Thursday, April 22, 2010

N~NAVY

N is for NAVY


I was a Navy brat and a Navy wife. We are a proud Navy family! I did a scrapbook for husband's  Navy retirement. He served for 20 years and thought I would share a few pages from it.


This is a portrait my husband took in his Navy uniform before his last deployment and the cover of the Navy scrapbook.


Navy emblem on the inside cover.

Navy definition:A navy is the branch of a nation's armed forces principally designated for naval warfare and amphibious warfare; namely, lake- or ocean-borne combat operations and related functions. It includes anything conducted by surface ships, amphibious ships, submarines, and seaborne aviation, as well as ancillary support, communications, training, and other fields; recent developments have included space related operations. The strategic offensive role of a navy is projection of force into areas beyond a country's shores (for example, to protect sea-lanes, ferry troops, or attack other navies, ports, or shore installations). The strategic defensive purpose of a navy is to frustrate seaborne projection-of-force by enemies. The strategic task of the navy also may incorporate nuclear deterrence by use of nuclear missiles.



This page shows my husband on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise, a Navy aircraft carrier, in his flight deck gear. The Navy plane behind him is an S~3.


My husband when he first joined the Navy. Oh, so young! I met him 5 months after I graduated high school and we have been together since.



This picture above will always be special to me. It captures the moment my husband came home after his 9 month deployment to Desert Storm/Desert Shield, that is our first born between us. My dad took the shot, you see my husband had left when our first born was 2 hours old and didn't get back until he was 9 months old. I was fortunate to have the wonderful support of family and friends during that time. I often tell my husband you're lucky I was a Navy brat first, I knew what I was getting into before I married him!



This is a  photo of the Navy ship and hubby is sitting in what they call a berthing, where they sleep. Those colorful ribbons, are like the Navy ribbons given to the men during that time. I thought it was neat they had them on scrapbooking cards!



One of our Navy duty stations was in Virginia for 3 years. Someone told us it didn't snow by the beach, they lied! My husband is in his Navy whites and my boys in the other pic. I had my second son while we were stationed there.



This is a picture of my husband's Navy re~enlistment. The special part was my dad is the one re~enlisting him! My dad was an officer in Navy and the swearing in can only be done by an officer.  My dad served in the Navy for 30 years! Not many people can have their father re~enlist their husband in the Navy. Great memories!



Ah, our next duty station the Navy sent us to, is Sicily. We knew this would be an opportunity of a life time. We got to enjoy all the culture and its surroundings. I had my daughter there, too! I often joke, saying she has the made in Italy stamp on her behind! LOL!  The pictures above are in Agrigento, Sicily, it still has some of the Greek structures still standing. Amazing, isn't it?




This is picture of us in a German restaurant. My husband joined a Navy bike team and we drove up to Germany for his mountain bike competetion.


At one time my husband had to travel for the Navy. He had a layover in New York, so he decided to do a little sight~seeing. He had a lady snap a pic of him on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. It is a picture with the Twin Towers behind him, two years before 9/11. Who knew......




We are a coffee lovin' family! When the Navy ship would pull into port, my husband would check out the Starbucks! Yes, overseas! We have quite a collction of mugs!



The last page of the Navy scrapbook is my husband looking over the bow of the Navy ship during a sunset. He says there is nothing like watching the sunset out at sea. I can't imagine....



A couple of other Navy memorbilia, a picture of him and the Navy emblem and his Navy shadow box. A shadow box is all the Navy ribbons and a folded flag at the top. My husband's flag just happens to have been flown where the Twin Tower's were....

Now you know we are a NAVY family.... hope you enjoyed the Navy scrapbook pictures. I am joining Jenny Matlock for Alphabe~Thursday. You can see more N items at her blog Jenny Matlock...off my tangent, they're are sure to be some great N post!.....Now have a great day!... Michelle


27 comments:

Margo said...

What a beautiful scrapbook! Congratulations to you and your husband on his successful career!

Rose H (UK) said...

