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June 2011 Blog Posts (105)

missing my boy and only three days in.

          I hope this gets easier because as of now I'm a mess. He's only been gone for three days. I keep on thinking what he is going through in boot camp. He's in Chicago.

Added by jo's mom on June 30, 2011 at 2:44pm — 9 Comments

Saying goodbye today...

I am leaving in a few hours to meet my son for breakfast and say goodbye, as he leaves for Great Lakes, IL in 4 days. I am nervous, excited, scared, and sad all at the same time. How do you watch your son/daughter go off into a military service with hesitancy and basically fear of the unknown. He's nervous about PT, as he isn't athletic. He was always the kid in boyscouts that got homesick when he went camping. Knowing he (and I) both have seperation anxiety, how do you be strong for them, so… Continue

Added by maresy on June 30, 2011 at 7:08am — 3 Comments

Don't think I can do this!!!

Ok, my daughter is my best friend, she says she wants to be  child physcologist, well I think she should be a  physicologist period because she always knows the right words to say.  She is leaving July 18, and I don't think I can do this.  Honestly how can you just say goodbye go start the rest of your life without me.  Uuugh, I have  kids total she is the second to last I only hve 2 girls one is married she is the last girl.  We have done… Continue

Added by Rquiroz on June 29, 2011 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments


I just received three letters from my sailor!! The first I've heard from him in two weeks. He didn't get to make his check-in call because the phone he was at wasn't working and when he got to another one, time was up. So I was very glad to get that explanation and hear how he is doing. It made me very sad to hear that he's sad, though. Missing me and wanting to come home. But of course he knows this is all going to be worth it. He's worried about passing his physical tests like running 1.5… Continue

Added by NavyWife on June 29, 2011 at 10:41pm — 1 Comment

Form letter

Well I got my letter today and he is graduating the 19th of August. It is nice at the end of the letter the recruits get to write you a short note. Now time to start preparing for August.

Added by NakitaFamily ship-10 div 263 on June 29, 2011 at 8:55pm — 8 Comments

so many questions

First of all I would like to say that this site has answered sooo many of my questions! My son left for boot camp 6-23. I have gotten his box and his first phone call. I am going nuts to know when I can expect the form letter letting me know when his graduation is and getting his return address so that I can finally write to him. I can't wait to hear from him so that I will know what all he is going through. He was very sick before he left so I am just praying that he is ok and well.

Added by coriesmom on June 29, 2011 at 8:39pm — 5 Comments

How do I plan this out?????????

First I've wanted to say since starting with this site,it's probable one of the most informative and engaging sites i've come  to love. And the support here is unbelievable. With that said, Here is my situation. I'm flyin into Milwaukee Field next month for my daughter graduation. Why because Mitchell Field is a much easier airport to get through, I've been there and the O'Hara. I have every intent to rent a car, but I find out today the cars are 4xs the cost at the airports than they are if  I… Continue

Added by doebabe on June 29, 2011 at 8:05pm — 1 Comment

It has only been 2 days

My husband and I dropped our daughter off at the recruiters office Monday and our last verbal contact with her was last night at 11pm.  I have done my crying and now I am excited about her accomplishments and attending her graduation.  I reminded her that these 9 weeks are temporary and that in the end the feeling of accomplishment will be the best feeling she has ever had and no one will ever be able to take that from her.…


Added by Tay'sMom on June 29, 2011 at 7:49pm — 3 Comments

Got the box today

Well I got my Kid in a box today it was very strange to get all his stuff back like that. I was suprised at how soon I got it since he just went in to boot on Thursday. Well now to wait and see how long it takes to get my form letter

Added by NakitaFamily ship-10 div 263 on June 28, 2011 at 11:16pm — 3 Comments

Getting letters ready

Well I know that I wont see a letter for a little while but I am trying to get ready to send him some as soon as I get his address. I have bought 2 cards one for everyone at my work to sign and write in and one from myself and my husband and youngest son to write in, I have also started having everyone I know write something to him on facebook I am going to print them out and send them with the cards I have also started a day to day letter to him just a little of what we are doing every day I… Continue

Added by NakitaFamily ship-10 div 263 on June 27, 2011 at 12:55am — 5 Comments

1 week tomorrow

Today, one week ago, the recruiter picked up our son, yes on Father's day at 4 pm.  He got to basic on Monday.  Does anyone else have a son or daughter in that time frame?  Where do we find out their expected grad. date, so that we can make travel arrangements?  This past week has been full of many emotions...from being sad and crying to my heart being filled up with pride.  I wonder what he did today and the day before and the day before.  I read that they had 5…


Added by Nautical Mom on June 26, 2011 at 11:20pm — 28 Comments

first letter

got 1st official letter 6/25/11. i was soo happy. he said 1st week was long n tiring because of  processing. misses home and mommi. he passed Pt and swimming.

Added by KeemomShip07Div241 on June 26, 2011 at 11:15pm — 1 Comment

It's Going To Be A Long 8 Weeks!!

I can't wait for my first letter!  I miss him so much and I just want to know he's ok.  Can't wait until A school, at least I can text and skype.  I have almost 4 days down....

Added by Momof3kidz(IT) on June 26, 2011 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments


What does one wear to PIR?

Added by momKdiv938-daughterK on June 25, 2011 at 8:15pm — 2 Comments

where do I stay???????

I received my first letter from my S.R. daughter just yesterday and this will never stop being so strange and emotional for me. I was like a kid, I read the letter 3-4 times. I knew I would miss my daughter just never knew this would be such a rollercoster  ride. I've made arrangements to stay at the Comfort Inn in Waukegan, but have not read many reviews on pros and cons of the hotel.  Anyone that has had an experience there, please let me know. Money kinda tight and I need to make good… Continue

Added by doebabe on June 25, 2011 at 2:29pm — 6 Comments

1 Week Down

Well, I've gotten a week and a half under my belt now... only at the one week mark for my sailor in RTC. I feel good that I've made it this far without becoming a basketcase but then I remember I'm only a week in :(. I celebrated our 6 month anniversary by myself and won't celebrate another one with him until our 1 year. I knew what I was getting into and I could not be more proud of his decision or more happy for the stability we will enjoy for at least the next five years, but on this end…


Added by NavyWife on June 25, 2011 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

Mom to Navy

My name is Amber. I've decided to join the navy. I have a son and I was wondering

how it was being in bootcamp and school knowing you have a child at home. I know

it will be hard but I am determined to get through this. My main goal is to be able to

provide the life my parents couldn't give me. My son is 2 years old. I was worried that

He wouldn't remember me also. Or I would get used to not having him around &

vice versa and we both have to adjust again. I don't… Continue

Added by amber20 on June 25, 2011 at 2:35am — 9 Comments


What in the world is a PIR? When people say..oh my husband is in ship 0283 and PIR something. This confuses me.  

Thanks! :)

Added by Cameron on June 25, 2011 at 2:16am — 2 Comments

My son leaves on the 23rd of August, too!  It does seem that after so many months of waiting, it's coming very soon.  I hope he's ready, and we are, too! 

My son leaves on the 23rd of August, too!  It does seem that after so many months of waiting, it's coming very soon.  I hope he's ready, and we are, too!  Continue

Added by SheilaD on June 24, 2011 at 11:38pm — 4 Comments

First Full day

Wow it is so strange not talking to my son today we used to text and talk all the time and when he was home hang out it is so strange not being able to just pick up the phone and call him.

Added by NakitaFamily ship-10 div 263 on June 24, 2011 at 9:48pm — 3 Comments

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