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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


Remnants of Jordan

We are all adjusting to life without Jordan around.  It actually isn't too difficult for everyone because Jordan was working full-time, then going to school at night.  The very noticeable difference is the empty, quiet bedroom.

I'll get a little knot in my throat when I walk by her room.  Today I went to her room and sat for a while, missing my first born, looking at the things she packed and the things she left out.


And, just like shedding tears when packing up the baby crib, I'll be shedding tears once I clean out her room.  I'm just not ready for that job yet.  Maybe in a couple of months.

In the meantime, the girls have been writing letters and drawing pictures for Jordan.  Eva decided to make Jordan a folder to keep all her "stuff" in.

Eva somehow manages to make every "J" backwards.  I'll work on that one with her.

Jordan called on Tuesday night from her hotel room.  She and her dad played "Words With Friends" til around 9:30 when she went to bed.  Then she was up at 4:30 a.m. after a restless night's sleep.  After some paperwork at the station in Richmond, she was dropped off at the airport as the "group leader" of a bunch of guys who are also Navy.  They all waited at the airport for 6 hours until their flight to Chicago.  She managed a 2 hour nap, which revived her a bit.  She sent me a text when she arrived.  At 12:15 a.m. we received a phone call from her and this was the jest of it.

Me, groggily:  Hello
Jordan rather perky:  Hi mom.
Me, waking up:  How are you?
Jordan, following her script:  I've arrived at the Great Lakes Boot Camp.  You will be receiving a box with my belongings.  And, I will be contacting you by phone in about 3 weeks.
Me:  Oh, ok.  Are you doing alright?
Jordan:  Yes.
Mom:  I love you, Jordan

No "I love yous", just "click".  I understand it all.  I'm just thankful I was able to talk to her during her 6 hour wait at the airport yesterday.

I'll be glad to see her in July.

(FYI it is phone call to parents letting us know she arrived safely.  The military tells them what they can say.  It is not time for chit chat, just the basics.) 

7 kind words:

Adrian Roberta

*sigh* This mom's heart just aches reading these past few posts Cheri. Sending you (((hugs))) How can we be so proud of them....and filled with sadness at the same time. But she looks great btw!

Serving the King

SOBBING over here reading that. SOBBING. We have a few military bound children as well....though they are younger...they know they want to join their daddy in the Air Force. I cannot even imagine. You had me with the empty room, the picture frame, and that phone call. Sniff-sob. Hang in there momma! It's a great life, great future for her! It has provided well for our family! BIG GIANT HUGS to you!!! July is a comin!


That photo of the two of you is just gorgeous. Two beautiful women! I can only imagine how difficult it will be for you to clean out Jordan's room. So so tough.


You look like sisters in that photo! Jordan is beautiful with her short hair! I'm happy she was able to call!


Oh, goodness. The empty room and bad. *sniff* Take your time on cleaning out her room.

I agree with Eva. That pic of the two of you is stunningly beautiful. I love how her hair turned out, too!


I love the picture of the two of you. Having had three leave the nest, it does become the "new norm" but I still miss having them all home and around the table. Praying for you! And take your time with her room; there is no hurry!

The Landes Family

As I sit here with tears running down my cheeks, I know how you are feeling. Tyler is leaving for basics June 12th. Oh how I am dreading that day. He will be gone all summer. Then next summer he will finish out. In order to be a State Policeman, they are telling him he needs to be in a branch of the Military. I am proud of him, but seeing my first born leave is very heart breaking. He turns 21 in July and we don't get to celebrate. I am feeling your hurt and sadness. Saying a prayer for you and your family. We know that we have raised them the best that we know how. Now it is their turn to raise themselves. They will do fine. Wishing our children the best of luck. God is in control.

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