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

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At 4:10pm on February 10, 2011, jenj said…
Sandy, I'm happy to hear from you! We're driving ourselves crazy with worry, afraid she's getting discouraged.
At 10:58am on February 8, 2011, Mary Garner said…


   My son is doing okay. I have received letters from him and a phone call last week. It was good to hear his voice but he said that he had been sick and had had a headache for a week. He use to get migraines bad enough to make him ill so I am just a bit concerned about him. Although God IS answering prayer! He has met a good friend and is enjoying some aspects so far and looking forward to others.

   We are hanging in there. We have other issues we are contending with besides being empty nesters, but we'll get through. We always do!

   Thanks for asking. I hope all is well you and yours as well. Take care and God bless!

At 6:25pm on January 27, 2011, Mary Garner said…
A BIG thank you, Sandy!
At 12:41am on January 27, 2011, Mary Garner said…

Sandy, thank you very much! I am sure with what you told me that you understand all too well! Our son went to christian schools up through the 7th grade and then I home schooled him the rest of the years until he graduated.

I knew it was going to be rough on him but I don't think he was prepared at all! Oh well, we try don't we?

Thank you again. It is encouraging to be able to talk to someone and to hear about others.

At 9:41am on December 18, 2010, diannep said…

Sandra:  SO sorry to read the post about your hubby's brother...will be praying...

At 4:27pm on October 14, 2010, Joan F said…
Hey Sandy, just found out that Matt is going to go to FMTB training after he graduates at Camp Pendelton in So Cal for like 2 months where they train with the Marines to take care of stuff that happens in combat and train with the Marines. After that he will be stationed in Nevada at a Naval Airbase in a clinic for 2 years. He is not sure if he will be a grad n go and not be able to come home until after the training. Not sure when he will find out. So he will be about 4 hours away, def driving distance. He is disappointed as wanted to go FMF and be assigned to a Marine group and go on the green side, but am glad that so far he is staying blue. He asked me if I prayed that he wouldn't get it and told him I just prayed that God would have his orders reflect what he wants for Matt, he wasn't happy about that. Meggie should be coming up for Thanksgiving and expect that her bf will ask her daddy for permission to marry his daughter. Wow life is changing fast.
Hope that your son will finish his ATT soon and get started on A school without too much delay. Is he ready for the winter there? I grew up in Minnesota but not near that big of a lake so don't know how that would be for windchill. Take care Joan
At 7:45pm on October 7, 2010, Joan F said…
Hey Sandy, how are you and your family? Talked with Matthew last nite he had a lab on bleeding. They had a scenario where the person had a wound in his neck which Matt had to put pressure on and a whole bunch more wounds. Matt said he had a bunch of fake blood all over him but he is liking it. He said he should get his orders next week on the 12th his Dad's birthday so should know if he gets to come back to Cali.
How is Brandon doing? Will he get to come home for Christmas? Matt should graduate from A school Dec 3, then he wants to wait a few weeks before coming home so he will be home for Christmas.
Meghan is bringing her boyfriend up our way but he will have Thanksgiving dinner with his Grandma who is dying. I am trying to get our family to celebrate it on fri as I work Thanksgiving this year.
Well hope you all are doing well, talk to you later. Joan
At 4:38pm on September 16, 2010, lori said…
Hey Sandy- it was good to see your email. I've been so busy at work that by the time I come home I try and check my email but I'm having a hard time keeping up with the AECF site! I had to go back 5 pages!
I don't like to use this for emailing as i have found the same thing. Glad to see Benden is doing well. Paul just called me and I could hear most of what he said! That boy needs do a better job of not mumbling! Plus it's always noisy in the back ground. I constantly have to ask him to repeat what he just said! But things seem to be going well. I booked a flight to go and see him Columbus Day weekend. I can't wait! I miss him a lot. It seems so long ago since i've seen him.
I will have to ask Paul about "gaming" or at least what does he do with his free time. Since he has night classes I don't know when his free time is that he's not sleeping! But he also loves being where he is. I was asking him about C school and what he wants to do. He said if you choose where you want to go then if you get that you may not get what you want to do- or the other way round. Seems the Navy ultimately makes the choice for you.
I hope you get this! let me know.
At 2:55pm on September 16, 2010, Tobianne said…
Yes that is all I guess I can do at this point... I am hoping she sends a letter out, have not gotten a letter since last week either.
Thank you for the prayers.
At 5:53pm on September 8, 2010, lori said…
So Brenden feels like a "old" sailor now! Funny how once BC is over they really don't mind the "other" side!
I hope they do move him to the Franklin. Paul has an opening in his room! It is a much nicer and more relaxed ship- everyone wants to be there from what Paul said. He's enjoying A school. He likes going at night as he's not a morning person. I talked to him briefly when I took a 10 min break at work [ that's all I got today it was so busy!] he said it's getting cold there and wants me to send sweatshirts to him.

