I love chatting with friends, other moms and women in all walks of life, about all things. So when a topic seems to pop up in many conversations, over and over, in a short amount of time, I take notice and I try to listen extra hard.

Today’s topic and title stems from one of those conversations that kept popping up: one on one time with kids.

I don’t often write about parenting,

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The Month of April is the Month of the Military Child. Every Monday throughout the month I’m hosting Military Monday here on the blog.

I never could have imagined anything more challenging than being a military spouse. But then I had kids and became a mom of military kids.

I chose to become a spouse, to live this life. I signed on for it, committed to it, I understood what that meant for me.

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It’s Military Monday, during the month of April we are celebrating the Month of the Military Child. Today, my friend and fellow Military Spouse, Sarah is here sharing with us.

We were at a doctor’s appointment the other day- myself and all three babies crammed into the tiniest of rooms while the nurse took the vitals. And then, of course, the nurse called for assistance from another nurse and the doctor came in as well to see if she could help because my five-year-old was losing her marbles.

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Today happens to be my birthday!

And while I’m not a big, it’s -my-special- day, all-about-me, kind of gal,  because hello, I’m a mom and I still have to make lunches and do dishes, and fold laundry. But my people- my family and friends- sure know how to spoil a girl. This week I received all kinds of thoughtful, special, fun gifts, along with texts, phone calls, and cards.  I wish I had time to tell you about each and every person behind all those thoughtful gestures.

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Today I am sharing with you my miscarriage story. Two years ago this week I found out I was pregnant with my third baby. I have written this story many times but have never shared it publicly. Today I share it for two reasons; one to bring God glory and two, to give others who have suffered pregnancy loss hope. Please be aware this is my story and I use some vivid language.

In the spring of 2015 I took a pregnancy test.

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The Month of April is the Month of the Military Child and I’m celebrating all month long with posts every Monday. These posts will feature stories about military kids, tips, and encouragement for those living the military life. I’m kicking off the first Military Monday post with 4 Ways to Thrive with Military Kids.

Military life is hard enough on adults; constant change, loved ones away. Add children in to the equation, with their own set of emotions and struggles,

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I’m walking through 40 days of meeting God first thing in the morning for 40 minutes. I’m calling it 40 for 40: forty minutes for 40 days. Today is day 29, and my fifth post this series. The others are:

A Different Way of Doing Lent

How 40 minutes a Day is Changing my Whole Day for the Better

When God Desires Our Progress and Presence More than Our Perfection

The Easy Way to Obey

During my 40 minutes I use the acronym SLOW to help guide my time.

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Today is day 22 of 40 minutes for 40 days of meeting with God. Today marks over half-way for 40 in 40. I won’t say it’s been easy, some mornings it’s all I can do to pull myself out of bed but once I sit down-with my coffee, of course-  it is  worth it. It is transforming my days. Changing my outlook, my parenting, my marriage, but most importantly my relationship with God.

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