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One Month Down - Two to Go!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

First I would like to thank all my SparkFriends for your comments on my last blog regarding finally receiving our first letter from our youngest son from Marine Corps Boot Camp. All your kind words and support mean so much. Well, it has now been one month since Alex left and we have two months left until his graduation day. We have received many letters from him and a couple were rough for "this mom" to read as he was not having the best of days and when one of my sons is hurting, I hurt (you know how that goes). We are now receiving letters telling us of his days and all that is required of the recruits. It is the most grueling process to go to MC Boot Camp and not everyone makes it. I know from previous experience with our middle son. There are some who do not make it past those "yellow foot prints" at the gate of the Marine Corps Base and then some make into a couple of weeks and yet others may go further and have to drop out. So I know he is truly in one of the greatest challenges of his life. I send him a letter daily as he said "mom, I was so happy to hear my name called over and over at mail call". You have to realize that that is his only communication with his family & friends and it is precious to get a letter. I pray daily for him and all of his fellow recruits who he will come to know as "brother". Upon the eve of this 4th let us not forget what great sacrifice it is to the one serving and those who wait upon them at home. Freedom is never free but comes with great sacrifice! God Bless America and God Bless my son as he continues on this journey to become a United States Marine! emoticon

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KENDALL7261 7/3/2010 11:17PM

  I can only imagine what the letters from him mean to you and what your letters must mean to him! I still write snail mail letters because I love stamps! People love getting mail other than bills!
Glad to hear you can write to him! Give him a big thank you from Canada!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/3/2010 10:31PM

    You are so right. God Bless American and God Bless your Alex as he continues on his journey to become a United State Marine!!! I will continue praying for him and you as I know it must be very hard for you too.
Have a happy Fourth of July and know how much it means to your sons!!!

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VRCATON 7/3/2010 10:30PM

    Tell him HooooAhhh from a Military wife of almost 20 years! He rocks! So do you! Happy 4th!

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The Letter....

Friday, June 11, 2010

Today my prayers were answered! We finally got the official letter from Marine Corps Boot Camp giving us our son's address. Our son wrote one line at the bottom but his handwriting looked good (very legible) so I am taking that as a good sign that he is handling all that he is going through. Marine Corps Boot Camp is very very tough. Our middle son was in it six years ago so I know what he experienced and some of his letters were rough. Got the letter at 2:30 p.m. and my husband and I both sat down and wrote a letter to get into the mail by 4 p.m. I just don't want him to be the only one whose name is not called during mail call. I know how important it is to get letters from home and to keep his spirits up. Again, we will not get to speak with him for the entire 13 weeks so "old fashioned" letter writing is the only alternative but isn't it nice to see someone's handwritten letter addressed to you. I think we need to go back to some old fashioned ways such as writing a letter. Now that my mom and dad are gone I look at the cards and letters written in their hand writing and it just warms my heart to see it. Just wanted to say I am thankful for "the letter" and I look forward to another one soon. Semper Fi! Denise

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WILMASOTO 6/15/2010 5:58PM

    I am so happy you heard from your son even if it was just a line or two!! Now that you have the address you will be able to stay in touch and tell him how much you love him and support him in all he does!! Many you recieve many many more and may his training go well!!

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KATELOSS2009 6/13/2010 11:48AM

    SO GREAT!!! emoticon

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KENDALL7261 6/12/2010 8:32AM

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Friends across the borders. Your son is in my thoughts as are you.

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GRANDMANANCY 6/12/2010 6:06AM

    Thank you for sharing your son with us......and thank you for reminding us of the importance of handwritten notes.

and thank him for being man enough to serve our country. God bless him. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/12/2010 4:48AM

    emoticon Praise God for answered prayers. I know that you are proud of your sons. Be sure to thank them for serving our great country!! I am sure he will be happy to get a letter from home...what a great feeling to hear his name at mail call!!!
May God continue to bless you and your family.
Blessings and hugs,

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BELLAMAGOO78 6/11/2010 11:11PM

    I am sure he will be happy to recieve a letter from you guys!

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BODYNSOIL1 6/11/2010 10:51PM

    Getting a letter from home must be the best feeling when you are young and away for the first time. You must be so proud to have not only one but two sons who have served the country.. Best wishes to him and I hope he does well with the serve and has safe travels.

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CONCHA77 6/11/2010 10:27PM

    I agree with you, I miss the ole days of getting a nice handwritten letter in the mail.
So happy that you finally got one from your Marine! Heartwarming!
When does he graduate from bootcamp? are you going?

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NANJET 6/11/2010 10:25PM

    You must be so proud! Here's hoping the 13 weeks fly by!

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EGRAMMY 6/11/2010 9:56PM

    emoticon Such a beautiful blog and our prayers go with your son and you. I agree about treasuring a persons' handwriting.

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My Son at the beginning of his journey...

