Hope for Spicy Families

August 29, 2013

A certain scenario sets off a guaranteed, automatic reaction in me every time. Although reduced, I categorize most families as either “sweet” or “spicy.” There are obvious pros and cons to both dynamics with tons of crossover on the Venn diagram, but still. In general, a family trends toward one or the…

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Worst End of Summer Mom Ever: A Sequel

August 16, 2013

Oh, don’t even say it. I already know. This Mama is singing a different tune and JUST WHATEVER ABOUT IT. Yes, the girl who bemoaned homework folders and daily school requirements and reading minutes and All The Things is now on her knees, begging the teachers to take these children back. You understand…

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Surviving Summer

June 13, 2013

Folks, I’m one week into summer, and I have some thoughts. First of all, for all the teachers and parents who made it: HALLELUYER. For those of you with four days or two weeks left, may the Lord’s face shine upon you. We are on the other side, lighting candles…

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Worst End of School Year Mom Ever

May 30, 2013

You know the Beginning of School Enthusiasm? When the pencils are fresh and the notebooks are new and the kids’ backpacks don’t look like they lined the den of a pack of filthy hyenas? Moms, remember how you packed innovative and nutritional lunches and laid clothes out the night before…

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Examining Adoption Ethics: Part Two

May 20, 2013

Welcome. With much love, care, research, and prayer, I move onto Part 2 in a three-part series on adoption ethics. If you haven’t read Part 1, go do that. In this installment, we’re discussing ethical orphan care WITHIN adoption, and Part 3 will involve orphan care OUTSIDE of adoption. First of…

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Examining Adoption Ethics: Part One

May 14, 2013

When I was in college, a guy drank a bottle of hot sauce for $100. He was sick for four days. That sauce came out everywhere; both ends, pores, night sweats. He had to buy expensive medicine to help repair the lining of his stomach, you guys. No matter. Because…

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Stuck in the Doldrums: An Attack Plan

April 2, 2013

dol·drums [dohl-druh mz, dol-, dawl-] noun ( used with a plural verb  ) 1. a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art: August is a time of doldrums for many enterprises. 2. a belt of calms and light baffling winds north of the equator between the northern and…

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Brave Moms Raise Brave Kids

January 17, 2013

Over delicious Greek food with my girlfriends, we had this conversation: Me: I was made to parent boys, yall. I love boys. I love them dirty and reckless and dumb as a sack of diapers. I love their ridiculous “projects” and adventures and all that. I love how they are…

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How to Be Awesome at Everything

July 13, 2012

It’s a dog eat dog world, good readers (or as Gloria says on Modern Family: “doggy dog world”). We’re all just slogging forward, working on the chain gang, paying The Man. Folks, we all simply need an edge, small advantages to survive this cruel, cold world.  If we could only do…

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Trisha Yearwood on the Back of a Harley

April 10, 2012

Some people struggle privately, in the safety of their family and close friends, tucked away from public scrutiny. They reach out to a small handful of trusted people and gallop towards stability in the comfortable cushion of dependable community. Others, like for instance, me, post their mental breakdowns on the global…

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