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Well my youngest left today for boot camp. He left to follow in his older bothers shoes. His brother went through boot camp 12/09 - 2/10 and was even in the same company Delta as my youngest son Jayson is going to be in. At least I already have the red rally towel for family day, LOL. One good thing about today was that we got to go watch his swearing in and then go to the airport with him. I was not given that choice with my first Marine when he left and I felt so cheated, especially seeing now what I missed then. But now I am sitting home by myself with an empty nest feeling. I feel like I am not a mom who i needed anymore, I know that is not true having been through this before and knowing how important those letters are but he is/was my baby, my last one. Just another hard day of being a mom with many more to come. Hope you other parents whose sons shipped out today are doing better than me.

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My oldest and only son shipped out yesterday.  This past weekend has been a roller coster of emotions and I woke up thinking, "is he okay"?  I did have, two more starting school (one senior year, one first year in high school) which allowed me to think about something else for a few hours.

You are needed momma, you always will be needed, just in a new way. 

I was able to speak to my son while he was at the airport in San Diego, and he was fine until his baby sister started talking.  Which broke this mom's heart but I have to believe he is good and each day will get better for him and for us. 

I am thankful, I found this website. 

I am also thankful to have found this website.  My son left for boot camp on August 17th as well. I don't have any other children, so there's no one else to focus on - we are truly empty nesters.  The last 65 days have been an emotional roller coaster for me. I find myself looking forward to getting a letter, and when I do I'm so very happy. However, at some point during the letter I break down crying and my husband has to finish reading the letter.  Unlike my husband, I have not been following the "matrix"; I'd rather not know what's going on weekly; I hear about what he's doing in his letters. He mentioned that the "crucible" is the week before graduation (I won't be looking to see what this entails), I'll just pray continue to pray that everything goes well.  As the time draws near, I am getting very excited about graduation and seeing my future Marine.   

You might like these stories and poems instead of following your recruit's boot progress.
http://marinefamilynetwork.com/group/sppsq

Thoughts and prayers LaShaun.. Hopefully you get a good letter. First phase is really tough. As recruits move into 2nd and 3rd phase you may notice a change. You will be beyond proud on family and graduation day!

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