Grandpa’s Girl

Bethany and Grandpa

My Bethany is in the United States Navy and she is deployed right now. As her mother I am anxious because she is so far from home and I haven’t heard from her. We usually email back and forth but that has not been possible this last month because my internet has been down. The frustration I have felt trying to get my provider to get me up and running just about drove me crazy. After many phone calls to a stupid computer telling me to try this and try that and sitting on the phone for hours to talk to a live person I had about had it. We had a technician out and he thought it was fixed and it was for about ten minutes. The next day I called and waited forty minutes to talk to someone and told them if it wasn’t fixed by the end of the day we were cancelling all of our services with them. Why didn’t I do that in the first place I don’t know. The reason I even bring it up is because usually I am a take charge kind of person but I let worry overtake this thing because of my Beth. I just knew she was emailing me and thought I wasn’t taking the time to answer. I knew she needed to tell me something important and I wasn’t there for her and I worried she was feeling all alone. That wasn’t the case I am happy to say because I never got one email from her when my computer was up and running. That’s how it goes when you have a kid in the service. You go through what I call the three W’s,wait wonder and worry.Not good and I am trying to get over it.

My Beth is an Aviation Structural Mechanic for Safety Equipment. She loves her job. I sent her some questions when she first left and this is what she told me.

They have church everyday on the ship and Lutheran services on Sunday.

She works twelve hours a day from six at night until six in the morning seven days a week.

She really can’t tell me where they are because of Operational Security.

The food is pretty lackluster but you can buy snacks until they run out which is often.

She shares a room with about fifty other females from different commands.

She doesn’t like to touch anything in the shower.

She has trouble keeping weight on right now.

People tell her she is refreshing to be around and she has made many friends.

When she emails it sounds like she could be anywhere and it is still my Beth. I hope that if you know someone in the Armed Forces you take a little time for them. Send them a letter a package or just a card. Let them know they are missed and loved. It is our responsibility to keep them informed about what is going on back home. They miss us and they are tired so I am sure that even brings on loneliness. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers but also give them something tangible to hold on to and look at. If you belong to an organization or a church hand out their address and ask them to help.Anything from home is something they will love.

I know my girl reads this blog when they have access and that was another thing that tricked me off when our service was down but it is up today and I am doing this for her.I love you Bethy. I miss you and I can’t wait to hear from you. Dad and I talk about you every day. I put that picture up there of you and Grandpa because he was so proud of you. You remember the day don’t you? I bet he has the biggest grin on his face right know and is spewing ship details to everyone up there that will listen. Grandma too is so proud and she loves you so much.She asks everyday if we have heard from you and she plans on sending you some of those cookies that you love. She has never erased that I love my Grandma Perkie off her message board by the phone that you wrote many moons ago.

You are on everyone’s mind back here at home. Thank you for doing what you do and for being my daughter. You are a blessing and I love you.

I have one last thing I want to do for my girl. If you could please give her a hello today on this blog. It doesn’t take but a little bit of time and it will make me so happy that she has something to read from all of us wherever we are. People she is special and has been from the start. Give her a little love.

Thank you and Blessings Everyone.Bethy 2

24 thoughts on “Grandpa’s Girl

  1. Hello Bethy! Is it okay to call you Bethy? It sounds like it might be your mom’s name for you. Well. I can’t hear you say no so I will just use Bethy for now. THANK YOU so very much for your service to your country, to us. Don’t think for one minute you are not appreciated. You are. You are obviously very loved and are making some body very proud (not sure who…..).

    Blessings to you and all that serve with you. May His Armour surround you and your units/divisions and keep you safe as you serve to keep us all safe.

  2. Hello, Bethany!
    I can’t imagine how hard it is to be away from your family like you are. I’m home with mine everyday and don’t know what is do if I couldn’t be. I have 4 kids, ages 9, 11, 13 and 14, and each one of them know to thank our service men and women if we happen to see any.
    Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your service to our country! God bless!
    Angie Hartberger

  3. Yeah Bethany, Hope all is well. You work hours like I do but different times of the day! Glad your mom has this blog cause I just love it.She is an awesome writer and a wonderful mother. Hang tight and you’ll be home sooner than you think. Thanks for serving our country {I Stand and Salute |>}

  4. Thank you, Bethany, for your service – our love and best wishes to you and your shipmates. You will be in our prayers as you work to protect and serve us here at home. And much love to your mom, too – she often brings a smile to my day. XOXO 🙂

  5. thank you Beth for all you are doing! My love and prayers to you and everyone else on the ship with you. I shared your photo and info with my church, so they’re sending more prayers and love to you as well! Take care of yourself – love ya! 🙂

  6. Beth, I know you have to be one awesome girl because I already know that your mom sure is! There are so many people who adore your mom and her writing and I am one of her biggest fans! She is a hoot! Thank you so much Beth for your hard work and dedication to this country. I really appreciate it! It takes a very special person to dedicate their lives to helping others! Bless you!

  7. Hi, Beth! I’m up in Ohio right now helping to take care of MY daughter who is in Air Force JAG. She dislocated her right shoulder–and of course she’s right-handed so I’m playing chauffeur and cook to help her hubby out. People ask her what happened, and she tells them the truth. I tell her she should ask, “Which story do you want–the exciting one, the patriotic one or the true one?” The exciting one is that she dove in front of a train to rescue a stray dog. The patriotic one is that it’s a battle wound. Well, that’s actually close to the true story which is that she was having a pillow fight with her hubby, and she tried to clobber him with a pillow. When he raised his arm to shield himself, she hit his arm and dislocated her shoulder. Enough of that sad, but true story. Best of luck to you and bless you for your service!

  8. Beth,
    We love and miss you. Alexis and I are getting phone cards tomorrow. We can’t wait to hear your voice.

  9. Well, Bethy, I too, am taking the liberty to call you that like Chatter Master, who wove such great words to you, that I wish there was a “like”, no, I a “love” button. I feel like I knew you when your Mom wrote “you don’t like touching anything in the shower”. I got you there. Too often we, at home forget about our luxuries of things, like personal space and some just plain alone time that our service men and women give up. A thank you can seem so simple, but we offer it with our prayers for your safety and well-being. I so, so, get your Grandma keeping your little note on her message board. Blessings to you.

  10. Hi Beth, My name is Michael (aka Dadicus). Your mom is a wonderful woman, so I know that you are wonderful, too. Please take good care of yourself, and be safe. Keep your mom posted so she can fill us in on your travels, etc. You are brave, and the work you are doing is admirable beyond words. Thank you! Be safe, and Godspeed.


  11. HI Bethy – Uncle Greg and I are so proud of you we wish you well and pray for you to be safe and our Lord keeps his hands on you at all times (which I know he does). Uncle Greg wanted to send you the big doll of Onies but I guess she took it to Texas. I will keep you in my prayers and want to thank you for keeping our country safe. Let us know what we can send or something you are craving for. You already have our love so we’ll be waiting to hear from you. Love always Aunt Linda

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