I remember the morning that I took the first (of three!!) pregnancy tests. I was groggy and still half-asleep and honestly didn't think it would be positive. But something kept telling me to take a test anyway. I looked...
In my journey of parenting, I have found that I have learned more than I have taught. I have two boys aged seventeen and nineteen, and a daughter who is twenty-one years old. It has been a joy and...
Father's Day has always been special to me. Especially growing up a "daddy’s girl."  I’ve always been daddy's little girl. Growing up, my daddy always gave me his time. He wasn’t the perfect father, but I knew I was loved....
When you struggle with infertility, celebrations like Mother’s and Father’s Day can be difficult. During the five-plus years that we were trying to conceive, my husband and I avoided Facebook during holidays because it was painful to see everyone...
You've likely seen the stories and photographs about Free Mom Hugs. Moms and grandmas of all ages attend Pride events, such as Pride Parades, sport identifying t-shirts, and stand ready to embrace anyone needing a reminder that they are...
May is National Date Your Mate Month. While I couldn't find much history on it, I do know that May, with its warm weather and blooming flowers, can be a great month for rekindling that spark between romantic partners....
Before we dive in, I want to set the groundwork for your receptiveness. Regardless of your race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, economic status, or any other demographic identifier, you are welcome and...
To be honest, I am not quite sure how to start this story, but here it goes... My mother and I have a complex relationship, to say the least. She is a great person and like many parents has made...
Isn’t this time of year the worst? It’s cold and gloomy, all the fun getting together with family holidays is over, and we’re just stuck with … winter. Nothing really to look forward to until Spring Break, but that’s...

Tenderness and Care

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Tenderness and care. Two things that I’ve had so much of the last year and am trying to achieve more of in this year. Like so many people with the beginning of a new year, I think about what I...
Like most little girls, I grew up reading fairytales. Most of the stories were about a princess who needed rescuing by her fated love, prince charming. Others were more like lessons about being nice to others and following directions—cautionary...
Valentine's Day is on a Monday this year. That means it's at the beginning of the work week, and on a school night.  If you're not inclined to make elaborate plans for Valentine's Day this year, due to it being...
My son was close with both of his grandfathers. When he was in first grade, they both passed away unexpectedly. They died seven weeks apart from each other. We hadn't yet finished grieving for the first death when the...
It's no secret that we all have different parenting styles. There are "crunchy mammas," helicopter parents, those with a more laid-back approach to parenting, strict parents, and so on. You have to do what works best for your family....
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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Announces Opening Date of New Aquarium &...

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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, a world-class recreational and educational attraction in Columbia, S.C., will open the much anticipated Darnall W. and Susan F. Boyd Aquarium...

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