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Why I Took A Blogging Break, and Why I Am Back (For Real This Time)

Real talk: I have struggled internally over what to do with this blog for more than a year now. I started blogging back in December 2012, and it quickly became my favorite hobby and part of my identity. What started as a way to keep our families updated turned into a creative outlet, a way to meet new people, and an avenue to help and inspire other military spouses. I loved blogging, and it was definitely my "passion project". 

Fast forward to February 2017, and my son is born. He is everything I've ever dreamed of and more, and I have never loved anything like I love this kid. Suddenly, I go from being the biggest oversharer and blogging basically every facet of our lives to wanting to protect my kid and hide his face from the world. I want to believe everyone is good, but with a public blog, I really have no control over who reads it. 

Being that this has always been a lifestyle blog, and being a mom is now the biggest part of my life, I didn't know how to blog without sharing about my son. To me, it was either going to be all or nothing, and I chose nothing. I started posting once a month or not at all about random things, but my heart wasn't in it. I was mentally done, but every time I thought of something cool to post or fun to write about, I got sad thinking that I didn't really blog anymore. 

I prayed and thought a lot about it, and something in me recently shifted. I am not sure what or why exactly, but I really want to get back into blogging, and I feel like I finally have the time and the right mindset to do it. There is so much that I want to share and so much I have learned that I want to pass on. I am still going to try to keep things about my kiddo private to an extent, but there are a million other things to write about. 

So here we go. After over a year of neglecting this space, does anyone still read it? Probably not many (hi mom and dad!), but let's give this another whirl. 

I plan to post as close to a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule as I can, so here goes nothing! If anyone is still around to read this, hi again, and thanks for sticking around! :)

Jenny Turns 8!

Earlier this month, we celebrated Jenny's 8th birthday! Confession: I looked at the date and thought "oh crap, I completely forgot Jenny's birthday yesterday". Poor sweet Jenny, she is just the best pup, and I forgot her special day. So this year we celebrated a day late with a good walk, snuggles, and lots of peanut butter!

We rescued Jenny when she was 6 months old and have no idea when her actual birthday is, but we always celebrate her on July 5th. I've told this story many times, but Jenny was the best spontaneous decision we ever made. We went to visit a rescue group we had gotten to know at their weekly adoption event at Petco purely to "pet the puppies". I put that last part in quotes because anyone who loves dogs knows if you go to "pet the puppies", you "come home with the puppy". So glad we did!

Jenny had a sweet disposition from the start and wanted to please us and do everything we said. She has been a joy from day 1! We have no idea what Jenny's breed is. She is probably at least part black mouth cur, but we don't really know beyond that. We just call her pure dog.  

I cannot say enough good things about Jenny. She is just the best dog ever and so patient and loving, especially to the toddler currently invading her life that she didn't ask for. ;) She puts up with Preston like the best of them and would sleep in his room if I let her (sorry Jenny, you're not accidentally waking up your brother on my watch. #MamaNeedsSleep).

Happy birthday Jenny girl! We love you so much and could not imagine our lives without you!!


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