“Goodnight Marines” Children’s Book Giveaway (WINNERS!)


The winners of the signed copies of Goodnight Marines are:

  1. Courtney R.
  2. Lauren
  3. Brian

Congratulations fellow patriots! Please be on the lookout for an email from me so I can get your books shipped to you as quickly as possible!

Thanks to all for reading and helping me spread the word about this great new children’s book. Please consider purchasing a copy for yourself or making it a go-to gift for any upcoming baby showers or families you know that may be on the cusp of a deployment.



Welcome to the first ever giveaway here at The Marine’s Wife! I am so excited to share with you something that I think is not only incredibly special, but that rightly deserves to be on your book shelf at home.

It’s a fantastic new children’s book called Goodnight Marines.

Written by an active-duty Marine aviator, Major David Dixon, and illustrated by Desert Storm veteran and longtime Disney Feature Animation artist Phil Jones, this book captures the honor, courage, and commitment of Marines, both past and present. A work of literary and poetic charm married with a deep sense of patriotism and historical pride, this book will resonate with you whether you are Marine wife or not.

The first time I read this sweet story, I cried.

I think often times as adults and as spouses to men and women who serve in the armed forces, it’s easy to get lost in the minutia of what it is that you said ‘yes’ to. It’s easy to lose the vision and the purpose behind what it is that your spouse is doing everyday, whether home or away. Because we all know the toll that it takes on our family, our marriage, and sometimes even our hope that it in the end, it will all be worth it.

What we as spouses (or siblings or parents, etc.) have the honor of personally experiencing in knowing and loving a Marine is that intangible spirit of Semper Fidelis. A faithfulness to one another and to the preservation of freedom for our homeland.

What an extraordinary privilege and what an incredible responsibility we have to show our kids that what so many mommies and daddies do; why they choose to wear uniforms instead of suits, is so very important.

I think what moved me most about this book is that everything I know to be good and right and true about the Marine Corps, I saw for the first time through the eyes of a child. The simplicity of the story, in my opinion, is what makes it so profound. What the book so beautifully reminded me of was that my husband is a part of something so much bigger than just one Osprey squadron. He is a part of the legacy and heritage of warriors and heroes who chose others over themselves. He is a part of a lineage of Marines who voluntarily risked their own lives so that their fellow countrymen could enjoy peace and freedom.

These are the kind of principles; this is the kind of character and strength and love for country, that I want to teach and instill in our children from the beginning. What we have is not free and it demands our deepest gratitude, our reverent respect, and perhaps above all, our continued stewardship.

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When I said that this book rightly deserves to be on your shelf at home, that wasn’t some sales pitch. I believe very deeply that this needs to a part of your family library. Whether your a military spouse or not.

So here’s the deal. I want to give you the chance to win this book for free. That’s how much I want you to own it. The contest starts right now and will end at midnight on Thursday. 

How to enter:

In the comment section below, share with me what principles or character traits of a Marine (Soldier, Airman, or Sailor) you want to teach and instill in your children. What do you, as a military spouse and parent, want your kids to understand and appreciate about our military men and women? NOTE: You do not have to be a Marine or military wife to enter. All freedom loving Americans are welcome!

Friday morning, three winners, selected at random, will be announced on the blog & will receive a free copy of the book personally signed by Maj. Dixon himself!

Goodnight Marines is currently available on Amazon. Click here to purchase!

Don’t forget to check out the Goodnight Marines FaceBook page too.

Lastly, if you’re interested in learning a little more about the vision and heart behind this book, click here.

Good luck & Semper Fi!

45 responses to ““Goodnight Marines” Children’s Book Giveaway (WINNERS!)”

  1. SarahW says:

    This is SO COOL! What a great idea for a children’s book. The Marine characteristic I most want my son to know, learn and grow to be is selfless. The personal sacrifices that the Marines and their families make is astounding to me, when I just take a moment to consider it. I am not a Marine-wife, but I am humbled and grateful for our military and their families; and especially grateful for this wife and her Marine.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your sweet comment, Sarah! Selflessness is a wonderful characteristic. Thank you so much for reading and entering the drawing!

  2. MollyE says:

    What a great concept for a book! From my husband, and all other Marines I know, I would like my children to learn about loyalty. As a Marine family we have made many sacrafices over the years but we have watched as our Marine has remained loyal to God, our family, and the Corps.

  3. Destiny says:

    This is such a great idea! I want my girls to understand how important their daddy’s job is and what it takes to do it. I Want them to learn the strength of our marine corps.

