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Heroes Out of Uniform

Have you ever had someone buy you a meal? Someone anonymous that you didn’t know…just doing a good deed for the sake of humanity? I have. I can tell you that its a wonderful feeling.    A few weeks ago, however, it happened to my family and I was FURIOUS. Let me lay out the […]

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That Miraculous Morning

 You know the mornings that I’m talking about. The people that wake up to no alarm, the sun is shining and look pretty happy. There might be some kids strewn about, but really, who doesn’t have that? But after they wake up and smell that coffee (always Folgers) and enjoy together, it’s pure bliss. There […]

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When Your Kid is That Kid

To the Mom Who Holds Her Breath: Through the play date. Through the school day. Through aisle no. 7 at the grocery store. Through Sunday afternoon with the in-laws. Through Friday morning at the doctor. Through 11 o’clock Wednesday at the playground. I see you there. I know you woke this morning to oceans of […]

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Why We Cry At Firsts

I live in front of an elementary school. The quiet of summer has passed and families are lining our streets to drop off and pick up their kids. Those first days, I will look out my window and watch moms hurriedly walk their backpack clad tots down our street, around the corner, to the front […]

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Strong as Steel

I can do a pull up. A full, real deal, no-cheats pull up. It took me 32 years, one Amazon Prime pull up bar order, and a final decision to train for American Ninja Warrior (ANW). But I finally accomplished the goal. (The first of many where ANW is concerned!) And let me tell you, […]

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What Happens When Mom Goes To College

When I was in early high school, somewhere around 13 years ago, there was a saying going around. A saying, it seemed, everybody thought was over-the-moon hilarious, but I never really got it. The saying was, “your mom goes to college.” That’s it. No lead in, no joke, just a punch line without an explanation. […]

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Seeing Green

This morning my daughter and I were snuggling in her bed, talking about whatever it is that three year olds talk about at 6:30 in the morning, when she piped up with the words that broke my working mom heart: “Mama, I don’t want to go to school. I just want to be home with […]

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Re-evaluating Modesty as a Mom

I’ve always followed some general modesty guidelines on principle.Basically, I wear shorts that cover 100% of my butt, don’t wear skirts that provide a view if I open my legs a few inches, and pants with “Juicy” written on the butt are definitely out.  But as a mother, my clothing choices encountered a whole new […]

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Finding Myself Again

All at once, everything crashed. My adrenaline wore off, the baby was here to stay, nobody in the house slept through the night in weeks, I hadn’t showered in an unacceptable amount of time, my eyes had permanent bags, my husband worked the night shift, and I was alone. Even with a baby tethered to […]

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