Growing up in East Texas meant that I was surrounded by animals and learned the benefits of pet ownership from an early age. From living in town with a plethora of outdoor cats to moving to the country, riding...
This month makes the third anniversary of us becoming parents to a third child. Our oldest got our novice mistakes, over protection, and limitless attention. By the time our second arrived, we had smartened up and only repeated half of...
Spring is around the corner, and that means team sports. My son is close to the age of being able to participate in pee-wee sports. In fact, several of my friends enrolled their children at an even younger age. I...
It’s January. Time to set goals, lose weight, work out, eat right, make time for people we care about and all that stuff. Advertisements bombard us with goals we should make and have products to help us fulfill them. I...
I keep a picture on my nightstand as a reminder of how I hope to “mother” but also experience life. It’s not a perfectly poised or even great photographed picture, but it embodies pure joy and excitement in my...
The family you raise is never the one you planned. I never planned to marry an Army guy.  I never planned to be a step mom, and I never planned to go through IVF to get pregnant. This life is...
All of a sudden I found myself standing over the kitchen sink, with pizza dough caked to my fingers, crying. I just couldn’t hold back the tears anymore. Two hours earlier I made an emergency trip to Brookshires, for ingredients to...
  What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. -T.S. Eliot A collaboration with Tiffany Lewis & Kelsey Runge. I blinked, and 6 years...
My daughter has done gymnastics for years. It’s just what we’ve always done. The schedule is do-able and it’s close. Two years ago she joined the competitive team, which of course added time and money commitments. But compared to other...
Have you ever sat on your couch with a warm cup of deliciousness, closed your eyes, and momentarily allowed your mind to transport you back to childhood?  You know, that time when the days were long and friendships were uncomplicated? ...

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