Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom's Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Home Front

Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom's Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Home Front

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ISBN-13: 9781610396370
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 52,344
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Elaine Lowry Brye, an avid supporter of and advocate for military families, served as a longtime moderator for the USNA-Parents listserv and was one of the founding organizers of its parent community website and Facebook page. She became a national figure when she introduced Michelle Obama at the 2012 Democratic Convention. She lives with her husband in northeast Ohio.

Nan Gatewood Satter, a writer and independent book editor, is the daughter of a highly decorated Navy fighter pilot. She lives with her husband and son in New York's Hudson Valley.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction 1

Letting Go 19

You're in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines Now 21

Becoming a Warrior 31

Semper Gumby 43

From Ballet Slippers to Combat Boots 53

Oh, the Places They'll Go 73

Backpack 79

You Are Not Alone 85

The Sisterhood and Bevond 87

The Biggest Family in the World 99

Love in the Mail 107

It's Okay If You Break Down in the Dairy Aisle 115

Support from Unexpected Places 125

What Holds Us Together 133

I Believe in Miracles 135

Climb Every Mountain 147

Nourish Your Soul 153

Sandals on the Ground 163

The Calling 181

Sacrifice 191

Saying Goodbye Again and Again 193

The Things We Carry 203

It All Takes a Toll 215

The Sneaky Bastard 221

The Gold Star 229

No Guts, No Glory 237

Acknowledgments 253

Sources/References 260

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Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom's Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Home Front 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JKLopezks3 More than 1 year ago
As a military wife and Mom to now 3 members of the military both active and reserve, I find Elaine Brye to be a quintessential military Mom whose  insights are spot on! Elaine and Nan both have brought forth a delightful book which is a must read for any parent of a military member.  One of the challenges I had not fathomed about my new role as a military Mom, was the loss of daily connection with my child during their initial training, deployments made it even tougher.  The authors speak to this with  humor, understanding, and sometimes with a "get it together, Mom" attitude - which is so valuable.   So many times found myself recalling similar feelings and situations as I read the book.  The inclusion of the experiences of other Moms was heartening.  Knowing their are "sisters" out there in the same situation is a sanity saver.   If you know of a new military parent, get this book in their hands.    
NavyMomMichele More than 1 year ago
I first got to know Elaine through the US Naval Academy parents' list-serve, where she offered advice and support to all of us parents new to military life. She helped guide and mentor us to become "Semper Gumby" parents-always flexible! I am not from a military family, so to watch my son leave for the US Naval Academy was quite a shock. Elaine's book should be recommended reading for all parents who are letting go of their children as they enter military service. I laughed, cried, and felt supported reading her book, and especially know that I am not alone-I belong to the strong Sisterhood of Military Moms!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book has helped me cope with my 19 year old son going into the army on my birthday last year. October 30th 2017. He has a three year contract and is in infantry third division military scout. He’s at Fort Hood Texas. I am so proud of him and I pray that he stays safe and when it’s time to come home he will be able to come home.