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3/4 Arrives Home!!! September 18, 2008

Filed under: Base Living and 29 Palms — Melissa @ 9:32 pm

And don’t ask me what 3/4 stands for because I can’t remember! I’m sure a Marine wife in the know will comment and tell us. LOL

The kids and I took a drive outside the gate today so I – actually Samantha did the snapping while I did the driving – could take pictures of some of the signs. There was someone out there already taking down her sign. They are keepsakes!

Here we are driving up to where the fenceline starts.

The beginning – behind the fence is one of the housing areas.

Some people use plastic cups to spell out words. Here is one example.

The rest of these are just a sampling. There were soooo many signs! Samantha took a lot of pictures! These are some of my favorites.

Lance Corporal New Daddy! I wish I could have been there to see him meeting his baby for the first time.

I have no idea what all the signatures are…I wish I could have read them.

“Welcome home, Chrissy. Love your goldfish.”  LOL  your goldfish??? Is that his “cutie” name or is it really her goldfish????

Quite the artist here.


Nice tie-dye action!  Samantha was really impressed.

This girl put some serious time into this! That was a lot of ribbon to tie on.  I wonder who she thinks will remove it????  LOL

Gotta love Grandma!

There were several of these “family” ones.  So sweet!!

HEE HEE…there were .. um … several like this but some I sped past quickly so Samantha wouldn’t read them. LOL

SO CUTE!  Made me all teary-eyed!



And this last one to share….there were so many…it was hard to choose.  This last one is for CHARLIE!  Welcome home, Charlie.  We haven’t met yet but I’m sure we will soon.  Charlie’s family is one of our new friends here at 29.  I met Misty 5 days after we moved here and she made me feel so welcome and loved from that first day.  I’m so glad we’ve met them.


17 Responses to “3/4 Arrives Home!!!”

  1. Jeanne Says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing the signs! So exciting! Those of us who aren’t military can’t even imagine…

  2. RagPicker Says:

    Thanks. Made me cry a bit.

  3. Wonderful! Loved those signs.

  4. Oh MY… that made ME want to cry.

    How cool… I’m so patriotic sometimes I feel like a weirdo! I’d fit right in over there, I think. Oh Melissa – enjoy where you are living now… you are so blessed. (And give Roy a squeeze – THANKS!)

  5. thejacobsfamilyhomeschool Says:

    Oh I loved those signs. We have A LOT of signs around here too! I’m loving it! One of them said something along the lines of, “Even though I’m fat you still love me…” It was part of a poem. I’m fat, but I am surely NOT writing that on a sign! HA HA!

  6. thejacobsfamilyhomeschool Says:

    Oh and do you know… In Jacksonville (Lejeune, New River, etc) a couple years back (not sure if they’re still fighting it or not) they were taking people’s signs down! They were trying to make it ‘illegal’!! I mean, if it weren’t for Lejeune and New River, Jacksonville wouldn’t even exist. Man, Jason and I got so mad!!!

  7. MAry Says:

    Thanks so much Melissa!! Loved seeing the signs!

  8. Kiersten Says:

    Loved the signs! Glad they’re home safely!

  9. Dawn Says:

    I didn’t even know you were blogging again! LOL

    I love these!

    I’m still trying to figure out the washing hands in the bathroom comment….

    Adding you to my bloggy friends list! 🙂

  10. Lisa Says:

    Oh, Melissa!! This brought tears to my eyes! I am SO grateful to our military for all they do! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Michele Says:

    Thank you for posting those and thank you for the sacrifices that you and your family make for our country.

  12. thejacobsfamilyhomeschool Says:

    Melissa – Jason said 3/4 means: 3rd battalion / 4th Marines. 😉

  13. Misty Says:

    Yep, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines…. and that’s my Charlie! Thanks for posting a pic of it, now I can borrow it and send it to our family since I forgot to take a picture before I took it down! I love looking at all the signs when it’s homecoming time for any unit…although it makes it hard not to cry everytime you drive off base!

  14. SwedeHearts Says:

    I know this is old, but I had to leave a note to thank you for posting it. Whenever the guys at our AF base came home from Desert Storm, they drove the buses through the housing area with an escort of every police car and fire truck on base. For months afterward, every time my boys heard sirens, even while visiting family in another state, they rushed to the window to wave and cheer!

  15. Tally in Congo Says:

    I missed that you had a blog. I love the signs, which made me all teary-eyed.

    The first time we went to see JOsh at Camp Lejeune, they had just had a unit return and there were signs everywhere. We thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

    Thanks for taking the time to snap pictures and post them for our enjoyment.

  16. sidstina Says:

    Thanks for sharing that peek into military life. I am so sheltered and limited in my knowledge outside my own little world. It is neat to see the signs and imagine that experience of welcoming your loved one home . . . . . .or not.

    Tina (from HK)

  17. Lauren Sablan Says:

    i was shocked to see a guam sign.
    my husband and i along with our son will be moving to 29 palms in early september and i didn’t think there would be any islanders especially from guam.
    it feels good to know that there are some chamorro’s out there.

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