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2/5/16 10:35 P

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Hello!

I am new to this team. I've been on SP for about a year now. LOVE it! My son, is a LCpl in the United States Marine Corps. He joined in June, 2013 right out of high school. Currently he is stationed in Chesapeake, Virginia. We live in Connecticut. I'm looking forward to being a part of this team!

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Hi Sonya, and Welcome!

Hard to believe it, but it's been 5 years since I was in your shoes at graduation from MCRD. Quite a ride it was, and I'll always be a proud military mom, even though my son Jeff has been out of active duty for a little more than a year now.

This is a great team, and we've all been there so we understand in ways others cannot. I hope to see you around on the boards, and once again, welcome!

~Sharon









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Hi, I'm Sonya. My son is United States Marine and is currently at his MOS school and as you can see - I am new at this. He is our youngest child (he has 2 older sisters) and this has been an adjustment, not only as an empty nester but also the unknown of where his future will lead.

I have been on Spark only 2 months and am glad to have found this Spark Team.


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Hi Linda and Jane, and Welcome! Sounds like you are both seasoned military moms, and we're glad to have you on the team!

I'm Sharon, and it sounds funny when I say it, but now I am mom to a Marine Corps Veteran! My son Jeff finished up his 4-year commitment serving as an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighter Specialist, stationed for the most part in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. It was good as a mom to know he was in a pretty safe place (not what he assumed he'd get when he signed on!) but still, so far away. He's been home almost a year now and settling in going to school and working full time besides. He's continuing in the firefighting field and recently achieved his EMT. He's married, no kids yet, and living about half an hour away from home -- we couldn't be happier!

Would love to hear more about your kids' stories too! Our main chat thread is a great place to get to know everybody. Hope to see you there!

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Hi, my name is Linda. My son is a Master Sargent stationed at Fort Bragg. He has been deployed so many times I've lost track. He closing in on twenty years. He is married now to a wonderful young woman and they have a daughter. Over the years, especially while he was single, I was the mom who sent the 16 pound boxes of cookies. I knew he shared them but was amazed when my husband and I visited on base. Six different young men thanked me for the packages and went out to dinner with us. Now he is pretty much at Fort Bragg with a wife who keeps him well fed. I was reading some of the blogs about how stressful it is not knowing if or when your child will be deployed. I had to learned early on that he was just as safe overseas as at home because he was in God's hands. God bless you and yours. Linda

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Hi.. My name is Jane.. I have a daughter in the US Air Force and will be retiring in about three years.. She is a Senior Master Sargent.. I ran a Ministry for men and women overseas.. The Church I went to has a new Pastor and he pulled my Ministry because he said it was out dated.. I do not believe it myself.. I am a Leader of a new team but was told about this site.. I live in South Jersey and I love my men and women.. My daughter was in Korea at the DMZ Zone and Saudi.. worked with the Thunderbirds for five years.. That is all you have to transfer.. Her name is on one of the jets.. On our stone that is in place.. My husband put.. Mother of four and Mom to many.. What a surprise.. I have many and that is for sure.. Thanks and God Bless the USA.. In His Love and with Much Grace Just Me Jane

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Welcome, Dawn!

I know the feeling EXACTLY, as my son left for Marine Boot Camp in May 2010. Those 13 weeks were the longest ever. I was so incredibly proud of his decision to serve, but as a mom it was SO hard. This team was a huge help getting through it. I hope you come often and get to know us on the "Chit Chat" thread.

My son just ended his 4-year enlistment a couple of months ago, but I'm hanging around the team anyway -- love the support the Military Mamas and Papas offer in other areas of our lives as well as understanding what nobody else can in regard to having a child who serves.

Hope to see you around the boards, and please thank your son for his service from me!.

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Hi My name is Dawn,
My son is getting ready to enter the Air Force. He will be going in August to San Antonio. I am extremely proud of him and feel that he has made a very good choice for him. I WILL MISS him very much. That is the hardest part because I have not had to really deal with any of the kids moving away so young.


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Welcome Bobbie!

My son is nearby your daughter -- he's a Marine stationed at Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. His enlistment is up in May though, and he has decided not to re-enlist, so soon I'll no longer be a Marine Mom. But I won't be leaving this team, which is so supportive of each other and our lives as military parents. I've come to love these gals, and I know you'll like it here too!

