How to Approach Someone with a Disability 101

I have an immediate distrust for people who either say they loved pregnancy or middle school. As for the latter, tweens/teens that age are constantly comparing and contrasting themselves to those around them. Am I better looking or less popular than him? Are my shoes cuter or uglier?  The daily calculating, measuring and assigning worth […]

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Top ten ways to be a miserable mother

I know. Quite the ironic title for a “Mother’s Day” post. Mother’s Day is about honoring the women in our lives who have mentored, guided, raised and loved us. I have many, many women whom, without them, I would be less intelligent, compassionate, kind, efficient and aware of my blessings. But while we are honoring […]

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Skiing vs. Marriage

My husband’s dream ever since we started popping out babies was to have our entire family on the slopes. “A family that skis together stays together” was his burning mantra. Up until this year I had ample excuses to send him and our oldest up the hill together for some father-daughter bonding time: “I can’t […]

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Trailer parks and tears

For much of my adolescent years I resided in a trailer park with a “Dallas” theme—the soap opera, not the state. We lived on J.R. Drive and the streets surrounding ours were: Knot’s Landing, Ewing Drive and Cattleman’s Circle. The south embraces themes, y’all. Seriously though, I would give anything to have been at the […]

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Lessons from Forty

This past year, I turned an age that rhymes with “borty” and I am not ashamed. At all. Some women (and men) struggle with revealing or looking their age and I want wear a t-shirt that shouts: “I earned it, man! See this somewhat squishy belly? It grew four children! See these malleable arms? They […]

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Ugly Love

Valentine’s Day, Single Awareness Day—whatever you call it—conjures up memories of miniature chalk-tasting hearts and Superman valentines speared with a lollipop. This holiday just around the corner is most likely the busiest one for florists and millions of roses are sold each year. That’s a lot of dried petals, folks. I call this romantic (and […]

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Poor Baby

The world is heading down a dark tunnel fast, y’all.  I’m not talking about divorces, gambling or drugs. I’m not even talking about how we just launched a reality TV show entitled “US Government: Amateur Hour”. No, the real problem lies in baby names. Yes, baby names. The problem is two-fold. Problemo numero uno: There […]

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Keeping Santa alive is slowly killing me

Whenever I’m in the car with our soon-to-be-driving-teenager, I have a running commentary: “Don’t do this when you drive. Or that. Basically do the complete opposite of what I do every time I’m behind the wheel.” Like when I swerve a bit on country roads just so the kid climbing over the back seat to […]

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Grandparents Are Grand

Since moving away from North Carolina when our oldest child was an infant, we have lived in Oklahoma for five-ish years, Iowa for two and have fallen in love with Montana for the last almost seven years. I feel old. And though we have met many amazing friends that are like family, we occasionally realize […]

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Exhilerfying Change

Here’s the understatement of a lifetime: change is hard. Change can also be exhilarating yet terrifying. To describe a recent change in my life, I’ve coined the term exhilerfying. Like your first grade teacher, let’s try it in a sentence shall we? Boy, it sure was exhilerfying to go cliff jumping! See? It just rolls […]

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