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It’s All in Your Perspective

Thanksgiving was a little different for my family this year. OK, it was a lot different. My sister stopped by and picked up our 3-year-old son to go have lunch at my mom’s house, as we do each year. Then my father-in-law picked him up to have dinner at his mother’s house, as we do each year. My husband and…

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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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Halloween: Good, Bad or Ugly?

It’s that time of year again. Time for kids to pick out a special costume and eat all the candy they want. That is unless they are not allowed to celebrate Halloween at school, home, or anywhere else. Growing up not truly “celebrating” Halloween and now being a parent, I have a unique perspective on this holiday (much like my…

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Fun Fall Festivities

I have always loved summertime, but my husband makes a great argument for fall being the best season of the year. With football games, tailgates, cooler weather, and holidays, it’s hard to deny he has a strong case for the awesomeness of fall. But the planner in me has come up with a few ways to make fall even more…

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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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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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The Disney Princesses of Bachelor in Paradise 2

It’s officially over. Another Bachelor franchise show season has ended, and only one couple had a true fairytale ending. Despite not finding happily ever after, I noticed that many of the women from this season’s cast of Bachelor in Paradise closely resemble that of a Disney Princess for various reasons. Mulan and Jillian: They could both easily be mistaken for…

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Fall is Finally Coming

The weather today feels so awesome! Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant, but this summer has seemed extra hot! In honor of this beautiful day I want to celebrate the upcoming season and encourage others to look around at all the recent signs reassuring us that fall is just around the corner! 1–The sorority girls have wiped Target clean of diet…

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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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