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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2016, ABC's, advice, blessed, blessing, boundaries, change, Christian, college, communication, compromise, counseling, exercise, expectation, forgive, friends, honesty, husband, Jesus, kindness, love, love languages, marriage, marry, memories, money, money management, patience, people, quality time, relationship, relax, respect, struggle, time, tragedy, Uncategorized, vacation, workout, young adult

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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2015, angel, belief, blessed, childhood, Christian, Christmas memories, community, cook, family, family Christmas, friends, friendships, generation, gifts, give, God, grandparents, granny, happy, help, helping others, holiday, holidays, home, home for Christmas, hometown, kids, love, marry, memories, mom, New Year, parents, quality time, south, thankful, thanksgiving, tradition, Uncategorized, vacation, volunteer, young mom

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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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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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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2015, actions, America, belief, Bible, Blaine Adamson, Christian, church, conservative, conviction, easter, family, friends, friendships, gay, gay marriage, God, God's creation, help, helping others, human being, Jesus, kentucky, love, marriage, marry, relationship, south, southern

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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