MarineParents: Marine Family Network (MFN)

An Outreach Program of


1~Chickie (Teresita)'s Blog (11)

An Anniversary of the Continuation of Life

A year ago today my DH and I drove our youngest son, Patrick, to the recruiter's office for his journey to PI. His ship date was 12/08/2013. Initially, he was to leave 02/2014. However, a spot opened up and the recruiter asked Patrick if he wanted to go ~ he said yes. So, instead of getting the 3 months I expected.. I had 4 days to wrap my head around the idea of him leaving (he received the call the Wednesday before the Sunday he was to go). 

All of a sudden…


Added by 1~Chickie (Teresita) on December 7, 2014 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Memorial Cry

It's been much too long since I've posted a new entry to my blog. In the last three months, Patrick has graduated boot camp, graduated MCT (Marine Corps Training) and is currently awaiting to start his next training, MOS. Once he has completed this training, he will be sent to his first duty station. These last three months have presented many emotional memories for me that have manifested in all types of crying.
Boot camp graduation will forever be embedded in my mind. I took…

Added by 1~Chickie (Teresita) on September 5, 2014 at 5:06pm — 3 Comments

Shooting Eye Dagger Looks

This past week I returned to work after being out for nine weeks recovering from surgery on my left bicep and my left shoulder rotator cuff. During my surgery and recovery, my DH Mark, has been caring, tender and quite simply - wonderful.  
Going back to work though had one hiccup - I had not yet begun to drive again. Driving a car is like riding a bicycle, you don't forget how. However, being that I had not driven since 9 weeks prior and I wasn't sure how much my…

Added by 1~Chickie (Teresita) on September 5, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

On Average

This winter has been especially snowy for the Philadelphia area. In fact, in 2013 the Philadelphia area averaged 3.90" of snow. In January, 2014 the Philadelphia area had 25.90". That is 22" more inches. And the month of February looks to be an even greater average of snow. Right now I sit in my office while a Nor' Easter blows outdoors. So far, we have about a foot of snow from this storm. The weather forecasters state there will be a 'lull' in the storm, a deep breath if you will by old…

Added by 1~Chickie (Teresita) on September 5, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Holding My Breath

There are moments where we find ourselves holding our breaths. Be it for the outcome of a test, swimming under water or whether or not we will be able to squeeze into a size too small pair of jeans.
Tuesday I found myself holding my breath at various points during the day. Tuesday my recruit underwent his test in the gas chamber.
I watched a video of what the gas chamber entails. The recruits go into a room wearing gas masks. Once in the chamber, the recruits circle…

Added by 1~Chickie (Teresita) on September 5, 2014 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Suck it up

Every year my DH, (Mark) and I buy a 'gift' for the house. One year it was upstairs window blinds, another year it was a dishwasher. That was the Christmas I spent a lot of my time at the kitchen sink since our old dishwasher had broken down.


Mark and I decided it was time to replace our vacuum cleaner.  The only performance we had from our old vacuum cleaner was the blowing about of dust and dog hair, as well as permeating a pungent smell. It seemed we were replacing our…

Added by 1~Chickie (Teresita) on September 5, 2014 at 4:56pm — 4 Comments

First Words

Yesterday, Thursday, Patrick's letter finally arrived.  I have to give Mark, (my DH) credit - he said it wouldn't arrive until Wednesday or Thursday. He's rarely right, so when he is, I do give him credit. I immediately sent out an e-mail to family/friends with his address. The letter like his telephone call was scripted. I would be lying if I said I wasn't slightly disappointed. However, because I was starving for any news from Patrick, even the scripted letter was…


Added by 1~Chickie (Teresita) on September 5, 2014 at 4:53pm — No Comments

19 Seconds

Over the weekend, time just ticked on, without a care to upcoming events. The weekend was crackling with anticipation, nerves, excitement and worry: Stress. The best way I know how to deal with stress is to clean. This is very hard to do when one arm is compromised in a sling! I had surgery on my left shoulder/bicep tendon on 11/27/2013 and have to wear a sling for 4-weeks. I cannot take it off; only to shower and for physical therapy. It's driving me crazy to say the least. Everything I…


Added by 1~Chickie (Teresita) on September 5, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments


I received Patrick's first 'written by him letter' yesterday! Although, unfortunately the day he wrote his letter, (Sunday), he had not received any letters from family and friends! 

I wonder why it is that we add tones to letters/texts/correspondence? In one sentence I read it with a tinge of sadness; in the next, determination. All in all, it was just plain wonderful to receive his letter. Albeit, one small page...a half sheet of paper..where Patrick dedicated…


Added by 1~Chickie (Teresita) on September 5, 2014 at 4:44pm — 2 Comments

Making the Dream Reality: Dreamality

I started out my blog asking the question, 'Why Now?' The question was meant to be redundant. However, in these last few days a new chapter of my life has been presented and has caused me to have an answer to the question, 'Why Now?'

My youngest son, Patrick, (AKA The Boy), is going to Marine Corps boot camp. Being a Marine has been Patrick's dream since he was 10-years old. In the spring of his junior year of high school, Patrick contacted the local recruiting office to…

Added by 1~Chickie (Teresita) on September 5, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Waiting on a Letter

Over the past week I have learned something about myself. I do not do well when waiting.
The way Mark and I have it figured out, Patrick should have written his letter Sunday. His boot camp is located in Parris Island, South Carolina; surely the letter should be here today. Although, Mark calmly tells me it will most likely arrive tomorrow or Thursday - this from the man who white knuckled the steering wheel due to a red light. (See Blog: 19 Seconds). I try to constructively…

Added by 1~Chickie (Teresita) on September 5, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Receive our Newsletter

Receive our Newsletter!
Enter your email:


Click for Archive Newsletters


Starts with June 2016 and includes every month through June 2017. 

Alert us to Content Violations

Let us know if you find content

that may not comply with

The Guidelines or Terms of Use

Click to report.

Group Categories

Join several groups! Select from categories that meet your needs or match your Marine's career:

Our Fallen Heroes

Please take a moment to honor our Fallen Marines. Click here to visit the condolence forum.

Click here to learn more ways to support Gold Star Families or if you are a Gold Star Family.




The Marine Corps:


About Deployment:



A few KEY LINKS for After Boot parents:

(links open in a new window by clicking "GO!" button below)

General Information:

Recruit Training:

Family Day & Graduations:

After Boot Camp:

Additional Resources:


© 2017   Created by Marine Parents Inc.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

The Care Package Project
Care Package Project™
Purple Heart Hero Support
Purple Heart Hero Support™
Operation PAL
Operation PAL ™
Gold Star Family Support
Gold Star Family Support™
Combat Recovery
Combat Recovery™
After the Corps
After the Corps ™
Gold Star Luminary
Luminary Initiative
Marine Parents Combined Federal Campaign #57100 Show Me Heroes Hiring Veterans in Missouri Capital One Visa Card and Marine Parents Supporting Our Troops is a Marine Corps Charity Partner Eleven Years of Service to Marines and their Families Shop for Marine Corps items at the EGA Shop IBM and Marine Parents Partnership in Charity AmazonSmile and Marine Parents Charity MarineParents is a Guidestar Exchange Gold Participant, Inc.
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205
Phone (573) 449-2003
Copyright © 2003-14, Inc. ~ All Rights Reserved Worldwide is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity,
a Marine Corps Charity Partner, and Official Marine Corps Trademark Licensee.
Site Map   |   Statements of Use   |   Outreach Programs   |   Join Team Marine Parents
Neither the United States Marine Corps
nor any other component of the
Department of Defense has approved,
endorsed, or authorized this service.