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Today is National Book Lovers Day. Did you know? It may not be a widely recognized day, but it has turned my attention to books and reading, and I'm reminded that I'm not on track with my goals for...
I love being a boy mom. There is always adventure. My son loves to pee outside. He loves to burp and toot. He loves to play imaginary games that, if you listen closely, are hilarious. He doesn't like to...
Eight, six, five, and three years old -- those are the ages of my four boys this summer. In some ways it seems like I have very "big kids," and in other ways its seems like they are all...
Hey You, It’s me, saying thank you … again. I know I say it a lot. I think I repeat it so often because those two words aren’t really expressing the depth of my gratitude. And I know you...
On May 20, I received a phone call from my dad that I had not been expecting so soon. I thought my step-mom had months longer to live.   It turns out, she didn't. Her cancer had come back really...

I’m Not That Mom

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I have a confession to make. I don't like to cuddle, snuggle, or hold hands. I'm not overly sensitive. In fact, I've been told I'm not sensitive enough by the opposite sex. This has been on my mind a...
Have you heard it said that people (moms especially) don't present an honest depiction of their lives on social media? That they put forth the life they want you to think they have instead of the life they are...
 "There she goes." The exact words I thought to myself one morning a few months ago as I left my oldest daughter at the bus stop for the first time. I sat there and watched her like a momma bear until...
We have a little community park within walking distance of our house, and one of our favorite things to do is stroll there and swing. All my girls LOVE to swing. There aren't baby swings at this park, so...
None of us likes to admit when we're not 100%. I'm working on this. Taking baby steps. Here we go. Sometimes my genetic disorder gets in the way of being all the mom I can be. It made becoming...

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Antique Shopping in Birmingham

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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...