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...
May 18, 2007 is a day I will never forget. It's the day my grandmother passed away.  My grandmother, Carmella, was an integral part of my life. I was as close to her as I am to my mother. From...
Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 13. While this is not generally met with much enthusiasm by the general public, it is in our household. I lost both of my grandfathers before I could remember, to various illnesses. Before my paternal...
When I was younger, I remember never getting along with my biological father. I can remember asking - practically begging - my mom when they would get divorced because even as a child I knew it wasn't good relationship....

The Music of Me

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Growing up, I was surrounded by music. It didn’t matter what genre it was, if my dad considered it “good music” we were listening to it. Mom was all country, southern gospel, and Whitney Houston. Dad filled in the...
  Good gracious, y’all. What a time it’s been, huh? A global pandemic that will. Just. Not. Quit. The politicizing of everything about that pandemic. Racial unrest like I’ve never seen in all my 50 years. Time to think about all...
This month my husband and I will be celebrating our seventh wedding anniversary. Unlike the last three anniversaries, thanks to the military, we will actually be in the same time zone to celebrate. Over the past few years...
My husband and I were sitting in our dining room eating the sweetest watermelon we've had all season. While doing so, we got into a discussion about following your own path and knowing when it's time change direction. And...
It’s that time of year again and the anxiety of trying to figure out what to get dad for Father’s Day is back! I don’t know about you, but I often struggle the most with buying for the men in...
  Let's talk about the mental load us moms are dealing with right now... Some of us are balancing schoolwork with jobs. Some of us are experiencing a financial crisis with the loss of jobs/income. There may be some of us...
Children with special needs are looked at as being different. And because of this, they are often left out of things. Many people aren’t teaching their kids about other children who are born with special needs. But the crazy part...
What is the one thing you want from those who say that they love you? My answer to that question would have to be SUPPORT! My daughter is on a High Competing Step Team which consists of many practices and competition...
When my husband and I were first married more than a decade ago, we lived near Los Angeles. He was in school full-time and I worked from home. Our home was an apartment not much larger than a postage stamp....
Most of us grow up hearing how easy it is to get pregnant. "It can happen your first time," we hear, and a lot of us know people for whom this is the case. So imagine my surprise when more...
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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...