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I am a United States Sailor.

I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.

I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and all who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.

I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.

I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.

Division 223 were the first through the door! The proudest moment of my life except when he was born :).

Philippians 1:6 (Amplified Bible) And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

"The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home." ~St. Augustine~

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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Wes (Discharged on 8-17-09)
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I am a very proud mother of my sailor from Div. 223, Ship 11 - graduated June 20, 2008.
Seven years ago I began my dream career of teaching school. I am a Certified Teacher's Assistant & Substitute Teacher, currently enrolled in Western Govenors University as a Math Major/Teacher 5-12 to become a licensed educator.
I have 4 wonderful children, 1 son and 3 daughters ranging in age from 22 - 12 yrs. old. All of them continually bless me and make me proud in all they do and accomplish! Their names would be: Wesley (22 y.o.), Amber (19 y.o.), Makenzie (15 y.o.), and Shana (13 y.o.).
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Update on Wes

Posted on December 25, 2010 at 8:44am 4 Comments

For those of you interested in how Wes has done since his discharge. . . it has been a long and rough road for him.  He fell into a deep depression and still fights off bouts of it.  Since his discharge he tried to pick up the pieces but ran into wall after wall, there just wasn't anything in the job front for anyone.  He moved to Iowa where his grandparents lived and landed acouple jobs that only let him go just before the probationary period drew near (they didn't want to pay benefits). …


It's A Girl!

Posted on January 7, 2009 at 5:43am 3 Comments

Yesterday at 9:07am my granddaughter met the world outside. Her name is Madison Renee, coming in at exactly 8 lbs. and 18 1/2 in. long. Mom and baby are doing very good :). Madison has a head of hair and not sure yet who she resembles, although Mom, Emily, says she has her nose hehehe. Dad, Wes, is all excited, but unfortunately wasn't able to stick around for the birth due to having to return to base by today. I don't know when I will get any pictures. . . hoping by tomorrow sometime!

I'm Going to be a Grandma!!!

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 5:24am 6 Comments

I got word yesterday afternoon that my grandbaby is trying to make her debut :). Emily went in the hospital yesterday, they said she was dilating! From what Wes told me they are inducing her labor so I could already be a grandma as I write this :)!! Wow what a miracle and blessing, things have come full circle now, how amazing! I am so excited to hear news - As soon as I know more I will post :).

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At 4:03pm on October 22, 2009, Cindy said…
I'd give you a gift but I don't have enough credits! Didn't realize this 'gifting' went from site to site. Take care of yourself and trust, with all you have, that things will work out for the best...God's best. =)
At 9:24am on October 22, 2009, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…
Your Welcome Michele,

thanks for the gift! I've pretty much been absent on here lately because of work and such but just saw your post on Paul's page. Tell Wes to keep his head up. No matter the length of his service, he stood up to the challenge when so many wouldn't and served his country. Tell him to keep that pride with him for life and to take that on to his next journey. I wish you, him, and the new baby girl the best. Like Paul said, drop in on us from time to time and let us know how it's going.

Best Wishes, EG
At 8:40am on October 22, 2009, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
sorry to hear about Wes....things happen! You're part of the family Michele, so drop by and let us know how you are doing!!
At 10:52pm on June 19, 2009, Cindy said…
Michele! I really haven't been ignoring you and it's so nice to hear from you again! I've been down with a 2 day headache. I was finally able to make it into my brother's clinic for an adjustment this morning. The headache's finally left, however, my neck's getting tight again and my head's startin to hurt. You're my last response of the night. Let's see. Morgan does look good doesn't he! I am a little bias though. His orders are to stay there in CP. He's assigned to an infantry unit, he just doesn't know which group yet. Won't know that until the end of July, first part of August.

I'm holding up ok. Got to see Morgan a month ago as we went to Cali for his FMTB graduation. I've never gone back to work. It's tough and we're having to redo the budget again, but I feel better when I'm not working. If I have to, I'll go back to work part time. I was hoping to find a job I could do from home, but it's really hard to find. I want a data entry from home job. Done way too many years of answering the phone to continue doing that from home. I haven't talked to Cora in a long time. Kelson's doing really well. Just finished his sophmore year. He played on the varsity tennis team again this year. Made it to state again playing doubles and went farther into the tourny with this partner than last years. Martin's hanging in there. He's not liking working for the state, but it is a job and they are finally recognizing that he's worth the title of project manager. Hopefully, the pay increase will come but we're not sure as there's a salary freeze in effect. He's gone back to practicing his martial arts and is really enjoying that. I had to quit playing soccer last winter. It was getting harder for me to play with my back the way it is. Sides the fact that we were always playing against young gals in their 20's! I found out they have two different levels of 30+ all women's teams. I may check into that. I don't know. I'm really not missing it so I guess I won't! I have been considering going to school myself. Just can't seem to get past the finance issues though. Hate to put us more in debt.

