Before I share this MIlitary Monday post, I wanted to share with you that I have been nominated for Circle of Mom's Top Military Mom Blogs for 2013! It is such an honor and surprise. I really hope that being a part of this group of ladies will provide some wonderful opportunities to share the military life story and advocate for all of us. If you think I'm worthy of a vote I would be honored if you would. You can actually vote for me every day until July 4th. There are so many wonderful ladies on the list, so if you think they are awesome too please vote for them. Thank you for stopping by.
I've probably said this about one million times (yes, literally), but I am so beyond blessed to be living in this city. Blessed to know the people that I know and to feel the blessing from them for inviting, telling me, emailing me and calling me about so many wonderful things. Having spent the majority of our military career, DC is almost overwhelming at times.
One of my milspouse friends sent us the info about a great event with Dr. Jill Biden at the Library of
Congress. The event was to share her book with us, "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops," written about her granddaughter Natalie and the deployment of her son Beau." The event was also an important event for the Library of Congress in that it was the launch of a wonderful program Books and Beyond for Young People, at the Young Readers Center, which was started three years ago. Dr. John Cole, Director for the Center of the Book, shared that Dr. Biden was chosen because supporting the children of military families was so important for the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress has taken special of note of the trials and uniqueness of life in the military, with the creation of The Military Voices Initiative, which a recorded history of military troops and their families, post 9/11. It is amazing project that you can check out at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
For this special day I chose to take my daughter, for some special mommy and me time. Ami had her copy of the book and we read along as Jill and her granddaughter read the book to us. If you get a chance to pick up this book I would recommend it. It is a beautifully written story that provides encouragement for children with a military parent. The drawings are soft and sweet. It is the perfect length and includes so much of life that each child who has experienced a deployment can relate to. Even my four-year-old daughter understood that the little girl in the book was going through what she was going through. At one point she said, "I have to be brave too mommy!" Let the water work commence people.
Cammo Style Love gives this book five out of five stars. I also want to give the experience five out five stars as well. If you ever are in the DC area please make the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, a stop on your tour. The inside is absolutely gorgeous. We didn't have time to do a full tour, but Ami and I walked around and checked out some of the interactive stations and looked at the beautiful ceiling in the center. Even the elevators are cool looking. All in all it was a fun little date with my girl.