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My daughter is 9 years old. She is the light of my life. She is creative. She is joyful. She is beautiful. She loves ballet and playing the piano. She loves sewing. She loves playing with her friends. She...
It's All In The Interpretation We've all been there, a proud child presenting you with their artwork and then we look down and our eyes see something we are not expecting in the drawing or for the caption. We hang...
Dear Joe, I KNOW this letter will find you well: SEC Champion and MVP, SEC Player of the Year, 2019 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award recipient, Sports Illustrated Cover, Heisman Trophy Finalist, and MOST importantly, future College Football Champion for...
'Tis the season for gift giving. My preference in gifts is that they are useful, fun and educational. Below have been the toys that my children have used over and over. 1. Mondo Blocks ($50.00 range) I cannot tell you how...
I am sitting home looking at the calendar and I can’t believe the number of things we have going on. Usually, the month starts pretty “empty” in the paper planner but by the time we finish, the first week...

I Prayed for This

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I used to pray for the things I have now. Maybe you've heard some variation of that before. Lately, it rings true for me. It is so easy to recognize the struggle and focus on the hardships. I don't...
I still cringe at the fact that I was left in charge all day, every day, all summer for young neighborhood kids at 13 years old. My most vivid memories of that time are raiding the pantry and watching...
I was 8-month post-chemo when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I was shocked and in disbelief. I thought being a mommy just wasn’t in the cards for me. After all, I had just been...
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by New Schools for New Orleans and written by Clara Baron-Hyppolite. The Power of our Public Schools: What I Wish for My Infant Daughter This summer, at seven months pregnant, I Craigslisted a chandelier while my...
We don't do homework with our son. We don't even talk about it. We like that our second grader holds himself accountable, and he seems to appreciate the autonomy and trust (the homework helicopter method never worked and only...
In 2003 at the age of 23 years old, after a four year tumultuous relationship, I found myself unwed and pregnant with my first child. I had always been a “rule follower” and quite honestly was pretty embarrassed by...
My wife & I decided we were going to try to have a baby. I already had a 19 year old at that time. After three (1-miscarriage) failed tries of IUI, our specialist suggested trying fertility drugs to increase...
When I was approached to write a blog about my NICU and pregnancy experiences, I immediately agreed to do it, and then the fear set in. I knew I had a lot to say, but being in the midst...
You're at the grocery store with your tantrum-throwing toddler in the buggy and your baby strapped tightly to your chest in their baby carrier. Quickly (HA) trying to get in, get your necessities, and get out. Someone stops you...

 

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