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My son left this morning for boot camp in San Diego.  I spent my summer living in denial and held onto it for as long as I could.  Yesterday I had my first flood of emotions and had my first big cry.  This morning I held off until I had to tell him good bye, cried all the way home.


He goes to Kansas City tonight and flies out tomorrow.  I guess he starts later in the week.  His projected graduation date is Friday, Nov 2. 


Sending a boy, looking forward to meeting the man.

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Do you know a SAM?

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 10:19pm 6 Comments

My son just finished Phase I at MCRD and is heading to Pendleton next week to begin Phase II.  I send him a letter almost every day.  He gets letters from his daddy every other day and his sister and various family members and friends send him occasional letters.  He has grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who are praying (and some fasting) for him on a regular basis.  None of which he takes for granted.  

He knows he has a big and affectionate family and the love…


Cutting the Apron Strings

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 11:30pm 16 Comments

In an article called helicopter parenting in ((see link below) there is a letter from GySgt Kohler (Paris Island).  It knocked me hard between the eyes and made me take any wishy-washy, hovering parenting desires I was tempted to entertain and kick. them. to. the. curb.  

I wasn't, by any means, a perfect mom -- but I was a pretty good one.   For 18 years I was able to love and comfort him when he needed it.  I was able to be there when he fell, pick him up,…


My Mother Heart Is Content

Posted on August 24, 2012 at 9:30pm 7 Comments

Almost three weeks ago, I sent my boy off with strangers to what I knew would be the most challenging, even grueling, experience of his life. 


I stewed for days waiting for "the call".  When if finally came three days later, just after midnight, I had to listen to him yelling "Aye, Aye, sir....aye, aye, sir...aye, aye, sir...aye, aye, sir" over and over until he got the go ahead and he yelled out his speech, said I love you and good bye.  I didn't wait for him to start or…


My new favorite number: 2146

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 6:18pm 3 Comments

2146!!  Ryan's in platoon #2146.  I just found my son's address on his fb page and am getting ready to address about six letters that I've been waiting ever so impatiently to addressed.


Looking forward to getting the communication flowing to and from California and also hearing from other parents whose sons are in his platoon.


Life just got a little better.

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At 4:09pm on August 12, 2013, raisedhimright said…

Hello ARmama,


   I am relatively new here.  I love to surf around reading the blogs and checking out the discussion boards.  I just read your blog about SAM'S.  Our Grandson is five weeks away from graduation @ PI.  I have always included a page in his letters for any recruit who may not get mail.  One of the Dads here suggested if it were possible, buy a few pre-paid cell phones for these SAMS and give them out at graduation.  I plan on adopting a SAM if their are any in our boyos platoon for family day.   Did the same when my son was in the Navy twenty years ago.  I hope every one who can will do this, these Marines are now all ours.  God Bless your family and your son for his service.


proud wife of a Marine Veteran

proud Grandma of a soon to be Marine



At 1:56pm on September 9, 2012, wellspoon1 said…

Hey guess what???? It appears that your recruit it doing okay.... I just received a letter from him today!!!! Can you believe it!!!????  All the way over here in PA.... I was floored when I saw it... Never expect to get any thing back from them, but so nice when I do.... OOHRAH!!!!!

At 4:28pm on August 26, 2012, wellspoon1 said…

I see your rct shipped early august.. So grad date is early Oct??? !!!!

At 10:08pm on August 19, 2012, 1~iansdad (Jeff) said…

I had to edit 1 of your photos and will be sending you an e-mail with more information. Save the edited photo (below) and resubmit it.

Jeff (1~Iansdad), Media Moderator - Marine Family Network; CPP & Big Move Volunteer. VPF of Cpl Ian, and civilian Devyn

At 8:25pm on August 14, 2012, wellspoon1 said…

Well you really are at the beginning.... but it will be just fine....

At 8:11pm on August 13, 2012, wellspoon1 said…

Fantastic...!!!!!   I have told many recruit parents and some new Marine parents.. that there are some things you just don't want to know...LOL!!!!!! 

At 9:49am on August 6, 2012, 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM said…

Welcome to MFN, ARmama.  We’re happy to see you!  Enjoy exploring our message board home on MFN. 


Please look for a welcome email from Marine Family Network, checking your bulk/spam folder if necessary.  If you did not receive it please comment back to me on my profile page and I’ll send it to you


Here are a few links to main message board groups to help you get started


the Boot Camp/Poolee board  has general topics and a group for every graduation date (ship date listed to right in title) where you can meet others who have a Recruit with yours:


Our Outreach Programs (good works we do for our Marines):


And your state:


To post in any topic/discussion you need to "Join the group" - there's a link in the top cream bar, to the right near your username and the log-out spot.  Click to 'join' the group. 


All of our message board categories fall under the heading of the GROUPS tab at the top of the page or look for “GROUP CATEGORIES” along the right side about ¼ of the way down.


Looking for information about Boot Camp – check here:  Click on any topic from the left menu to learn more about it.


We also have a live scheduled chat:


If you've any questions, please don't hesitate to comment back to me.


My best to you and yours,

Sandy (1~sandyr)

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VPMM of Brian
Six years active duty:  3/7 K - Al Qaim 04, Ramadi 05-06, IL MEPS 06-08
Currently Active Reserves:   2/24 Weapons Co.


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