  4. Lauren says:

    Fellow osprey wife whoop! Haha this book is super sweet and whether I win or not I will deff be obtaining a copy! It’s so hard to explain to little ones why daddy has to go to work for so long at times. But what I would love for my kids to learn from the marine corps is selflessness. I grew up in a large Italian Catholic family and we always have of ourselves, however; upon leaving the nest I found that trait was definitely not in everyone. The power of giving of yourself to help other or to make them smile is so beautiful and I’d like my children to understand that.

  5. Christie says:

    Love this!! My son already has a few different books that are plays on “Goodnight Moon” and he loves them so having a “Goodnight Marines” book would be amazing! What I hope that my children learn from their Daddy is hard work. Across the board our Marines have hard work to do – they put in the time and effort to be good at what they do, they leave their home and families more often than not, they work long hours, they protect our nation and the list goes on and on… All of it takes hard work and our Marines work the hardest to be the best.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for reading, Christie! Hard work is an amazing attribute that our Marines do demonstrate on a daily basis. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Cherianne says:

    This book would be so helpful for our next deployment! And written by a cobra guy? Even better!

  7. Christina says:

    This is awesome! My Marine is overseas for the year and it has been tough, but given me an opportunity to teach my four kiddos about duty and honor. I think many Americans have forgotten the sacrifices our military has made to keep this nation free, and it is especially hard to get children to understand and appreciate. I hope this book inspires adults and children alike. And it would be a great predepolyment gift for families. 😊🇺🇸

    • admin says:

      Thank you so much for sharing, Christina. A year is such a long time. We’ll be praying for you and your sweet family. And yes, this book would be a great pre-deployment gift. Awesome idea!

  8. LaVerne Hawkins says:

    I am a military wife, and a military mom. My husband graduated the United States Military Academy at West Point, our son was in the Army until heath reasons forced him to be medically retired, and one of our daughters married an Infantryman who is currenly deployed. My father served in WWII (his HS graduation diploma had to,be mailed to,his because he was serving in the Pacific), and various uncles have served, as well. My family’s involvement with the military is a proud tradition dating back to pre-Revolutionary War times. Perhaps the best things we”be been able to teach our children is that freedom isn’t free, and that the West Point motto of “Duty, Honor, Country’ is not only a requirement and a responsibility, but it’s an honor we have as citizens of the is great nation. I keep all our military in my prayers all the time.

  9. Cherianne says:

    I want to teach my kids what it means to be patriotic and help them learn about what daddy does for a living. Marines have such hard work ethic and so much pride in what they do, I want my kids to see that!

    • admin says:

      And I happen to know for a fact that you’re married to a solid husband who I am confident will model those things well for your kiddos!

  10. Jess says:

    I’m a marine girlfriend and hope to have children with my marine pilot someday. I know it will not always be easy, but I hope to instill integrity within them. Their father, like many other marines out there, choose over and over to do the right thing when it is certainly not the easiest thing to do. I hope they look up to their father and those like him, wishing to be just like them. P.S. Your blog is a great resource for me to understand what I’m truly getting into 😉

    • admin says:

      YES. Integrity is so critical. I’m so grateful you’ve found some encouragement & tips here too! If you ever have questions or ideas for topics that you’d like more perspective on, please be sure to let me know! I’m always open to suggestions!

  11. Evelyn says:

    Oh my gosh we need this book!! Dan actively adopted the Marine Corps core values into our family’s operation. Years ago when we had a discussion about the important characteristics we want our family to be built on, he immediately quoted honor, courage and commitment. Paired with a Biblical basis, I can’t think of a better ground to start building little lives!

    • admin says:

      I could TOTALLY see Dan saying that actually. And to your point, those principles paired with their biblical underpinnings is a sure fire win!

  12. Suzanne says:

    We are pretty excited over this book! We love all the Goodnight.. books, but one to help the little ones understand what daddy did is even better.

  13. Elethia says:

    Cannot wait to get this book! I hope to instill honor, loyalty, and courage into our children because I see it reflected everyday in their dad and his fellow Marines.

  14. Brian says:

    Thanks for doing this. Not in the service but love those who do serve our country so well. I would love for my son and daughters to embody respect. Respect for God(Jesus), country, parents, and fellow Americans.

  15. Elisa says:

    What a wonderful book! With one (soon to be two) little boys this is something I’ve been thinking about lately. Mac adores his daddy, and all things aviation, but as he gets older I hope that we are able to instill in him the idea of sacrifice. I want him to understand that there are certain principles and ideas that are worth fighting and perhaps dying for. We need men willing to stand up and say “this is right, this is wrong”. :-). Miss you!!

  16. Courtney Rogers says:

    This seems like a wonderful book! I love reading your blog! I am engaged to my Marine and we will be getting married this June and then Moving to Quantico for TBS. The Marine Corps is all new to me but I am thrilled to death to be entering into this lifestyle and reading your blog is a great insight into the life for me! I don’t have kids yet, but we often dream about the kids we will have some day. I think instilling pride and respect and hard work will be very important traits for us to teach our future children. Pride in our country, in the work of our military and pride in the lifestyle. Respect of our military, of every person they come in contact with and respect of others opinions and decisions. And hard work in everything they do from homework to helping others.

