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:

My Favorite Artsy Books You Need in Your Collection

 Do you have books that you just love to look at? They've got pretty covers, photos, or even text that just makes you swoon? Well, I've got three that you absolutely need to check out. These are my favorite books to look through just because of how gorgeous they really are!

 First up is Letters to My Daughters by Barbra Rainey. This will be an heirloom piece for my daughter. It's amazing! Letters to My Daughters is a books on "The Art of Being a Wife". It is written directly to her daughters, like a bundle of letters or a journal. Most chapters begin with a letter written to mama from one of her daughters about a topic she wants advice on. She touches on things like, 

It's My Blogiversary but YOU get the gift!

  Ah yes! It's been one year y'all AND this is my 100th post!! Whoo hoo! I am so excited about that! I have loved watching this blog grow, and I love meeting and chatting with all of you that have supported me and this writing adventure. This tiny area of the internet has given me opportunity to share my mama's heart and that of my love of the written word. Books are such a passion, because it helps to open us up to brand new worlds! Cheesy, yes. But you know it's just fact.
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