Hope to see you over on the daily chit-chat thread!

~Sharon

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HI! My name is Bobbie and I am a proud Navy Mom!!! My youngest daughter has been in the Navy for 19 months and is a GM. She is stationed in Pearl Harbor and is getting ready for her first deployment.

My boyfriend's youngest son is also a GM in the Navy and he is stationed in Virginia Beach and just got back from his first deployment. Once we move we will actually be able to see him at least once a month, it's only a 2.5 hour drive.

We both just got to spend sometime with both of our Sailors over the New Year. My daughter was home for 12 days and stayed 3 nights with us. And we were in NC for 9 days between Christmas and January for my boyfriend's job, so I surprised him by driving to Virginia Beach and picking his son up and bringing him back with me to spend New Year's eve and New Year's day with us.

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Welcome back John and CONGRATULATIONS. I just saw that ticker and you've lost 71 pounds! That is awesome! emoticon

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10/15/13 11:48 P

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Thought I may have been quiet, I've never forgot my military family!

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Hey, I remember you John! Welcome back!

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10/15/13 11:06 P

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Hi. My name is John. It's been forever since I've been on the site but with winter coming on i could use the motivation to eat healthy and keep on riding .

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5/28/13 12:04 A

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Exciting! Jeff is also coming home for three weeks, in July. It'll be the first time he's been home in two years, although we've gone out to see him twice.

We really both have something to look forward to and be greatful for, don't we?

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Ooh rah!
My son is stationed in North Dakota :) I've seen him twice since he entered two years ago :( however we FaceTime and Skype and text often :) he's coming home for 3 weka this fall!

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5/27/13 12:21 A

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Wow, you've really got all your bases covered! Welcome to the team! I'm Sharon, proud Marine mom to Jeff, stationed at Kaneohe Bay Hawaii.

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hi there EOCROSSFITMOM! emoticon Glad to have you with us!!

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Hi all :) I'm an Air Force mom so I thought I'd join the group. I'm also an Army daughter and Marine Corps veteran. I was also a Navy spouse at one time.

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A warm welcome to all our new members!! Wishing you sons and daughters the very best and hoping we can help to motivate you to in the journey to bewtter health.

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9/26/12 11:20 A

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Congrats Susan on raising such fine young men, and we thank them for their service! Looking forward to getting to know you on the chit-chat board!

My son is a Marine stationed in Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. He's about halfway through his 4-year enlistment and deciding now whether or not he will re-sign when he's done.

Wishing your family the best...and welcome to the team!

~Sharon

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My 2nd son graduated from Ft. Leonard Wood MO last week. He is now at AIT in Texas. My 4th son joined yesterday--passed all his tests and physicals and will ship out January 22nd to Ft. Leonard Wood. My 1st and 3rd are in college and come January, I will *only* have 4 kiddos at home! emoticon

Thanks, Sunny, for the invite!!!!!

Susan--wife to Dennis and mom to 8 super blessings.

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Welcome, 'Sharkey!"

I totally understand how you miss your son. I miss my son like crazy too, for though he's not deployed, he is stationed in Hawaii, so we don't get to see him nearly as often as we wish. But I take comfort that he's not in danger. I will pray for your son that he is safe in his deployment.

Looking forward to getting to know you!

~Sharon



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I have just last week came back to sparkpeople. My son is currently deployed, has been since April 2012. I'm trying to lose about 15-20 lbs, and I need to get busy. He has been working out and is really getting defined muscles & fit. He ask me and my daughter at least once a week if we are working out and sticking to our diets. Hope this site also helps me stay motivated. Miss him like crazy and of course worry about him. emoticon

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Welcome to all of our new members! Glad to have you with us!! emoticon

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Hi Linsey,

Two years ago my son was exactly where yours is now. He did two years of college and his grades were dropping - he lacked motivation and while on campus met up with all the recruiters without us knowing. We knew he always had intended to go into thte military, but we thought it would be either through an ROTC program or AFTER college! Imagine our shock when we discovered he had chosen to go into the Marines instead of his Junior year at college! He was overweight by Marine standards, and while in the pool he worked his butt off. Literally! And he went in on Mother's Day, 2010, and has never regretted it. In fact, about a year ago he married his college sweetheart and they are now living in paradise, as he is stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Best of all, we are firming up plans to go visit them for a week next month! We are so proud of him and all he's achieved.

