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My daughter asked me one day around the age of 4: "Who called you 'Mommy' before me?" I replied, "Nobody. I wasn't a mommy until you made me a mommy." She said back to me incredulously, "What did they call you...

The Final Rock

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To my sweet boy, From the moment I saw your tiny face, it was truly love at first sight. You were (and still are) delicious, and I soaked up every ounce of you. Though our first several months together were...
As moms, we likely all share the common goal of ensuring that our children have the very best life we can possibly provide for them. It's a challenge at times, sure, but we are up for the task (most...
Motherhood. It is a word so powerful that just typing it gives me the chills. A word that encompasses responsibility, love, and sacrifice, and while I always have been grateful for and appreciated my own mother, I did not...
I'm not a fan of the front porch couch. Admit it, you've driven somewhere at some point in your life and noticed a couch that should neatly be tucked away in a cozy living room, randomly placed on the front...
This summer, we decided to read some books as a family. We've read as a family before this, but not very intentionally. Our girls are 9, 6, and 5, and I'm 33... finding something we could all enjoy felt...
We can all agree this year is an absolute dumpster fire. Now, with the school year around the corner, but (maybe) no actual school, you've had to get creative with your childcare. For those of you who have decided...
As a mom of three kids, I have a confession to make. This is not going to be easy to say, but it needs to be said. I don’t know what the heck I am doing. There I finally said...
Long before I had a larger-than-life daughter, before I had two creative and talented stepkids, before I even knew my husband was walking the earth, I had my first baby: a fur baby.  She came into my life at a...
Due to the pandemic, I am with my kids 24/7, but I miss them so much. Let me say that again: I’m with them ALL the time, but somehow I MISS them terribly. Believe me when I say I know...
In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a lot of heavy stuff going on in the world right now. Between the pandemic, civil rights violations, and trying to decide what my daughter’s first year of school will look like, I...
My son and I had an adventure the other night. We went to a local park with a pond at dusk with the intention to catch, and release, frogs. A friend of mine told me about taking her son...
“Time flies. They’re only this young once. Enjoy every moment. Soak it all in.” How many times have you heard these phrases as a mom? Countless, I’m sure. For me, it always seemed like life was moving too fast, the...
For the past decade, we have been living in the time of the retail apocalypse, or the closure of many brick-and-mortar stores. You likely notice this almost everywhere you go, but shopping malls have been hit particularly hard. The...

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