Proud Mother of a female Marine!
Posted By: Martha Brown 06-08-12
Two years ago in June, my daughter left for Boot Camp. It wasn't easy letting her go, but I think she made one of the best decisions that she could've ever made. I always let her know that I was supporting her every step of the way. I wrote as much as I could to her after I got her address. ( I think that takes two to three weeks, depending on where you live). I got letters as to how tough things were and also about some of her fellow recruits. How some were doing good and others not so well. I do know that these girls ended up bonding with each other. I went to www.mcrdpi.usmc.mil and downloaded the training matrix, so that when I got one of her letters I knew what phase they were in. It was an awesome experience after the three months were up and we were able to go to Family Day and then graduation the next day. My daughter tells me that after the crucible and they get their EGA, it was the BEST feeling in the world!
I didn't want her to leave and I still miss her daily. I worry about her so much but I believe that she is happy with what she has chosen. She is stationed in California right now, and I live in Louisiana. It makes the homecomings all that much more special. She will get to come home in August for a few weeks for pre-deployment leave, and this time will be the HARDEST goodbye for me. She is leaving in September for 7 months to Afganistan. She is supposed to be one of the last groups to be deployed and of course my baby would be the one to volunteer. I just have to trust that the Lord will bring my baby home. I am one PROUD MOM!
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