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At 10:52am on August 9, 2013, Craig G. said…

Clayton, busy here too. S.A. graduates SubSchool today. Youngest is in his 3rd week of USMC. Just like GLs, all the boys are getting the crud. Moim & I are adjusting to "Empty nest." S.A. has been calling about every other day. I think he's worried Mom & I are just sitting around pining for them, we're not...sort of. Big changes for all our kids. Hope your S.A. & DIL are getting settled. Best chance for visits for us is mid-October (Marine) and maybe, just maybe X-Mas for S.A. We're hopeful. Hope all is well and your family can huddle together in the future.

At 4:25pm on July 22, 2013, Craig G. said…

Clayton, hope everything is running smoothly for your son & DIL. Our Sailor seems to be adjusting nicely. He's managed to earn his second level liberty card and is working toward his third. 10:16am yesterday (Sunday) morning our youngest left for MEPS in Sacramento. Today we're waiting for the "I've arrived call." We've re-set the countdown clock, we're now officially counting down to USMC Graduation (October 26th). THe advenure just seems to keep going and going and going. No wonder once our kids become adults we retire. You guys take care and I'll keep you posted. 

At 1:18pm on July 15, 2013, Craig G. said…

Clayton, great to hear from you. Happy to hear everything is going well with your son & DIL. My Sailor is doing really well in Groton. He's getting into a routine and has made several good friends who will be together for at least a year. Youngest son's deployment to USMC boot camp was postponed 1 week. He leaves on 7/21. We held an open house on Saturday for all his friends & family. Huge turnout, busy day, lots of fun. Amazing what we've all been through in only 4 months. Thank you for you kind thoughts about the boys. Please stay in touch

At 3:39pm on June 24, 2013, Craig G. said…

Well, you knew it was going to start. We're officially on a 21-day countdown until our youngest son leaves the nest, 7/14. Our Sailor seems to be adjusting quite nicely to Groton. Really like being able to talk or text everyday, doesn't seem like he's 3000 miles away. I'm glad to hear your DIL is moving out to GL to be with her guy. As hard as it is on us, I can only imagine how difficult it was on her. I wish them much happiness. Mom is in the major planning stages for an open house so all our son's friends can stop by on the Saturday, 7/13,  before he heads for USMC boot camp. Boot camp is 13 weeks and then 10 days of leave immediately following. I wish you all well and I'll keep you posted. Please do the same. 

At 2:01pm on June 19, 2013, Craig G. said…

Clayton, glad to hear from you. I'm sure your Sailor & DIL are all giddy about getting to be with one another again. I'm happy for them. Quite the experience for a young married couple. Our Sailor seems to be adjusting nicely. We talk or text every day, what a difference. He's still as busy as a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest, but he told Mom he likes where he's at. He sounds good as I'm sure your Sailor does. Now that they've moved on, I think they're able to relax a little and enjoy more of the experience. We're still recovering from the trip and our grand adventure. Not counting days yet, but soon enough we'll be on a countdown for our soon-to-be Marine and it starts all over. His boot camp is 13-weeks followed by an automatic 10 day leave following graduation. The leave sounds great, it's the 13-weeks where I'll need strength. Keep me posted pm your Sailor and I'll do the same. Wish them well and you and Mom take care.  

At 12:08pm on June 15, 2013, Craig G. said…

Clayton likewise. The ceremony ended and we just zeroed in on finding our Sailor. Congratulations to your Sailor as well as to your family. What an experience. Our Sailor was a "Grab-n-Go." We were able to spend Friday until 1900hrs when he needed to be back on base. We returned to the hotel, slept and woke up at 0130hrs to get ready for Saturday's adventure. We drove to O'Hare and saw the buses arrive from GL at about 0300hrs. We managed to squeeze in another 6-hours with our Sailor before his flight left for Connecticut. A quick visit, but well worth every moment. We only returned home yesterday. My wife was born in Illinois, but moved away when a toddler. We went adventuring putting places with names we've heard over the years. It also provided us with much needed time with our 18-year-old son as he leaves for USMC boot camp in mid-July. God bless your family, it was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for your friendship as we continue dealing with the changes we're going to experience. 

At 10:44pm on May 16, 2013, Craig G. said…

Hi Clayton, hope everything is going well with your SR. Received 2 letters today from SR. He says he's finally back to 100% healthy, just exhausted. He says the pace of boot camp has really increased. He likes how things are coming fast and furious now. No downtime, wake-up, eat, learn, eat, PT, eat & sleep. Hopefully this will help the time pass more quickly for our SRs. 

At 8:21pm on May 14, 2013, Craig G. said…

Glad to see you back. Well, the boys are on the downhill slide. I can feel the excitement starting to build toward PIR. Hope your SR has fully recovered from oral surgery. My SR finally beat the sniffles and ended up with an ear infection. No phone call this past weekend, likely not going to hear from him for the next 2 weeks. Hope you and yours are well. 

