10 Great Books to Give as Gifts

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I know it's been ages since I have been on my blog. I swear there's a good explanation. If you remember a post from a few months ago, I announced that we were losing our home of the past 9 years. Well, the Lord worked things out for the best and we are now living in a 100 year old craftsman bungalow, in the downtown area of our town. It's my dream house honestly. Yes, we are only renting-and it's definitely a lot smaller than our old house-but honestly, I find myself being more in love with it!

That being said, it took a lot to move and get the kids back in a rhythm with their schooling. We also faced a few hardships and sicknesses, so writing had to be placed on the back-burner. Life seems to be falling back into place and here I am!

With the holidays around the corner, I am super excited to celebrate Christmas in our home! We didn't have our own place last year-so this year I am going to try to make it really special. Thinking about gifts I wanna give out, books always come to mind. I thought I would share my top 10 favorite books to give as gifts!

Mama Bear Reads: Clockwork Princess {Spoiler Free}

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh em gee. Where do I even begin with this book?

The first two books in the series were very good. I enjoyed the characters and world building so much-but they honestly can't hold a candle to this one. Clockwork Princess tore my heart apart, put the pieces back together, then tore it to shreds again. I laughed. Cried. Sobbed.

I Did Not Choose This Life

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I did NOT choose this life.

At age 20, I laid sobbing in my bed as my current boyfriend told be he didn't want to marry me after being together a year. He even told be he was being deployed to Iraq in order to make the breakup make sense. Two days later, I found out he had been seeing someone else a good portion of our relationship and he was actually getting out of the Army.

I cried that ugly cry with the pain in your stomach and the snot coming out like Niagara Falls. Thing was, I was crying more over the loss of the life I had pictured us creating together, rather than the relationship itself. I had pictured being the ultimate military spouse. Dedicated. Loyal. And then I thought about having kids. I just wanted to be a wife and a mom. Was that too much to ask?

Max at Night and a Giveaway!

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You can imagine, in a house filled with 4 kids, that we are pretty big on children's books. I mean, our bookshelves are slammed full-but I still don't feel like we could ever have too many. I can't help but want to bring them all home each time I go to the book store!

That being said, Ed Vere's Max at Night is no exception. Our kids just loved looking through all of the bright and bold pictures, and seriously-how could you not fall in love with those big ol' cat eyes??? The story is simple, but our kids ages 7, 5, 3, 1 all enjoyed being introduced to this new friend!

The story of Max at Night, is about a little kitten named Max, who is down right determined to tell the moon goodnight. He travels all night to try and find the highest point in order for the moon to hear him.

Do you think that he is able to talk to the moon? What do you think the moon would say to Max?

Our Family's Night Time Routine

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Yeah y'all. It's been a minute around here. I am super sorry for the lack of posts. Not to bore you with too many details, but we've been dealing with a lot the past two weeks-and we are still going 100 miles a minute.

If you've been a follower since last year, you know that we have been trying extremely hard to keep our home after my husband's job loss. Well, that is just not the Lord's plan for us. Our house was auctioned off and we are in a mad rush to find a home and move out before the 30th of this month. We've been doing all of this while all of the kids' and I have had really bad sinus infections. Talk about Murphy's Law!

But please, don't worry. Our hearts are filled with peace over all of this. Don't get me wrong, I am very sad to leave. This house is the only house I've ever lived in longer than a year. I've lived here almost 9 years, as this was my wedding gift-a very irresponsible gift-but a wonderful gift nonetheless! I spent my wedding night here and brought 4 tiny people home to these walls. This house will always have a piece of me-but I can't hold on to something that has become such a financial burden. So, it's time for a new adventure!

One of the things I'll miss is our night time routines with the kids. Of course, we can do this in any home, but stretching out on this warn out carpet with all of kids is just different here.

Here is a sneak peak into our nights:
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