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December 2010 Blog Posts (94)

Letters from T

I got my first few letters from Tim today and I wanted to share how he is doing...


He got the Master at Arms position which is a very good thing! Says it comes with a little bit more freedom and he does not have to clean, just has to make sure the other recruits do what they are suppose to.... Said the Chief told the other guys in his DIV that if Tim gives an order it may as well come from him [the chief] and they better listen! He is so excited about that! Says he has made a… Continue

Added by just a girl with a broken heart on December 31, 2010 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

No letter yet?

Hello everyone, new mom here to this site.  Our son left on the 14 of Dec.  He does not want us to write to him until we receive a letter from him.... Everyone on here, it seems, has written to their sons by now and I'm not sure if I should send the letters out or not.  Do they have to read them in front of everyone???  Just wondering?   Any thoughts on if I should send out the letters or should I wait.  Thanks

Added by Jody ( ship09 Div 078) on December 30, 2010 at 11:22pm — 3 Comments

Hi everybody, I'm really glad I found this site to talk and let out my concerns, or questions, my son is in the first of 6 months overseas, this is his first, and I sometimes miss him soo much, but t…

Hi everybody, I'm really glad I found this site to talk and let out my concerns, or questions, my son is in the first of 6 months overseas, this is his first, and I sometimes miss him soo much, but then I think how much he wanted to do this, and we have no choice but to be proud and grateful and pray for their safety, and safe return. Continue

Added by Kiki's mom on December 30, 2010 at 8:20pm — 2 Comments

Havent recieved a letter from my brother:(

He left on the 14th, and we only got the box and the letter with his graduation info

last week, i thought we were going to get a letter this week, its thursday

and nothing yet. should i be worried.?

I really miss him, and wanna hear from him.…


Added by Nancy Ship09 Div078 on December 30, 2010 at 7:25pm — 4 Comments

Down to one hand...

Well, we're down to counting the days till our son leaves on one hand.  I can't believe how close it is.  He enlisted six months ago, and we thought we had so much time with him...huh.  We're so greatful that we could celebrate his 21st birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the new year.  So much kept my mind busy, now I'm afraid that when he's gone, all will be too calm with nothing to occupy my thoughts.  He is so excited to go and begin his new journey.  His focus and drive has kept me… Continue

Added by AJVNavyMom on December 30, 2010 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment

Insensitive People

Why are there such insensitive people?  Yesterday, I ran into a person who I know (not exactly a friend) and I told him about my son joining the Navy.  He immediately said you know they are going to send him to Afghanistan and hopefully he won't get shot.  I was stunned.  Why would this man say this to a Mom?  I had no idea how to respond, so I just walked off without a response.  I cried all the way home.  When I got home, I called my husband.  He assured me that I had nothing to worry…


Added by GoatLady (USS Theodore Roosvelt) on December 30, 2010 at 9:04am — 12 Comments

PIR: Places To Stay & Link To "PIR DEBRIEFING" - a very useful discussion.

Here is a discussion with lots of useful information on PIR.

I have summarized information on where to stay:

From Andie3 on December 14, 2010

We stayed at the Country Inn and…


Added by BunkerQB on December 30, 2010 at 1:04am — 12 Comments


when we go to PIR, is there any way to find our division when we are trying to find our place to sit, is the siting divided up to let us know ware to sit so we can be in front of our division? I don't want to sit on one side and my daughter is all the way on the other side. How early should we start to line up at the gate that morning, we are going to stay in Deerfield.

Added by scuttlebutt1015 on December 30, 2010 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

finally got letters from my son ship9 divison069

got my first 2 letters today to emotional to write just wanted to let you all know

Added by proud mom of matt ship9 div069 on December 29, 2010 at 7:37pm — 2 Comments

helpHELP any one

my son called they r sending home from great lakes he doesn't know what for sure is his fate---he did not tell on his application that when he was younger he had asthma he is so upset!! what is going to happen he does not want to leave the navy!!!

Added by gerianne on December 29, 2010 at 4:10pm — 5 Comments

who is out there?

