A Navy Commissioning Day

PP244 World Map Traveler Sea Street and Paper Smooches Sentiment

Today we are celebrating “our” youngest “McHendy” son.

For those of you that know me or have been following along at LifeInBetween.me for a while know that our family has an extended BFF family – our “chosen” family – the Hendersons.  Together we had six kids – two McKinneys and four Hendersons.  We now have eight as two have married, so we have one more McKinney (our amazing daughter-in-law) and one more Henderson (which is actually Kallis now) in our McHendy son-in-law who we also love.

The oldest is Jake McKinney and the youngest is Jake Henderson, so we fondly refer to them as Big Jake and Baby Jake.  (And just for a fun point to know – if Baby Jake was a girl, his name was going to be Jodi – so we have a very special bond.)

Baby Jake just graduated from Penn State this week, and today he is being commissioned into the Navy.  We are so proud of him and are so happy to be celebrating this special day with him.

So today’s card is for our Baby Jake.

The ship (from the StampinUp – SU – Traveler stamp set) represents his Navy branch.  The world map stamped background (SU World Map stamp) represents all the places he may go and see and how the whole world is at his fingertips and ahead of him for his future.  The anchor (from SU Sea Street stamp set) not only represents the Navy, but the anchor of support he has from us – his extended McKinney family, so that he knows we are and always will be here for him.

The colors I chose were for the Color Challenge at The Paper Players Challenge this week:  PP#244.

pp244So here’s to you Jake!

Jill and Jake

“Baby” Jake & His Beautiful Mom, My BFF, Jill

With much pride and hugs and love,

Momma M

16 thoughts on “A Navy Commissioning Day

  1. Oh, I just love this…and my Navy DH did too, I made sure I showed him! And being a PA resident, of course I am proud of that Penn State grad too! Although I did have to look up to see where Mars is….I am from the southeastern corner, so we’re opposites! You did a fabulous job with the color challenge as well as create a top-notch card! Thanks for participating in my color challenge this week!

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  2. Such a beautiful card Jodi and I can tell from your post that he is your adopted son through your BFF and that you are very proud of him. I wish him all the best and with 2 great moms he certainly has a huge support in the states. Thanks for sharing your adopted family with us!

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  3. Congratulations “Baby” Jake wishing him a wonderful career in the USN!!!! I married into a Navy family, my father-in-law enlisted during WW II & served for 16 yrs., my brother-in-law a Naval Acadamy Graduate, & my husband Don served in the USMC, Semper Fi!!!!! Good luck with your time in the Navy!
    Jodi the card is perfect…but most important it comes from the heart!
    Have a great day,


  4. Congratulations to baby Jake. And thank him for his service. Love, the card. I always laugh when you have a situation like big Jake and baby Jake. I had an uncle John and a cousin John. We called them big John and little john. Until little john was an NYPD detective and bigger than Big John. Then it got weird to continue to call him Little John. 🙂


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