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Breastfeeding is Not for the Faint of Heart

So – it turns out that this week is World Breastfeeding Week. I bet you’re wondering why on earth I would want to write about such an event. Well – it’s for all the moms out there who have been struggling to get that perfect latch from their brand new baby while simultaneously trying to…

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I know, I know – you haven’t heard much from me over here lately.  There’s a good reason for it, I promise.  And the best part is there’s a very good story behind it that I am working on at the moment.  But until I can fill you in on all the details, here is…

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Dear Jake: 12 Years

Dear Jake, Twelve years old. One last year before you enter into teenager-dom. There’s always a certain amount of dread that is assumed when your kids turn into teenagers, but I’d like to think that these are the years that we are going to really connect with our kids as people, rather than just tiny humans…

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My Wife’s 68% Failure Rate and Baseball

Being a blogger, you’re subjected to many people’s opinions. Most of the feedback we get on this site is positive, but on occasion we get a real home run from a reader. I want to address a specific comment thread that developed on the post “7 Keys to a Happy Wife“. I’m not defending myself…

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Easter Sunday is over. Now what?

It’s three days after Easter and everyone is settling back into normal routines, as we all do after a holiday weekend. Sunday was filled with quality family time, good food, and of course, a church service celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. Every year, as I sit through a new dramatization of what took place on the Cross,…

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Real Life

Posts on this here blog have been few and far between lately.  It happens.  LIFE happens.  We are still (still….) in the process of selling our house, and for those of you who have been in this shipwreck boat, I know you feel me when I say that it’s overwhelming.  Keeping my house “show ready” while…

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Dear Timmy: 7 Years

Dear Timmy, Seven years old. You were the baby of the family before Mary came along, and you’ve transitioned into your new role as “big brother” so well. It’s hard for me to believe that you’ll ever be anything OTHER than my baby. You and I have had an inseparable bond since you were born.…

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Overcoming an ADHD Diagnosis

From very early on, I knew that Jackson was different than most kids his age. He was my first child, so I didn’t have much to compare him to, but I had several caregivers point out some things that made me question if it was more than just typical toddler struggles. Up until that point,…

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Dear Mary: 13 Months

Dear Mary, We are one month into your second year and I am convinced you’ve developed more in the last 30 days than you have in your whole first year. I guess that’s what happens when your mouth and legs catch up with your brain. Speaking of legs, you are a pro at walking now.…

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Don’t Believe the Fortune Cookie!

Have you ever eaten at a Chinese restaurant and opened a fortune cookie that you wish you hadn’t? When I was in college in 1992, I was enjoying my regular lunch date with friends at a Chinese restaurant in New Orleans East. At the time, I had been showing up to school only to skip…

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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,…