That's my son's story in a nutshell.....looking forward to hearing yours!

Semper Fi,
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Thank you all so much for the warm welcome today! I am mom to a Marine "Poolee"....my son recently enlisted and is scheduled to go this fall to boot camp. It took us completely by surprise, but we are very proud of him....and, also, mixed emotions....have to admit, also scared. I've never seen him work hard for anything as much as he is prepping himself for this. For that, I am quite proud.

Here on SP, I'm about to celebrate my emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thanks again & looking forward to chatting with all of you on the board here,

Linsey

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Welcome, Kristi! Looking forward to seeing you on the chat board!

My son is a Marine, sounds like he went in about the same time as your son. Jeff is stationed at Kaneohe Bay Hawaii as an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist. I work for an airline, so used my flight benefits to go visit him in September. It's awesome being in that atmosphere.

Everybody on this team is so special....I think you'll like it here!

~Sharon

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Shouting out a big WELCOME to all the new Military Mamas and Papas! Wishing you a great time with us and praying for all your children serving!!

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Hi all, I just got news that my niece and her little one will be home in a couple of weeks for good. I guess I better babyproof ALOT better! They will live with us for awhile until she gets on her feet and maybe until her fiancé comes back from deployment. She will need to transition out of the army and back into the civilian world. My son of course is still serving. He tells me that he was hospitalized last week for a couple of days. Seems like a black widow moved into his Bradley while they were out in the field and he got bit. Four nasty bites which made him extremely sick. He says they cut out big holes from his arm, packed them, sewed them up, and put him on an IV for a couple of days and sent him back out. Of course, he only tells me this once everything is done and over. He says, no big deal, his tatoos are still intact! Arghhh!!! Soldiers! I worried about him in Iraq, I guess I should continue the process now that he is back in the states. On an up note, I bought a new pair of pjs yesterday (size 8/10), they were so cute and I figured I was just dreaming but what the heck! (I usually were a 12). I figured if they didn't fit, I would give them to my daughter. But THEY FIT!!! Who hoooo!!! I love life!

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Hi Wendy, and welcome to the team! We are a super-supportive group of mostly moms (although we do have one dad that occasionally checks in too) who are all going through the same things.

My son Jeff is a Marine stationed in Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. He was recently married to his girlfriend from back home, and this week he is coming home for his wedding reception, and then returning to Hawaii with his bride. (The marriage was on spring break in March, and then she returned home and he returned to the barracks. Now they will finally get to start their lives together!)

I look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your kids. What a great thing you do...sending the care packages. I know it just makes the day of so many soldiers.

~Sharon

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Hello everyone,
I just joined SP last week and was hoping to find a group of military parents. So I guess I found you! As you might have guessed, I am a military parent. My son is a Combat Engineer stationed at Ft. Benning. My niece (who we also raised through high school) is stationed in Bamberg Germany. My husband and I are Navy veterans so it wasn't a surprize when our kids decided to go military. What was a surprize was when they both decided to go Army instead! In all, we have 7 active duty young people in our close family. At the current time, I have 3 blue stars hanging in my window and I hope everyday that they never turn gold. My heart goes out to the families of our lost soldiers, sailors, and marines. When I was in the service I never really understood what my family went through with us being overseas. I think being a parent has been the toughest duty I have ever stood. Be strong ladies! Our kids (yes they are still kids), need our stability and support. A good day in a soldier/sailor/airman's world is to receive an actual written letter or package. I am known as the cookie mom to my son's platoon. That is because I sent monthly packages of homemade cookies to them from the time they were in AIT, through their tour in Iraq, and up to now. They are looking at deploying again soon and the boxes will continue. Even though I am not eating them, the guys and gals love them. So, send your loved one a card, letter, or package today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and God bless.

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Hi and welcome to Military Mamas and Papas! It's great to have you woith us!!

