Thursday, June 27, 2013

Our Soldier Boy....

Dearest Readers,
We have been receiving letters from our Soldier Boy!  He is entering his 4th week of Basic Training and we now have an address where we can send him letters.  We also may send care packages as long as they contain only approved items...they are not very exciting, just hygiene and writing items, but it is so nice to be able to connect with our boy.
We received a 25 minute phone call on Monday...we had not heard from him, by phone, since the end of May.  You can be sure that we were smiling ear to ear and I did shed a tear or two after we hung up the telephone. 
I have set up a little "Post Office" downstairs in my craft room so that I have all the supplies needed to send out letters and packages. I am trying to have mail go out every other day so that he is hearing from home consistently. 
I would love to hear from any of my lovely Readers that have had a loved one serve in the Military, especially one of their sons or daughters.  This is a whole new experience for me and I feel a little lost at times.
Yours kindredly,


Tiff said...

Hi Shan,

I know all the feelings running through your head and heart right now...pride, joy, fear, sadness, the whole range of emotions.
My oldest child and son joined the Marines last September. He graduated boot camp in Dec. and he is now out training in Arizona. He will hopefully be done out there in the next few weeks and then will find out his duty station(we are all praying for somewhere here on the East coast).
I think the 3 months he was in boot camp I was just an emotional wreck. My first baby leaving the nest mixed with me being worried for him and missing him terribly. After bootcamp and having him over for three weeks before his training started, I did a whole 180. I saw how he had matured and that he finally found his niche in life. He was enjoying things and he was really shining.
While I still worry about him and miss him, I am more proud than anything else now.

Hang in there, you will get through this.

(((hugs))) and tell your son how proud we are of him.

Proud Marine Mom :)

Tiff said...

Forgot to add, I kept a journal while he was in bootcamp and it really helped me to write down my thoughts even though I never shared it with anyone.
Also, don't forget to send your son newspaper clippings and news about the world. I don't know how isolated they are in the Army, but I know in the Marines bootcamp they craved news of the outside world.


Shan said...


I thought about you as I posted this. I know that you have had the same feelings...isn't it hard.

But this was his passion, serving his beloved country...he is such a neat young man.

We are blessed, aren't we?

Anonymous said...

Our grandson is out of boot came and now in schooling for his field of duty. The difference in the boy who was sent and the man who he is now is beautifully amazing! They went for his graduation too.He was allowed a couple short phone calls before boot was over. Now he can Skype and also phone or write home. The family found out when he went to boot camp that there was a group of parents from his unit that formed a face book page. They exchange ideas and info. It was a help for all as military was new to many of them. Maybe your son's unit has such a parents page? Sarah

Shan said...

Dearest Sarah,

We indeed have a Facebook page helps a lot!

Please thank your Grandson for his service...I now understand the sacrifice a little bit more and it is truly humbling.

Your comment meant the world to me..


Anonymous said...

I neglected to add I have been to your beautiful sight many times but I don't think I have ever commented before. I just stopped and stared too the day I saw your planting shed. Beautiful is not a good enough word for it. You can tell your devotion to your family and God in your posts. I am thankful for the bloggers who still put Him first. In a fallen world we need all the encouragement we can find and the feelings that there are many others out who care is invaluable and cherished more than ever. It seems at times we are getting to be the minority. Sarah

Shan said...


What lovely thoughts and are too kind. Thank you.


happy momma said...

Shan, My sons are not old enough to be in the military, yet. My oldest has always been very interested in past wars and all things military. I know you are very proud of your son and I also know how a mom's heart feels when one of her children are not where she can see them. My oldest is sitting here with me now and he was asking questions about your son and said he was proud of him for serving his country. I guess I have a very special place in my heart for our service men and women because of my own son who sees such a noble thing in standing for ones country with all you have in you. Tell your son our prayers are with him and we are proud of him. My prayers are also with you Shan, that God will give you peace and comfort. Blessings

Shan said...

Dearest Happy Mommma,

Your words were such a balm to my heart.

Please tell your oldest that I will give my big Soldier Boy his best sweet.

Thank you for praying for my son, it is such a comfort to know that he is held in the palm of His hand.

Blessings to you and your family,

YapNetworker said...

I love your blog! It's so peaceful reading it :) Calms the soul... even as you speak of your SIT being away, the calmness still prevails... Thanks for sharing!


Debbie said...

Five years ago our youngest daughter married a young man from our church family we'd known for years. He has been a Marine for a decade now. They lived their first 3 years of marriage in Brunswick Maine and are stationed in Okinawa. They are coming home for a visit next month and we and his family are so excited to see them. He did 3 consecutive duties in Iraq during that war while they were courting, and he was deployed to Afghanistan ealy this year while she waited in Japan. It is a hard life, and hard on moms and dads. They love the Lord, and knowing He loves them I rest in that as does his mom.
I have two daughters and I missed them so much when they left home, but we are thankful for both our son-in-laws and now have a little granddaughter here in the states not too far away from us. I thank your son for his willingness to serve his country. He is very blessed to have a praying mom. :D

Anonymous said...

Hope you are okay.