New Ink

I don't really have much to say tonight. Shocker for one of the most wordy people on the planet, yes? I've been pretty MIA because my mom and dad came down to NC for the week. They rented a condo on Emerald Isle and we enjoyed time together. I probably already told you all this... Anyway, there was barely any internet connection and crap cell service out there so I was even out of facebook and email world for a while - WOAH. You'd think after all this time, I'd have a lot to say but I just don't. At least not right this minute. I probably will when I get to thinking about it and will do a "real" post but right now, deal with what ya get, mmk?? Haha. Anyway, I finally got my "Jonny tattoo." You may be thinking, well Mrs. P, wasn't that your ribbon?? Well yes, in essence, but I wanted a more of a remembrance one as well. Hold on a sec, it dropped below 70 degrees tonight and I am FREEZING, let me run in and get a sweater. Ah, much better - I love writing on my front porch but I really don't enjoy shivering - when did I become such a southerner??

Ok so, the tatty... I'm not big on names or the typical "remembrance" tattoos, I like my tattoos to be unique and to tell a story. I like them each to have meaning. SO without further ado:
Please ignore the weird angle-age of my foot, it was up on the tattoo "bench" thing still and it's red because, well, a bunch of needles had been pumping in it only minutes before.

On to the explanation.. first the Button. Jonny called the baby "Buttons," when you say it, you have to pronounce the t's like t's... not the way normal people say bu-ins or however it is you strange people call it. Butt-ins. He said it like that because, if you can't already tell, I say it that way, and he thought it was cute. The first time he saw her on ultrasound he said she was cute as a button and Buttons, the name, stuck.

The Button is blue white and red, which is the French flag. Jonny, on his mom's side, was French, as am I. I also like that it is ALSO Red white and blue, American, he is an American hero. Works out perfectly.

The wording is in Italian, on his dad's side (and if you ask me, the more visible side - all the dark features... although he does look a lot like his mom, hmm) is the Italian. It means "For Eternity."

You may notice the font is very unique. It is my handwriting. I was trying to pick a font and the artist as well as some friends suggested just keeping it in my handwriting, to keep it more personal (and because I've got really neat handwriting). I loved it because not only will it make this tattoo one of a kind, but it also represents all the letters I wrote him while he was gone.

There ya have it, my tatt for my husband, as well as the relationship between my husband and our daughter. Like I said, ignore how weird my foot looks and the button looks a little oblong because of the way my foot is bent and the skin is stretched. It looks so sweet when I'm not all bendy. And check out the sweet flip flop tan I've got goin' on - true beach bum right there!

If you're wondering if it hurt, in my opinion - not that bad. The worst part was the button down on the side, the top wasn't bad at all. My ribbon on my thigh/hip area hurt the most, to me.

Since we're talking about tattoos, I'll just tell you the stories of my other 3, in chronological order.

My first one is on my left wrist. It's 3 pink stars. It is for my sorority, Phi Mu. The 3 stars are on our badge and they also represent for me Love Honor Truth - our open motto and something I strive to live by each day. I got it after our 3D ceremony, the one where we turn from active sisters to alumnae. It was pretty much a whim thing, my big and I went together and did it at the last second!

My second is on my ribs, right side. "Ceci Passera Aussi" in script. It means "This too shall pass" in French. My mom always told me growing up This too shall pass, when things were rough or I didn't want to deal with something. My mom's side of the family has a lot of French in it (I just don't like English phrases for tattoos, they're always prettier in other languages and then give a chance to explain the actual tattoo when someone asks what it says). I got this one when Jonny went to get his side piece. He was getting this big ol elaborate thing on his ribs and I decided, once again on a whim, that I wanted one as well. Lo and behold they had an open artist that day and I decided last second what I would get. Brad was with us and let me squeeze his hand while Jonny was getting his worked on.

The third one is my yellow ribbon (support the troops ribbon) which I posted about before. It's on my left hip/thigh area and I had them draw it up like it was tattered to resemble all the struggles us MilSpouses go through, (especially on deployments) but still remain intact. I got this with a fellow Marine wife Caitlin. She and I met because we were about a week apart in our pregnancy and grew very close over our time at CL. We had such similar struggles being the same amount in our pregnancies and both being our first deployment, etc etc. We got the same one in the same place. It turns out I got this one Saturday March 13, the day before Jonny died (2 days before I was notified).

