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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,…

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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……