Flowingwater (awesome username) I very much felt like you when my son decided to join the Army!! He served for four year with a tour in Iraq and was home for a while. After a year home he has re-enlisted and will be back on active duty in Nov. We may not always like there decitions but in the end we feel very proud of them for doing what they really want to do, serve this great country of ours!! May your son be blessed and best of luck in his new career!!

Hi Branijo71. Please thank your son for his service. I am so happy you are able to talk to him once ina awhile even thoug he is so far! It must be comforting!! Wishing him the best and praying for a safe return!

This is an awesome team and you will find plenty of supprot here so go ahead and join in on the thread!! We will be glad to here how spark is working for you!!



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Just wanted to say hello. Joined Spark in May. Love it.. just need to stick with it. I am a military mom. I have 5 children. My oldest, Curtis, is in the Army. He did his basic at Fort Bragg, his AIT at Fort Eustis, is currently stationed at Fort Cambell and is serving over in Afghanistan as we speak. Hopefully, he'll be coming home in February. He was married in August. We love our new daughter in law. He's anxious to come home. Thank the Lord for modern technology. At least we can chat through Facebook once in awhile. It's an honor to be in a group with so many others who serve. Thank you all and your soldiers. It's nice to meet you!!

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Thanks for the welcome. emoticon

Let's see...my son's story...

Well, he has always been into shopping at the Army Surplus store, so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. After high school, he knew he wanted to go to college, but he was frustrated by all the paperwork and stuff. He also couldn't figure out what he wanted to do. Every time he looked into the details of a job, it turned out to be really boring.

He had a couple friends in the Navy, and they convinced him to take the ASVAB (I think that's the test). He scored really high, like the 98th percentile, so the Navy Recruiter was really pushing for him to join the Nuclear Program. They offered him a nice enlistment bonus, plus even better re-enlistment bonuses, his college would be paid for, and the job would be exciting. I can see why that appealed to him. Plus, he would be on a carrier or a sub, not on the ground somewhere, so it was relatively safer. I gotta admit, it does seem like a pretty sweet deal. He is already reaping the benefits, coming out of boot camp as an E-3.

Anyway, that's his story. Though the thought of him going into the service really scared me at first, I think the Navy is a really good fit for him. He seems happy, and proud of being a sailor. Ultimately, I want him to be happy, so if this path makes him happy, it works for me. I am so very proud of him, as well. emoticon

It is HARD not to see them, isn't it? I'm glad my son at least has a cell phone, now, so we are at least in contact. Congratulations on your son's recent marriage. August is only a couple months away, now... emoticon

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Hi there! So happy to see another new face! You will find this team to be so supportive and helpful....I think you will love it here.

My son is a Marine stationed in Kaneohe Bay Hawaii as an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist. I haven't seen him since New Years Eve, when he reported to his new base after being home on leave over Christmas. This is the longest I've ever gone without seeing him, and it's HARD! But it's good to know he is safe. He was recently married too. His girlfriend from back home flew out for spring break and they were married on the beach. Then she came home.... but we are in the middle of wedding reception plans, and he'll be home in mid-August to celebrate. After that, my new daughter-in-law will return to Hawaii with him to start their life together. It was hard to accept at first - they are so YOUNG! But the idea has grown on me and I'm pretty excited for them.

What's your son's story?

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Hi everyone,

My son just graduated Navy Boot Camp last weekend. When he first told us he was joining the Navy, it was one of my worst fears realized. As a mom of three boys, I always worried that they would join the military and be closer to harms way. I'm a little comforted by the fact that my son is going into the Nuclear Program with the Navy. He has two years of school ahead of him and then he'll be on subs. At least he won't be deployed on the ground. My heart goes out to those families who have loved ones who are serving our country in the danger hot spots. I'm sure you must be so very proud of their service, but so worried about their safety as well.

My son is now in South Carolina for school. His boot camp graduation was quite the spectacle and it was great seeing him. The Navy has made him into a man - and a very considerate, respectful, and patient man at that! I'm so very proud of him!!

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HI and welcome to all of our new members!! It's great to have you with us and I hope we can help you in this journey to a healthier you and a Military Mama!! Come join us in the threads!! We are a nice military family and everyone here is very supportive!