I'm in full agreement with Margo, it sure is a beautiful scrapbook. What a journey your Navy lives have taken you on, you are obviously rightly very proud of your dear husband.

Debbie said...

THis was such a cool post , you and your husband kissing was priceless, I loved that picture!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Great post. I can almost feel how happy you were to get him back after nine months from that picture!

RNSANE said...

What a wonderful tribute to your husband! The scrapbook is very special. Congratulations to your husband on his retirement and to you for supporting his career and being a loyal Navy wife and daughter. I was an Army brat. My dad retired as a full colonel, with three tours of duty in Vietnam. My son has been an Air Force reservist for nearly twelve years.

God bless all our troops and their families who serve our country.

Viki said...

I don't know that I could have taken my husband being gone to war. Although my husband was in Vietnam but I didn't know him then. Congratulations on his years of service and your father's too. We need brave men like them.

laterg8r said...

love your navy scrapbook - brilliant :D

kim said...

Michelle, great post sharing your scrapbook of Navy memorabilia. My hubby was in the Naval Reserves and finished right after we got married.

Tracy said...

lots of reasons to be so proud

JDaniel4's Mom said...

You should be so proud of him. The scrapbook is awesome!

My name is PJ. said...

First of all, God bless your husband for serving our country for 20 years. PLEASE thank him for me. I can't express how moved I am when someone puts their life on the line to protect our freedom and help the lives of those in other nations.

Very cool album! The Kiss is a great shot.

Jo said...

I am so glad for you that you scrap booked all of those memories ... how wonderful!!! great photos! and big thanks to your family for all of the service they have done for your country!

Nadeen said...

Be Proud! We Are!

Pondside said...

I really enjoyed this post! I was an Air Force brat and married an Air Force officer, so I, too, knew what I was getting into. The book you made for your husband is bound to become a family heirloom.

Sarah said...

Michelle, you did a fabulous job on the scrapbook. I love to see how others put scrapbooks together. I know your husband is proud of this book full of recorded memories.

Jenny said...

Michelle, this is a brilliant scrapbook.

The sacrifices you have all made for our country humbles me.

Thank you.

Sincerely.

I can see the pride in all of your layouts...the paper, the embellishments, the careful choice of photos.

This is a lovely and patriotic stop on my little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "N"!

Thank you for making this week so memorable.

A+

mbkatc230 said...

I enjoyed this alot! My baby brother was in the Navy, he too was deployed during the first Gulf War. Kudos to you and your family, and ALL of our military families for their service and sacrifice. Kathy

Snowflakes said...

Awh! that was a beautiful scrapbook! Those were such cute pictures!

GardenofDaisies said...

Hoiw proud you must be of him! Look at all those medals and ribbons! I love the picture of you two with your baby when he returned from DS.

Christy said...

What a wonderful scrapbook. Thank you for your sacrifices that have helped to ensure my freedom! Excellent N post!

Michelle said...

Thank you for all the wonderful comments!!I shared them with my hubby, too. :)

LV said...

A great tribute to your husband. You have done a super job on keeping the scrapbook. A true treasure.

Melinda Cornish said...

it is a beautifully done scrapbook....I am now a navy wife too though my new husband is retired.........

Debbie said...

Hi michelle...hope all is well, you have not been on in a while...just thinking of you:)~!~ Have a wonderful weekend.

citymouse said...

I know this post is older now, but I wanted to comment and tell you I think it's awesome. Even though we've had plenty of military men in our family over the years, it took on a new meaning when our son joined the Army last year. I definitely have a newfound respect and admiration for military families now.

On a trip to Italy, I popped down to visit my BIL who was stationed at Sigonella. Sicily was so beautiful. Lucky girl!

Gypsy Heart said...

This scrapbook is such a treasure of wonderful memories ~ thanks so much for sharing!

I am a volunteer with Soldier's Angels and strongly support our active military personnel...and all of our veterans too. Please offer my thanks to your husband for his service!

Pat

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