Book Review: Keeping Faith, A Father-Son Story About Love and the United States Marine Corps

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Photo Credit: Google Images Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story About Love and the United States Marine Corps Written by: John and Frank Schaeffer   When our son was preparing for his first deployment in 2005, this was one of the first books I read. It’s a step-by-step look at the emotions as well as all […]

Ten Years Later, a Mother’s Perspective

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Sitting on our sofa with tears streaming down my face my heart already ached for my 20-year-old son who was leaving that day for his second deployment. His unit was on their way to Iraq after being stateside just seven months upon returning from Afghanistan.  One ironic aspect of Brian deploying today was the date; […]

Book Review: My Miracle Marine

My Miracle Marine by: Connie McClennan

When I heard this book had been written I was anxious to read it because I felt I had a slight personal involvement. LCpl. John McClellan, “Lucky” to his Marine comrades, was with my son’s unit on both his deployments and I remember when I was first told about John being nicknamed “Lucky” by his […]

Poems to Freedom

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FREEDOM: INDEPENDENCE WASN’T FREE IN THIS LAND OF LIBERTY. THERE’S BEEN A HEAVY COST; THOUSANDS OF LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST, PROTECTING AMERICANS COURAGEOUSLY, FOR FREEDOMS FROM SEA TO SEA. FOR MORE THAN 200 YEARS FREEDOM’S BEEN PURCHASED WITH TEARS. TEARS OF PAIN, DISTRESS AND GRIEF, TEARS OF JOY, HOPE AND RELIEF. FREEDOM’S BEEN PURCHASED WITH […]

Fun Care Package Ideas

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Do you ever get stuck on what to send to your loved one that’s deployed? You realize the snacks and hygiene are necessary, but the desire is there to add a little something special, some pizazz. I felt that way during our son’s deployments. I realized he needed the practical, but I wanted him to […]

Sending Care Packages

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The day my son told us he was being deployed, I decided I would be the best “P & P” (prayers and packages) mom possible. The prayers came easily since I had always prayed for my children, but the thought of care packages baffled me. I soon learned there was much more to it than […]

Honoring Memorial Day

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I was counting the days until our son’s four-year enlistment ended and his life as a civilian began.  I was looking forward to putting his active enlistment as an experience on my life’s resume, even though I knew that it would always be a part of our entire family. Ironically, he was arriving the Sunday […]

Don’t Expect Them to “Get It”

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On March 2, 2003, on his 17th birthday our son enlisted in the Marines Delayed Entry Program without many comments from friends and family.  As the year progressed and he went to monthly recruit events, I got the impression that others thought he had signed up for summer camp or something like that. No one […]

Book Review: Mom’s Field Guide

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  Photo Courtesy: Google Images Mom’s Field Guide: What You Need to Know to Make It Through Your Loved One’s Military Deployment                                                                                                                                                                                                            By: Sandy Doell When our son enlisted in the Marines, and especially when he was preparing for, and during his deployment, I went into overdrive mode searching for any information available about […]

Book Review: Love You More Than You Know

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Love You More Than You Know By: Janie Reinart and Mary Anne Mayer Have you ever felt no one else understands your emotional turmoil? Slept with your cell phone under your pillow not to miss a call, or set the alarm on the computer to sound when your child logs in? Does your heart skip […]

Military Mom, An Unexpected Role

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Thirty years ago when I was blessed with my first beautiful daughter, I was overwhelmed by the love I had for her and the joy I experienced knowing I got to be her mom.  I felt the same with the birth of our other two daughters and then with our son.  I loved being a […]

Book Review: Life After Deployment

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    Life After Deployment: By Karen M. Pavlicin Remember when you spent months planning your wedding? Trying to cover all the problems before they occur? Then when the honeymoon is over, you realize that you may have had the perfect wedding day, but you realize you didn’t plan for the marriage like you should’ve. […]

When Your Child Returns From War: Part 2

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We moms are a proud bunch, always wanting to show off our children, but don’t parade them around to family, and friends like a trophy when they return. This is the time to keep your pride subdued a little because for reasons we can’t comprehend, they don’t always feel like heroes and the extra attention […]

When Your Child Returns From War: Part 1

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 Even as an adult the only thing I could relate to the word “homecoming” was high school dances and football games, that is until my son went to war at the age of 19. Now when I hear the word “homecoming” the image in my mind is of families reuniting after a long tenuous separation. […]

Deployment: One Day At A Time

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Once a child has been deployed, the days and nights not only seem to be never-ending, but they tend to run together day after day, week after week, and month after month. Functioning at the bare minimum can be a major task, yet there are ways to meet the challenge like a real trooper. Maintaining […]

Deployment, What’s a Parent To Do? Part 2

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  COMMUNICATION DURING DEPLOYMENT The need for parents to communicate with and do everything possible for their child kicks into overdrive when the child is deployed.  We are blessed to live in a time when there are several ways for families to communicate with those deployed. However, first and foremost we must have their correct […]

Deployment, What’s a Parent To Do? Part 1

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  As the mother of a Marine that was deployed in support of both OEF and OIF, I want to give a resounding cry out to other parents preparing for this experience to do all you can to be as equipped as possible. Once your loved one leaves, the emotions and questions become so rampant […]