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"One final word from me, if I may: All of this, boot camp and beyond, is hard and different, not only for you and your son, but others, too. If you have other children at home and they are old enough, sit down with them and have a talk. Kids pick up…"
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Another Christmas ... Another Day on the Job

Posted on December 24, 2015 at 11:51am 4 Comments

Tonight is Christmas Eve and my sons will be working ... and tomorrow, too.

So it will be, too, with many of your sons and daughters. The holidays can be a tough time and I wish I really had a sure-fire way to help anyone who is fighting a case of the blues. Prayer has always worked best…


Remembering an Old Marine

Posted on December 2, 2015 at 3:00am 4 Comments

I first met the colonel when my sons were deployed to Iraq. Those were the days it was easy to let people get on my nerves, especially when they tried to be helpful.

Some tried to be reassuring, saying “the situation” wasn’t as dangerous as it once was. Others took a different tact, telling us they knew what my family was going through because their children were enrolled in college in a different state and they hardly ever got to see them.

My wife, who is smart…


Catching Up with the Past

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 12:27pm 3 Comments

I was getting a cup of coffee this morning and glanced at the calendar hanging on the wall, covering the spot where a wall-mounted phone used to hang. My wife, who is the keeper of all events and dates in our family, had printed the news that it was five years ago that our youngest Marine had returned home from…


A DI or Not, He's also a Big Brother

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 10:29am 9 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I have to share:

Our Marine, who is a drill instructor at MCRD San Diego, was home on leave this week. India Company had just graduated a new class of Marines, and our sergeant decided to fly home to Tennessee. Home-cooked meals and lots of sleep were on the schedule. (DIs sometimes skip meals and sleep, working 20-hour days to make sure their recruits learn how to be Marines.)

Still our sergeant, who is in his…


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At 6:13am on August 6, 2014, raisedhimright said…

Hi Double Dad,

   Thanks for the kind words.  I went along and read your story about your DI.  Fabulous. You have a way of making the whole thing visible to the reader.  Thenks to your Marines for their service and to your family for their support.


God Bless and Semper Fi




PMG'MA of LCpl. Kevin

Joshua 1-9 

At 11:02am on September 2, 2013, wellspoon1 said…

DoubleDad, really son #2 a DI.!!!!!!!! Very cool !!!!  Your MARINE is learning how to make MARINES!!!!!!!  OohRah!!!!!!!! Gotta keep me posted and would love to have a Photo of your MARINES and your DI in his campaign cover... We have a DI in our family and I just love that picture of him!!!!!  Congratulations!!  Btw, yes read your comment on ProudDad's post of "MARINE Corps"....

Donald in Philly

At 4:27pm on December 1, 2012, wellspoon1 said…

Oh and by the way, I'll be joining the 'DoubleDad' ranks next year... Wife and I signed consent forms today for son #2 to head off to PI next year.....!!!!! He is looking forward to it... But if I keep having moments like Monday Night Football, I'm liable to pass out from the excitement!!!!!

At 4:23pm on December 1, 2012, wellspoon1 said…

Hey DoubleDad... Thanks for reading... Had to share the experience. took three days to stop crying long enough to write about it... LOL!!!!  Seems to have touched a chord... Lots of response... Knew you all would get it.

At 8:34pm on September 2, 2012, wellspoon1 said…

Been a while since I've seen you here, but thanks for reading. Glad you liked it.

At 9:55am on July 25, 2012, proudMOMof2MARINES said…
Thats two fine young men you have there, Double Dad. :)
At 7:29am on July 6, 2012, wellspoon1 said…

Hey Double... been a while.. Thanks for reading my blog post.. Glad you like it..... Had to share it with everyone, because I know you all probably would not have missed that opportunity either.......

At 1:48pm on May 11, 2012, Born2x said…


Thanks so much for the website links. I will be sure to look those up!

I so agree; the ride gets pretty scary sometimes, but it is worth it. There are definitely parts of the journey that are painful and difficult, but there are also so many moments of joy: family trips to see our son, care package packing for his deployed Marine brothers, the treasured text, phone call, or picture from him, and the blessing of so many wonderful new friends within the military community and here on MFN. We are thankful for the ways we have matured as a family and for the new perspective that we have gained. God is faithful, and we are so grateful that He walks beside us and gives us the strength to keep going.


At 11:37am on May 9, 2012, Born2x said…

Thanks Bob. It is def a new phase in the journey....and one our family is not super familiar with! He said his unit isn't allowed to bring phones with them (not sure if that is general protocol or specific to command), so no communication for 6 weeks. My son's MOS is machine-gunner, so I am sure he will "enjoy" doing the live fire exercises. I agree with you- Marines def like to be where the action is!

Do you have any websites (or any other sources of info) about EMV that you would recommend? Not sure how much info the Corps gives out about  pre-deployment training because of Opsec...

On a side note, thank you for all of the blog posts you have written. I have found them helpful, and I appreciate your willingness to share your experiences, as well as those of your Marines, with us. When you get a chance, please tell your sons "thank you" from a grateful Marine family. We so appreciate what they have sacrificed for our country; we will never forget.

Semper Fi!

At 2:25pm on February 6, 2012, wellspoon1 said…

Your are welcome!!!!!! We must support each other.....


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