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May 21, 2008 - 27 comments

wow, i am so son is coming home.  for good this time.  not one of 9 days leave.  jonathat (yep thats him in my pics) joined the marine corp 8 years ago.  the day after he graduated high school he shipped out for camp pendelton and boot camp.  i cried and begged, but he wanted to go.  he has done 2 tours in iraq and he has been in california at camp pendleton for 6.5 years of his 8 in the corps.  yes he came home on leave and i went to visit him.  BUT, on sunday he will arrive home for good.  did i mention i am sooo excited?????  it is kinda weird to be feeling this excited.  i had been numb for so long from the pills.  i will be clean on the 6th of june for 6 months.  this is the first really BIG thing that has happened and it feels great.  jonathan bought a house here and i took care of all that for him and have been going over on my days off and evenings, doing yard work and making sure everything is good.  i planted him a flower bed.  oh yeah, and he is bringing his girlfriend home with him. never met her, but i am excited bout that too.  they will be married here in afew weeks. wwwoooooooooohhhoooooooooo  life off pills is really good.

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by bmc1976, May 21, 2008
I'm so happy for you Cathy! Tell Jonathan thanks for his service. I will get that shadow box done once this job is over! I've just been working so much. It went from 70 hr weeks to 84 hr weeks. Hope all is well down south!

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by hopeful4us, May 21, 2008
soul sista!! I cannot even imagine how you must be feeling right now...but i would imagine some of the feelings you must have are..immensly proud..ecstatic...relieved...hopeful for a wonderful new life for him and his soon to be bride. Such wonderful emotions to feel and i am so happy  for you and proud of you that you get to FEEL all of those feelings baby!!  Wow i cant even seem to find the right words to tell you how happy i am for you. I know what a huge deal this is for you, And you not only get to have him home safe and sound to you for good now but you get to have him living so close by to you so you can enjoy the sunshine of your life every day!!! You must be so proud of your son Cath. I am so proud of and thankful to him for serving our country and protecting us. Please let him know that.What a wonderful. awesome, rewarding and fulfilling time this is for you! I am thrilled for you and your family. I love ya sista!!!

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by joann1975, May 21, 2008
Cathy...Are you excited? LOL! I am happy for you and your family! JoAnn

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by Crispy, May 21, 2008
I dont know your son but tell him a perfect stranger said thank you for everything he did for us over there. Welcome home soldier

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by LIZZIE LOU, May 21, 2008
cathy, i can "feel" your excitement through your words.  

i'm with ya...i'd be getting everything ready and just perfect too.  you go girl ! ! ! !

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by corey411, May 21, 2008
Cathy, I am so happy for you. Finally something good is happening to  someone!!!! Couldn't have picked a better place to start. Take a big breath and breathe a sigh of relief. Enjoy life again. Corey

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by cathy5841, May 21, 2008
thank you all so much.  by the way, did i mention i am soooooooo excited?????lol

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by road2recovery, May 21, 2008
Girl i am so happy for you.....Enjoy every minute u can with him!!!!
love ya

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by malenurse57, May 21, 2008
We are all excited for you girl and tell him thank you from an old vet. Enjoy the feeling there are many more of them out there for you and him as he starts a whole new life in which you can truly be a part of. Again Congratulations.
God Bless

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by cathy5841, May 21, 2008
jonathan just called me and they had his ceremony today.  and he got a NAVY COMMENDATION AWARD...apparently that is a pretty big deal.  so now he is STAFF SERGENT CARAWAY with a navy commendation award.   i am so proud and excited.
love you all

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by lee1604, May 21, 2008
Europe thanks your son and all of america's finest for delivering us from evil.. once again.

nevermind those cocky s.o.b's who think the states never bailed us out..

Lest we forget, and hail to all who know they deserve it!

A proud mom you oughta be miss!

Kind regards,


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by sadinmichigan, May 21, 2008
I am so happy for you girl!!! it is wonderful when our kids come back to us..i am still waiting for that myself.. You must be awfully proud of him wonderful...just could make me cry..

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by VicUser, May 21, 2008
From one parent of an American Serviceman to another I know the pride you have in you son and his service to this great nation. Please give Jonathan my whole hearted thanks for fighting and defending our freedom.

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by confused456, May 21, 2008
YEAH MOMMA!!!!!!! I am sooooo happy for you!! I know how excited you are and how busy you have been preparing the house he bought! That is soooooo wonderful!!!!!!! I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!!!!!

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by aloneandempty85, May 21, 2008

It is so great to see you this excited. Please thank your son for all of his work. It is truely humbling to think of the sacrifice.  This is just the start of a whole new and wonderful life that is headed your way.  I am so proud of you for being clean and healthy to see your boy come home. Congrads. on everything you have done and best wishes to you and your family.

