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Dear Jackson: 14 Years (Whaaat?!?!)

Dear Jackson, Today, we honor and celebrate you on your 14th birthday. I’ve been practicing saying that number for the last several weeks, and it still hasn’t gotten any easier.  Fourteen. 14. FOURTEEEEEEEEEEN.  My baby is fourteen years old, and you must know – it’s kind of freaking me the freak out. You are well…

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Marriage Letters: What Makes You Come Alive

One of my favorite blogs, The RunaMuck, has a monthly feature called Marriage Letters, where several blogs participate in writing a love letter to their spouse. Frankie and I try to do this as much as possible, but we wanted to participate in the feature as well, to encourage our readers to do the same.…

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Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler

Across the globe, today is just any other Tuesday.  But today, in New Orleans, it’s Mardi Gras day. I can remember being young and excited to have the day off to attend the biggest party in the world, and the thought that New Orleans was the only place that was celebrating it was truly bizarre…

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Dear Mary: Your Birth Story – Part 2

*If you haven’t done so already, you can read Part 1 of this story here.* Towards the end of my pregnancy, your dad and I began to anticipate your arrival with each passing day. By the time I was 38 weeks, we knew it could be “any day now”. As this was my third pregnancy,…

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Dear Mary: Your Birth Story – Part 1

Dear Mary, This post has been a year in the making. I’ve started to write it so many times, but could never seem to get it done. It’s something I want to both shout about from the rooftops, and yet also hide away in the secret places of my heart. It’s tough to put a…

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His Grace is Sufficient

Sometimes life is busy.  And messy. I am a wife, and a mother, and a business owner, and a teacher, and there are days and weeks and sometimes even months at a time where the many hats that I wear either don’t fit, are the wrong color, or are lost underneath the piles of laundry…

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A New Dad at 40: The “Sweet Spot”

What was once a family of 3 (me and my 2 kids) turned into a family of 6 instantly when my wife and I got married. It was such a huge change from life the way it was before, but much welcomed. It seemed like the kids all ran around with each other and required…

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“Snowed” in

Day 2 of our “snowcation”.  Winter weather conditions have made it dangerous to drive, so we’re stuck in the house.  Perfect opportunity for long naps in warm beds. Incidentally, she will only sleep during the day when she’s like this – snuggled up against another warm body.

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Snow Day Project – Video

Southern Louisiana is experiencing extreme winter weather conditions this week, so public officials have decided to close school for two days in an effort to keep drivers off the icy roads.  Did you hear me?  TWO WHOLE DAYS OF NO SCHOOL.  It’s not actually snowing (yet) – just raining.  That translates to five bored children…

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What my kids can learn from Richard Sherman

For the past four days, I have chosen to participate in social media on a very limited basis.  I use all social media platforms for my business, so taking a “hiatus” isn’t really an option, but after what happened on Sunday night, I’ve only been able to stomach it in small doses.  Let me explain……

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7 Keys to a Happy Wife

Karen and I have been talking about doing this post for a while now. Her post 10 Marriage Tips Every WIFE Should Hear has been viewed 5 million times in 3 months! We’ve been asked by many people, “Where is Frank’s version?”. Initially, my thoughts were that Karen’s post addressed a divorced man’s “lessons learned” blog…

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Dear Mary: 11 Months

Dear Mary, 11 months.  I wasn’t ready for this one.  It snuck up on me so much faster than the others.  I can hardly wrap my brain around the fact that you are mere weeks away from turning a year old.  As I sat trolling through Pinterest for ideas for your party, I started to…

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Well…What Are YOU Waiting For?!

Lines.  Traffic.  Waiting rooms.  Test results.  We are a culture that has been conditioned to detest “waiting”. I’m being very transparent here, but no matter how many times I’ve had to put it into practice, patience does not come easily for me.  No one is immune to waiting – we all do it at some…