On a scale of one to ten everyone hopes to be speaking around the volume level of a five. Maybe a seven when drinking with friends, and animatedly telling a story. Lately, I find myself at a zero or...

Finding The Good

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One of my children is more naturally a pessimist than the other. This child can go to a birthday party, happy to be surrounded with friends and games, living it up, and then on the way home say, "That...
Fall is officially upon us and I am excited! It’s my favorite season! I love the sweet and spicy aromas, the gradual departure of overbearing heat, and watching the foliage outside my window turn golden and scarlet. Fall is...
Most of the time I’m a rule follower. I like things like speed limits, recipes, handbooks and clear expectations. But lately I’ve been feeling cantankerous - rebellious even - and I’m pretty sure it’s the pandemic and my “depleted...

Remembering 9/11

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September 11, 2001. A day I will never forget. I was barely 18 years old and serving in the United States Army. I was terrified. I was a child. A child that had sworn to protect and defend this...
Being a mom of three isn't easy. It's a challenge stretching yourself to meet the needs of multiple children, especially when you're outnumbered. My three are pretty close in age. I have an 8-year-old son, a 6-year-old daughter and...
A few days back, when we were down to our last box of Clorox wipes, my husband came home from an early morning trip to Walmart with a big box of disinfectant wipes and a victorious smile. I whooped...

Mama Gone Wild

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If you’re like me, you saw the article circulating on social media a while back about the benefits of moms going on vacations by themselves, and rolled your eyes. Sure, it sounded great, but who has time for that? Add...
We are in our eighth year of homeschooling (yes, we were homeschooling before it was cool). And since we started when my daughter was in kindergarten, that means that (gulp!) we have a seventh grader this year. This is the...
The day that my kids were supposed to start school has come and gone. August is looking so far from normal that I can barely recognize it. I'm pretty sure my first grader doesn't notice. Although, to me, this...
It's 2 p.m. and I'm sitting on my back porch. That's right, I said sitting. It's one of those days I've decided to let the dishes pile up and use the ever sacred nap hour as a time to...
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Lockdown Apathy

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So the other morning, my younger daughter had approximately a half-gallon of lemonade for breakfast. And I didn’t really care that much. And another morning before that, my older daughter made and ate some cupcakes for breakfast. At noon-thirty. And I didn’t...
So, I’m short y’all. I’m a whopping 5 feet and 0 inches. *Don’t ask me if I’m actually 4’11”. I’m not. I’m almost 5’1”, but I just stick with 5 even.* Seriously, this is the most annoying question and the...
Just like everyone else, COVID-19 has thrown my entire life, and the life of my family, for a loop. One of the biggest ways COVID has affected us is in the education of my children. I send them to...
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What I Learned From the SC Drive Through State Fair

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There is no argument that 2020 has been, above all things, just weird. Virtual everything, from school to VBS to camps to church. New...