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Thanks! And although when he enlisted my son (Jeff) assumed he would be out on the front lines, it hasn't worked out that way for him - he is a Marine Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist, and is currently stationed in Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. So for now anyway, he's living in paradise. He was home for 10 days over the holidays, and reported to Hawaii on New Years Eve. His then-fiance flew out in March and they got married, and now she is back here and he's living in the barracks until their name comes up on the housing list. He's coming home for 2 weeks in August again and we are having a wedding reception, and then his wife is returning to Hawaii with him whether they have a house or not. Once they do get the house, my DH and I will go for a visit. Really looking forward to that!

What is your son's story?

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Thanks so much Sharon and I too want to say a special thanks to your son out on the front lines for all of us. I know ya'll must be extremely proud. Where is he currently stationed and have ya'll been able to see him lately? I will keep jom in my prayers.

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Hi Javajo, and welcome to the team! My son just had his one-year anniversary of leaving for Marine boot camp yesterday. It's been a big year for our family, and I bet yours as well! I think you'll be glad you joined this team....everybody is really great, and we're all going through the same things, so everybody is sympathetic to the feelings of being a military parent.

Congrats to your son. What a noble thing to do - we thank him for his service!

Hope to see you on the message boards!

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Hi all,

Just thought I would introduce myself to the group. I have recently returned to SP after a year absence. I have been adjusting to life as a military mom of a sailor. There is nothing that makes me more proud to see my son follow in my dad's footsteps. While his one year anniversary rolls around in July, I still tend to worry but then it is what I seem to do best. Looking forward to meeting other moms and dads out there. And as we say in the Navy, Hoo Yah!

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Hi and thanks! It's such a small world! My son was also at Goodfellow last summer!

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Hi, and welcome!

My son is also a 22-year-old Marine, same MOS as yours! He left for boot camp one year ago this weekend, graduated from MCRD San Diego last August, went to Goodfellow AFB in Texas for his fire training. He left for Hawaii on New Years Eve, where he is stationed for the next 3 years at Kaneohe Bay.

Our sons are very fortunate....CFR is a very highly sought-after MOS. So congrats to you! And I hope if going to Bahrain is what he wants, that your son is able to do that. I'm sure he knows how proud you are of his decision. The same goes for your future stepsons as well. And let me add my thanks to all of them for their service.

You will love this team....everybody here is so supportive of each other and so appreciative of what our children have volunteered to do for us and our country. Welcome to the team, and I hope to see you around on the boards!

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Hello Everyone!

I've been on Sparks about 2 weeks now. Lost 2 gained 1! lol

I have a 22 year old son who is a Marine, in the reserves. He graduated bootcamp in San Diego Jan 2010, Crash/Fire/Rescue. He just volunteered to deploy to Bahrain, if he gets picked, he goes to training in July. He lives in SoCalif. I live in Oregon. I'm going down to visit him next week. I'm still getting used to the idea of him being a Marine. :(

My fiance has a son who is a Navy Chief, going to Afganistan in July. His youngest son is headed to Navy bootcamp when he graduates high school next month. He signed up for EOD, and is already doing PT everyday with his group. He is very excited.

Me? I'm worn out with worry. lol But, I guess that's what we signed up for when we decided to have kids, huh?!

I hope everyone else's is coping well!





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Hi Mickey and welcome to Military Mamas and Papas!! It's great having you with us and know that we are here to support you as your son continues his journey in the military!! As far as how to cope well it isn't always always easy. My son was deployes in Iraq for 15 months and they were the longest months oof my life!! Best advice is pray for him, don't let your mind go crazy and have faith that he will be back home in no time!! Also keep busy and if you need support don't hesitate to ask!! This team has been great support for many here and we would be glad to help!!

Take care and again Welcome!!
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Mickey, while there is no perfect scenario to help you feel better, you just have to remind yourself that he is doing what he WANTS to do, this is a choice they made on purpose. My saving grace - while a bit morbid - was the numerous stories of the guys who came home from overseas and then were killed at home, car wrecks, drive bys, even one guy who finished military duty, became a cop, and one month after becoming a cop he got killed by some guy on a domestic crime call. So the point is, no matter where they are, they face life and death, just as we do. But if they are happy, doing what makes them happy, and doing something that we as Americans can be proud of them for, well - it just makes it a little easier - knowing that everyday your son chose to be a hero! I beleive all our service members are heros. And their wonderful families that support their decisions. Good luck, God be with both of you.