At 10:28am on May 11, 2013, Craig G. said…

Thank you for the info on the Challenge Coin. Mom received the same info on navymoms and had already ordered one. Very impressive token. Embossed and enamled, high quality. Hope things are going well with you and yours. The boys have crested the top of the mountain and are heading down the slope toward PIR. I don't know who will be more relieved, them or us?  

At 1:52am on May 8, 2013, Craig G. said…

Clayton, you and me both. I nearly snapped SR's spine when I said goodbye, probably going to be pretty close when I see him again. You're right about being busy. If I'm following the schedule properly. This week is range training and a lot of hands on stuff. Just to be a fly on the wall for an hour. Just to put eyes on him, but that will come soon enough. More time behind them than in front of them. What an adventure.   

At 12:39am on May 6, 2013, Craig G. said…

Hope you and Mom had a good weekend. No call for us, but we received a midweek call this past week. Hope your SR has fully recovered from oral surgery. My SR still fighting the flu or possibly a reaction to all the shots. Tried to cheer him up in a letter, by letting him know that  if he still has the sniffles next week during weapons training, he'll get rid of the sniffles after "Confidence Chamber." That's when they get exposed to tear gas. Sounds silly, but it does clear your sinuses. Hope he appreciates my humor. Take care.  

At 6:41pm on May 3, 2013, Craig G. said…

Yeah for a letter!!! Isn't it amazing that from a physical standpoint it's virtually worth pennies, but from an emotional standpoint, it's priceless. Who knew that our sons going to boot camp would allow us to relive our childhood. We get to experience the anticipation of a child waiting for Christmas and then the excitement of getting exactly what we wanted. Happy for you and your wife.   

At 3:17pm on May 2, 2013, Craig G. said…

Received a call yesterday at 1pm our time, 3pm their time. SR sounded good even though he's still fighting a cold and ear infection. How's your SR after oral surgery? Hope you, Mom or DIL received a call. I was in training, so stepped out for the 20-minute call. Instructor very forgiving, retired airborne. Told him I might get a call. His response "You will take that call, end of discussion." I don't know how the SRs feel, but I can't believe it's been 3 weeks already. Today should be the start of 3-1. Basic seamanship, signal flags, first aid and boarding / disembarking a ship. Take care 

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At 4:30am on May 1, 2013, Craig G. said…

I'll look into the challenge coins and ask my wife to do the same. Would be a great keepsake for family. I also reminded my SR that next week is photos. Told him to order enough to provide to entire family. Also SRs can place an order at the NEX for PIR DVD & Keel book. My understanding is The Keel book is like a year book for PIR class filled with photographs of their entire boot camp, not sure. Maybe one of the senior dads could clarify.  

At 3:44pm on April 30, 2013, Craig G. said…

Clayton, not willing to miss another call. Yesterday, Mom spent time on the phone adding "Caller ID" and "Call Forwarding." Understand through navymoms.com SRs may start calling midweek. I would hate for you and wife to miss a call, if midweek calls occur. Please let your DIL also know. We get so few calls, never want to miss an opportunity. It sure seems a lot longer than 3 weeks. Hopefully, SRs are finding their groove.  

At 11:49pm on April 28, 2013, Craig G. said…

Holy cow! Like RTC isn't tough enough, he has to have his wisdom teeth pulled.  My SR was very fortunate with all the screening. I missed a call yesterday as I was working a special detail. Mom missed the call too. Bummed we missed it, but younger brother got 30-minutes of telephone time with his older brother. God works in mysterious ways. The boys are best friends and its taken its toll on the younger one. I'm sure it was good for both of them. I wish your SR a painless and speedy recovery. Your SR has another note for the memory book. I not only passed Navy boot camp, I was three weeks in when I had all four wisdom teeth pulled. That is tough, he's built Navy strong. Of course you and Mom have a lot to do with that too.      

At 12:32am on April 27, 2013, Craig G. said…

Working on all the reservations and travel plans. Not saying anything to SR just yet. He asked us not to mention PIR too early in boot camp. We are planning on attending as many things as possible. Meet and greet most definitely. We received a bundle of letters on Wednesday. I was almost late for work because I had to read each one. With added duty, comes added responsibility. Your SR fills a very important role, religious RPO. I would imagine he's offering support to many of the young men. That's awesome!

At 10:57pm on April 24, 2013, Craig G. said…

Today was a very good day. Before I left for work, my wife brought in the mail. We received eight letters dating back to April 13th. I sat and read each one. They made me laugh, choke up a little and just feel as though I have a much better idea as to what their doing and how he's feeling. He sounded really positive and starting to adjust. I hope you have or will be receiving letters very soon.  

At 11:03pm on April 21, 2013, Craig G. said…

I am so glad you finally heard from your boy. It's amazing how receiving a cardboard box or getting a telephone call or waiting for a letter, things we take for granted have a whole new importance now. Every little piece of information helps. We're waiting for letters, hopefully they can put them in the mail on Monday (4/22). Happy for you and yours.  

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