Now you know more about my body than you probably ever wanted to, but hey what's life without a little sharing? And of course, what was meant to be a quick "Hey here's my tattoo" post turned into a freakin' book...

61 comments

  1. I love the new ink! Such a great idea and I love the button! :) Still praying for you everyday and thinking about you and your family dang near every second. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to keep up with you through your blog and Facebook You are such a role model for other wives and mothers! You have taught me so much and we have never met! :) God Bless!

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  2. I love how you're not one of these people who get these lame tribal tattoos that have no meaning.
    You may have thought you had turned explaining your tattoos into a book, but that's how it should be. I'm glad you have a meaning for each.

    Moving on: I cannot explain to you how much I absolutely adore your new tattoo. I love everything about it from the button colors, the button itself, and your own personal handwriting. It's absolutely perfect.

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  3. simply perfect!! and everyone had the right idea with it being in your handwritting, it is something so special! giving me the tattoo itch now!

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  4. I love the originality of each tattoo!...you have an amazing strength!

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  5. I love all your tattoos! Especially the yellow ribbon! I'm going through a deployment right now and your tattoo is pretty much how I feel right now.
    I'm looking to get more ink too. Saving up to get something either before her gets back or we go together afterwards.

    Love tattoos that have a meaning and a story!

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  6. They look cool! I especially like the tattered yellow ribbon! And I love all the thoughts into the most recent! You are such an encouragement to other mil spouses out there!

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  7. Love the tattoos! I have one of a phoenix on my lower back. No special meaning, I just wanted something unique. I thought about getting another one but can't decide. I love how you can pick one out at the last minute, I wish I could do that!

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  8. How cool! I'm not nearly ballsy enough to get tats. But good job! The new one is fantastic!

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  9. I love all of your tattoos! They are all gorgeous. I really do like your new tattoo.

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  10. I love the meaning behind your new tatt. I have always wanted to get one, but I am terrified of needles and afraid that I would regret it later down the road. I know you will always look at yours and enjoy them because each one has such a special meaning! Hope you enjoyed your beach getaway!!

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  11. I Love the tattoos and the meaning behind each one! Thank you for sharing such personal moments with us!

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  12. Love it! I love that all your tattoos have a special meaning to you!

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  13. love the ink! the foot is prob my fav! so so unique! i have 2 tats, but i gotta ask, ever have an regrets over the placement, or what you got ,or anything about them?

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  14. That tattoo is wonderful! I love that it has such a special meaning to it :)

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  15. I'm too scared to get tattoos... the permanent thing and the needle thing. I also want them to have meaning, I hate meaningless tattoos... Yours are beautiful, and so full of meaning! =)

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  16. I love it. I think my favorite part is that it is your own handwriting! <3 hugs & lovins!

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  17. Awesome. I love the button. That's too sweet. :)

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  18. very nice tattoo... very orginial!

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  19. I love the new ink and the meaning behind it. I also love the yellow ribbon.

    Now I really want to go get another tattoo. Hopefully soon!

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  20. I love that your tattoos have special meanings. Putting the one in your handwritting is such an awesome idea. It really does make it that much more personal. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  21. I love all of your tattoos and they all have special meaning to you. I love the new one, its fantastic!

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  22. Beautiful! I love them! I love tattoos that have meanings & people have to ask about them to get the story! My fave! Really beautiful!

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  23. I love that you put so much thought and effort into your tattoos, and that they have so much meaning for you. Such a beautiful way to remember.

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  24. Love the tattoos! I would get a tattoo, but I have a hard time making up my mind about them!

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  25. I love them.... that's all.. love them!

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  26. I LOVE IT!!! My foot is next (or second to next) on my list to have done. I'm happy to hear that the pain isn't that terrible either. I've heard having your feet done can be brutal!

    Love your other tattoos also!

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  27. Wow, that's really something.
    Don't worry about writing a whole book on your ink;)
    Golly. I love how they tell a story, they remind you of things....

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  28. I love the stories behind your tattoos. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Beautiful! I have 3, all where on whims, and all have very good stories, but none as amazing as yours. I love the ribbon and agree that foreign temrs are much prettier than english, as long as you know what they mean. Kids these days just go and get the dumbest things, but I love all of yours! Thank you for sharing them with us :)

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  30. Crazy but I have pretty much the same star tattoo on my left wrist, but in blue. It was just something a friend and I decided to do one day... weird ha. Love the one :)

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  31. I love hearing the stories behind tattoos- and I love that all of yours have meaning and are special to you. Your new one is a beautiful tribute to Jonny. I'm impressed you got one on a whim- I was a wimp and thought about mine for 2 years but I wish I'd just gotten it right away!!

