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The First Sleepover

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Ya know, I think I'm pretty good at this #boymom thing. I have one boy, my only child, but I've adjusted well considering I've been doing this parenting thing on my own for ten years. My kiddo had a...
Forgiveness is tricky. Forgiveness isn't about excusing someone's behavior. It isn't allowing someone to get away with a wrong they have done. It isn't an easy religious belief that comes with being a Christian. Forgiveness is personal. It's allowing your...
You've probably heard of the idea that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. This is usually shared as a caution for adults, or possibly even teenagers, to think thoughtfully about who we...
My 10-month-old son has been attending We Play Center Virtual Dance Parties since he was 3 months old. Virtual Dance Parties are 15-minute daily Zoom meetings hosted by a We Play Center facilitator for young children to dance and...
When I was in Elementary School, our entire class went to sleepaway camp as part of the 5th grade curriculum. I have several distinct memories from that experience, but one, in particular, stands out: The camp had a pool, and...
Over the years, I have been blessed to have made some pretty great friendships with other moms. Through playdates, school functions, work, and other mommy affiliations, I have eventually found myself a part of a fabulous tribe of women,...
I recently went on a girls' trip to Orlando to celebrate a friend turning the big 3-0. With everything going on in the world, I was a little reluctant. However, my plans fell perfectly into place last minute, and...
The first year I lived in New Orleans, I was safely ensconced on the campus of the Baptist seminary in Gentilly.  Everyone else was also new in town and we had a little Mayberry of sorts inside those seminary...

Heart Helper

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When my daughter and her classmates returned to in-person school in October, one of her (and my!) favorite differences from online school was the return of the Classroom Jobs. As I learned over the first few weeks, the jobs...
I won't bore you with the story of a friendship that went sour. I'm not here to convince you that I was right, or that they were wrong. Most of us can admit that at some point we have felt...
We’re Best Friends and Politically Opposite :: How We Maintain Our Views, Sanity and Friendship By: Tara Rosenkranz & Becky Meany Schmalz There are some topics we will intentionally NOT address here because the spirit of this post is not to...
My best friend Maria is 70 years old. That bit of information sometimes comes as a shock to some. She’s older than my mom by almost a decade, and she’s older than me by more than three.  I know it’s an...
Bonus Mom... I have always loved that term. Not the mom that birthed you but the one that got blessed with the opportunity to have you in their lives.  I am a bonus mom. In 2020, being a bonus mom...
I know we all know this, but I'll say it anyway. Mommin' ain't easy. Most days it feels like we're just barely getting by, and honestly, some days that is only because of the love and support of our...