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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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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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Saving Myself from Food Snobbery

As if working out intensely for five days a week and wearing a size 2 was not good enough, I was determined to “get ripped.” I had finally overcome my fear of the scale and felt content with weighing an average of 7 more pounds since before I got pregnant with my son a few years ago. I looked smaller,…

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The Curse of Comparison

When I was a young girl we played a game called MASH, which was a clever adolescent acroynym for Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House. There were other options too, like your job, spouse, car, number of children, etc. You concentrated on when to stay “stop” as your buddy drew a spiral on the piece of paper. Then the lines were…

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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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10 Things You Should Do Before You Get Married

Spring just officially started, which means wedding season is on the way. While people do get married year round, the spring and summer months are most popular in the South. (I guess people don’t mind sweating like a hog to avoid missing a football game.) In fact, I got married the first week in June. My husband and I will…

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Conservative Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem: Sieze the day! We’ve all heard it, said it, and read it. It’s known as living in the moment, worrying only about the day, etc. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes it as “the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future.” Even the Bible instructs us to “not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry…

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Fifty Shades of deGREYding Women

Everyone can relate to receiving a facebook event invite for some random happening by a person you barely know, from those wrap-your-waist parties to a local fundraiser. Some are totally off the wall, and others may be worth considering. (Like that BBQ wings and ribs sale a friend recently invited me to, which I wished I had been in town…

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