Martin’s Blog: Flashback Friday for Mother’s Day


Julie and Miss C during Take Your Child to Work Day in 2007.*

It is going to be Mother’s Day this weekend. This post is going to be about the mother in our family. It is also Friday, which means a flashback look into our archives.

Recently, Julie was interviewed by psychologist Suzanne B. Phillips Psy.D, ABPP, who is a regular blogger for, and has appeared on television and in the media for her articles on mental health and family issues. As she lives in the New York City area, she works with a lot of 9/11 families, as well as military veterans and their families in her area. Since it is Mother’s Day, Dr. Phillips wanted to speak with military moms and write how they handled being a mom and being deployed. So she talked with Julie.

I was in the family room on our compter while Julie talked with Dr. Phillips over the phone next to me. I always like listening to Julie when she talks about her deployment, even if I already know the whole story. Later this month, it will be the five-year anniversary of the day Julie left, but it seems like it wasn’t that long ago.

The article is very nice with helpful information for other military moms. You can read the interview here.

Julie really did a lot for Miss C and me during that summer. It didn’t seem like anything unusual to me then because that is just how Julie is, but I realize now that a lot of what she did back then was really important for Miss C to feel involved and connected to her and the situation.

Julie is always trying to be prepared. She is always thinking about the rest of us.

One of the things mentioned in the article is the link I am going to share as today’s flashback. It is about the “Mommy Prayer.” Julie explains it very well in that blog post.

It was something that really worked during Julie’s deployment. Every night, and sometimes during the day, Miss C and I together said a prayer for Julie, and then talked about our ideas as to what Julie was going to do when she “got” the prayer. Was she going to dance around? Was she going to just smile and laugh? Was she going to feel like we were giving her a hug? It was a really nice thing for all of us.

Happy Mother’s Day, Julie. We love you!

To my mother: alles gute zum Muttertag!


*On Take Your Child to Work Day, Miss C dressed in camo pants, a black shirt and wore one of her mom’s hats to dress like her mom, but she was disappointed she didn’t have the cover jacket like her mom, so for our photos, Julie took hers off so they matched. Apparently, it matters to Julie that you know that since it’s not how the uniform is officially worn. She’s such a rule-breaker.