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December 2008 Blog Posts (21)

WE HAVE # 10,000!!!!

Deb is #10,000 Check it out!!! Go to Members, click on her name /picture, and on her page it say #10,000!! Just think when I joined this site back on March 1 2008 I was like # 40 something… Continue

Added by AngiePNMx2 on December 31, 2008 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Spammers UGH!!!!


I had to take a two day Xmas vacation to see the fam. Didn't realize that in my brief absence, this lovely site would become a spam haven! Not what we want here ladies! I am feverishly banning them as quickly as I can, but if you'd like to help me catch them quicker, here's how you can help:

1) Message me as soon as you see one.

2) Make sure to include their user name, not the comments so much. Once I ban a person by name, all their comments disappear, so the name is… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on December 30, 2008 at 12:34am — 4 Comments

Sailor Quote Sunday

"Let the indomitable spirit of Bataan and Coregidor lead on…In the name of your sacred dead, strike! Let no heart be faint. Let every arm be steeled.”
General Douglas MacArthur – On the beach at Palo, broadcasting his return – 24th October 1944

Added by Sue S on December 28, 2008 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

A big Thank you to our USO Volunteers!

Thank you to all of the USO Volunteers who so generously give their time and support to our military members all over the country and thru out the year.

We appreciate you being there for our sons and daughters and making their travel a little bit more… Continue

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on December 26, 2008 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

My Cousin's O'Hare Airport Story

My cousin who is a minister was flying last week from Akron to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, through Chicago. Her brother is Dick who is mentioned in this. There's a part where she writes about people giving seats to the military so they can get home!

My trip was quite eventful getting out there. I'm surprised you hadn't heard, as Dick was having lots of fun! I made it to O'Hare with no difficulties, but my flight from there to CR was cancelled. No crew showed up (or not enough, at least) to… Continue

Added by Ruth, Gun's Mom on December 25, 2008 at 11:16pm — No Comments

A Sailor's Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, the ship was out steaming,

Sailors stood watch while others were dreaming.

They lived in a crowd with racks tight and small,

in a 80-man berthing, cramped one and all.

I had come down the stack with presents to give,

And to see inside just who might perhaps live.

I looked all about, a strange sight did I see,

No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stockings were hung, shined boots close at… Continue

Added by Sue-Pillowcase lady on December 25, 2008 at 11:37am — 8 Comments

For all our Sailors who can't make it home..especially my sailor. God Bless and protect them all! Also those who have given their lives for our freedom...I thank them and their families for their sac…

For all our Sailors who can't make it home..especially my sailor. God Bless and protect them all! Also those who have given their lives for our freedom...I thank them and their families for their sacrifice for us. It is debt that can never be paid. Continue

Added by AngiePNMx2 on December 25, 2008 at 1:55am — No Comments

Sailor Quote Sunday

"None of us can do it alone, but together we can do a lot."

(Briefing with Greek navy officials, 19 May 2007)

Added by Sue S on December 21, 2008 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Reflections of a Blackshoe

Reflections of a Blackshoe by VAdm Harold Koenig, USN


I like the Navy.

I like standing on the bridge wing at sunrise with salt

spray in my face and clean ocean winds whipping in from the four

quarters of the globe -the ship beneath me feeling like a living thing

as her engines drive her through the sea.

I like the sounds of the Navy - the pierc ing trill of the

boatswains pipe, the syncopated clangor of the ship's bell on… Continue

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on December 17, 2008 at 11:23pm — 2 Comments

Blue Candle Lighting on Christmas Day...

Candle Pictures, Images and Photos

Have you heard about the "Blue Candle Lighting" being scheduled on Christmas Day? It is a way to honor those Sailors that will not be home for Christmas. What a nice tribute to our Sailors!

Please go to Events and click on Blue Candle Lighting, we are tracking how many candles will be lit in our Sailors' honor and where you are located or use this… Continue

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on December 15, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

Special New Year's Eve Plans? Resolutions? I want to hear about them! :)

Yes, I know… Christmas has yet to arrive and here I am asking about New Years Eve ☺

I’m a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to social events so I still have nothing on my calendar, but I was wondering if anyone had anything special planned for the eve of the new year… be it with your sailor or maybe even with other N4M members?

