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USS Vella Gulf

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Latest Activity: Aug 26, 2018

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Homecoming party

Started by gnewell Aug 8, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by kim ann on August 7, 2009 at 11:58pm
Ah Valerie! I am sure he has learned to lean on his wife now, or "look" strong for her, but I am also just as sure that he thinks of your advice as the wisest. Plus, you have to know that he may ask less, because of the awesome job you have done in raising him to find and make the appropriate decisions! See, perhaps that is where my boys have made the wrong move, if they come to me, maybe they are not so sure of theirselves just yet?! Of course my two are not yet married either, and I guess that will be different too.
Comment by kim ann on August 7, 2009 at 1:16am
Yes, I think I am becoming more informative than they had hoped for! Both my boys thought they would just go on into the Navy to get away from home (joking) but find that I am closer than they had before!
Yes, if it weren't for mom to always bail them out in the sense of keeping their feet grounded from time to time, I would have to say lifes lessons for them would come at a cost. And Hippmom, you are very correct, it IS nice to feel needed, and so much better when they tell you so! Of course, that comes less as time goes on, just with more meaning when it does!
Comment by kim ann on August 6, 2009 at 12:38am
Welcome in Valerie! Swell to meet another crewmate of our sailors!

I am with all of you too, a 'cruise book'?, hmmm, give them boys an inch of independence and they want to go clear across the world! Well, at least until they run into a panick about something and then all of a sudden we are the next best thing to melted butter! Oh well, I would give in anyway. Guess I shall just make them pose for a few more photos when they are home, only chance I will get! If he ordered one of those books, he'd probably tell me he didn't so I will never see it anyway!
Comment by kim ann on August 1, 2009 at 8:53pm
Oh Victoria! My most humble apologies! I did not know you have had so much going on, I will be keeping you in prayer as well. I know it is so much to be going through, but He does hold the key to you, and will pray that things just start looking up immensely. Perhaps the best opportunity for a job is just around the corner, one that is more fulfilling and better suited, and will support you in more ways. So sorry about all that difficulty.
My other sons ombudsman gave me a Navy number to call, they told me it was a "Peggy", the number is wrong. First, thought I dialed wrong, second time knew it was a wrong number. Called the Navy one back, but was the only number they had. So, at a stand still. Guess I will go to the ombudsman site on here to see if one is available, but I went through the site they gave me first, and my email went through, just no contact. Maybe there isnt one for them now? My son does not know either, and sometimes I think he feels I may make too much problem for him by being in contact. That is not my wish at all! Perhaps I best let it go, too. Will wait to see what my other sons ombudsman tells me. Hope you ladies all have a better and pleasantly enjoyed summer weekend!
Comment by kim ann on July 31, 2009 at 12:22am
I trust all the celebrating has gone on, and on, and on-extended fun is jolly good sport!
Say, I have a question...has anyone ever gotten ahold of the ombudsman for their sailors ship? I was given a number to call, but it wasn't correct. And the Family Support Group only had that one number. I have tried to email the group site, but never get responses back. Is if possible that they do not have an ombudsman?
Comment by kim ann on July 18, 2009 at 2:26pm
I agree, they will all be celebrating, as if needing a reason to enjoy! But you know that his thoughts, no matter how busy he may be, will always turn to home, and that means of YOU dear mom! A most Happy belated birthday to JJ! Thoughts and hugs to you Victoria!
Comment by kim ann on July 11, 2009 at 12:56pm
It is wonderful to know, and eases the fear of who will help take of our little boys and girls! I can rest assured that the homesickness my son feels at times is alleviated by the new family he has now on board!
Hippmom, you can know that MANY of Nicholas's family on board the VG are going to truly miss him too. And many will follow him, and be sharing their experiences. They will remain with him, while not in the physical surroundings, but pester him from time to time via email, etc just the same! Victoria, yes, JJ will have so many there to keep him smiling, lifting him up, caring for him. It is also wonderful that many surrounding him are praying for him. Mike, too, has many a family there to help lift him up (as well as you Sioban) for this 1-yr anniversary stirs up the memories....
Comment by kim ann on July 9, 2009 at 11:51pm
Being on a smaller sized ship than the carriers, I think helps bring that commoradery and close knit relationships amongst them. It is good that they all have one another. What affects one, ends up affecting them all. Does not mean one is weak, just human. And no one likes to see another fellow mate hurting, so they will take them under wing and pick him up, just as he has done for fellowmates in past and future.
Comment by kim ann on July 4, 2009 at 12:41am
Happy 4th all you moms! And a very Happy, fun-filled, and safe 4th to all our sailors! Hoorah!
Comment by kim ann on June 26, 2009 at 12:03am
Ahhh hippmom, sad to see you go, and also wishing the best for Nicholas and you. Please come back and visit from time to time at least....

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