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31 Days of Real Life 10/5/16

I always said my kids would never have TVs in the car and our house would be kid-tablet free. But since I’ve been a single parent, I’ve discovered the beauty of letting entertainment distract the kids for awhile. I got Caleb a kid’s Amazon Fire tablet to use on Wednesday nights when our community group…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/4/16]

We went to The Shack for breakfast this morning. It’s this awesome diner in town that makes the best ever hash browns. My dad and I would meet there for breakfast when I was home on break from college. Keith and I would meet friends there whenever we were all in town visiting. It’s one…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/3/16]

We went apple picking with friends today after preschool drop off. Just the moms and the little kids. I didn’t want to go at first. I’m tired. The house needs cleaning. There are a million things I should be doing other than dragging a toddler through an orchard. I was afraid she would be eating…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/2/16]

These two. I say it often, but it bears repeating: they make my heart sing. I’m so glad to be their mama. I always knew I wanted to be a mom. I love being a mom. I thrive on getting to be the one to love them and encourage their growth mentally, emotionally, physically, and…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/1/16]

My life is a bit like an IKEA end table. All in pieces. I can see all the pieces most days. I can envision what I want life to look like when it’s all put together. I have tools to assemble the new me; the more time I spend in counseling, quiet contemplation, and prayer,…

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31 Days of Real Life 2016

October is my favorite month to be a writer. I’ve been doing Write 31 Days for several years now and it’s a refreshing opportunity to think about writing and blogging in a different way. This year I’m repeating the theme “31 Days of Real Life” – documenting the reality of my widowed-with-young-kids life through photography.…

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For When The Grief Sneaks Up On You

Dear Broken Heart: Grief is so sneaky, isn’t it? Just when I think I’ve got it all figure out, it figures out a new way to catch me off guard. Or uses an old way that I thought wasn’t effective any more. Last week, Caleb started three day preschool. He barely slept the night before…

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Karama: Honor & Dignity

On Saturday, I hosted the first of, what I hope will be, many live events. 23 ladies gathered together and shared dinner, stories, and really soft leggings (I have a significant LuLaRoe obsession, so we had a chance to do some shopping). It was such an honor to spend the evening with women who want…

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Slowing Down

It has been an incredible summer. We’ve traveled and had all the kinds of wonderful adventures. We had donuts for breakfast and ice cream for dinner. Fall is just around the corner and I’m already feeling overwhelmed. I want to be available to Caleb as he starts school again and take advantage of the time alone…

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What Do You Do With a Vulnerability Hangover?

What do you do with a vulnerability hangover? Seriously. I want to know. Last week, Babble published my response to Patton Oswalt’s facebook post about the 102 days since his wife died. From the moment the piece went live, I felt like all of my insides were shaking. Could I call my editor and ask…

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