What about New Year’s resolutions? I’ll share mine… next year I am going to…. make… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on December 12, 2008 at 6:50pm — 6 Comments

Look What our "Adopt a Sailors" are doing. Rock on USS Rodney M. Davis!


9. Everett-Based Frigate Captures Cocaine Worth $90 Million

(EVERETT (WA) HERALD 08 DEC 08) ... Jackson Holtz

EVERETT - A Navy frigate based in Everett on Friday captured a fishing vessel

in the eastern Pacific that military officials say was carrying more than 4

metric tons of cocaine valued at more than $90 million.

The USS Rodney M. Davis, home-ported in Everett, was working with the U.S.

Coast Guard and the Joint Interagency… Continue

Added by diane {Shawns mom} on December 9, 2008 at 2:42pm — 11 Comments


Every mom has given us the gift of their child serving our great country. A gift of pride, of tears, of loneliness, of sacrifice, a gift we all share and cherish. The wives and husbands and children, the aunts and uncles and grandparents, the girlfriends and boyfriends and fiances, all too have given the gift of supporting their service member. A gift of the heart. I thank you all for that gift.

Our sailors give of the gift of liberty, of our rights as citizens, of freedom to speak… Continue

Added by Anti M on December 9, 2008 at 1:03pm — 1 Comment

My FIRST EVER NavyForMoms Meet and Greet!!

Saturday morning and I was a little nervous about this first meeting and wondered how well it would go. Would everyone that had RSVP-ed for the breakfast Meet & Greet show up? And if so, how friendly would they all be? And, more importantly, would Elle, the new Navy For Moms Admin and my "surprise" special guest be able to make it with her busy schedule? Could we plan another get together?

The answers? Yes, very friendly, yes and yes. Everyone who had RSVP-ed showed up at… Continue

Added by Sherry James on December 8, 2008 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Go Navy Beat Army - It's Game Day!

081111-N-9150R-251 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 11, 2008) Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) spell out "Go Navy Beat Army!" on the flight deck to cheer on the midshipmen in the upcoming 109th Army-Navy college football game. The teams of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy will meet Dec. 6 in Philadelphia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Rasmussen… Continue

Added by Sue S on December 6, 2008 at 8:02am — 1 Comment

Christmas in the Navy ... The Great Christmas Road Trip

This is in memory of my brother, who just passed away yesterday.

I had spent my first Christmas in the Navy in bootcamp. We did get to open cards and the chow hall served a nice feast. Pretty boring day. However, my next Christmas was in Great Lakes while I was still in A school. I was a petty officer third class by then; this is when the ET schools awarded the crow at ten weeks. I decide to fly home for Christmas. I knew my parents weren't there, Dad was still working in Saudi and… Continue

Added by Anti M on December 5, 2008 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

ok, first Holiday in the bag...

Well, Jay left for boot Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I received the 2 second phone call at 2:30 am when he hit Great Lakes - and when I woke up in the morning, I wasn't sure if I had dreamt the call or if it actually occurred.

Friends had us over on Thanksgiving so that we weren't home alone (one daughter is in NY, the other is in another town here in FL). My sister decided we should have a family Thanksgiving on Saturday... all was well until I realized I had set an "extra" place at… Continue

Added by Suzanne on December 2, 2008 at 4:32pm — No Comments

December 24th Graduation

I am very new to thisand was wondering if anyone has a recruit graduating from Great Lakes on Dec 24th and will you be traveling to graduation??

Added by Barb (Jordan's mom) on December 2, 2008 at 12:50pm — 5 Comments

Thanksgiving at Goose Creek, Nukes

We had 13 sailors show up for our Thanksgiving dinner 2008! They started arriving around noon, and we finally said goodnight at 10 pm. (The parents were ready for bed!)
It was the usual turkey, ham, potatoes, corn, stuffing, and family creamed onions. However, to share your sailor's time was precious.
Thanks for the memories and thanks to the villas for a great place to stay.

Added by carols_kitchen on December 1, 2008 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Holiday Question for our Maryland, Virginia, and DC Moms

Hi Moms-

Just wondering if you or any other local N4M's are planning on hosting a Sailor for the holidays, or planning on ‘giving back’ in other ways in your hometown. If so, Elle S. and I would love to talk to you! Please let us know what you are up to! :) CC

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on December 1, 2008 at 4:32pm — 3 Comments

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