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In letters to my recruit, I like to include atleast one motivational quote or a simple personal inspiration from me for my daughter to reflect upon. I thought it would be neat if we all had a place to share and collect motivations and inspirations from other Navy Moms.


Here are a few I've sent lately:  


"I sprinkle, love, positive energy and happy thoughts all over these pages when I tuck them inside the envelope."



"Each day that you awaken at boot camp, you are one step closer to your goal!"


"You are a role model to many back home who love and admire you."  





I would love to hear what you all have sent to your own recruits. 


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I receive a daily inspirational quote from "Walk the Talk" google it. They have some really inspirational things quotes, patriotic, leadership, etc. I've sent my son a few of those. He seems to enjoy them. I also print funny road signs and cartoons from Funny Junk and Jokes Gallery and slip them in a letter or card. He said that he got a kick out of those and passed them around to other recruits for a chuckle.
Our son is the sailor. I used to google Mom/son songs, copy and print them off. Also did a couple of our favorite contemporary Christian rock songs too
anything you write is always welcome! i love you and i am proud of you is good enough! speak from the heart, use your own words. but my favorite bible passage is Philippians 4: 13 I can do anything through Christ, who strenthens me. Try it.
I constantly and consistantly told my sailor that I am proud of him. I still tell him, every time he calls I tell him. I re-assure him that he is doing an amazing thing and that he is loved, cherished and supported. I really believe that this keeps him going. We miss eachother dearly and throughout our entire relationship we have always been sure to tell eachother when we are proud of each other. And so, because I am always proud of him, i tell him. Tell her the things that you have always told her, remind her of the love she has back home and that it is always with her. This may be a little weird between a mother and a daughter but at the end of every letter to my fiance and from him we always said something like "sweet dreams...i will meet you tonight at ____" and put a place that we have a specific memory of with eachother. idk, he said all that stuff really helped. So I really think that saying things that you always say will help her. :)
When my son was in boot camp, I ended all of my letters to him with this quote,
"Tough times never last, tough people do."
He said he always like that, and shared it with others. It helped get him through it.
I sent my first letter today to my 21 year old son. When he was little he liked to watch An American Tail in that movie there was a song called "Some where out there". I loved that song I used the last part of the song to end my letter ''it helps to think we"re sleeping underneath the same big sky' I hope he enjoys it. and knows what it is from.
The Lighthouse Depot, has a little Faberge-like egg, that opens up to reveal the Cape Hatteras lighthouse (the one most people recognize) and it plays "Somewhere Out There" when it opens. Reminds me of my own little (heck, shes bigger than I am! Of course at 5'3", so are most second graders!) sailor!
that is so sweet cari. i cried when i read this. I am sure he will LOVE IT!
"There are three kinds of people in this world. Those who watch what happens, those who MAKE things happen, and those who wonder what the **** happened!"

"I haven't been the same since that house fell on my sister."

"My daughter plays "Gears of War" for REAL! Proud Navy Mom"
He who kneels before God can stand before anything. ~ Do your best and let God do the rest. ~
this was AMAZING.
I sent bible verses that were about courage, Phil 4:13, Jeramiah 29:11-14 but I also sent newspaper clippings of the Philadelphia Eagles bec Jake was in BC during Football season. I told him the same thing you did, that ea day was one day closer to his goal. What an amazing time looking back now that he's at his job in JAX but at the time, you took each day second by second. I encouraged him that the character that he would gain from this experience will take him through a lifetime of ups and downs... he will KNOW he can get through anything. I am in awe of my son and the rest of the soldiers/sailors around the world, past, present and future... amazing.


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