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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 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

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

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John and Yvonne
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John and Yvonne posted a blog post

Yvonne is in rehab center now.

Yvonne is now at Lake Taylor Rehabilitation Hospital. That was our first choice. God answered prayer! Now we need to settle in for how they do things here. She is in room Azalea 23. God is restoring her to health and healing her wounds! She will be evaluated tomorrow and start rehabilitation therapy on Monday.See More
Saturday
belovedbyHim commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Yvonne's surgery today'
"I'm so thankful that surgery is over and praying that this provides Yvonne the relief she has needed!"
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Jan 25
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Yvonne's surgery today'
"Good Morning John - praying that Yvonne is feeling better today and the surgery was successful!"
Jan 25
John and Yvonne posted a blog post

Yvonne's surgery today

Yvonne's surgery went well. Got up today at 3:30 and we're at the hospital at 5:30. Took her to the operating room at 8:00. The procedure started at 9:00 and ended at 1:00. Sarah came down and kept me company all day. Yvonne has been in her room since about 2:30. Having a pretty hard time waking up from the anesthesia. But she is coming around. She ate well when she got to her room. Thank you all for your prayer support and expressions of love. They are so much appreciated!See More
Jan 24
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Update on Yvonne's surgery'
"John - thinking about you and Yvonne as she prepares for surgery tomorrow.  "
Jan 23
Northwoodsmom commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Update on Yvonne's surgery'
"Holding Yvonne and her doctors up in prayer. Praying for you too John that our Lord keeps you strong!"
Jan 12
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) commented on John and Yvonne's blog post 'Update on Yvonne's surgery'
"Praying!"
Jan 12

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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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Yvonne is in rehab center now.

Posted on January 27, 2023 at 11:49pm 1 Comment

Yvonne is now at Lake Taylor Rehabilitation Hospital. That was our first choice. God answered prayer! Now we need to settle in for how they do things here. She is in room Azalea 23. God is restoring her to health and healing her wounds! She will be evaluated tomorrow and start rehabilitation therapy on Monday.

Yvonne's surgery today

Posted on January 24, 2023 at 9:49pm 4 Comments

Yvonne's surgery went well. Got up today at 3:30 and we're at the hospital at 5:30. Took her to the operating room at 8:00. The procedure started at 9:00 and ended at 1:00. Sarah came down and kept me company all day. Yvonne has been in her room since about 2:30. Having a pretty hard time waking up from the anesthesia. But she is coming around. She ate well when she got to her room. Thank you all for your prayer support and expressions of love. They are so much appreciated!

Update on Yvonne's surgery

Posted on January 11, 2023 at 9:31pm 7 Comments

Please pray for us. Yvonne goes in for surgery to fuse the vertebrae right above where the last one began with the others. The surgery is on January 24th at 0730 in the morning. Please pray for Dr. Shuff as well and his surgical team.

Decision made about surgery

Posted on January 6, 2023 at 10:50pm 2 Comments

We told the doctor this morning that we want to go ahead with the surgery. His nurse said they would be getting back to us with details about scheduling. Please keep us in prayer, as we know you already have been, and we thank you for that. You will never know how grateful we are for your love and prayer support!

Results from Yvonne's MRI and Surgeon's visit

Posted on January 4, 2023 at 11:49pm 3 Comments

We finally saw doctor today and got the results of Yvonne's MRI. The level above where the surgeon fused her spine has some serious stenosis in it and is causing her set back. The doctor suggested there were a few things that could be done, but none of them would solve the problem. The most viable option is another surgery to decompress the nerves at that level and connect it to the area done before. It would be a much shorter surgery - only two to three hours versus 13 hours…

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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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