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Thread: From Don--isewman/new pictures

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    Senior Member isewman's Avatar
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    I posted some pictures, I think a couple week's ago, not sure.. Anyhow, I finally got the quilt I posted(was working on) DONE..So if I do this right, again, here are my pictures. 2 are of my, quilts, and the other picture is of my 2 year old grdaughter.. I posted a picture of my grdaughter in my profile, when, I first joined this wonderful group. 1 more question, for anyone.. I've been trying to keep my self from being worked up, but cant sometimes. Can anyone, give me some wording, on this.. My son, who is inthe national guards, told me that he be leaving, for Afghanistan, in Sept-Oct.. 2 days ago, he came over and said, he'll be leaving in the middle of July, or 2 weeks in August.. Don't mean to be a burden, but knowing this, has been bringing tear's sometimes to me.. Has anyone been thru this episode..

    Picture of my grdaughter, and my military son..
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    A close up view of the quilt..
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    This is the finished quilt. Quilt is called "Shining Brighter", in a book, by Alex Anderson--Simply Stars-quilts that sparkle
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    Very nice, Don. :thumbup:

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    awesome

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    Lovely quilt and your granddaughter is gorgeous, what big, dark eyes she has

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    Very nice ,, very nice quilt. And to answer your question on leaving for a tour of duty, I have not experienced such, and truly hope never to. But Bless him and his service to our country and God be with him and bring him home safely.

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    Gorgeous quilt and beautiful grand daughter.

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    Don, that is gorgeous! AND so is your granddaughter!

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    beautiful quilt.
    My Dh has been deployed twice.. both for a year at a time.
    heres what i learned... try to stay calm.. the reality is it is far worse for the family when they are gone than it is for them. Unless his specialty is infantry, odds are most of the time he will be bored.
    Make sure he has a good cell connection and internet plan, and youll be able to talk to him more often than you fear :D

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    Don the baby and quilt are beautiful. All I can say is keep the faith and he will come thru this fine.

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    Don,
    Beautiful quilt!

    Our son has been deployed 3 times to Iraq. It is hard, but we lived for the times we would hear from him --either thru phone calls or online. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers. help him get all his paperwork together before he leaves--his unit will give him a list of things he needs to take care of before he leaves.......be sure he has someone that he gives a power of attorney to before he leaves......you never know what will come up while they are deployed and need someone else to take care of for them.....and getting a POA while they are deployed is a ROYAL pain in the b_ _ _!! (ask me how I know!!)
    When you talk to him while he is deployed, keep it positive --they have enough on their plates while they are over there--without us adding worry about the home front to it.
    If you are listed as his contact, you should be contacted by the unit's (dang, I can't remember what the title is)--anyway the civilian support group......they'll keep you posted on when things are happening for those deployed and will most likely have activities for the family here too. shoot me a pm if I can be of further help......one military family to another!! : )

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    Don,

    My heart is with you. I do not have an answer for how to handle it. Maybe, trust. Trust that he will do all that he canto take care of himself and that those with him will help to watch out for each other.

    Get worked up! Let it out now and tell him how much you love him and support him. That is all you can do.

    I was there, both as the soldier who had to be separated from his family and as the uncle who wanted to kick my nephews butt for joining up. It broke my heart each time he was sent to Iraq. He is safely home now, but I was upset .mostly that I couldn't speak my heart to him at the time.

    Talk now. That is the only good advice I can give.

    Aardie.

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    Don that is beautiful!!

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    Hi Don,

    Your graddaughter is beautiful! And that is a gorgeous quilt!

    My husband was in the guard and left for Afganistan when I was pregnant with our first child. We had asked if he would be going, and they told us no, so we decided to get pregnant. He found out a month after I found out I was pregnant and didn't tell me for fear that I would lose the baby. He told me a month before he was deployed there. It is heartbreaking and nothing helps.... My husband decided to get out of the military after our son was born after 10 years of service because he didn't want to be deployed again. His unit has since been deployed 4 more times. We are thankful every day for his safe return to us and I wish your son a safe return also.

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    Thank you to the few members, who have given me some strength. I know not to let it out in the open, with him.. He's going to have enough on his plate when he get's there. Will keep everyone, posted as I hear from him.. Again thank you everone. Don/isewman

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    I love the colors and the pattern. After looking at your quilt, I realized that I need to get Alex's star book next.
    :lol:

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    Don, Just take it easy. That is all you can do. I am an Army wife so I understand exactly what you are going through. It sucks. And it sucks even more when they are gone. But just stay positive. He will be back home before you know it. The best advice i can give you is to avoid reading and watching the news about Afghanistan. All it will do is get you worried and worked up for nothing. If your son is married make sure you keep in contact with his wife. Having a good relationship with her will be your best contact to him. And talk to your son. Express your fears and concerns with him. It is better to get things out in the open now and get all your questions answered now while he is still stateside rather than keeping everything bottled up. hang in there. And remember they are trained to go over there. That is their job. He will be fine.

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    hi Don my friend gorgeous quilt as always love the colors ,and grand daugther sure is a pertty little girl, she looks like daddy ,im going to have to place en order for a quilt for me my friend i want a quilt from you and hand sewn one please :thumbup: :thumbup: :D

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    Fantastic quilt and beautiful granddaughter! I have never been in your situation, but you and your dear son will be in our thoughts and prayers thru this rough time.

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    You quilt really does shine :D:D:D
    Your DGD is a little cutie!!!

    I agree with what has been said, make sure that he has the means to stay in touch, think positive thoughts, and let him know that you are helping at home with DGD and DIL :D:D:D

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    Don, I have never experienced the anguish you are going through. But I want you to know that your son and YOU are in my prayers.
    Thank you for raising a son that serves.

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    Don, my husband was active duty Air Force for 24 years. He spent a year in Korea and a year in Egypt, while I stayed behind. It's not easy, it doesn't get easy and there is no way around it. I had to take care of my two sons, plus all the bills and such. What fun. I know you care about your son so much, because I have 4 son's and wouldn't trade them for anything!! None are in the military however. Just hang in there. Support your son, let the tears flow. Remember REAL MEN cry!! And love that beauty of a granddaughter!!!!

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    Don, My hubby was in the USMC for 20 years and I have faced this many, many times. Know that his training is good, and ongoing. The time leading up to his deployment will be very difficult, but even harder is the last few weeks before he returns. I don't know why, but it just is.

    I wish to thank him for his service, and you for raising such a good young man.

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    Don-I served in the USAF for almost 27 years. Thank your son for his service! You've obviously raised a wonderful young man. Remember, it's often harder of those we leave behind. We are trained and we do what we do best. You are all in my prayers.
    As per usual, your quilts are beautiful! Lovely GD too:) :)
    Sharon

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    Beautiful quilt and beautiful little grandaughter!

    Our son is in Iraq right now. He is near the battlefields in a FOB (Forward Operations Base). Not a very safe place to be. We have put him in the hands of God, and trust that he will be protected and come home safe. We know he will come back with emotional scars, so we are trying to prepare for that. There is not much else we can do. We try not to worry and pray for him. Hope this helps.

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    Beautiful quilt and grandbaby. Will be keeping your son's safe return home in my prayers. May in Jersey

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