Monday, May 31, 2010

It is 6 a.m. and in less than 6 hours my husband & I will deliver our 22 year old son to the recruiter's station as he begins his journey to become a U.S. Marine. I can't sleep and can hear him downstairs already up. I know he is anxious to get started as he decided to join the military one year ago and has been working on his body & mind to prepare for one full year so he is as ready as one can be. I have been down this road and am having "de ja vu" today as six years ago to the day we saw our middle son off to Marine Corps Boot Camp and so I know more than I knew then and I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. We have 3 sons and so today our youngest leaves our home and we become empty-nesters for sure. Our youngest son spent a couple of years at a college and decided that this was what he wanted and needed in life at this time, we know he will do well. He is a really wonderful man and has a personality you automatically like. My husband and I have a good support system so I know I have people I can cry on their shoulder when need be but at times you feel alone in your thoughts and have a tendency to "over think" things which I need to work on. Right now, I just want to say how proud I am to be Alex's mom! and it is not what he does to make me proud more than who I have always known him to be. God Bless and keep you my son today, tomorrow and forever! emoticon

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SUNNY332 8/7/2010 11:05AM

    I missed the blog and I am truly sorry I did. I know well the feelings you have described here. Best wishes to Alex and to Mom and Dad. You have raised him well and he is rewarding your efforts by giving his best back to the Country we all love.

The Author of "I wish you Enough" is Bob Perks. He is a hospice chaplin who write an internet newletter.

Just thought you would like to know.

Hugs, Sunny
Proud Army Mom

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WILMASOTO 6/15/2010 5:54PM

    I am so sorry I didn't see this blog before but I do understand how you were feeling. I can remember when they came to pick up my son and my heart just melted away!! I wish Alex all the best in this new journey and you mom a big big emoticon Stay strong and trust in the Lord that he will be protected and in your arms soon!! emoticon

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JILLWILSON2102 6/1/2010 10:06AM

    My heart goes out to you. Although we all have to say goodbye and let our children go in different ways, this is by far one of the toughest. I agree with you that I'm not sure its a good thing or bad thing to know more now about what he will go through than you did before. It certainly doesn't stop the worry. Having faith that he believes this is the right path for himself is the best thing you can hold on to. emoticon

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    I'll be thinking of and praying for Alex, and for you and family. I agree, as a former military wife, the military life is uniquely amazing and heart-filling, and will surely be a good experience for him.
As a Mom, however, I imagine facing a child's enlistment comes from a different perspective.
I pray for Alex's safe (and whole) return from wherever the life takes him... Take care~ emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/31/2010 7:55PM

    God bless you for the fine job you've done in raising such a great young man...and God bless Alex for doing what he is led to you and preparing for the job. Stand tall, be proud and know you have done a wonderful job!!!
Thank you Alex for the fine job you are undertaking. God bless you!!!
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Please post a picture of him in uniform when you can if he doesn't mind. I will be praying for him and your family.

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NETTY1 5/31/2010 7:51PM

    Thank YOu for making yur son strong. I pray he is strong in God's word too.

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KATELOSS2009 5/31/2010 12:52PM


THANK YOU for raising young men who are willing to serve our country. THANK YOU for encouraging them in their journeys.

Thank you.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/31/2010 8:24AM

    How well I know those mixed feelings of pride and anxious mom-hood! My only child (son) was also 22 when he signed up for the Army Reserve. He, too, prepared himself, and I know your son will be glad that he took the time to do that. So be proud, be strong, and may that support system you have be, as a previous responder so poetically put: "enough". emoticon

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1GROVES2 5/31/2010 8:12AM

    God bless America and thank you veterans and soon to be veterans...I wish your son the best and I wish you peace and blessings. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KENDALL7261 5/31/2010 7:34AM

  I Wish You Enough

Recently at an airport, I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, “I love you, I wish you enough.”She in turn said, “Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed, I wish you enough too, Daddy.” They kissed and she left.

He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there, I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

“Yes, I have,” I replied, “forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?” I asked.

“I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip back would be for my funeral,” he said.

“When you were saying good-bye I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough’, may I ask what that means?”

He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled ever more. “When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them,” he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Good-bye.”

Tears filled his eyes and he walked away.
And so,
I wish you enough.
(author unknown)

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KENDALL7261 5/31/2010 7:28AM

  Alex is SO blessed to have you for his Mom!! The hardest part of letting our children grow up and fly is letting them leave the nest. God Bless you and your family.

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NORDAKOTA 5/31/2010 7:03AM

    What an amazing step Alex is taking! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son. We are honored to have people like him in this country.

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NUTRON3 5/31/2010 6:22AM

    I am retired military and the life is wonderful!

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Memorial Day 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I really don't blog and can't figure out why because I really do like to "talk things out" and blogging seems to be a good therapy session to me. Today 5/30/10 Memorial Day is a good day to start on a more consistent basis. I first am thinking of my mom and dad today on this Memorial Day. Mom passed away 1 year ago, dad passed away 21 years ago. I miss them still very much. There are so many other relatives that are now gone who taught me so much about life and who showed unconditional love to me as well as all my siblings. Today is a day to remember but really I think of them everyday. I think about our Veterans who lost their lives so that freedom continues in our country and the sacrifices of families of those lost. There are no words to convey our appreciation for all of them but to never forget them and keep honoring them through Memorial Day Services and reaching out to their families and if you know someone personally who has lost a member of the Armed Forces then write down that family member's loved one's birth date and/or the day they lost their life and send a note to their family member so they know they are not forgotten. I work with someone who lost her nephew in Iraq and I know how much she appreciates his name mentioned on these days and it means a lot to her that he is never forgotten. How easy it is to take these losses for granted after years pass by. Never ever forget, always acknowledge and continue to pray for the families. TOMORROW, is going to be another change for our family for tomorrow we see our youngest son off to the United States Marine Corps Boot Camp. Tomorrow will be an emotional day but a day filled with pride for a son who has worked so hard to accomplish what he needed to accomplish in order to see this day finally come. Stay tuned.
May God Bless all on this Memorial Day 2010! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/31/2010 4:26AM