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Hi Mickey,

I can't offer a lot of advice, because so far my son has not been deployed overseas, so I haven't walked in your shoes. But I do wish you the best as you deal with this, and wanted you to know that we'll all be there for you every step of the way!

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Hello all! My son is MN National Guard member deploying in May. He's 18 and I'm having a REALLY hard time with his eminent departure.

I need to know what I can do to feel better about this. Looking for tips and help.

Mickey

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Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
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Hi Gals!! Good to see new members poping in!! It'ss great to have you with us and I do hope we can help you in this journey to healthier us and as moms of children in the military!!

My son was in the Army and was deployed to Iraq but has been home for a little over a year now!! He has been trying to reenlist with know success but still trying!! Never thought he would want to make this a career. For now he is just training, studing and hope to be back in the Army soon!!

As far as marriage my son is just the opposite! He has had the same girlfriend for over 5 years now but still no talk of marriage! I don't mind though he is only 24 and so is his girlfriend! We'll see what happens!!

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Ugh, don't you hate the marriage part. I totally understand it, they need to be needed. They need to feel a part of something. Sorry, but being our children doesn't count, because they need to feel like they are responsible for someone, whereas we as parents are responsible for them. My son (the dummy) got married in AIT, came home for a week before deployment, and she was already cheating on him. I had to get his divorce for him while he was prepping to head to Iraq. Then he comes home from Iraq and a year later gets married again, without telling anyway (married 2 times and I wasn't at either one or informed of until after the fact). But this one is a keeper. Anyway, marriage can be good for them, if the spouse is a true supporter and faithful. Meaning, they can't whine because he is deployed or has to spend time at work. We just have to have faith as parents that we raised them to make good decisions.

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Did Kevin go in right out of high school? Jeff did 2 years of college first, but was floundering....changed majors 3 times, grades were dropping.....he just couldn't settle on what he wanted. He had always intended to go into the military. He was planning on a college with an ROTC program, but then at the last minute went to "regular" college. He made the decision to join the marines while finishing his 2nd year, so never went back for his 3rd. So he was deferred a few times, and eventually went in on Mothers Day (!) of 2010. So even though our boys are the same age, Jeff has less than one year under his belt. His tour in Hawaii is for 3 years though, so by the time he is done there he will be almost done.

One thing that changed about him is that he decided he to get married. It seems like most of his Marine friends are married or engaged. It's taken me a while to accept it. Not that I don't love his fiance--she's a great girl and they dated for almost 2 years before he went to boot camp. They are just so young in my opinion! But they are going through with it, so I have decided to get on board. They are getting married in Hawaii when she goes to visit for spring break, but won't live together until she joins him for good in August.

We also have a daughter who is 24 (almost 25 now!) who has been living at home ever since she graduated from college in 2008. Hard to believe it's been that long! But she is planning to strike out on her own this summer. She's a joy to have around, and we will miss her, but she won't be going far. She works for the same company I do, but we were recently bought out by a company from out of state, so our jobs will be going away. My last day at work will be July 1, but my department is the first to go. Hopefully Lisa's will be much later, as the job market is less than exciting right now!

Check out my Spark Page for more about me....I think I've rambled long enough!

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Hi MNTWINSGAL- you sound like the west coast version of me!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin's MOS is Infantry-Mortarman. He saw a lot of action on his deployment as you can imagine. After Boot Camp he trained at Camp Pendelton and Arizona as well as Camp Geiger in North carolina. He's very happy with his decision and is also 22! Now that he's been in a while, he is now a section leader and has guys under him. He also said the "New Boots" have been arriving to shadow the more experienced Marines. I KNOW he's enjoying that experience. You know-"been there done that". And what a change we have all seen in him- his character, his attitude, his appreciation of family. Have you had a similar experience? We were always a close family but even more so now!

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OOPS! Our oldest daughter is in banking. She'd kill me if I left that out as she loves it.

