is he doing. Miss him, thoe I know he is well taken care of.

Added by Proudmomjesus (Ship 13 Div 060) on November 23, 2013 at 3:37am — 7 Comments

Leave vs. Liberty

Bumping up for new members.  This is written with the Christmas holidays in mind, but much of the information applies all year.

With the holidays fast approaching, I see more and more moms who are stressed about whether they can see their sailor or not. Entirely understandable! But I know that the recruits in boot camp are quite confused also, many of them are new to all of this Navy stuff too, and haven't got the hang of the lingo, the paperwork and the inevitable Hurry Up and Wait…


Added by Anti M on June 10, 2014 at 11:20am — 40 Comments

Questions for the recruiter????

Greetings Moms~

My 17 year old son has decided that he would like to join the Navy. My husband was Navy and is fine with this. I am too but are there questions that should be asked of the recruiter that are not the obvious ones. I'm not sure what to ask to get all the info I need. I'm not even sure I know what that is. Any suggestions?


Added by Laurah64 on November 11, 2013 at 11:38pm — 9 Comments

I feel like I am on top of the world today....just heard from my son today, he has been in basic training for 21/2 weeks now....didn't expect to hear fro him this soon....I had just gotten home 10 mi…

I feel like I am on top of the world today....just heard from my son today, he has been in basic training for 21/2 weeks now....didn't expect to hear fro him this soon....I had just gotten home 10 minutes before that..God is good...I was so happy I just got home in time...he sounded great ...said he is doin great...boy am I relieve ..I was afraid of the adjustment...never knew a phone call could make me feel this good...can,t wait til PIR Continue

Added by Carebear on September 14, 2013 at 3:44pm — 12 Comments

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