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April 2008 Blog Posts (15)

Admin... Talks about PIR Dinner on 4/24 etc...

Hi Everyone!



I had a WONDERFUL time last night meeting many our N4M members and their families. :) Heh, it was great to talk to them in "real time". I woke up at 6:30 this morning... the same time they arriving to see their kids- I look forward to reading how it went!



And for those who clicked in to say hi- and watched us... THANK YOU- (and sorry about the freeze issues! lol- and when I had to turn my computer on it's side to get a disk out!) Please forgive me for not… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 25, 2008 at 12:59pm — 2 Comments

N4M's Update: Streaming LIVE on 4/24

Alllll right… grab your popcorn.

Tomorrow N4M's is going live!!!



navy for moms on ustream.tv... click here!



Tomorrow, Thursday the 24th at 7pm CDT.



You can see the PIR celebration going on.



navy moms, family, friends... and me. :)





Hope you can join us or just pop in to say hello! It takes a few minutes to log in... That is if you want to leave a comment for us! Also this… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 23, 2008 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

**Admin Update: New Category "Scuttlebutt” **

Alright N4M's:



You're thirsty. Heh. It was requested that N4M's make time and space for a Scuttlebutt corner. Thus... after working out some ground rules (with a member and our Navy contacts)... we have a brand new category going up tonight.



"Scuttlebutt” First off... what is it?



Sailors exchanged gossip when they gathered at the scuttlebutt for a drink of water). It's an old Navy term. This can be the place where we discuss politics, current events and hot… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 22, 2008 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

Blue & Gold Star

Here is the history of the blue star and gold star flags. Many of you have said you never heard of them. Hope this helps!

The Blue Star Banner was designed in 1917 during World War I by an Army officer who had two sons serving on the front lines. This small banner, which officially measures 8.5" by 14", quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in military service. Today, families with loved ones serving proudly display the banner in their windows, one star for each family… Continue

Added by Melissa Greenfield on April 16, 2008 at 6:59am — No Comments

Service Flag

A Service Flag Wish and Prayer

The Star on this flag has been placed with care,

And made for you with a wish and a prayer:

May your journey be safe as life unfolds

While this star of hope shines bright and bold.



2002Battle Born Industries,… Continue

Added by Melissa Greenfield on April 15, 2008 at 7:06am — 1 Comment

Category: Sailor Stories: New Weekly Content

So, yesterday and today I posted some sailor stories in one of our quieter categories (Sailor Stories). I’ll be adding one or two stories a week just for your entertainment (and knowledge). It’s one of those things, that when you get around to it, they are fun and interesting to read. I encourage you to read for yourself to see what I am talking about. I think the stories may give a unique point of view (which we love on this site!).



If you are reading this, and you think-… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 11, 2008 at 10:47am — No Comments

Random News...Random Things... Admin Update

News-ish stuff:



(1) We have a new masthead. heh. No more "Dove Soap" Looking moms.



(2) Also, update on the political/hot topic forum... A N4M's member has kindly offered to help me write the ground rules for it (so give us a day or so to hammer it out).



(3) Swag... I think I posted something yesterday, but the proposal for N4M swag is being finalized and sent in this week to our Navy Contacts.



Okay- 2 things I am noticing...



(1) Picture… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 10, 2008 at 5:02pm — 10 Comments

*N4M Admin Speaks Out on the RDC Issue**

Allllllllright. Just to follow up with the multiple PM’s that I have received and chatter on the boards dealing with this RDC issue.

The issue being- (from the moms) that the RDC’s were taking in the book camp recruits behind closed doors and showing them their mom’s page. Yesterday we made some calls… and here is our update directly from our Navy representative:



“The issue of confidentiality and the RDC’s at Recruit Training Command is being resolved. The CMD Master… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 10, 2008 at 10:07am — 2 Comments

Admin Update: “Why are you here today?” Poll

Hello everyone! Yesterday we added a poll to the main page. We are getting so many visitors to the site… that my group and I are wondering- why you are here with us today? Please note: It’s the one thing on this site that non-members can actually respond to. And we hope everyone takes the time to vote and tell us… because heh, we are curious! Thank you! Sincerely, Catherine

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 9, 2008 at 12:26pm — 2 Comments

Ramblings From Your Admin… 4/8/2008

I need the night off.

(Really.)

And though I am wondering if my gmail account can handle all the rss feeds… It’s something I have to do tonight.

(And it may or may not be to mourn that the Tigers are working through their 7th straight loss… or it may or may not be to spend some much needed time with my hubby and to enjoy this spring day).



I have so many things that I know I need to do tomorrow… publicly talk about this RDC issue… start a political/hot topic… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 8, 2008 at 5:33pm — 6 Comments

**N4M Admin Speaks Out About Feelings, & Abusing Deleting Powers.**

Hello Everyone:

I'm not going to lie. I felt horrified today when I read a blog (which I ended up deleting) from somebody made it a point to make members feel uncomfortable for how they may expresses things. This is my response:

It's utterly unacceptable!



Mother’s…. and non- mothers are dealing with this Navy experience differently. And they view life a little differently than you will...this isn’t going to change. In fact, this blog (that I… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 6, 2008 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Happy Birthday to N4M's... Happy Birthday tooooo us :)

Okay, okay, it's only our two-month-old birthday, but we think there is reason for celebration! We now have over 900 members, 2500 photos, 96 groups- etc within two months. The growth, participation, support, advice has exceeded our expectations. thank you… for joining us, sharing your story, and helping other members out in their time of need and support. I am proud and happy to be your admin! I hope to continue to improve N4M’s and make it a… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 6, 2008 at 2:27pm — 2 Comments

N4M’s LIVE Chat!

Hello Everyone!

Who knew that Wednesday’s could be so good? After multiple requests, we have added the chat function to our site! : )

In this page you can talk with other N4M members on “real time”. Please note that: (1) What is typed will be seen by all members and (2) Conversations will NOT be saved to be monitored at a later time. So, keep it civil (pretty please), start typing and press enter. There may be a small time delay.

Best when viewed on… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 2, 2008 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

3 Rules, One Blog: Admin updates on More Navy Communities, Security Issues, & Threads…

Hello Everyone!

There has been some chatter on the boards (and in my PM’s) that I wanted to address.

I have made some ground rules, but I haven’t made official blogs about them, and I would like to do that now. The comment I am using is one I read recently, BUY by no means is this member alone in writing these concerns or thoughts- I am using it as an example because it’s well written and covers all the issues that need to be talked about.



RULE 1: You may not bash… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 1, 2008 at 2:38pm — No Comments

** New N4M's Event: Connecticut :) **

Looking For Connecticut Members:
Navy For Moms is having another event! This time in the great state of Connecticut! Please let me know if you would like to join us and other N4M’s at a Wolf Pack Hockey Game on April 12th. The event is at 7pm at the XL Center in Hartford.
: ) Sincerely, Catherine

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 1, 2008 at 9:42am — 4 Comments

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