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I'm a 40 something single mother of 2 - Matt, a United States Marine, who is married to the most beautiful girl in the world, Ashley and Kaitlin 14 going on 21, need I say more... two grandchildren, Tyler and Jordyn who is the applie of Mimi's eye... I have the most wonderful man in my life right now. Tony is my true soulmate. I am so happy with my life.... it can't get any better than this!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

The Superheroes - Soldier Mom and Devildog

As you know my son, Devildog, is currently deployed but what you don't know is that my beautiful daughter-in-law, Soldier Mom, is in the first steps of mobilization. She is currently in California for Desert Warfare Training. She will be back to their home around the end of August and will have to report back to her duty station sometime on or before September 28. At that time, she will spend 50 days in OK and will leave U.S. soil sometime around Thanksgiving for Iraq/Afghanistan. Will Devildog be able to return early from his deployment, we have no idea? With many, many prayers being said, we hope so. If not, then he will not get to see his wife again until November 2010.

Once Devildog does return from deployment, he will come and take Soldier Pup back home with him… Mimi's not quite sure about that but I'm willing to let him try and be a single dad…he just has no clue as to what all that single parenting is about.

So where did these names come from, you may be asking yourself. Well, their four year old son gave them these names and I'm sure you're wondering why; well I'll just tell you why.

Soldier Pup, as we will call him, is having a really hard time with mommy and daddy both being gone so I've told him that his mommy was going for training to be a superhero just like daddy and that he was probably the only boy at school that had a mommy and daddy as a superhero. He feels very special have both mommy and daddy for superheroes but what kid wouldn't.

So he said, "Mimi, can I name them?"
"Why yes you sure can", I said to him…"what you like for their superhero names to be?"

"Hmmmm . . . how about Soldier Mom for mommy and Devildog for daddy." I told him that I thought that was a beautiful idea and that is what they shall be called from this point forward.

So that is how they got their name. I'm so very, very proud of them both. I know what they are doing is so freely giving themselves so that we can sleep in peace at night. They are truly a brave young Marine and young Soldier.
Proudly Brought to You by Dixie 10:06 PM 10 comments

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Happy Birthday Matt . . .

My Son
by: Dee Skyrme

When I carried you inside me I longed for a baby son,
My prayers were answered my son, my one and only one,
They laid you in my arms and I knew right away,
That the love you and I would share,
Would be wonderful and beyond compare.

The years they flew by,
I watched you grow
From a little wee lad, to a man strong and tall
There were many times when the things that you did
Left me weary and sad and wanting to cry
Bu you became the man of whom I am proud.

Now you’re a man with a boy of your own
You can feel the joy of loving a child,
And how deep that love goes,
Now you know how I feel when I look at you,
My son, my one and only one.

It is so very hard for me to believe that my Marine, my son is 20 years old today. Where in the world did the time go? Happy Birthday my sweet son. I love you for not only who and what you are but who and what you have become.
Proudly Brought to You by Dixie 9:12 AM 3 comments

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What a disgrace

So I open my e-mail AND this is what I find....

United State Marine Corps - War in Iraq

Sunday, July 19, 2009 4:03 PM



Good day and compliments, I know this letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise,I am Capt Allen Harris, a US Marine, serving in the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment which Patrols the Anbar province,Iraq.I am desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you. I am presently in Iraq and I found your contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of $10,570,000 (Ten million Five Hundred and Seventy Thousand USD) to the States or any safe country, as far as I can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I complete my service here.This is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved. Contact me via email:
alharrisopen@gmail.com so that I can furnish you with more details.

Capt Allen Harris
United States Marine Corps

Needless to say this just really, really, really makes my skin crawl.... There are no words to describe how this makes me feel. How low can somebody stoop?
Proudly Brought to You by Dixie 10:44 PM 6 comments

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Semper Gumby

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this post. I don't care what anyone says being a military family is NOT easy ...

As you all know my wonderful daughter in law, Ashley, is an Army Reservist. Her unit in VA is mobilizing in September.

I love her as much as I love my own kids. Who would have ever thought that we could have this mother in law/daughter in law relationship that we have. We have such a wonderful relationship that she even calls me momma ... she is my other daughter and this is breaking my heart that she is having to go play in the sand pit. I know this is part of her duty but that doesn't mean that I have to like it, now do I?

I'm so very thankful that have her here in TN with me until August 1st or 2nd. Yes, Tye will be staying with us until his dad comes home from his deployment, which is sometime in Ocotober. I do support her...I pray that God will protect her and her entire unit. I do not know where they are going but all I do know is that they will "drop in a remote area of the desert, humvee across to their designated location".

One thing that I have learned in being a military mom and that is to be Semper Gumby with the military because they change their minds like I change my panties.

I will keep everyone updated on her statud...
Proudly Brought to You by Dixie 11:03 PM 5 comments

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Man ... The Music ... The Icon

Yesterday, I felt like a piece of my youth had been totally ripped from me. I could not believe the text message that I had received from my daughter-in-law. It read... "RIP Michael Jackson". I texted her back and told her that was not funny, not to be joking like that... she wasn't.

Over on my Facebook, there was a thingy, I don't know what you call it, that asked you to pick your 5 favorite Michael Jackson songs. Do you realize just how hard that was... I picked 5 but my, my it wasn't easy. Everything he did was wonderful.

Michael may be gone from this earth but he will ALWAYS be alive as we will always have his music!!! He left us with wonderful treasures ... he left us with his iconic music...

Proudly Brought to You by Dixie 7:38 PM 6 comments