Valentine’s Day Care Packages.

 

Valentine’s day is one of those special days that you really want to share with your spouse!! But for some of us, our spouses are deployed, TAD, or a Geo-bachelor and are a way from us.  But don’t fret!! You can still share this holiday with your spouse or significant other. 

 

Send a care package!!!  This is one of the best times of the year to go all out and do a themed care package.  Below are some ideas to get you started, and don’t worry if it arrives a little late. Remember it’s the thought that counts!

 

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Doesn’t a sailor belong at sea?

We are looking at options; options for the future.

So there is a possibility that if you go this route, you may never get underway….again? I asked my beloved.

Well, possibly, he replied.

I mulled this over. On the surface it sounded spectacular and many a wife would gladly hear those words. Still, I know, in my heart, that he loves being at sea. When we started dating, I will admit, I fell in love with the romantic notion that he’d go out to sea, and I’d wait lovingly until he returned. It wasn’t forever, I told myself, and always been an independent woman. I could do this. I would do this. I’ve been doing this.

 

I knew from our first date that I wanted to spend eternity with this man. I felt like Brandy, watching his eyes and listening to his stories of riding the ocean waves. I could feel the power of the storms and smell the salt of the water. While I knew he’d always be in my heart, I knew also that he had a passion for the great deep blue. I never thought he’d choose it over me, but I know he has always been drawn to it, and I respect that. In turns he respects me and always discusses a new billet with me before jumping in head first (that’s if he has a choice). In a way, I think it’s his way of reassuring himself that I’m okay with this life. I’m sure he struggles with it. Who wouldn’t? You love being at sea, but you love your family waiting at home too.

So, what’s a girl to say? A teeny tiny part of me wants to say “Yes, stay ashore. Be home to watch the kids grow.” Still, I’m a believe in allowing him to make his own career decisions (without too much nagging from me). We talk about the family first. Obviously, with children and school and housing matters, family often throws a wrench in the mix. Still, after we talk about ideal places for our family. I let him go from there. I can work almost anywhere so that doesn’t concern me. So, I encourage him to think about his career advancement and getting the most out of educational and training opportunities. I want him to look back on his Coast Guard years and feel satisfied.

Why is this so important to me? Well, I’m glad you asked. When I was in the service, I didn’t take advantage of a few opportunities that came my way. I felt I was young and had all the time in the world. In addition, I never envisioned getting out as soon as I did. I had my goals set on a 20 year career, at least. So, I have a few regrets. I wish I had taken that overseas tour. I wish I had gone to that school in D.C. I should have completed my Bachelors when I was still active. I could go on and on. Still, I did get to experience a lot of great things and establish some solid connections, and for that I’m grateful that I wasn’t a complete dunce.

Back on topic though, I don’t want my husband to look back with remorse over things in the years to come. So, what do you say to your husband when he’s asking you about no more sea duty? Well, I told him, I support whatever decision you make. Either way, the future looks pretty bright, no matter what route he chooses. I just wish I had a crystal ball to show me what the ultimate decision will be. Until then, I’ll hand over the looking glass for him to have a tête à tête about which road to travel.

So, what does a landlocked sailor do? I’ll let you know if and when I find out. :)~

Welcome Home

080718-N-4879G-372 NORFOLK, Va. (July 18, 2008) A Sailor assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) hugs his family during the ship’s return to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment. Cole was deployed with the British Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and was the first U.S. Navy ship to sail under the command of a foreign battle group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman PatricK Grieco/Released)

I just love homecomings!

What a difference a year makes

A year ago he was on our couch playing xBox for hours and hours.

Today for the first time he stepped aboard a “big deck”. Im not sure he’d be happy about my blogging about it, his dad has already emailed his CMC and some others Im sure of it…..

(deep breath)

They have text messaged this morning and it is just so exciting and scary at the same time.

Being a Navy mom is REALLY starting to sink in…

He said he has already gotten “lost” and had to find someone to show him how to get back to the galley.

Eye on the Fleet

Not very often are there cameras on the pier capturing Homecoming. How wonderful for these USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) families. Darn Gold Crew! 😉

Welcome home

Yes…We ARE Live Tonight at 9pmET!

Yes….I keep getting emails wondering when ARE we having our next LIVE! show?! Well, wait no longer! We are back tonight at 9pmET. Thank you for being patient during the break. I was hoping to have our Anniversary Show lineup complete, but we had some technical difficulties…that special show is coming soon. In the meantime, please join us tonight!

Here are the details:

It’s Girl Talk tonight, that means we are answering your questions about anything and everything.

We are also talking about how to stay busy this summer if your honey is deployed.

Pour that cup of tea, coffee or cold drink and join us at 9pmET.

We are going to have a ton of fun.

*Cheers*
Wendy, Marie and Jessica (and most importantly YOU!)

Show Link to listen LIVE!:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/navywiferadio/2008/05/21/Navy-Wife-Radio

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Eye on the Fleet

080416-N-1226D-137 POINT LOMA, Calif. (April 16, 2008) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Keith Davis kisses his wife Angie Davis during a homecoming for the Los Angels class fast-attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) returning after a six-month deployment in the western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Omar A. Dominquez (Released)

I’m guessing this was the First Kiss Winner?? What do you think?

I also want to say it was raining here today…..and a bit dreary. That San Diego blue sky sure looks wonderful! Someone was just asking a question about how to get those leis for the sail….anyone have any ideas??