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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  

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**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.

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John and Yvonne
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belovedbyHim commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Update on Yvonne's Recovery Situation'
"Thank you for sharing John.  We continue to lift Yvonne up in prayer."
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B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Update on Yvonne's Recovery Situation'
"I am so sorry to hear of the setbacks Yvonne has been experiencing.  This has definitely been a long difficult process for her.  I truly hope they can figure out what's causing these issues when they do the new MRI.  You both…"
Friday
John and Yvonne posted a blog post

Update on Yvonne's Recovery Situation

As most of you who are following my posts about Yvonne, she had a set back a couple of months ago. Dr. Shuff sent her for a CT Myelogram which came back clear except for the top two vertebrae. So he ordered an MRI to check out those levels. Unfortunately, when she went for the MRI lying on her back hurt so much she couldn't lay still so they sent us home. So the Doctor has ordered another MRI under IV sedation. But that probably won't be until the middle of December. Until then we simply wait.…See More
Friday
belovedbyHim commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Update on Yvonne's Myelogram procedure'
"Praying for answers and for God's guidance as you deal with all this.  May Christ be your source of Strength, Comfort and Peace as you wait for appointments and deal with the results."
Nov 17
Mississippi Mom commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Update on Yvonne's Myelogram procedure'
"Praying for the pain to cease, and complete healing for Yvonne, and for strength for John, you as you continue to wait on her and be her caregiver and support. "
Nov 8
MomofJoseph commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Update on Yvonne's Myelogram procedure'
"I pray often for Yvonne to be healed.  I look forward to hearing good news SOON!  "
Nov 8
John and Yvonne posted a blog post

Update on Yvonne's Myelogram procedure

Update on Yvonne's Recovery...On the 19th of October Yvonne had a CT Myelogram of her back to find out what is happening that may have caused the set back she experienced in her recovery about six weeks ago. We went to OBICI Hospital in Suffolk for the earliest appointment we could get. The procedure was very painful for her. But she got through it. Last week we saw Dr. Shuff, her surgeon, and he said she got "high marks" on her myelogram. It was clear, with no impingements. However, they…See More
Nov 7
John and Yvonne posted a blog post

Update on Yvonne's CT Myelogram on Wednesday

Update on Yvonne's test on Wednesday...We arrived at the OBICI Sentara Hospital in Suffolk at 7:00 in the morning. They started prepping her for the procedure at a little after 8:00. There were two parts: The injection of the dye in her spine and x-rays in various positions, and then the CT scan again in various positions. The positioning and injection of the dye was very painful for her. But she came through it ok. The CT scan wasn't bad she said. But then she had to lay flat on her back for…See More
Oct 20

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A little about me:
I'm a retired Navy chaplain. And Yvonne is the wife of a retired Navy chaplain. :) Together we spent twenty years in the military. I spent ten years as a chaplain, and prior to that, ten years as an electronics technician.

Yvonne and I open our home to young military men and women stationed in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. We like to think of our home as a "home away from home" for servicemen and women.

I originally joined the Navy right out of high school and went to boot camp in San Diego, CA. I came into the Navy thinking I wanted to be an electronics technician on a nuclear powered submarine..

In ET "A" School I discovered I really wasn't interested in electronics and my grades showed it. So I spent the next six years as an electronics technician stationed on a satellite communications station in Hawaii. Six months into that tour Yvonne and I got married and she became a Navy wife.

After my tour of duty I got out, went to Bible College and Seminary, and put my paperwork in to become a chaplain. I was commissioned as an Ensign and served for seven years in the reserves, and then on active duty again. The Navy sent me back to Hawaii. "Aw shucks..."

We've been in Virginia Beach for a little over sixteen years now, ministering to servicemen and women and their families, in our home.

Anyway, that's a little bit of our story. Check out our web site and blog if you want to know more...
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Update on Yvonne's Recovery Situation

Posted on November 25, 2022 at 12:34am 3 Comments

As most of you who are following my posts about Yvonne, she had a set back a couple of months ago. Dr. Shuff sent her for a CT Myelogram which came back clear except for the top two vertebrae. So he ordered an MRI to check out those levels. Unfortunately, when she went for the MRI lying on her back hurt so much she couldn't lay still so they sent us home. So the Doctor has ordered another MRI under IV sedation. But that probably won't be until the middle of December. Until then we…

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Update on Yvonne's Myelogram procedure

Posted on November 7, 2022 at 9:40pm 6 Comments

Update on Yvonne's Recovery...



On the 19th of October Yvonne had a CT Myelogram of her back to find out what is happening that may have caused the set back she experienced in her recovery about six weeks ago. We went to OBICI Hospital in Suffolk for the earliest appointment we could get. The procedure was very painful for her. But she got through it. Last week we saw Dr. Shuff, her surgeon, and he said she got "high marks" on her myelogram. It was clear, with no…

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Update on Yvonne's CT Myelogram on Wednesday

Posted on October 20, 2022 at 8:19pm 2 Comments

Update on Yvonne's test on Wednesday...



