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Have You Used Your CHRISTmas Gifts?

Now that Christmas is over, we are left with extra pounds, unplugged lights that need taken down, and tons of gifts. Some gifts we love, some not so much. Some gifts we never use or even open, and others we regift. We even envy the gifts of others. (Why did my sister get those cute, warm pajama pants while I…

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Bringing Generations Together Over the Holidays

One of my favorite holiday memories is helping my mother and grandmother cook for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Before I got married, I would spend the night before each holiday with my mom and do all the little prep work and washing, since they were the real cooks. Now I still like to come by sometime that week and help with…

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Giving Out of Your Abundance

With the holidays now in full swing, everyone is focusing on giving. I personally think giving should be an ongoing attitude that lasts all year, but even the stingiest of people seem to give at the year’s end (even if it’s more for a tax write off than charity). If you’re like me, you might feel guilty every time you…

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Finding Fulfillment in Life

I can honestly say I’m at one of the happiest times in my life, and it has nothing to do with what’s going on around me. Sure, I’m about to have my second child to complete our family, my stand-up and writing careers are getting recognition, and I have a great support system of family and friends. But I give…

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Family Support for Starting a New School

Whether it’s the first day of preschool or the first day of a doctorate program, starting a new school year is never easy. Those years when the transitioning encompasses not only another grade but also a whole new school seem to be the most difficult. Fortunately, family members can play an important part in helping the student transition more smoothly.…

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Duggars or Kardashians, We All Have Problems

I have never watched the Duggar family’s show 19 Kids and Counting, but like anyone else who hasn’t been unconscience the last five years I know about the family. I do however watch The Kelly File on a fairly regular basis and caught her interview with two of the eldest Duggar sisters. From what I gathered, the worst part about…

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Helping Kids See God though Art and Storytelling

No matter how old I get or how educated I feel I’ve become, I still “see” God most in the simple, yet intricate, details of His creation all around me. My 2-year-old son loves reading the Creation story too, and one local artist has done a phenomenal job of bringing that wondrous awe to all ages. Tuscaloosa artist, author and…

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What Makes A Mother?

Despite having a son for two and a half years, it still catches me off guard when someone wishes me “Happy Mother’s Day.” Maybe it’s because until I had my son, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to be a mother. Or maybe it’s because since he’s so young I feel like I have not yet earned the right…

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Real Christianity

This Sunday churches across America will have pews running over as “people come out of the woodworks” (as we say in the South) for Easter. I admit to sometimes feeling a little aggravated at the fact that many people only show up out of some conscience obligation that tells them “that’s what you do on Easter Sunday” (or at least…

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Shout Out to Hart of Dixie and My Own Bluebell

Despite the cheesy situations and the trying-too-hard Southern accents by some of the actors, Hart of Dixie is one of my favorite shows. I avoided it the first season for fear they would totally trash Alabama. Then one night while staying with my sister (who is always studying for whatever degree she is on at the time) I found a…

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