2017, advice, Alabama, attitude, believe, Bible, calling, childhood, choice, Christ, college, communication, compare, comparing, comparison, conviction, daughter, decisions, expectation, faith, family, glory, God, God's creation, happy, jealous, jealousy, oldest child, parents, people, perspective, relationship, rivalry, sibling, sister, wedding

What I Learned From Fighting with My Sister

As the oldest child, for almost four glorious years I had my parents all to myself. Everything revolved around little Kaci, which I now know wasn’t such a good thing. Then, something shifted in my universe when my mom brought home a new baby girl. The rest of my adolescence was defined by a love-hate relationship with this new family…

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Donald Trump is perhaps the most controversial president to date, and he knows that many people don’t like him. That’s why it was interesting and amusing when he chose to play The Rolling Stones‘ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as his theme song. I’ve always liked this song (and most Rolling Stones songs), but during the election I really started…

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2016, abortion, birth, choices, life, parenting, parents, pregnant, Sav-A-Life, ttown, tuscaloosa, volunteer, walk, walk for life

Saving Lives in Tuscaloosa

While many women look forward to celebrating Mother’s Day with their children and many soon-to-be moms anticipate holding their babies in the coming months, not all women are excited about motherhood. Some are scared, alone, and wondering how they can raise a child. Enter Sav-A-Life, a non-profit organization committed to helping women in crisis pregnancies. Ironically located next to the…

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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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Priceless

To tithe or not to tithe? That is the question for many church goers nowadays. The economy is bad, gas priceless fluctuate all the time, and as a parent of young children I know how it feels to hear “$20 dollars for this and $5 for that” every time you turn around! Those of us who grew up in the…

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Christmas in (the Heart of) Dixie

Everywhere has certain holiday traditions and events associated with Christmas, and Alabama is no exception. Whether you’re new to the South, just visiting, or live here full time, there is no denying the details that make an Alabama Christmas its own. • No Chance of Snow: Instead of a white Christmas, we usually get stuck with rain and tornado-rate temperatures.…

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Santa Baby

Christmas is coming and two words are heard in every home: Santa Claus. Hopefully “Baby Jesus” is also heard in many homes, but sadly apart from church and individual households, these words are not as advertised as the jolly old dude in red duds. I have never told my three-year-old son “Santa is watching” (though I threaten him with “Jesus…

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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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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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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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