Army Moms have a few things in common: we are all proud of our soldier children and concerned for their safety. Army Moms worry. We cry. We laugh. We listen to and support each other when needed. We live our daily lives always wondering if our deployed or soon-to-be deployed sons and daughters are safe. We pray.
I talked to my son today. He will be deployed in two weeks. It’s my turn to fear the unknown. So many Army Moms have been there to help me stay strong. But this time, I went to my son and asked him for his advice. What would he say to a concerned Army Mom of a deployed soldier?
He told me this: “Tell them that the United States has the most well trained Army in the world. We are professionals, all highly trained to do our jobs. Our Military is second to none. We are confident and excel at our jobs. Tell them to have faith and confidence in what we do.”
My son helped me be a little stronger today.
I am new to all of this. My son just finished bootcamp at Ft Benning. He is now going on todo his AIT training. I got to see him this week for the first time in 12 weeks. I am so proud yet so scared. The only thing that keeps me hanging on is knowing God is in control of his life. I will pray for you as your son gets ready to deploy. Because one day I may need the prayer in return.
Army Mom says
Thank you for your prayers. I am right there with you. My son’s has been in the Army for 5 years but this is our first deployment so in many ways, I am new to this too.
Hang in there. It does not get any easier – we are all in this together. Stay strong.
When I read this just now, my chest puffed up with pride and stuck out so big, my boobs smacked into my laptop and knocked the sucker right off my desk.
Julia! you make me laff my head off! THANK YOU! : )
My son is in Afghanistan right now, the only things that I look forward every day his email and your posting. Looking forward to your prayers and support to all of us mom.
My son leaves for boot camp in April and i’m hoping i can let go of him. So scared.
Pam Rennie says
What a beautiful post. You were not doubt inspired to ask your Son the question. What a powerful answer he gave you. Having faith and trust has carried me through my first months as an Army Mom. I am an Army Mom. What a proud statement. My son just graduated BCT last week on Valentine’s day (2013) ! He is not in AIT.
I will be printing your sons’s statement. I know it will be an important reminder.
Tell you Son thank you; for everything. Thank you for your support to us all.
I had a long talk with my son right before he deployed to Afghanistan, and his words also left me feeling stronger and more ready to face the deployment. He surprised me when he drew on his faith, after all this was the child I had to force to go to Sunday School. He told me that whatever might happen to him over there would be just what was meant to be, and to not worry. He told me that he believed that God has our lives planned before we are ever born, that he knows we have free will to make certain decisions, but the big events, those are ordained by God. On Mothers Day 2012 my son’s vehicle hit and exploded and IED. I didn’t know until two days later when he called to tell me that he was ok. He made it through his year long deployment, and I made it through 365 sleepless nights. I couldn’t turn off the worry, but I felt a sense of peace knowing that he believed he was living God’s plan and doing what he was meant to do at the moment in time.
Any Moms with more then 1 child in the military? OI have 2 sons one deployed and one stateside. Taking it one step at a time
Thank you for your note from your son. It was what I needed to hear tonight. My son has been deployed for 3 months now….and it doesn’t get any easier. I just keep praying that he will be safe and all of his battalion will be too and home soon
Hello All Army Moms,
I pray all of our soldiers are safe and doing well. I am a pround mom of two children Ryan at age 19 and rebecca at age 16, Ryan is in the avaition support Red 1 he is in Cali right now training for deployment in Aug. of this yr I pray daily..for god to look over him in his travels as well as all the others. I would give my life for them all to come home safe, but thats not my call I quess..my son tells me daily he is happy, no regrets and if that is enough for him to continue then I wish / need to be half as strong as they are so when he comes home i can keep up with him…He is out in this world being a reponsible, honorable, adult and we did that we brought these soldiers into this world and raised them to be strong!!Have faith<3
Thanks for reposting. My son, is in alaska, over 4000 miles away. Not sure on a deployment or not coming up. The article gives me strength to face whatever is ahead. : )
Just dropped my son off for basic. Hardest day of my life so far. Good to read that others have been through this and lived to share!! Just reading these words of wisdom and encouragement help.
My son is about to turn 17 and has such a strong pull to military life, I have finally come to terms that this will be my future. He said on his birthday he wants his dad and I to go with him to the Recruiter’s office. While I am afraid for his safety, I know that he needs our support and encouragement the most. I know he has some time yet to go, but I believe by showing him we are behind him he will be comforted in his decisions. He is in his 3rd year of JROTC, about to be an Eagle Scout and is in his second week of National Youth Leadership Training. I know there are great things in store for our young man.
My daughter, who is 19, is leaving to army boot camp in a month. I am filled with so many mixed feelings, needless to say. I know God is in control, but it’s hard to let your baby go. As we spoke last night, and she explained the entire situation to me, day she leaves, day boot camp is over, etc., i can see the nervousness in her face but at the same time, the excitement for this new season in her life. At the end of the day, I can only depend on God, His timing, and His will. As i sit here and write this message, i realize that at some point in our lives, we all have to let our children go and live theirs. Well, my time has come to let go and hers has come to let live. I pray for every mother who has to endure this process and i pray for their children that they be protected by the mighty hand of God where ever they go. God bless you all