Is there any one out there that has a child in ship 12 division 037 that has PIR on 1/7/11? I am so exited to see my daughter I can pee my pants. I'm going to need a depends that day. Any body from Texas? It has been a very long and hard road for me, I cry every day. You know, first child away for a long period of time with out talking to her. We use to talk every day (or text). But soon to be over, at A school she gets to have her cell phone, so that will make me feel better.:)

Added by scuttlebutt1015 on December 28, 2010 at 11:11pm — No Comments


If I am traveling by Train, can anyone tell me what town I need to arrive in?

Added by Laurie on December 28, 2010 at 9:53pm — No Comments





Added by athumper1969 on December 28, 2010 at 5:07pm — 3 Comments

Is going crazy...

My husband and I just got married in September and soon after he was shipped away to basic training. I've barely heard from him and when I do it feels like I'm more heart broken than when I haven't heard from him. I'm trying so hard to be supportive but I feel like I'm the wife lost and forgotten at home while he's out doing a new adventure. I know in my head and in my heart that he loves me and is doing this more for…


Added by SailorsWife'10 on December 28, 2010 at 3:07pm — 9 Comments

Still Waiting

Well we are still waiting for a phone call or a personal letter.  We did receive our PIR letter a week ago.  She has been gone for two weeks now and I miss her. 


Christmas was so sad.  We have never been apart for this long, with no contact.  I miss talking and texting with her.


I keep reading the forums and understand that no news is good news as far as how she is doing. 


I went to the mail box today and still no letter…


Added by O_Mom on December 27, 2010 at 2:59pm — 11 Comments

Missing Him Dearly, But Supporting Him From Home

My son left Dec. 8, 2010 to bc (Great Lakes)...and we miss him dearly - We did not get to speak to him during the holidays, but we know he's doing great!  Is there any one who's husband,son, brother or friend in Ship 4 Div 804???

Graduating 2/11/11?  Have you heard any news I did receive one letter from my Son,but have not heard from him since.  He said he could only write on Sundays.  Free time 7-1300 hrs.... can anyone confirm that they get daily mail??? Thanks, and hope all of you…


Added by Grizel on December 27, 2010 at 2:27pm — 3 Comments

I'm a wreck!

I'm a wreck and he hasn't even left yet.  And the sad thing is that he probably won't be leaving until June or July.  This whole thing has hit me like a ton of bricks.  He had talked on and off about joining the Navy, but I thought it was just talk because he talked about other options, too.  Then WHAM!  He and his Dad are off to talk to the Recruiter.  I was told "don't worry, we are just getting information."  Next thing I know, he has decided to join the Navy and the ton of bricks have…


Added by GoatLady (USS Theodore Roosvelt) on December 27, 2010 at 10:39am — 5 Comments

New Navy Mom looking for guidance

Hi everyone! I am a new Navy (step) Mom and I am new to all this and am looking for some guidance.  My stepson left for boot camp on December 13th.  I recently managed to get his address of his ship from his recruiter and i will be sending my first letter to him.  I was wondering if there is anything else i can mail to him yet or do i have to wait until after boot camp?  Is he able to make phone calls while in bc?  We still haven't received a call from him.  I would love some friendly advice… Continue

Added by justme-n-my3 on December 26, 2010 at 9:53pm — 3 Comments

missing my son

I didn't get a call yesterday from my oldest son.  I hope he wasn't too sad on Christmas.  I cant wait until 1-28-11 to see him at his PIR.  My youngest son leaves tomorrow for his A school in Pensacola, it was great having him home for a few days. But its going to be so sad with both if my son's gone. I am so ready for all this basic training to be over!!!!

Added by luvthemsomuch.shp4div19shp7div55 on December 26, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Yay we qot my bros grad packet on thursday. :)

I am so happy we got a few lines from my bro.

Whatever it is its always good to hear from him.

I hope everyone had a great christmas, I just wish my brother

would of spent it here with us. But anyway, thank you for all your

help everyone thats answer my questions//.…


Added by Nancy Ship09 Div078 on December 26, 2010 at 3:07am — 1 Comment

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