Welcome to the Journey!

Our children have chosen a very unique journey: Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.  As their parents, it is up to us to give them the support and encouragement they will need for the years ahead, not only as Midshipmen, but also as future Naval Officers.

Staying on Mission

My mission is to support, equip, and empower USNA parents with strength, knowledge, and wisdom to navigate this unique journey successfully. MidMoms and MidDads are a different breed:  we stick together, we are resilient, we are faithful, we are not strangers but are lifelong friends – even if we have never met. We will always share the lifelong bond of our Mid’s journey and, of course, like our Mids, we Never Give Up the Ship!

My Book, the Step-by-Step Guide to the N*avy Journey

I am thankful for you, and I feel privileged that you are joining me on this unique journey on the road less traveled.  My book is an all-in-one guide through the four years – I walk with you step by step! It is central to my mission of empowering my fellow N*avy parents.

My Book: A USNA Mom’s Journal:
Plebe Summer through Commissioning and Beyond! Everything You Need to Know!

Welcome, and know that I am here for you!


Read perspectives and advice for the rollercoaster journey that is N*avy. Advice for every year of the journey!


A must for every parent! Shop for my Book, A USNA Mom’s Journal, and my unique handcrafted N*avy spirit items.


Based on my book, A USNA Mo’s Journal, my podcast offers engaging conversations about Life at N*avy.

PLEASE NOTE: All content on this website is based on my book, A USNA Mom’s Journal Plebe Summer through Commissioning and Beyond! Everything You Need to Know. The information contained in my book, this website, my USNA MidMoms and More Podcast, and my USNA MidMoms and More blog may not be used, duplicated, or copied, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent from the author, AN Shine. Copyright 2013, 2019, 2021, 2022.

Photo credit: Special thanks to Bob Peterson photography for permission to use his beautiful images.