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February 2011 Blog Posts (102)


Is anyone else having trouble getting on the navy site to download parking passes?  I've tried all sorts of ways and combinations...I just can't get on. (doesn't work) Help!

Added by AJVNavyMom on February 28, 2011 at 10:12pm — 1 Comment

Today I miss my Sailor...

Today I miss my Sailor, my tears I try to hide

If only I could hold him, have him at my side

But I’m a Navy mom, and strong I have to be

Weather he be home, ashore or out to sea

I pray my job was done well, and he knows in his heart

I’m proud that he’s my son, and that I’ll do my part

Today my mind is filled, with thoughts of all our fleet

So proudly as they serve, and my heart skips a beat

He grows each day I know, into a greater man

I’m entrusting… Continue

Added by Jen - Ship10mom(Div340) on February 28, 2011 at 6:28pm — 2 Comments

cell phone card types

can anyone please tell me what type of phone card to buy that works on cell phones and normal phones.  could you please tell me where to buy them and can I send him one while he is at boot camp.  thanks renee

Added by rmazey on February 28, 2011 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

Received "the box"

You know, I thought I had read enough blogs and comments to prepare myself for the delivery of the box.  To all the moms still waiting, you seriously can't prepare yourself.  I really thought I'd be fine, knowing that the box was coming in advance, preparing myself for its delivery. Reminding myself that my son made this decision and is so happy and excited to get started. NOTHING can prepare you, until you receive it yourself.  I heard the doorbell ring and went to the door -- I really thought… Continue

Added by AprilRDMom(ET Nuke) on February 28, 2011 at 3:56pm — 15 Comments

Tiger Cruise

Does anyone know what I should bring or can bring for the Tiger Cruise. Where to go to read up on the rules? I leave in 1 week to meet up with my son and his ship.


Thank you for any and all help I can get,


Added by grngem86 on February 28, 2011 at 10:14am — No Comments


One week ago today, I woke with tears in my eyes KNOWING I would be taking my first born child, my son, the love of my life, to meet his recruiter to take him to NEW ORLEANS to go to boot camp on the 21st. I cried all day long that day. TODAY is a new day. I am so thankful for this site and for God giving me peace knowing this is all part of His plan for my son. He knew the plans He made for him even before he was born and in that I find comfort and peace. I taught my son right from wrong, took… Continue

Added by gysmom on February 28, 2011 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

Waiting for the call home

When he called from the airport the first time he left he said I can call again in about three weeks.  Its been 12days and I am still counting the days till I can hear from him again.....Sent so many letters and cards already and still I need to hear from him or at least get a little letter.  The waiting is nerve wracking for sure.

Added by Carol(ship09 Division 136) on February 28, 2011 at 6:03am — 4 Comments

I miss him.

Generally speaking, I am an effective communicator. Typically I'm able to grasp my thoughts (as far fetched as they may be at times) and form a cohesive thought. It seems like since he's been gone, that has become exceedingly difficult. It's really sad. I know that time I have available to talk to him is limited and therefore I should be able to pull myself and my thoughts together well enough to come up with something to talk about, but I seem to draw a blank almost every single time. It's… Continue

Added by Lindsay D. on February 28, 2011 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Left February 14th

Hello, are there any other mom/grandparents out there whose seaman recruit left on the 14th of February and should be graduating April 15th?

Added by candy-oh! on February 27, 2011 at 9:37pm — No Comments

First Missing my Sailor Moment

Yesterday I was shopping for dresses, which is frustrating in its self, for my mutter's upcoming wedding. So all of a sudden in the middle of our shopping, with 5 people in total, I start crying. Now I've never been the type who likes showing people my emotions and I can normally control my crying moments but not yesterday. 


So while I'm telling everyone I'm fine and wiping the tears from my eyes, my mutter has come to the conclusion that I'm frustrated that because dressing…


Added by Nik L. on February 27, 2011 at 9:24pm — 1 Comment


Ever sit in the dark with so much on your mind that if you had to write it all down  you  wouldn't know where to start? Well, that's where I am today. I woke up at 5 a.m. and decided to get out of bed because my mind wouldn't let me go back to sleep. "I wonder what he's doing right now? Did he have to eat breakfast in one minute,? What time did he go to sleep last night? Did he sleep good? When will I get the letter? Wonder what he looks like already? Is he ok??" The lists of questions that… Continue

Added by gysmom on February 27, 2011 at 7:24am — 7 Comments


Lori I just heard about Joe.  Alan and I will put you and Mike and Joe in our prayers. I hope is injury is not serious and he gets well soon. My heart is breaking for you and your family. Please know we are there for you and your family . Please keep in touch.


