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U miss him more when there's no contact

Wow, it's been over a year since I wrote in this blog.  Thanks to those of you that commented last time, it's nice to hear/read your opinions. 

My son has been in for one and half years.  This August will be 2 years since he left for Chicago.  This journey we're all taking together has been quite amazing.  He's my oldest so he's the first to leave the nest.  It's a proud way to watch your son turn into a man. 

He's out in the Pacific Ocean somewhere for the next six months.  This is his first long deployment.  Sure he's been out a couple of times already, but that was only for about a month or so and it was to tropical, beautiful Hawaii.  :-)  Not bad for the first time out says the Texan who's rarely left home... :-)  (speaking of myself of course)  And like the title says, I feel like I miss him more because I can't just call him whenever I want and it feels different, I was comfortable with the fact that he was in the US, on land, but knowing that he's out on the ocean... on a ship... on the other side of the Earth... knowing that our contact is limited somehow makes it worse.  But aha! there's hope... the ever precious ship to shore card!!  He's actually called us twice since he's been out.  I can only assume that he purchased them because I've only heard about them, never bought any... yet...  

So, I'm sure that a package delivered would be a great thing to get.  I've checked out a site on here about different ideas for themed care packages.  It got my creative flow going!  I'll be mailing him a box soon filled with his favorite snack foods. 

He did say they would be going into port soon and he's looking forward to getting off the ship for awhile.  :-)  He's also looking forward to the local food.  :-)  That's my boy!  Never afraid to try new foods.  The house rule was: "you can't say you don't like it if you've never tried it."  *big cheezy grin*

Well, thanks for listening.  Oh, it's Mother's Day today so...  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL US NAVY MOMS.  THANKS FOR RAISING SUCH GREAT SONS AND DAUGHTERS!! 

~Nancy

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Comment by awhitaker933 on May 13, 2013 at 7:20am

I wish some people would understand that it's not being able to pick up that phone and say I love you or hear his voice that makes me miss him so much more.  No mother's day call...that was hard too.  I am proud of him and all the young men and women who have chosen this path in their lives!!!  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL OF US NAVY MOM'S !

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