Have you sent any clothes to Brenden? Will you try and go see him or just wait for Christmas?
How is he doing with ATT?

got to go and make dinner-
At 11:32am on September 1, 2010, AmyTX said…
As time gets closer for him to leave, I'm sure I will feel different but for know I'm excited and looking forward to this time in my sons life. Hopefully he will be able to handle bootcamp! He can be a big baby at times - but seriously, I know he will do fine. How about your son? Those are some great pictures of you and your family!
At 9:02pm on August 17, 2010, diannep said…
You're welcome. She's good about getting back to people.
At 7:44pm on August 17, 2010, diannep said…
Sandy, I looked up Hoppi aka Angie in the "Members" section at the top. Her name came right up. You can send her a message that way. She may not see your post on 8/13 right away. Just put that in the search box under members.
At 7:21pm on August 17, 2010, LTLY said…
Hi Sandy,
we have made our travel arrangements, guess it helped me get through some of those harder days to plan. I considered flying into Milwaukee, but because we have so many family members flying up, we all are meeting up in Chicago. Luckily we are flying in rather early so maybe we will miss most of the traffic. We are doing well, but glad we have some days behind us. Those were hard days. Now we have some momentum built to get us through the weeks to come until PIR 10/1/10.
Thanks for your message!
At 8:03pm on August 15, 2010, diannep said…
Love the picture, Sandy~ Aren't you just SO PROUD after all he went through?
At 4:24pm on August 14, 2010, Tobianne said…
Thank you so much, I know she just has to realize this herself.
At 11:50pm on August 12, 2010, CTIgirl said…
Awww thank you Sandy, you don't know how much that means to me. Hopefully I will be moving to Great Lakes at the end of this month and they have already said that they will move everything for me so I'm happy about that, and I will be leaving on Feb. 1, 2011
At 10:01pm on August 12, 2010, Joan F said…
Hey Sandy sounds like you had a mini boot camp experience yourself. I'm sorry you had such a crazy time getting there. We had a few scares ourselves. When we tried to print out our boarding passes it only showed one open seat. We then called the airlines and they said that the SanFran airport controls half of the seats aboard the plane. We had to drive to pick up my brother-in-law to drive us to the airport which is about 11/2 hours away from us.
Then we got lost on the way but luckily had left early so we were at the airport in plenty of time. When we got there they said we would get our seats at the gate. We went through security which took no time at all but my husband was wearing a sling so they made him go to the side after he went through the detector and get swabbed and have his sling checked. Meanwhile I had to get all the bags and such myself. When I put them near him they said I needed to stay back from him. They swabbed his sling with a paper then finally let us go. When we got to the gate they said they would call our names and we were the last confirmed but not assigned seats. They had overbooked our flight by at least 20 people.
Now when they called our names they had assigned us to an exit row so they had to rearrange it as said we couldn't sit there as his arm in sling and would have to be able to open door in case of emergency. So feel your pain girl. Will keep in touch as you girls have made such an impact on my life. Take care and talk to you soon. Joan
At 10:30am on August 12, 2010, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
Hi Sandy, read that your son is going to be an FC and wanted to invite you to join us at:
It is an active group for families of ETs and FCs. son is an FC and is stationed in Hawaii and my hubby was an FC for 10 years as well. Great rate!
At 8:58am on August 12, 2010, Danyle :) said…
Hey sandy, i got a 3 minute call yesterday. hope you got one too!

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