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by bobby139, May 21, 2008
Cathy, I cant tell...your not making yourself clear...are you excited? proud? LMAO............oh girl i am soooo happy for you, you for sure deseve the best, everything in your life that you have been threw and everything you have over come  all the help you have and will keep giving to all of us and to your family..YOUR ONE HELL OF A WOMAN AND I AM VERY PROUD TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT ONE DAY I HAVE TO MEET FACE TO FACE!!!!!

Thank your son for everything he has done for all of us,...wonder were he got that from ummmm lol.

you know all my thoughts hon but wanted to jump on and put my 2 cents in ....

love ya

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by bobby139, May 21, 2008
PS...Me agian lol...

Hay everyone i think med help needs to give out medals and i think Cathy deserves a special one, all know what i am talking about cuz i know she has been there for each and every one us when we needed her....

So if we could Cathy you would have a medal to show your son too. Yaaaaaaaaa   CATHY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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by cathy5841, May 22, 2008
thanks everyone for yur sweet comments.  i will let him read all of them so he will know how much you all appreciate his service to our country.

thanks and love

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by confused456, May 22, 2008
Tell "my brother" that I am very proud  and VERY GRATEFUL to him for all he has done for each and every one of us!!! WE are so lucky to have such a wonderful Momma too but I am sure he knows that already!! LOL
I love you a bushel and a peck!!

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by LateAugust, May 22, 2008

Thank you for sharing the wonderful news of your son's return home from the Marines.  The pride and excitment in your words were  obviously written with a such a deep love and respect for Jonathan and were touching to read.   Knowing he will be home safe in a matter of days, to be able to hug him,  to  share his joy in meeting your future daughter in law, so many happy occassions to celebrate,  is such an incredible and special time of your life, I am so very happy for you!!  I wish for you to cherish every moment of this long anticipated home coming and reunion.

I truly appreciate the sacrafices your son has made for all of us,  our children, and for  our country.  I can't know what he has endured, I can only pray he is rewarded  ten fold for his selfless service to the US Marines, and wish him much love, health, happiness and success in this new chapter of his life

How exciting for your entire family to welcome Jonathan back home!  It was so thoughtful of you to make sure his home is ready and waiting for him, all clean and bright, the yard "spruced up" and  to plant a flower garden, what a great way to say welcome home son and I love you!!

I am absolutely thrilled for you Cathy.  You have waited a long time for this, enjoy every moment!

Sincerely, Jeanette

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by cathy5841, May 23, 2008
hi again, i just talk to jonathan and they have made it to new mexico.  last nite was a horrible night to be driving.  he was in an awful hail storm the a tornado was a bout 3 miles from him....eeerrr i am ready for him to get home.....

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by iwant2Bfree, May 23, 2008
Great News!!!!  How awesome for you and your son!!!!  I can't even imagine the excitement.  I have a son and can only imagine him away in the service..He almost joined a few months back..I was having heart failer just thinking about it...I do so much appreciate our men and woman that are defending our country..Please tell your son THANK YOU  for me...God Bless your whole family...Sue

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by cathy5841, May 23, 2008
he is only 36 hours from home now......OMG, he will be home soon.

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by bobby139, May 23, 2008
OMG Cathy he was by me the other night, in New Mexico we had a terriable storm we even got snow, rain,hail one of the worst we have had in like 2 yrs...was 98 Wed and then it got really bad that night and has been terriable ever sense..wished i would of knowen i would of meet him someplace, bet he's glad to get out of here lol..

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by bobby139, May 24, 2008
Yahhhhhhhh    Jonathan is home, cathy is on her way to see her baby boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jonathan....if you read this we all feel like we know you already, your mommy is sooo proud of her boy, thank you for all you have done for us...god bless you!! Now take care of that mom of yours lol...

love ya

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by poetrygirl1960, May 26, 2008
Wow Cathy, 6 months is completely outstanding!!!!!!!  I can tell you are a hard worker, and I can really appreciate the hard work that went in to taking no pills for 6 mos.  Way to go girlfriend!

I'm so happy for you that Jonathan is coming home.  You are an awesome mom for doing all of this for him and I just know he's going to love his place.

Congratulations Cathy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Throwing confetti!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!doing a little dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!popping the cork - of Coca-Cola!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Much love to you, and prayers always

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by untwisting, Jun 10, 2008
Hi Cathy - 4 days late to say Congratulations on 6 months!!!  It must be so great to have your son home - it sounds like your work preparing his home was such a labor of love - what a wonderful thing to do for him!  Is the girlfriend nice?  again, congrats and my very, very best and thanks to Jonathan for keeping all of us safe!  

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