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Thanks to all for such a warm welcome-Military families are the best, don't you think!!!!!!I am so looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you. Also, please accept my heartfelt thanks to all of your loved ones, presently serving and veterans, for their service. I truly believe that each of them has a special place in heaven (or whatever your afterlife belief is). They are the angels among us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our family consists of myself, my hubbie of close to 30 years, our 27 year old daughter (living at home, single, an almost college grad.whenever she decides to finish!), our 24 year old daughter, college grad summa in biology, working for a cancer diagnostic company (also living at home, has a slow mover for a bf hehehe). AND, of course, our 6 year old Black Lab, Nick. Our loving 13 y/o lab, Dreyfuss, left us for greener pastures last March and we are still feeling the void! Life is busy as I am a school nurse in an urban high school-1900 students and me! I've been a nurse since 1977, worked in every field and went into school nursing after 15 years before I went off on the doctors in the hospital. Actually, I wanted to have the same hours as our kids, and it worked our beautifully. We are a very close knit family. Hubbie is a grocery store dept. manager and is the best. We've been real busy since Kevin became a Marine. Seems we take a lot of road trips to North carolina. Thankfully, he returned from deployment at the end of Sept. so he gets to drive home frequently on the weekends. We are only 10 hours away. So much time to make up for and we love every minute of it. WW is going well so far, counting pounts, scale and measuring spoons at the ready. Just wish I had more energy at the end of the day to exercise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! besides walking, I enjoy reading, decorating, sewing, counted cross stitch and spending quality time with family and the puppy! I've rambled enough for now_good luck everyone! emoticon

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Ah, been a while. Welcome all you new members. This is truly the team I spend my time with. You have to be a parent (or spouse) of a military person to appreciate the true challenges of others who are parents of the military. Especially when they are deployed. It gets very stressful, scary, and unbearable. I love this team and the support it provides. I hope all of you come to love it as much as I have. Again - WELCOME

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Hi Labmom! Welcome!

My son Jeff is also a 22-year-old Lance Cpl in the Marines and is stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He graduated Boot camp MCRD San Diego last August, did MCT at Camp Pendleton, and then 3 months MOS training at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo Texas. He is an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist. What is Kevin's MOS?

You are going to love this team. Everybody is so loving and supportive. Can't wait to get to know you better, and hearing about the rest of your family too!

~Sharon

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So very happy to have found this team. I'm the proud parent of 3 amazing adult children.
Our son, the youngest at 22, is a LCPL in the Marines, safely home from his first deployment to Afghanistan and currently stationed at Camp LeJeune, N.C. I'd like to blame Kevin's military choice for my weight, but that's not the case at all, although his deployment didn't help! Looking forward to meeting some great folks along this journey!

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HI Sharon,

Thanks so much for the welcome! I am happy to be apart of the Military Mamas and Papas team! I have always found that military people live in kind of a parallel world with the rest of the world. In a way, we are part of 2 worlds. I have been so proud of my military family and their contribution to our freedom!!

I look forward to the next few weeks when I learn more about SparkPeople and become more involved. So far, I have been really impressed! There are so many resources! I love the Team support, which I think may be my key to success! Just like being part of a military family, where support is what gets us through, I think SP will give me that encouragement that I need.



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Hi Steph,

Welcome to Spark People, and welcome to the Military Mamas and Papas team! This is a great team....very welcoming and very supportive of one another. You will love it here!

My Son is a Marine Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. This is his first assignment, having just finished his MOS training a few days before Christmas. So far so good!

I look forward to getting to know you!

~Sharon

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Hi...I am new to the team and have been with SparkPeople starting my third week. I am finding SparkPeople to be a great resource for support!! I am hoping that through encouragement and dedication, I can become healthier over the next year!

I come from a long line of military folks, including my Dad in WWII, my husband (20-year Army/National Guard) Vietnam veteran, and 2 sons who have made the military their career. My oldest son served in Bosnia for a tour, and Iraq 1 1/2 years, and is now the commander of an Army Medical Recruiting station in Kansas where he lives with his wife and one son. My youngest son is a helicopter crew chief, who spent 4 tours in Iraq, and is getting ready to leave for Afghanistan at the end of this month. He now lives in Okinawa, Japan with his wife and 3 children. I am a very proud Military mother and wife! emoticon

I look forward to the many resources SP has to offer and happy to be apart of what looks like a very active, helpful team!