We arrived at the OBICI Sentara Hospital in Suffolk at 7:00 in the morning. They started prepping her for the procedure at a little after 8:00. There were two parts: The injection of the dye in her spine and x-rays in various positions, and then the CT scan again in various positions. The positioning and injection of the dye was very painful for her. But she came through it ok. The CT scan wasn't bad she said. But then she…

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Prayer Request for Yvonne 10-10- 22

Posted on October 10, 2022 at 10:19pm 1 Comment

Prayer Request for Yvonne...



I hope those of you who are holding Yvonne up in prayer are not getting tired of my posts and in praying for her. Anyway, please pray for Yvonne. We had a wonderful weekend participating in the Freedom Outreach International Ministry to the Military Warrior's Connection Conference in Hampton without a lot of pain. However, today she has been hurting a LOT! Whenever she gets up to walk around the house she hurts so much she cries.…

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New Prayer Request for Yvonne!!

Posted on October 1, 2022 at 1:56pm 3 Comments

Prayer request for Yvonne!



After 8 months of what we hoped was recovery and healing...and God has done some awesome things! We thank Him for everything that He has blessed us with in her recovery so far. Last Saturday was the last day we walked around part of the lake near our house. Sunday evening at home she was walking around the house, I was behind her, and all of a sudden, her legs just gave out under her. She was able to get herself back up again. But that…

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At 5:09am on August 27, 2021, LilDsmom said…

Hi John and Yvonne, this is LilDsmom again I just read your profile and realized your no longer in hawaii but also your in ministry like my husband and I we're both Pastors and I certainly don't believe in coincidence so I appreciate you reaching out and hope we can stay in touch, and I don't know where my son will be stationed after he finishes BC but if he's near you guys I'll certainly put him in contact with you. Thank you

At 4:30am on August 27, 2021, LilDsmom said…

Hi John and Yvonne, first let me apologize for my delayed response my daughter just arrived from the mainland with my grandchildren and were getting settled. Keaau is located on Hawaii Island, or the the big Island as everyone calls it. Are you guys still living here ?

At 11:45am on April 16, 2021, SavedByGrace said…

Thank you for the friend request! I'm a newbie in here....my son just passed his MEPS. I just want to learn and know as much as I can about the Navy and what my son is about to become a part of and experience.

At 6:15pm on December 8, 2019, NJNavyMom said…

Hi!

 Thanks for adding me  

My son was in Little Creek and is now teaching at the schoolhouse. He will probably be back in a few years. 

At 10:36am on November 22, 2019, ShipOfDoodles said…

Hello, John and Yvonne-

Thank you for reaching out. My son is likely to be in Goose Creek, SC for around 18 months or so (if all goes well!), so not likely he will be in Norfolk anytime soon. Nonetheless, when my father was in the Navy in the early 50's (Little Creek), there was a wonderful couple who had him (and fellow sailors) over numerous times. The support was wonderful for him! Best wishes to you this holiday season and thank you for all you do!

At 5:32pm on June 14, 2019, AnnieKay said…

Hi. My son said he might be interested, so could you send me your cell number so I can text it to him? Thanks so much. He's on the USS Bataan. How would he get to your house? He's thinking of buying a bicycle, as the base is so big. Thanks again. 

At 11:54am on February 1, 2019, Rain said…

Hi Yvonne! Thank you so much for checking on us. My nephew graduated boot camp on Jan. 4th. We went up for four day's and had an awesome time with him. He proposed to his girl that weekend on top of the Willis Tower. It was perfect. Right now he is in A school at Great Lakes for about 8 months and then to Virginia or San Diego for C School for FC. Not sure as of yet where he will go. I know at this point he is hoping for some place WARM! Poor Florida boy is having a hard time in that cold.

Thank you so much,

Rain

At 11:42am on January 28, 2019, NAVYMOMK said…

YES --- Thank you!!!   I received message but just getting to computer today to respond      sending a PM 

At 9:14am on January 21, 2019, Bandmom said…

Hello Yvonne and John,

Thank you for asking about my sailor.  He is doing very well on the ship.  In fact he was just named Junior Sailor of the Quarter!  He has been deployed since Oct. 19, and they have only visited 1 port.  He does truly enjoy his job, so doesn't mind being out to sea.  We do get to talk to him about once every 3 weeks for a short conversation.  Unless they are running silent which they seem to do quite a bit.  Then we don't even get an e-mail.  As the end gets closer, I am getting excited to see him.  Now we are just trying to figure out how do we get on base to welcome home the ship!

At 11:25am on November 29, 2018, NikkiKL said…

Hi there, Yvonne & John!

Thank you for the message and the kind invitation extended to my son. He's not having the best of times right now and it may be good for him to get out to some normal surroundings. I'll be sure to pass on your invitation to him and I'll get back to you. 

Thanks again for the kind offer.

 
 
 

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