    Thank you for sharing. May God continue to be with your son and bless him in all he does. Stand proud and proud for your son as you watch as he leaves for bootcamp and say I love you...and til we meet again or see you soon. I don't like saying goodbye...not even for a little while.
I will keep you, your son and your family in my prayers.
Blessings and hugs,

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/31/2010 12:17AM

    Thank you for remembering and for sharing. I know how proud you must be of your son. Stay strong for him as he goes through boot camp... I know I lived for those two-minute phone calls while my son was training.

Thank you for your service as a family.


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SHARONV6 5/30/2010 11:38PM

    Great Blog....

I lost my Dad in 1981. My mom is 91 this July. She had a number of mini strokes in July 2007. We sold her home, car, and found a place for most of her stuff including her three dear pets.

She lives with me and my husband...she is very easy to care for. I am her only caregiver. I know how you feel about your parents. They are so easy to love; and will be hard to lose.

I love your comments on our Veterans and their great sacrifices...We should always think and thank them!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Yesterday was Thanksgiving and our family has so much to be thankful for but one of the things I am most thankful for is God's healing touch. My great nephew Nathaniel is 8 years old and was diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs as of Wednesday and admitted to a local hospital. At 1 a.m. early Thanksgiving morning he had to be LifeFlighted to the Children's Hospital and was put in ICU. He was tested for H1N1 and it came back positive today. We sent a lot of prayer requests out for Nathaniel and his entire family as his brothers and sister have been sick with various viruses, temps, etc. Nathaniel is in isolation and his mom is at his side (my niece). He was moved to a regular room and out of ICU and for that we are thankful. He is feeling better but his oxygen saturation is lower than it should be so he will be staying for a few days as of right now. God is bringing him through this illness and I am asking for prayer for him to continue to make improvement and be discharged home very soon. God is is control and of this I am sure!

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NINJACHEF 11/29/2009 6:31AM

    Prayers for him and his family

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JOYSONG50 11/28/2009 12:28PM

    He's in my prayers.

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MDDR5657 11/28/2009 12:25PM

    Dear Spark Family: Just got the word from my sister (Nathaniel's grandma) that it is looking pretty good that he is going to get out of the hospital today. Praise the Lord! Thank you all very much for praying for him. I put the call out and it made me feel so comforted to know people (who don't even know Nathaniel) are lifting him up in prayer. He is a sweet little boy. He has an older brother who is 10, a younger sister who is 5 and twin baby brothers who are 2.
My niece and her husband are awesome parents who are raising their family to love the Lord. They are such an inspiration to the whole family! God Bless you all and I will continue to lift up those afflicted with this terrible flu. You are the best! emoticon

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EVER-EVOLVING 11/28/2009 12:06PM

    Praying for him...

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MARSHA48 11/28/2009 11:59AM

    Heavenly Father, I/we come now in prayer for this little one and ALL others with the H1N1 Flu, that YOU LORD destro it! PLEASE in the name of JESUS!!! Take this Deadly Flu out of the world and leave it in Hadies where it belongs. Lord w are tired of all the deaths and the sufferings. I pray Lord hat A cure is found SOON and/or NO MORE people come infected. God PLEASE, get his under control for only YOU can. Bless each and every family having to deal with it and may you innercede as needed.
In JESUS name I come, Amen & AMEN.....
God we give you all the Glory.....................

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DJS-DEBBIE 11/28/2009 9:39AM

    You are very lucky. My 26-year-old niece developed pneumonia from H1N1 and has been in ICU and sedated & on a ventilator for over a week. She is doing better and hopefully they will start to wake her up today.

I'll say a prayer for you and your family.

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/27/2009 10:45PM

    It is hard when a child is so sick. Glad that he is on the mend, watch out with the other little ones. I pray that God Jehovah will send you COURAGE to face the future; STRENGTH, both physical and emotional; and above all, His unending LOVE and CONCERN for you and your family Take care Laurie

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NANJET 11/27/2009 10:22PM

    Sending prayers out your way! Hope he recovers soon!

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PHDMAMA06 11/27/2009 9:32PM

    Sending prayers to you and your family. I hope that Nathaniel heals very quickly.

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FIRENUT34 11/27/2009 9:28PM

    Our prayer to your family and nephew

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ONECOOKIETWO 11/27/2009 8:56PM

    Blessings and good health to Nathanial and all of his family near and far.

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NEWME0519 11/27/2009 8:52PM

    Sending prayers to you and your entire family!

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