We Are Here


As soon as we got here, I had to go “find Ross” –or, you know, just sort of stalker-ishly drive by the Navy base.

I didn’t see Ross! I told him to be looking for us yesterday!

But, we will see him today at graduation!

Chicago traffic.

Morgan took that picture. I was driving. And kinda missing our little rock-dirt road right about then.

This will be a busy, exciting day, but I will post some photos from graduation here for you tomorrow– Ross has a curfew, so I will have some time after we have to take him back to base.

Did I mention that graduation is today? TODAY! I get to see my sailor today!


  1. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Hooyah! Or whatever sailors say!!! Have a splendiferous time!!!

  2. Blessings says:

    Congratulation for making it thru Chicago Traffic! I absolutely hate Large Town Traffic being the small town girl I am!

    Today will be a FANTASTIC DAY for you and yours!!!

    ~~ Hugs~~
    from Michigan

  3. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Aw oh – I’ve had time to think about what I wrote. Maybe you DON’T want Ross to talk like a sailor…… :pirate:

    And I’m with Blessings in Michigan – after a year in rural Iowa, I would probably totally freak back in Atlanta traffic!!!

  4. Sonia says:

    Congradulations!!! Happy and excited for all of you. Looking forward to the pics and you all have a safe trip back home.

  5. Deanna says:

    Congratulations to Ross! I know you are so proud of him!! :snoopy:

  6. Kelly says:

    Yeah! I know you are so proud of him. Tell him we are too! And enjoy your time together today.

  7. Johanna says:

    Yup, that doesn’t look like your farm at all! Hope all goes well with the graduation. Weather looks brutal — the sailors will be fine, but I hope they give the audience some shade!


  8. northcountrygirl says:

    A GREAT BIG “GOOD JOB!” to Ross. Congratulations!! Take care in that traffic. Have a great time with Ross and a safe journey back home. Oh, and “GOOD JOB!” to you too, Mom!! You did a fine job of raising that terrific young man!

  9. CindyP says:

    Hooray, Bubblegummer! 😉

    I’m so anxious here waiting for you to see him!

  10. Patrice says:

    Graduation day, at last! Congrats to Ross. I think my dad was stationed at Great Lakes once. Must have been, my sister was born there! Safe travels, Suzanne.

  11. Snapper119 says:

    I’m keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers on this bittersweet day. Congratulations to your sailor, and strength to you Suzanne as you tell Ross about his Grandma. (((McMinn family)))

  12. Becky says:

    Congratulations! To you AND Ross!!

  13. Judy says:

    Having been through two (Army) graduations myself, I know how proud and excited you are feeling right now. I wish I was still living there only so I can show you some nice sights. Tho, seeing the Chicago traffic I’m glad I’m not. That I don’t miss a bit.
    Congratulations to Ross!

  14. evelee says:

    Congratulations for making it safely and soundly and congratulations to Ross. You will love every moment.

  15. Angela P says:

    :dancingmonster: YA WHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! :shimmy: CONGRATULATIONS ROSS! :shimmy: We are so proud of him and for you too Suzanne. :heart: Have a safe and wonderful time! :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy:

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  17. Heidi says:

    Congratulations Ross!! Enjoy your weekend.

  18. ~Jackie says:

    Yahooo! Congrats to Ross! Ya’ll enjoy your (short) time together. I know you will be beaming with pride! Have a safe trip home.

  19. Beth Brown says:

    Congrats to Ross, and congrats to you! Enjoy your time with your sailor!

    Bethaka oneoldgoat

  20. DragonLady says:

    May you and your family enjoy every moment of this celebration and congratulations to Ross! I knew that he would make it through with flying colors! :snoopy:

  21. Nancy says:

    Oh, Suzanne, I know just how you feel! My daughter graduated from Great Lakes Naval Academy about two years ago. I remember that almost crazed desire to see her. It’s so hard, being the mom and knowing that they’re go through hell while they’re there. It changes them forever. I definitely found that my daughter had a new found appreciation and deeper love for her family, and a calm sense of pride in herself. Both pretty good benefits of boot camp.

    (It’d still like to SHOOT them for what they put my Beautiful Baby Girl through!)


  22. mary kellogg says:

    :woof: Congrats to Ross! Give that sailor a big hug for me!