You never did tell me what kind of surgery Wes had. Is he finally well enough now that he can start c school or did he have to wait this long to class up? Man, I bet he's ready to be done with school and start his Navy career. I know Morgan is. I got those pics of your daughter. How is it knowing you have two kids out of school now? Graduated last Thursday? Wow. All of our high school graduations were the last week of May, first week of Jun. What university is WCU? What does she want to major in? I'm so happy you have new pics of your grandbaby! Have you been able to spend any time with her? Is Wes and mom still together? What does Wes think of his daughter? I bet your girls are looking forward to having you to themselves. Hey, what about the boys in the house? What are they up to? I would've been so far past the saturation point it wouldn't even be funny had I taken all the courses you have. Good thing you're giving you brain a break!

Morgan has a 'block leave' the 26th thru 7/6. He's flying home on the 27th. His girlfriend is driving down from Seattle on the 30th, then they'll head back to Seattle on 7/2. She's really more than a girlfriend, but I don't know if I can say fiance yet. Don't ask me how I feel about it. I'm not really sure.

Well, my friend, just looked at the time and it's time for me to put this head on a pillow. We're going to take my niece to the Emmett Cherry Festival tomorrow. I have to be up earlier than usual on a Saturday...only for my Cherry Grace! She's 31/2.

It really is nice to have you back 'on board'!
At 10:52am on February 19, 2009, Kevin said…
Hey Michelle, looks like we've both been busy. Any updates on Wes and his family? Keep in touch, Kevin
At 10:05pm on February 15, 2009, Cindy said…
Wes was going to have surgery?! Update please girlfriend. You have no idea how good I feel about quitting my job. Martin and I sat down and redid our budget. If we're very careful and tight, I won't have to go back to work. I think I'll still look for an at home job, the extra income would still come in handy. God's hand is in this, I know it. Regarding going back to school, you are much braver than I am. I have not heard of Western Governors University as Utah is next to me. I'm in Idaho....potatoes, 2009 World Special Olympics just finished in Boise....that's me! I'm so glad you liked the text msg. the gal that does my hair sent that to me. I've been going to her for 20 yrs. She's a good friend now. Isn't it amazing how babies can be? Kelson, 10 wks early, was picking up his head in NICU and banging his forehead on the mattress. The nurses couldn't believe it. Ya know what, he says he still does it's relaxing. Cookies? What cookies? The only ones left are the ones I'm sending to Morgan. If I knew your address I might send some your way. I did enjoy making them. I'm so happy for you going back to school, your excitement oozes thru your note! I really would like an update on what's been happening with Wes.
At 12:18am on February 15, 2009, Cindy said…
Hey my friend! How's the new grandma doing? I am no longer working! What a relief. This week was my first week at home and ya know what, I loved it! I actually made cookies from scratch. I don't know how many yrs it's been since I've done that. I'm going to try and find a job that I can do here at home. I want and need the flexibilty to be home or be able to be at Kelson's tennis matches. I really felt the need to be home more for him. If I can't work from home, I'll work a morning part time job. Anyway, that's my biggest news. What's up with you?
At 6:24am on February 5, 2009, Chuck said…
Thanks for the comment on Airdales. I know that he is not the only young man to be "in this boat" (pun intended). It does help to hear that others are getting through it. I think Dad is more frustrated than Andrew. He likes Hawaii, the base, and gives me the impression he enjoy work with the other in the maintainence group.
This week he has been sent for Qual. and Indoc. classes to be oriented to exactly expected out of him. Things are settling down and he is temporarily assigned to a squadron. He is still not completely sure if he will deploy and join his squadron in the Middle East or be kept busy at Marine Corp Base Hawaii till they return. We will see.
We are encouraging Andrew to request leave for his brother’s high school graduation. Adam would love to have his brother at graduation.
At 8:32am on January 27, 2009, Cindy said…
Hey Michele, Congrats!!! I am sorry I have not said so sooner been busy. She is beautiful. I know you cannot wait to hold her and kiss her.. I am so happy about your daughter also,I know how proud you are of her.. Well I will talk to ya later congrats..Cindy
At 8:32am on January 18, 2009, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…
Michele I love the pics. She is beautiful !!


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