About the Blog

We all have those moments in our lives. You know the ones- they make us stop and think a little harder, smile a little wider, appreciate a little deeper. For me, those moments usually sweep over me like a dust devil out of nowhere, and they usually hold my kids right in the middle.

This blog begins as a way to hold on to those moments for a bit longer. Too often, I feel as though I get all teary-eyed and grateful, then I let it go. But as a mom, a wife, a woman who loves to write, that’s just silly. So here I am, with you, not forgetting the pieces of life that make me who I am right now, who I will be tomorrow, and better than who I was yesterday.

♥♥A bit more about me…

I consider myself a native West Virginian, although my parents drug our family all over the place when we were young. We settled in small-town, USA when I was in 7th grade, and I didn’t really leave until I joined the Army National Guard in 2009.

Basic training kicked my butt, but I fell in love with my Drill Sergeant (insert gasp here). His long eye lashes and pouty lower lip did me in, despite all of the yelling and push-ups.

After graduating from West Virginia University with my B.A. in English, the Drill Sergeant and I got hitched and headed west. We lived in Arizona and had our Sean, then I powered through my M.Ed. with Liberty University Online.

When we moved to Kansas, I taught 3rd grade for one year at a wonderful Christian school, and then I decided to stay home as a mom once more when we were blessed with our Jason. I also finished up 6.5 years in the Army National Guard in Kansas. AND we survived our first (but his third) deployment.

Kansas holds a special place in my heart.

We moved and grew bigger and stronger in Texas when Westley (oh, my sweet Westley, what have I done!?) joined our clan.

Now, my young ones and I are back in small-town, pulling each other through a second deployment, enjoying all of the punches life throws and taking my parents along for the ride.

Bless. Their. Hearts.

As a Christian, I aim to keep every aspect of my life God centered and Jesus driven. “For it is by grace I have been saved, through faith--and this is not from myself, it is the gift of God–not by works…” (Eph. 2:8-9, NIV). 

I couldn’t, wouldn’t, do it without my savior.

As a mother, I absolutely love my boys. They drive me crazy, keep me tired, and fill my heart with so much love that it explodes outwardly in the form of tears way too often. Seriously- ever just cry because you love so much? That’s motherhood for ya.

As a wife, my husband is my best friend, constant support, source of comfort, best snuggler ever, and the only one for me. Nobody would ever complete me the way Jeremy does… even if he was my Drill Sergeant at one time. He was trying to build me up as a soldier then, and he tries relentlessly to build me up as a wife, mother, and woman today.

As a woman and everything else, I love to read and write, I love running, I love coffee, and I love alone time.

That’s me.

val and jeremy