I am hoping my blog will help other families as they go on this journey in their child's life. My son is currently at Tech School at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. We have survived bmt and now we are a little over half way through Tech School. My son just found out his PCS (Permanent Change Station) and we are excited. He will be going to Robins AFB in Georgia. I just want you to know that your kid is tougher than you think. In basic training their flight is like their family. They…Continue
Added by Maria M Schalow on May 4, 2013 at 8:50pm — No Comments
It makes me sad each time I spot a figure standing on a street corner with a sign that reads "Homeless and Hungry. Anything helps." My heart breaks into pieces when the figure I see is young, a teen, perhaps, whose circumstances have shoved him onto a street corner in the hopes of finding the means to eat and survive that day. So often I watch car after car pay them no attention, as if there was no one there at all. I give some money when I can, but often lately I just don't have it, and…Continue
Added by Amy Skalicky on April 17, 2013 at 8:39pm — No Comments
I really miss him. I'm 24 weeks and I feel completely alone. I'm not the most social person, so I can count my friends on 1 hand. The friends I do have are in relationships with guys that aren't military affiliated. So they don't really understand. Most of the time I don't understand. The only voice that I hear through most of the day is my own... or one of my pets trying to get some attention. There are days I don't even want to get out of bed. The only reason I do is because my pets need…Continue
Hi everyone. I had an article published and I wanted to share it with you all. It talks about childcare in the military and the unique challenges our families face finding flexible, affordable childcare for our kids. Please take a look and email me for more information! Thanks…Continue
Added by Stephanie Ann on February 15, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Services for Veterans and their Families
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services, working through local Community Service Boards (CSBs), provides services to veterans and their families for any stress-related problem as well as…Continue
Added by Suzanna Erlichman on January 22, 2013 at 2:43pm — No Comments
I recieved this email recently from a Navy mom. Her daughter was deployed to Afghanistan and she found an awesome way to send Christmas to war! Try this the next time you fill your holiday care package:
"Lori, this is the first time I've used this email addy in a long time, and so happy to be able to post one more time. You have the greatest number of members to whom I hope this will prove useful.
I wrote about it when my daughter was in Afghanistan, and…Continue
Added by Lori Bell on December 13, 2012 at 10:40am — No Comments
My daughter, Kirstie, swears into the Air Force today, in Spokane, WA. Then off to San Antonio......... I'm not sure who this is hardest on, my daughter, my 17 year old son, who will be signing up with the Marines next year, me, or our Westie, Faceman, who decided to tear into my brothers dog this morning because he had the audacity to stand there & get love from "his" girl, before she left! :) It…Continue
Here's some Thanksgiving tear-jerking cheer from our friends at Welcome Home Blog. Get your tissues ready...…
Added by Lori Bell on November 21, 2012 at 5:15pm — No Comments
Here's a great post I found on www.veteransunited.com! If you're excited to welcome your service member back, here's great information on what you can expect. Originally posted by Claire Shackleford.Continue
Added by Lori Bell on November 21, 2012 at 8:53am — No Comments
It was a breathtaking scene. Thirty military spouses, laughing, crying, and hugging in a foggy haze of the holiday scene going on around us. It was October just outside the doors of this room, located just a few miles from my own house.…Continue
Added by Lori Bell on November 19, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
My son Alex started BMT on 11/13, I flew in from VA and spent the day of departure with him. Was up there with the hardest days of my life. I heard him tell his cousin on the phone "Take care of mom for me", I cried all the way home. He called yesterday, sounds strong. I feel for every mom that has had to go through this. Thank God For the comfort he provides!
James called yesterday and really earlier then usual. Thank God we were all here. He passed the gas chamber with flying colors. YEAH! He got his blues. Last week his knees went out so he had to go to the hospital for meds and light duty for 3 days. No running. But they sure kept him busy. He loves grilled cheese sandwiches, which he would NEVER eat at home. Loves Sundays because it is grilled cheese and Jesus. I am so please he has let Jesus in his life. We are counting down 3 1/2 weeks.…Continue
Today is my birthday, and it's one of the saddest birthdays I can remember. My son left for basic Training on Oct 23 from San Antonio, to go to Fort Sill Oklahoma. I have six children, five of them sons, and he's my second oldest. I just miss him so much, because he is such a big piece of this family that I have been taking care of all these years. He's 19 and I have spent every day since he was born, taking care of him and I miss doing that. Maybe that's one of the things that upset me so…Continue
James is doing great. On his 4th week. Last week he had a smile in his voice. He sent 2 letters. He said he loved us. Said he has the best family ever. The love he sent in those letters I will cherish always. We are at the half way mark. God bless our men and woman.
Our son got to take his cell phone and called us 5:30pm Calif time. We put the phone on speaker and when he heard my voice he started to cry and said, "I want to come home." IT BROKE MY HEART. I am a stay at home mom and I have always been used to fixing everything. Can't fix this. I told him no you are doing great. He passed his physical test. He said he hadn't eating in 3 days. OUTCH! A mother doesn't want to hear that. Then he said he is only getting 3 hours sleep a night. Now this…Continue
My son and I have faced a lot of changes in the past year, one of them being his decision to join the AF. I read another blog here on the site that verified that the feelings I have are customary for moms.....it was a relief to know that the crying for any reason, going through the feelings of nostalgia are not of my own creation!
I recently moved to Virginia and my son came for a visit (he lives in San Antonio) and when I went to drop him off at the airport this morning, I felt like…Continue
my son graduated from lackland air force base, on oct.5, 2012. trs. 326 and flt 626.
Want a fun and creative way to spice up date nights? Make a Date Night Can! Decorate an old can of some fruit or vegetable...make sure it's big enough to put your hand inside...and fill it with date night ideas written on scraps of paper. To really awaken the kid in you, get your kids to help fill the can!
Added by Lori Bell on September 30, 2012 at 6:10pm — No Comments