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"Mom I'm Hungry"

Posted on September 19, 2015 at 9:36pm 3 Comments

My Poolee is 30 days from his ship date today.  Two nights ago at about 8pm I got a phone call from him that started with "Mom I'm hungry."  

To which I responded "Where are you?"  Since he is generally working or at PT almost constantly it was a valid question.  Thankfully he wasn't just calling me from downstairs in the kitchen!

He was in the middle of the grocery store and his next words were "If I have to eat another salad I will stab myself."…


Officially Official

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 1:22am 5 Comments

Life feels different on the other side of official.  Before today my son wanted to join the Marines, but he wasn't officially a Poolie.  Now he is official, he has sworn in and signed a contract.  At this point he has an open contract with no job specified, but that will change.  He has a tentative ship date, and scores to go off of and jobs to choose from.  He is officially official.  This is real.  I am surprisingly ok with this.  Better than ok actually, now that I know this is what he…


You Want to do What?

Posted on March 1, 2015 at 10:36am 6 Comments

When our son made the unexpected announcement last week that he wanted to become a Marine he offered us his recruiters name and told us we could meet with him if we had questions.  IF we had questions?  Of course we had questions!  

Most of my questions revolved around how did I get blindsided by this?

What happened?  My tender hearted son wants to become a Marine.  How did this happen? When did this happen?  Who caused this to happen?

My husband…


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At 6:12am on April 2, 2015, alex2toes said…

Like your blogs, keep writing. Try us again in Live chat. Once it gets close to 8-8:30, I bail. I have to do my yoga & it works best if I have a set time to do it in. 

At 11:24am on March 3, 2015, Chel71 said…
This is getting real.
At 9:50am on March 2, 2015, Chel71 said…
Good Monday Morning! I'm on my third cup of coffee. Bring on the middle schoolers.
At 10:09pm on March 1, 2015, 1~Keri (HCC) said…
You're so welcome! It is great to have a support network within this military family who understands... you are in the right place. :)
We are like family here, to share in the joy, excitement and the worries too. We have all been there at some point and can relate.
At 2:40am on February 28, 2015, cpltimsmom (Pauline) said…

Welcome to MFN, Chel71... 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.


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


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