Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Happy birthday, Jack!

The little boy who first made me a mama turned the big f-o-u-r.

He is seriously the sweetest kid and all he could say was "thank you, thank you!"

He also has a slight obsession with RescueBots, as is evident in his very first birthday interview.

I just asked the questions and wrote down what he said; no prompting, no editing. It's pretty funny, actually.

1. What is your name?


2. How old are you?

Old and Big

3. What is your favorite color?

Blue and red

4. What is your favorite thing to do?

I like to be Octopus Prime [Optimus Prime]

5. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Octopus Prime

6. What is your favorite food?

Robot food

7. What makes you happy?

Octopus Prime

8. What makes you scared?

Robot bad guys

9. Who is your favorite person?

Octopus Prime

10. What did you get for your birthday this year?

Octopus Prime toy that turns into a dinosaur

11. What kind of cake did you have?

White vanilla Octopus Prime

12. What else would you like to say?

Um...I had [Transformers] decorations for my birthday...I need to play with my toy that I got.

Happy birthday, sweet boy! I love you!



Saturday, July 4, 2015


It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
-Charles M. Province

There is an open-to-the-public event on base tonight. There is also a threat from ISIS. And there are young men standing guard over my home tonight.

While "personal rights" has been the buzzword on people's lips, I am surrounded by men and women who choose to serve. To put the needs of others ahead of their own. To sacrifice their own freedoms so others may live freely. To defend the flag and the constitution when others choose to walk over it. To believe that the United States are worth living for and dying for.

And I get to be a witness to that. It is an exhausting, frustrating, tear-wrenching, wonderful, chance-of-a-lifetime experience to be an active duty military family.

God bless America, and more so, God Bless the men and women of our Armed Forces.
You truly are the best of the best, and I am honored to stand alongside you.