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I Need a Tough Boy

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I have two little guys. There are currently 5 and 2 years old. Their baby sister is 6 months old.   Ever since our first son was born, there has been an emphasis that he NEEDS...

Dear Kindergartner

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Dear Kindergartner,  Oh, how did we get here so fast? It seems like just yesterday we were wondering how the hospital allowed us to bring you home- no manual or anything. We were clueless, but...

Delivery During Deployment

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On January 3, 2018 I delivered the most perfect, squishy, nine-pound baby boy right here in Baton Rouge, LA while my husband - his father - was protecting America’s freedom in Africa. I’ll let...

How My Kids Ruined My Love of Summer

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I am a summer gal, y’all. Maybe it was growing up in the relentless Louisiana heat that forced me into such a love affair. I need the sun. The shorts and tanks and late sunsets....

The Inadequate-ness

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Even though I love them so much my heart physically aches, what if that love just isn't enough? Because I am failing in every other way. Sometimes, they drive me to the breaking point and...

Giving Grace: A Lesson for Me

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Ohhhh what a day we had had! It was a gorgeous Thursday. We spent the majority of the day playing outside, there were giggles and belly laughs and literally all the fun was had....

My Mom Poisoned Herself

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"Your mom had a seizure. The ambulance is taking her to the ER." It was my stepdad. He was talking about my mom. My mom? A seizure? The ER? My mom didn't have seizures. None of...

Control Freak Confession

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"I can't believe you're watching that AGAIN. How many times do you need to see it?" This is the question basically anytime I tune into something on our television. I inevitably find my "comfort food"...

Fear is Killing Us

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We are a generation of people who like to live in the known. We are a spoiled generation that doesn't have to worry or wonder where our next meal will come from, we don't...

When Mama Can’t Fix It

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"I gave all my germs to you!" he proudly exclaimed. He'll be celebrating his fifth birthday in just a few days- during #quarantine2020. This was his way of fixing the problem I guess. A boy...

Mom Confession :: Sorry I Didn’t Connect the Dots Sooner

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School performances. Cue my anxiety for you, little guy. Weeks of practicing singing and hand motions and some cute dancing all coming to a head with a stage and an audience and loud unexpected...

You’ve Got a Friend

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  One day at some point last school year, my then 3-year-old came home from his Pre-K3 class telling me about his "best BEST friend (insert girl's name)." They played together and had the BEST...