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It remains a mystery to me that being a mom can be the most challenging yet rewarding job I’ve ever had. As my teens approach the line to adulthood, I sometimes try to figure out which phase of their...
Can you remember that first pregnancy, when everything was new and the possibilities were endless for your future child? Also, the excitement of planning and preparing. Gathering the items you needed and wanted to make up the perfect nursery....
Mental health is at the forefront of the country's issues right now. In the midst of the pandemic and racial injustice is mental health. Depression and anxiety are on the increase in men, women, and children. While mental health...
How did we get here? I remember seeing a commercial a few years back. It featured a young teen who asked her dad for the keys to the car. When he looked at her, he saw a three year old...
I live for my children’s snuggles. When they wrap their arms around me, crawl into my lap, or give me a smooch, I melt into a puddle even when I know it’s just a sneaky little manipulation tactic. However,...
Well, you have made it 15 years! You have made it through sleepless nights and acid reflux, the terrible twos, and potty training, and you even made it through those crazy pre-teens with all the eye-rolling. It's time to...
I was at my son’s end-of-the-year kindergarten parent-teacher conference. “I think it would be wise to pursue testing for ADHD.” These were the words the teacher had just spoken. Really? I had heard words like that before. While in...
  Here's the story of how my family went from a family of four to a family of three-ish.   How it all Started It all began back in 2001. I was a senior at Auburn University, married and pregnant. My son was...
“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!” This simple rhyme I sang as a child made life, love, and motherhood seem as certain as the rising and setting sun. I carried this idea...
The ability to travel has always been at the top of our list of reasons for wanting to homeschool. So much so, that the pictures of homeschooling I have created in my head have as much to do with...

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  Antique shopping is a creative outlet for me. While some might consider a spa trip to be the ultimate in “self-care,” give me an...