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From: mamagoose
Date: 10-08-2005, 11:08 AM (1 of 17)
Hi All,
First, I want to say thank you for the support of kind words and prayers for our son. He arrived home yesterday. He is a Marine reservist and not due to deploy again for 2 years. We sure hope that remains the plan and that it's all over by then. He was in such clear danger every day. 10% of his company were killed, 10% seriously wounded and another 10% wounded enough to be sent home. Our :USA: servicemen and women are still dying over there. I pray every day that they will be saved for their sacrifice. They are just kids. That's the most I know to do. There is still work for us as parents in helping our son deal with his thoughts of the death he experienced. DH was in the Beirut bombing in 1983, and his experience will be useful to his son now who wasn't even born then. Our first son was 5 days old when he had to leave. I know what these young wives and mothers are going through. Times like these I wish I was a clergy or psychologist, so I might say the right thing at the right time. I just hope I am here to listen when DS needs to talk. Some events he will never share and others will come out over the years. That's the way it was with DH. Although we had tried to convince him to pursue a different path for his own safety, I would certainly want to be on his fire team if I were another Marine in battle. We are proud of him.

DH and I remodeled the boys' bedroom since older DS was away to college this past month. I made bedskirts and lampshades, but was running out of time and bought curtains and decorative pillows. They had a juvenile planetarium theme since when they were little boys and now it's all grown up. We had some simple, but big armoires built that I designed. They are pleased with the change. The boys think we are trying to keep them at home for a few more years. As long as we can! I'll post some pics one of these days. Now back to my sewing! :bluesmile
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From: sewingrandma
Date: 10-08-2005, 11:40 AM (2 of 17)
So glad to hear you son is home safe. Just be there and ready to listen when the time comes and he is ready to talk. Don't ask questions to get him to talk, it will come out when he is ready. My brother was in Vietnam and it took years for him to start talking about it. He has thanked us for not pushing and just listening when he did start.
My nephew is a Marine and still in Iraq (second tour) and we pray for his safety daily. I try not to listen to the news too much because all you hear are how many Marines were killed.
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From: Bama
Date: 10-08-2005, 11:51 AM (3 of 17)
That's wonderful news. I'm glad he made it back to you okay. :bluesmile Give him a big hug from all of us and tell him THANK YOU. :USA:

We know a young man in the army who will return home from Iraq next month. :USA: He looks so young. Not much older than my 17yo son who is still a kid to me.
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From: beachgirl
Date: 10-08-2005, 12:17 PM (4 of 17)
So Glad he made it home safe. I had 2 brothers in Nam at the same time. They still don't say much but we've heard from some buddies about what they went through. Just be there for them. That seems to work the best & what they need. At least with ours it did. Tell him how proud we are of him & a great big THANK YOU. :up: :bluesmile
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From: bren
Date: 10-08-2005, 02:42 PM (5 of 17)
That's wondreful new's mamagoose...I'm so happy for you and your family...give him an extra hug for me...
Don't let anyone ...Live Rent Free In Your Head
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From: MaryW
Date: 10-08-2005, 05:49 PM (6 of 17)
You must be so relieved. That is wonderful news mamagoose.
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From: misstwoshoes
Date: 10-08-2005, 08:27 PM (7 of 17)
I am so glad your son is home safe and sound. Tell him that we appreciate his willingness to serve his country. It is because of courageous men like him that I am able to sit safe and comfortable in this country. God bless all of your family.
Artie Ann
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 10-08-2005, 08:49 PM (8 of 17)
Wonderful news, and thank you from Michigan.

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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 10-09-2005, 07:38 PM (9 of 17)
Please give him a big hug and THANK YOU from my family and I.. I said a prayer of thanks for his safe return..
Sew With Love
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From: bridesmom
Date: 10-10-2005, 11:12 PM (10 of 17)
That is so wonderful mamagoose. Thank you for giving your son. I'm sure it must have been extremely hard and Thank God he's home safely.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 10-10-2005, 11:17 PM (11 of 17)
Thank you to you, your family and your son....
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I'm glad he's home safe and sound....
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From: Reba Hewitt
Date: 10-11-2005, 08:45 AM (12 of 17)
Thank God your son made it home safely. My Hubby is a Marine too (served in Vietnam)...ONCE A MARINE ALWAYS A MARINE a wonderful bunch of men...SEMPER FIDELIS!!!!!
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From: Sewhappie
Date: 10-12-2005, 08:53 AM (13 of 17)
So happy to see your son home safely!!!!!!

If you are a fan of the NBC show "Three Wishes" with Amy Grant. They will have a show on where three Akron Area Marines from the 3/25th think that they are being Honored,but it turns out to be a Suprise wedding for one of them!!!!! It should be airing very soon.
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From: toadusew
Date: 10-13-2005, 10:48 AM (14 of 17)
Wonderful news that your son made it home safely, Mamagoose!
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From: plrlegal
Date: 10-13-2005, 09:13 PM (15 of 17)
Mamagoose glad to hear your son is back safe on American soil. Tiner Air Force Base has a sign up at the main gate that says it all: "HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!" All of our fighting men and women have my highest and utmost respect because they are brave enough to volunteer to keep our country free and no matter what some think if it, America is still the greatest country in the world today.

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From: Military_Mom
Date: 10-14-2005, 02:58 PM (16 of 17)
SO glad that your son made it home safely. We thank God everyday for the service men and women that come home and pray daily for the families of those who don't make it home. Can't imagine going through that loss. My son is still in Iraq with the Marines and my daughter is in Afghanistan with the Navy. I'm looking forward to the day I can say....MY son and daughter came home,too! God bless you all!
Semper Fi
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From: mamadus
Date: 10-18-2005, 10:26 PM (17 of 17)
I think I'll be making a few sweatshirts for Christmas with that saying with an American flag.... to all of you military moms... thanks so much for the sacrifices you and your children have made... and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice... there are not enough words to say how much we appreciate what you've given us...

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