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Fit to (Baby) Fat to Fit

It had been a bad day so I gave in to emotional eating and sat down with a big box of . . . strawberries. Had it really come to this? I had given in to the temptation of stress eating, but couldn’t even muster up the nerve to go for ice cream. Instead I chose strawberries, and not even…

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The ABCs that Saved My Marriage

With my younger cousin’s wedding and our church’s marriage retreat both falling on this weekend, I’ve thought a lot recently about marriage. I feel that my husband and I have a good marriage, but it’s not by luck or happenstance. We had to work at it just like anything else in life that you want to see succeed. So many…

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Y’all Need Jesus

I honestly don’t see how people get through everyday life without Jesus. If I did not have the grace of God working in my life to give me patience and compassion when needed, I would have a total meltdown or snap on people at least once a week. This is especially true when you throw kids into the mix. Last…

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A Parenting Prayer on My Son’s Third Birthday

Lord, help me to see as my son turns three, Just how important his life is to me. Not just the milestones and occasions of note, But also those times when he frustrates me most. Though his fits and fights cause us much stress, His hugs and giggles make us most blessed. Potty training and mealtimes seem like such struggles.…

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Forgiving My Father

You never forget receiving shocking news, and the details of the day often stick with you as clearly as the news itself. I distinctly remember standing in the park, watching my boyfriend (now husband) play baseball. My walkie-talkie sized Nokia rang and a funny number showed up. I answered it and listened intently at the biggest surprise of my life.…

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What Every College Graduate Should Know

Graduating college is an exciting time, filled with mixed emotions of freedom and responsibility. It’s been 10 years since I walked across that stage at The University of Alabama, and I wish I knew then what I do now. Hopefully these practical nuggets will help recent grads. 1-Don’t Expect Overnight Success. Even if you are fortunate enough to land a…

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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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Advice to My Adolescent Self

It’s hard to imagine that half my live ago (literally) I was turning “Sweet 16.” I’m not sure anything was all that sweet about me, except for maybe my tooth. Just like most teenage girls, I listened to my parents but often let the advice run in one ear and out the other. Had I really listened, something might have…

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An Ode to the Old Diva Who Called Out My Kid

My little trouble maker For the older woman who called out my kid as I waited patiently for my phone to get fixed: “I wish that kid would shut up” she said. As he yelled happily and sporadically ran. “I wish you would remember what it is like to have a child who is two.” Then she had the nerve…

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