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
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HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!
I'm new to your team, but not to SP. I've been with SP since 2006 and on the diet roller coaster for most of my adult life.
I am the proud wife of a Army veteran and we have 3 wonderful children.
Our oldest son is a Combat Corpsman in the Navy aka DOC as his Marines call him.
Our younger son is a Marine and getting ready to deploy for the 1st time.
Our daughter is the baby and a very proud Semper Fi sis as the boys call her.

I wish everyone & your children all the best. GOD BLESS

**Petra**

PAIN IS NOTHING ELSE - BUT WEAKNESS LEAVING YOUR BODY!!!!!!!

You're only young once - but if you do it right - once is enough!!

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Welcome to all of our new members!! May all of our children be blessed!

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Hi everyone,
My son is a marine. He spent his first 4 years in San Diego and California,then reenlisted and is now at Camp Dwyer in Afganistan. I'm trying to not gain weight but to lose while he's gone.(wish I was one of those lucky people who can't eat when they are stressed) your group seems very supportive and I'm looking forward to chatting with all of you.

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Hi
My daughter is a Marine. I am excited to get to visit her next weekend!

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HI HI HI to all our New Members!! Welcome to our team!! emoticon

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HI HI HI to all our New Members!! Welcome to our team!! emoticon

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Well ya'll I am a military member myself and have two boys of my own. While i don't understand have the child who is deployed i see the other side since I myself am deployed from my family. It rough no matter how you look at it, but it brightens my day when i get an email, letter or box. Anything to see my husband and our two boys. SO if you are sending stuff to them, i'm sure it makes there day!!!

Have a happy Fourth!!!!

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Welcome to the team, Hi Wendy. We might not be able to bring our Sons or Daughters home, seems Uncle Sam owns them now, but however, we as parents have found a great bunch here at Military Mamas and Papas who knows how each other feels, and what we are going through. We are here through the rough times, and share in each others joys. Glad to have you with us, God Bless.
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and wisdom to know the difference.


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Welcome to the team, Wendy!

My son is also at Marine Boot Camp right now, but he is in San Diego. He left on May 10, and is in the middle of week 7. I wrote a few blogs about it in the days just before and just after he left. It was a really emotional time for me too. But now he's a little past the halfway point and we are starting to look toward graduation. I write 2-3 times a week, sending cards and letters, and I made labels with his address on them to give to all our friends and relatives. Since the letters are their only link to the outside world, they mean the world to these recruits!

I'm sorry you didn't get to have your going-away party....you'll have to make it a "welcome home" party instead!

Feel free to contact me if you just want to talk about what you're going through--I am going through it right alongside you!

~Sharon

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Hello, My name is Wendy and I'm a 42 year old mother of three. My middle child just left for Parris Island S.C. for 13 week of boot camp (Marines).He was supposed to leave on June 21st. June 7th he got a call at 8 am saying someone backed out and he had to fill the spot. I had a chance to call his father and brother (22 years old)and they both left work and came over to see him before he left. It was hard to have him leave early, no time to prepare. I spent most of the day crying. We had a big going away party planned for him but unfortunately he left early. One whole week and no word at all, finally we received the "Form" letter and my son had filled in the blanks. A few days later we received our first letter. He sounded good, said it was hot as heck, close to 100 degrees. said it was harder than he expected and asked that we send lots of pictures and letters. One of the hardest things for me is that I have a 4 year old daughter who misses him so much and has cried herself to sleep in my arms several nights since he has been gone. I'm writing several times a week and sending pictures and his sister has sent him some drawings.

It's only been 2 1/2 weeks, this is going to be the longest 13 weeks of my life. He has missed his sisters first dance recital, fathers day and his father,s birthday. He will miss his brother's birthday and his sister's birthday too. I feel like I'm rambling but am very happy to find others who will understand. Any words of wisdom or advise would be greatly appreciated.

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emoticon Welcome to the team! And Wow, you are def. a Military Family. My hats off to you all, Thank you and all of your's. Looking forward to getting to know you.

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