  23. Carmen C. says:

    So happy you’ll be seeing your sailor!!! That traffic is scary though, my son graduates army basic in 3 weeks and we will be driving from Atlanta airport, and I will be longing for our quiet country roads as well:)Have a GREAT day with your son!!!!

  24. Suzanne says:

    Congratulations to Ross!!! What a happy day!!!!

  25. Barbee' says:

    This is such an exciting adventure! Thank you for taking us along and through this day that you will never forget. I feel proud of Ross, too, and he isn’t even mine :snoopy:

  26. Melinda says:

    Congratulations on Ross’ graduation! I know you will be glad to see him!

  27. Miss Becky says:

    Suzanne, your excitement is palpable. thanks for the great photos of the naval station and skyline. You drove in from the south and I don’t usually get to see the skyline from that viewpoint. yeah, the air looks pretty bad from the photo, and it has been unbearably hot here. Have a great day! Congrats to Ross!!! :yes: :yes: :yes:

  28. bonita says:

    CONFETTI ****


  29. princessvanessa says:

    It’s a good that you found out exactly how to get to the base. I always try to do a “dry run” if I have to be at a “certain place” at a “certain time”. Now you can drive right to it without getting lost. I know you all can’t wait to see Ross again.
    :happyfeet: :happyfeet: :happyfeet: :happyfeet: <—-This is Ross and his fellow graduates….marching.

  30. Nancy says:

    AH!!! You’re bringing back my excitement from that day! I have some of those same exact pictures! My son had until 9p.m. the night after graduation…then he had to leave for S.C. the next morning. I certainly hope you have more time with Ross!

  31. Cate says:

    Congratulations Ross!

  32. Marianne G says:

    Thought about you early this morning, I know how excited you must be today! Got chill bumps when I opened your blog just thinking about what this day means for you and your family! Anchors Away!

  33. Kris Sherrill says:

    Suzanne, that is so exciting! A sailor son. I hope ya’ll have a great time. And my hubby drives a truck. He goes to Chicago alot. Just imagine driving in that traffic in a big ole 18-wheel truck. I went with him once up there. Lots of cars. I was ready to get back home too! Be careful and have a great time.

  34. Luann says:

    Congratulations Ross! Suzanne enjoy today! I have 2 sons in the military, army and marines….they both went to Iraq (one twice), they are home now, yea! and the training they receive is fabulous, their maturity levels have blossomed. I didn’t want them to join originally but I am grateful they did and for all the military members and families for their sacrifices. Enjoy your time and I will pray for a cool breeze.

  35. Conny says:

    What a great day it will be! All your readers are excited for Ross to be graduating – he has a legion of supporters :snoopy: Have a wonderful time proud Mama. 🙂

  36. Vicki in So. CA says:

    FANTASTIC! Congratulations, Ross!!! :snoopy:
    Suzanne, Weston, Morgan… have a great time in Chicago, and a safe trip back!

  37. blueberrylu says:

    I have been excited for you to see Ross all day long!!! I am hoping the graduation went well and he is back at the hotel hanging out, eating all of your yuumy homemade food and playing xbox with his siblings!!! :woof:

  38. Diane says:

    I hope you have a wonderful time in the windy city. Thank you for sharing your joy with us. A job well done Ross.

  39. jan~n~tn says:

    “Honor, Courage, Commitment”
    Another seaman starts his voyage. :heart:
    Hang in there Ross, it’s a wonderful ‘way of life’.
    May the family have a FANTASTIC visit in Chicago. :hungry: PIZZA
    We’re all waiting to see the pics.

  40. Ulrike says:

    Don’t let them catch you taking photos of the gate! They’ll think you’re a terrorist.

  41. Rose C. says:

    YEA! Looking forward to seeing your pictures! Give him a big hug and a big thank you!

  42. Judy says:

    Wow, We were there over 40 years ago. (Has it REALLY been that long?) My husband was stationed there for schooling and our first baby was born there.
    You sure brought back some memories!! Bet that traffic has changed just a tad since our time there. . .!

  43. Melissa Riley says:

    Ah…Great Mistakes! I barely recognized it without snow!! I was there in 1979 – eeps!! Congrats to your son and I wish him much success – Navy was the best thing I ever did in my younger days!

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