Friday, July 22, 2016


 I am so blessed to have been able to visit my sailor last month.
He has been out a sea a lot as the ship prepares for deployment.
Fortunately he had a little time in port and I, my daughter &
youngest son went out to visit him and his fiancee. 

It is wonderful that my son is stationed in beautiful San Diego!
The weather was perfect and we enjoyed our visit so much! 

We toured the ship (my 2nd time!). 
It s always sobering to see the work environment of our sailors.
It is harsh, in a word. 

 My son is a confident, hard-working sailor with almost
5 years of service under his belt.
I am very proud of him. 

If you can, visit your sailor. See their work environment.
It will give you an eye-opening perspective on the everyday life 
of those who choose to serve in the US Navy. 
It is a life of hard-work and sacrifice and they all
deserve our respect and support .

 I loved having most of my kids together for a few days.
It did my heart good! ♥  

And then, with grateful hearts, we say good-bye for a while.
Happy memories will keep us strong until we meet again.
We will treasure these blessed days.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Son and Sea on HLN's Salute to the Troops

HLN aired a short piece about my sailor's homecoming
from an almost 10 month deployment. 
Here's the article I wrote that was the 
basis for the on-air segment. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

update~ January 2016

So, I am woefully remiss in regards to this blog. I'm going to do better!! 
 All is well and my son is still a sailor, still a nuke and is doing great! 

This pic is from a port stop in Hawaii. 
It was a quick stop right before the ship's homecoming 
from a long deployment to the Middle East. 

I was VERY BLESSED to be able to go to San Diego and
see his ship come in.If you have a deployed sailor I strongly urge you
to attend this event if you possibly can!
It is worth every penny! I can say, with NO hesitation, that this event 
was one of the most amazing things that I have ever experienced! 
I will write an in-depth post about it, but trust me when I tell you
it is incredible! My son was deployed for almost 10 months.
Seeing that massive aircraft carrier come into view,
 the rails lined with sailors in dress whites, 
is a sight I will never forget!  

And the moment when I laid my eyes on my son after so long...
well, what can I say? My heart was so full, so very full!

This is how it is when your child chooses to serve.
It is  series of hugs... good-bye, hello, good-bye.
It is trying make a thousand memories in a few days,
enough to last you until the next time. 
It is hard and beautiful and bittersweet.

And if you are lucky, despite the distance and the time apart,
you will see that familiar grin and know
that your sailor is still yours, still that boy (or girl)
that grew up so fast... and you will know
that you are blessed.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

the long deployment

My son deployed last summer...
 and is still at sea... and is not on the way home yet.
This will be the longest USN deployment 
since Viet Nam by the time it is completed.

A lot has happened since he left... seasons and holidays have passed.

I have sent LOTS of care packages...
including these Christmas ones that LIT UP.

My son said his shipmates were impressed! ;) 

I have grown to LOVE the bubbly sound
my phone makes when I get a Skype message
at odd hours.

My sailor has seen a bit of the world...
Christmas in Dubai~ he'll always remember that.
He stood watch on Christmas day, but had 
a few days off before. 

 There have been other ports and there are more to come. 

He has been part of something important
while in the Persian Gulf for all these months. 
He has seen a lot... but mostly this. 
He has not complained to me one time. 
And I have kept the "home fires burning"...

You count the days.
You send packages
 and email.
You love Skype and Viber.
 You cherish port calls
because your sailor has some fun 
and you get phone calls.
You try not to think 
 about how dangerous the waters 
of the Persian Gulf are.
You pray.

And you have a grateful heart
for this grand and noble adventure.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

update~ at last

Where does the time go?
I apologize for abandoning this blog.
My son has made this ship his home
since last June.

In the past year he has been on numerous underways
He has gotten to know the ship and the beautiful city of San Diego.
We, as his family, have been blessed to have regular contact
with him (except for during the times he was underway).
He came home for Christmas!!! 

And he came home for 2 weeks this summer!
We had so much fun! 
Having our family complete was truly the best thing ever.
His sweet girlfriend, who has stood by him for FOUR YEARS,
was home from college and they got to spend
lots of time together.♥  

Now everyone knows that warships do not sit in the harbor forever.

After three years of hard work and preparation
it was time. 
The ship deployed in August.
It will be a long journey.

My son is ready. He likes his work.
He is off on his adventure. 

Communication is limited again. 
Every Face Book green light, Skype "ding", email notification
or call from an unknown number might be a message
from a faraway place on the sea.

As always, I miss him.
As always, my heart is full of love & gratitude.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

two years

"Time is the longest distance between two places."
  ~Tennessee Williams

Two years ago today our son raised his right hand 
for his final swearing-in, boarded a bus, boarded a plane 
and made his way to Great Lakes, Illinois.
 When we saw him, 2 months later at Navy boot-camp
graduation, he was a sailor.  
  Today he is a 3rd class Petty Officer. 
He has spent most of the past two years in one of the most
 challenging academic programs in the US military. 
In May he completed his studies and is a 
Nuclear Machinist Mate. 
He is stationed in San Diego and serves on
the USS Carl Vinson~ a nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

 I think of that bright summer morning in Dallas two years ago. 
I think of that boy who clutched his first set orders
and boarded that bus to his future.

I can tell you this, from a mother's heart, 
it was a beautiful, proud, terrible day. 
It was the first good-bye, the first knowing 
of this new life~ this unique letting-go~ 
this giving-over ~ this first step
on this new, uncharted path.

Some will tell you it gets easier,
 but that is not the word I would use.

I shattered my kneecap some years ago.
It actually hurts constantly. Mostly I ignore it. 
I am accustomed to it. I distract myself. 
Sometimes I take something to quell the pain.
But it is there always, a dull ache usually, 
but some days it is sharp flame.

And this is the way I miss my son. 
It is not easier, but I am used to it.
I stay busy and grateful~ 
always I find comfort and joy in being grateful. 
Time passes. Life goes on. 
Two years passes in a heartbeat.
"Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new... 
but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, 
its mystery and its design?"

Thursday, July 4, 2013

sweet freedom

Today I am thankful for those that serve and have served!
Our country is free and strong because of you! 
And I send a special thank you and much love
to San Diego and a certain sailor
that is missed today...
and every day.