Eric and Jamie

Eric and Jamie were married on June 7th, 2009. Jamie was set to deploy for several months shortly afterward. She called me from Pearl HarborĀ one Friday morning to say goodbye, as she and her ship were preparing to leave for the Gulf. I told her to buy me a t-shirt from Hawaii, and that she should be careful and we were looking forward to seeing her in six months.

That afternoon, as we prepared to leave for Happy Hour with the neighbors, sad that our daugher was leaving us for a time but very proud of her service, the doorbell rang. I opened the door and found my daughter there, together with her husband, to announce she was pregnant and they had sent her home, because “no pregnant chicks are allowed on a Navy vessel.”

It was a happy time for us all, and we anxiously started counting the days to the birth of our new grandson.