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“The Crucible”


Description from DOG Chick aka Angela: My son is in Marine Boot Camp right now and will be going through "The Crucible" shortly. This is a 54-hour test of Marine skills including hiking for 48 miles in full gear, only 3 MRE's (meals ready to eat) and 4-8 hrs of sleep. Once he passes the test he will become a Marine. Oorah! Naturally, mom is a nervous wreck and needs to have bead therapy. LOL!


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  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oorah!!! Wonderful pick, Angela! Does this symbolize what your son is going through or your anxiety over it? ;-)

    So glad to know his training is almost at an end! Please keep us updated on his progess! :D

  2. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    Your son’s training will be tough, but if he has half the spunk you have , he will fly thru it! Lovely the way…

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    DOG Chick aka Angela says:

    18 days till I can see him! He loves it despite the griping he has done. He is tough and will make an Excellent Marine. Thank you both for your support. Lynn, I think we are both nervous. He has 2 weeks of intensive testing before he obtains the title of Marine. I do hope some of my spunk got into him but he really loves it. I found a small note written in 1999 when he was about 7 stating he wanted to be a Marine! LOL! Yes, I sent him a copy.

  4. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    How wonderful that you happened upon that note at this time in his life! :D

  5. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Angela, congrats on being chosen as the Pick of the Day!!! I still love this beautiful and special pick of yours! Enjoy your special day!!! :D

  6. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    Great pick, congrats on the POD and I wish your son the best of luck as he finsihes his boot camp!

  7. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Ditto to movie chick!!! :-)
    Oorah!!! to the marines! and especially to your son! ;)

  8. ellie4
    ellie4 says:

    A colour combo has not caught my eye like this one! Awesome!

  9. Violet
    Violet says:

    Congrats on POD !! Perfect timing I needed some of that Brecciated Jasper.
    Good luck to your son! My brother was in the Marines.
    GO MARINES !!!!!!

  10. CC
    CC says:

    Congrats on POD. Love the color combinations.

    Doesn’t matter which service, I’m proud for you that your son has made it this far, Way to go!! When it’s all over, I’m sure he’ll tell you it was a piece of cake!!!! ;)

  11. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Congrats on POD Angela! Hope you son will succeed in his tests and will become a Marine. Mom will be proud :-D

  12. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Congrats Angela! I know your son will pass thru the crucible and become a marine. It is really grueling, on him and you both, though. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. :D

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    congrats on POD… best of luck to your son, he’ll be fine… wiser, and stronger… and you/he will have another achievement to be even prouder of him. :)

  14. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Congrats Dog Chick! And prayers to you and your “Marine” that these next few weeks will be speedy and rewarding!

  15. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Be very proud of your son!! I hope he is almost done! I admire the strength & preserverence it takes. Angela, you have raised a strong son. Congrats on POD!

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Oorah! Your son sounds like a wonderful young man, and you should be proud of yourself for helping him become one. I’m sure he will be a strong, proud Marine!
    I missed this pick before, but it’s strong, bold and awesome! Congrats on POD, and my thoughts will be with you and your son as he goes throught the crucible!

  17. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    Congrats on POD… is a sign of his success!

  18. Chicky ChaCha
    Chicky ChaCha says:

    Congratulations on Pick of the Day! What a neat tribute to your son! I salute him and have the utmost respect for our men and women that serve our country and are willing to lay down their lives! Utmost, utmost respect!!!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Congrats on POD !!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Gorgeous Pick!
    Good luck to your son!
    I know you’re counting down the days till you see him… 11 more?

    Congrats on POD!

  21. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    Great pick. Congratulations on getting POD. Good luck to your son!

  22. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Great pick, Angela, and what a wonderful tribute for your son! What an amazing young man – you must be so proud!

    Congrats on being POD!

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