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  32. Oh I love it! So much thought and meaning behind it...awesome!

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  33. love them!!

    i especially love the tattered yellow ribbon.

    praying for you daily!!!

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  34. Love the tats! I have been thinking about getting one but I change a lot so I am so afraid to get one. But I love how each of yours has such a profound meaning.

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  35. I LOOOVE your tattoo's! All of mine are in other languages as well. :D I think your yellow ribbon is a wonderful idea, and your foot, is just amazing.

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  36. I really love all of your tattoos! They're so perfect and fitting!

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  37. it looks great and your writing is so cute!

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  38. Really cool tattoos, all of them. :)

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  39. I am a Phi Mu alum, too, but I am a little older than you :-) ... I love the idea of the stars. And your yellow ribbon is just gorgeous. What a great idea to make it tattered. I love that all your tattoos mean something. I have 2 that both have meaning as well. I think it makes them that much more special. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. ohhh, i'm a tattoo junkie .. I LOVE the yellow ribbon with the shadow in the background and the rib tats!!

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  41. You have some amazing stories behind your tatoos. I think they are amazing. And I love how unique your new one is, It is just really neat.

    ~Alicia

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  42. I Love the tats I think that they look GREAT and you are so correct your tatoos tell a story Love it..

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  43. I can't ever see myself getting a tat, but I love it when people get tats that really mean something. If you're going to ink your body, it should be something more meaningful and personal than the Tazmanian Devil. The button is PERFECT, as is the saying.

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  44. hey... do you have more details on the fund raising event this weekend in FL???

    =)

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  45. That tattoo is amazingly wonderful. I love the sentiment and the story behind each individual part and meaning. And your handwriting is really awesome! Mine is atrocious. But gorgeous work.

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  46. I love your newest tattoo. I've been reading for awhile (found you via Full of Heart - Margot) and I wanted to compliment the tat, and pass along good wishes for you and Ari.

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  47. Love the ink! especially the story behind them all! I like my tattoos to have a lot of meaning also. I've been waiting to get a tat in memory of my father until I have it perfectly planned out in my head! =)

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  48. I love your tattoo - it's so well done, and has such amazing symbolism behind each part.

    And you're right, your handwriting is awesome!

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  49. Love the new tattoo! As a fellow phi mu alumnae I love the pink stars!

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  50. i LOOOVEEE your new tattoo. I have been wanting to get one in memory of my daughter, but like you, I don't want something that's like a "typical" rememberance tattoo. I need to come up with something original like yours, but I'm having a hard time! Thanks for sharing :)

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  51. I love the concept of your new tattoo! I was introduced to your blog by my friends in Camp Lejeune that heard of your story and some know you (Amber S.). Having my husband currently deployed makes me think about your life story everyday. I pray for you and your daughter EVERYDAY!!!! I hope you are slowly doing better! XOXO

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  52. I love the idea of getting a tattoo done in your own handwriting - especially if you have good handwriting! (which you do). I have a star on my wrist, too, but just one, in memory of my ex-boyfriend, who died five years ago. And one on my foot, too. I thought nothing could hurt more than the wrist until I got my foot done...

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  53. That Big you have must be pretty cool to get a tattoo with you.... PS: that tattoo means that I am ALWAYS ALWAYS with you. Don't you ever forget it either. Love.

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  54. Beautiful! I'm still trying to decide what my next one is going to be (uh, something meaningful this time!). I love that all of yours have such incredible meaning behind them.

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  55. I am inspired to do a tattoo post....I am impressed you have a piece on your side. I love how those look, but way too chicken to try it out...

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  56. Wow!!! I am a collegiate member of Phi Mu at Florida State University (yay sisters, liob) and I am also dating a marine, who is currently deployed in Afghanistan until Novemeber. Your most recent post brought tears to my eyes. You are a strong woman and a beautiful wife and mother. I am so sorry for your loss, I could not imagine. Keep your head up! "God puts the heaviest burdens on those with the strongest shoulders." <3

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  57. I love your stars! I haven't read the entire thread so I could be repeating someone else, but our open motto is Les Soeurs Fideles. Love, Honor, Truth is our creed. I'm being picky...sorry. Doesn't take away that it's a very nice tribute! Love In Our Bond - Sarah

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