“Cost of Livin'” by Ronnie Dunn

This song really hits home in this age. So many people are out of work, or come off of active duty and can’t get work. The most vivid memory I have of this song is when I was headed up to a training site with my Sergeant. We were driving the box van and he let me hook up my Ipod. I had just downloaded this song before I left my apartment. I like Brookes & Dunn, so I figured I would like this song. When this song came on I saw a whole new side to my Sergeant. I saw sadness on his face, I heard the desperate cry in his voice while I listened to him sing. He is an older man, made the military his life. He was getting out soon due to medical and that retirement was calling. But in the civilian life he wasn’t close to retiring. He was struggling to figure out what he was going to do when he didn’t have to report everyday. After that song I had a new respect for him and for everyone who struggles to put food on the table and make sure bills are paid. I hope you like this song as much as I do.

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Angelia

There was a time in my life where I could not wait until I was twenty two. I couldn't imagine life after that because I was so focused on reaching my favorite number in age. Then something amazing happened to me. Shortly after I turned twenty two I got together with the love of my life. I had been dreaming of being with this man since the day I met him, and at sixteen I decided I wanted to marry him one day. Well, six months after we got together we married. A year after that, our son was born. So here I am, married, and with three children (he had two daughters prior to getting with me). And it occured to me one day, the reason why I couldn't see life after twenty two was because my life was meant to start over, and I wouldn't trade this life for anything. I write in this blog to let others know that step moms do have a voice, and to let everyone know that moms are not just robots, we have likes and dislikes, things we love and things we wish we could change. And of course, there are the hardships to being a parents. I will share all that and more on my journey of finding out what this new life has in store for me. Please enjoy!

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