Sandy H

Added by Sandy H on February 27, 2011 at 12:44am — No Comments

got a real letter!

we got a real letter yesterday.  He says there is a lot of yelling, but if you do what they tell you todo, you will be okay.he sounds upbeat enough.  it is hard to picture what all happens on the graduation day. how much time we will have with him, what he will want us to bring for his next assignment., etc. i really like the idea of writing to someone who didn't get a you have me thinking!!! 

Added by judyspin on February 27, 2011 at 12:21am — 1 Comment

It is official! I am an AECF Mom

A little over a week ago on Thursday, February 17th I watched as my son was sworn into the US Navy and became a future sailor. He was realizing a dream he had dreamt for many years and now the young man before me was making it a reality. 


What happened to that chubby little boy in Osh Kosh Bgosh striped overalls with a matching hat who you used to love trains and power rangers? He stands before me and raises his hand and takes an oath that will change his life forever. There…


Added by verokt on February 26, 2011 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments

One Graduated & One Going In

I just had one son that graduated boot camp on 2-11-11 and now his brother who is only 13 months younger is about to graduate high school and follow in his brothers foot steps as well as his dad's.. I am so very proud of them both, but I must say that this is gonna be a little tough... The one that is about to join is my baby.  I will now have to come realization that my little ones are all grown up now and are soaring on their own.  I am so thankful to God that there is such a wonderful… Continue

Added by Laina on February 26, 2011 at 8:47pm — 1 Comment

The Box

I really hope it gets here soon. I know he knows how important it is to me. maybe it will come today or monday. and i just ordered my Blue flag!!! :) can't wait for it to get here. well i have a busy week of midterms ahead of me so I hope everyone is having a good weekend. 



Added by SAwife11 on February 26, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Sending another letter in a card

Searched for encouraging cards yesterday at the Hall Mark store.  Found a lot of cards but had to be careful that the envelope didn't have a drawing on it or was a funny color.  I was warned not to have anything cutsie on the envelope to draw attention to the recruit.  LOL....want to keep him under the radar of the instructors attention.  I hope can see the strong words of encouragement now at a time when nothing seems possible....I hear it takes a few weeks before they finally see that… Continue

Added by Carol(ship09 Division 136) on February 26, 2011 at 5:49am — 1 Comment

Graduation Feb 11, 2011, Div 804

Graduation was an amazing day for our whole family. Our son was able to celebrate with his three brothers, his girlfriend, her parents, one of his brother's girlfriends, and his dad and I. Our son continues on at A school. We miss him so much, but realized he is accomplishing what he wants to do. We want to go back to Great Lakes to visit him again while he is on weekend liberty. Hopefully very soon. Our family keeps all the Navy sons and daughters and their families in our daily prayers. God… Continue

Added by Joanie P on February 26, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

Got the 1st Letter

Finally!  Got the first letter.  It was awesome, Damn proud of my girl-APO athletic petty office, and a section leader. passed the swim and pushing for more things to advance.  hoping she'll have her E3 by PIR,  keep your fingers crossed everyone.  That was one of the last things she said when she left.  "Next time you see me mom, I "will" have that E3.  I am so proud that she is finally focused and determined to her best.  wooohooo

Added by Lil's mom on February 25, 2011 at 11:53pm — 3 Comments

the journey

I had been sad for a few days when he left but now I'm so excited. I got his address today and that made me so excited! i folded up all the letters i had been writing and mailed them out. hopefully they have trained someone so he can get his mail on monday or tuesday. I'm excited but also nervous to get his stuff. i'm hoping maybe when i come home from work today or sometime tomorrow. I don't think he sent the stuff to his parents. we had left it that i would get the form letter and box. I… Continue

Added by SAwife11 on February 25, 2011 at 8:05pm — 1 Comment

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