Maggie over at MaggieReads is giving away an autographed copy of Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. To play, you have to look around your house and create the best name for it. Right now as I’m looking around, there are children’s books on the floor along with some of the kids’ pencils and artwork. The living couches are sporting the latest pencil marks, while the kids’ bookcase is piled with books. If you listen closely you can hear a cartoon on in the background.
I was thinking about naming my home Kid Kingdom. There are five kids living here, ages 2, 4, 6, and 8 (twins), and they haven’t left even one corner of this house for Mama or me. Which I don’t mind. Living with so many kids is challenging but a whole lot of fun. Max and Ruby is tied with Scooby Doo for favorite cartoon, pink is the hottest colors for the girls, nap time is the most hated time (but my favorite), and going to Target is the best place in the world.
But then I started thinking about how Mama and I have arrived to where we are now, not just physically but emotionally. It took a lot of love, determination, prayer, and patience to get here. We’ve battled homelessness, poverty, single motherhood… The list is long. All that we’ve went through were lessons for us to learn how strong we are and what we can do. I’m glad for it all and to be where I’m at now. I went back to school and earned my high school diploma and now I’m in college, working toward my business and English degrees. I want to change the world with books, though exactly how I haven’t figured out yet. I know how important school is, my relationship with my mom is the strongest it’s ever been, and my kids worship their grandmother. So after thinking about everything from the past, the present and what I want the future to be, I decided to call my home Not quite what I was planning. A perfect name because to me I couldn’t have planned it any better.