    • admin says:

      Welcome to the USMC family, Courtney! I’m so excited for you and your soon-to-be-husband to embark on this crazy journey together! It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it!

  17. Amanda says:

    This sounds like a great book! As a marine wife myself I want my children to understand “always faithful'” not only is this a marine corps standard but one in the world people have forgotten. To always be faithful to something you start whether in everyday life, jobs, or your marriage, be faithful even in the tough times and there are tough times.

    • admin says:

      So true! I also want faithfulness to be something my kids (one day) understand and apply to everything they commit themselves too! Thank you for reading!

  18. Chelsea Espinosa says:

    This is a very awesome book that I’d love to have for my son as his father is currently serving. We want to teach him the main core values (Honor, Courage, and Commitment), as well as the sacrifices our men and women of the armed forces have to give up so that we remain a free country. Our son is still learning that daddy sometimes has to go away and it breaks his little heart and maybe this book might help him a little better than our little talks. He is after all a three year old who is soon-to-be four come May and still learning many things. To both you two, and all who have served and still are, Semper Fidelis from little old MCAS Yuma!

  19. Amanda says:

    Love this!! The USMC trait I want my children to learn is perseverance, to never give up, to keep trying no matter how many times they fail. Also, I want them to understand true gratitude for their Daddy’s commitment to the Corps, to our great country, and for everything he sacrifices. We are a Marine Corps family, and it gets in your blood and runs deep.

  20. Kristin says:

    What a great idea, my boys will love this! So many wonderful traits that our Marines possess, but the two that first came to mind are courage and honor. My boys already think that being a Marine pilot is just about the coolest thing, but I want them to know that these men and women are selfless, honorable, courageous, and loyal.

    • admin says:

      Well let’s be honest, the fact that their daddy is a Marine pilot pretty much is the coolest thing ever 😉 Thanks so much for your comment. Loved it!

  21. Heather Guzman says:

    Also fellow Osprey wife … 🙂 we are stationed in Okinawa and as we are “forward deployed” we do a lot of time without daddy. This book is a great idea and terrific way to explain what it means to do what daddy does and why he leaves us to go help others. When you’re 3 and 5 years old it’s hard to wrap your little brain around it but a story book helps ! I think of marines as selfless dedicated people who sacrifice so much not just in times of confilict but also in times of need. Selfless, committed, and proud. Never giving up, doing more with less, winning hearts and minds … All things my kids hear growing up in the Marine Corp. it’s a good thing 🙂 thank you for sharing !

    • admin says:

      Oh my word, I’m out here in Oki too! Small world 🙂 “Doing less with more.” I. LOVE. This. It’s so true too! Especially when, as a spouse, you hear and see the way that limited resources demand that much more from what so many Marines are already giving to their work. Excellent point!

  22. Chris says:

    As a teacher at one of Camp LeJeune’s CDCs, this would be a GREAT addition to our classroom library! For these babies to have a book that shows them what their parents do while deployed would be fantastic. It shares the importance of our military and teaches faithfulness! Faithfulness to defending freedom, to our country, to their fellow marines and most importantly from a child’s perspective, continuous faithfulness to family! Stories like this reinforce that Daddy (or Mommy) is faithfully taking care of them even if they aren’t beside them. That the only thing that has changed is the physical distance between them. They are still on Daddy’s mind, in Daddy’s heart and they will always be a priority in Daddy’s eyes!

    PS I once had a neighbor (Who was a mom of 2) who basically forced her husband to get out of the Marine Corps. Her reasoning for it was “You can’t be a good dad if you’re a Marine “. I know deployments are hard but how wrong can one person be?!? This 23 year Desert Storm veteran’s wife and mom of 3 was furious with her offensive lies and mindset! The fact that the author of this book is an active duty Marine is more proof of how wrong she was!

    • admin says:

      I want to say thank you to you, Chris, for all that you do to take care of little ones at the CDC while their moms & dads are at work! What an important job & what a great opportunity!

  23. Sharon McManus says:

    I have two sons that have served in the USMC. I am a VERY PROUD mom. My eldest Marine now has two sons of his own. My youngest Marine, is studying at George Washington University and acting as a liaison for Veterans entering the academic world. I read stories to my children their entire lives. I wish to have them pass this on to their children. There is so much to be proud of in our great country,but the greatest prie I have as a mom is giving our Nation to fine Marines. Semper Fi! Ooorah!

  24. Sharon McManus says:

    that should read……greatest pride…. giving our Nation TWO fine Marines.

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