Days 1-15 | Adventures with Daddy Board

This video made me cry and made me laugh. 

Day 16: Explore and seek adventures. Make memories despite the obstacles and roadblocks that lay ahead. We will have our ups and downs, but we are warriors by heart. Joy whispers in your heart when you least expect it. Listen to your surroundings. A few days ago I heard Kylee singing Ed Sheeran's, "Thinking Out Loud" -baby (K' version) we found love right where we are" while putting her shoes on. She knows how much I love this song. #teamcordova #wearewarriors

What is Snowball Express?

Snowball Express is a non-profit organization with a simple mission since 2006:  Provide hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11.

To be honest, I didn't know anything about Snowball Express until 2013 when a Gold Star widow  posted it on Facebook.  Naturally I researched the organization and was amazed by their mission and commitment, and the joy of reconnecting other Gold Star children together.  If you read some of the testimonials, they felt withdrawn and had no desire to connect with society until they met other Gold Star families at a Snowball Express event going through the same experience.

When I spoke with Mr. Buck Kern, the Executive Director of Snowball Express, I expressed to him how unfortunate it is that society is unaware of what it means to be a Gold Star family.  If you are reading this and asking yourself "what is a Gold Star family," look no further-a Gold Star family is a surviving spouse, parents and immediate family members of Armed Forces members killed in combat operations-a fallen hero who never came home.

With every book purchase, I am donating to Snowball Express.  I am committed to never forget the Service Members who never came home, and to never forget the children (and family) they left behind.  Snowball Express's biggest event, Snowball Express XI 2016, is fast approaching this December.  With every $500 received, a Gold Star child will have the opportunity to attend.  Please check out their website (https://snowball-express.networkforgood.com/projects/15085-snowball-express-for-children-of-fallen-military-heroes) and consider donating!

As I am typing this at exactly 10:00 p.m., TAPS from Fort Carson is playing.  I hear this every night echoing through Cheyenne Mountain and I cannot help but cry with a swelling in my heart as I sit here in silence.  Please don't forget we have warriors in harms way protecting us.  Keep them in your prayers.

This is Mac, Gold Star son of SGT Justin Gallegos, KIA 3 October 2009, COP Keating.  I took this picture 3 years ago at the White House and it popped up on my newsfeed today and with Amanda Marr's permission to post Mac's picture. For the past 3 years, I have written to this young man on Memorial Day.  Take a closer look at the name tape-GALLEGOS.  I want to share something special about The ABCs of the Army-my book is dedicated to the Gold Star families I love as my own and you will see names of 8 Elite Soldiers throughout my book.  Gone, but never forgotten.

This is Mac, Gold Star son of SGT Justin Gallegos, KIA 3 October 2009, COP Keating.  I took this picture 3 years ago at the White House and it popped up on my newsfeed today and with Amanda Marr's permission to post Mac's picture. For the past 3 years, I have written to this young man on Memorial Day.  Take a closer look at the name tape-GALLEGOS.  I want to share something special about The ABCs of the Army-my book is dedicated to the Gold Star families I love as my own and you will see names of 8 Elite Soldiers throughout my book.  Gone, but never forgotten.

The ABCs of the Army

If you were wondering how my publishing journey began, well…Team Cordova was at Fort Belvoir, VA for four months.  Typically when Chris is on temporary orders, we do not accompany him.  This time we did with the intentions of "there's always a possibility of deploying" after Fort Belvoir.  One particular night in December, Kylee picked out four ABC books for me to read to her.  While reading, it occurred to me that we don’t have a book of Army terms…and BOOM!  The ABCs of the Army was imagined and within eleven months published!

Although The ABCs of the Army is labeled as a children’s book, it is perfect for a Veteran, Army family or fans alike.  Each letter gives you a beautifully illustrated glimpse of Army terms and a bit of humor from a child’s perspective.   

As a military family, anything may occur unexpectedly.  For us, on July 7, 2016 (amongst many things), Chris was tasked for a nine-month deployment to begin August 12th-with just a four weeks notice!  Luckily, we got to spend an extra week with him but said, "see you later daddy" on August 19th.  A few of the letters in my book resonate with our current Army life-“D”, “F” and “Y”.

I have to admit, this book is a blessing in disguise.  I wrote this book for many reasons through the eyes of my little girls, and ours, and I hope you enjoy your copy when you receive it!  Please checkout The ABCs of the Army's SNEAK PEEK on my GALLERY section.