Rachel DeAngelis

I am a Florida girl who has lived all over the map (including overseas in China!), but for the past seven years I've been putting down roots in Knoxville, Tennessee. Besides being the mother of the cutest two little boys in the world (it's true...check Guinness), I am also a cat-whisperer, a Dollywood Insider, and a high-school English teacher. You can read about all of my latest shenanigans on my blog.

To Retain Or Not To Retain?

Around this time last year, I was having serious doubts about whether my youngest, enrolled in kindergarten at the time, was ready to move on to first grade. To be honest, I'd been having...

Single Mom ISO Boyfriend

Here I sit on a Saturday night, staring at a blinking cursor on the screen, trying to figure out how to sum up who I am as a person in 150 words or less...
Concord Christian School

2023 Kingdom Education At Concord

There is no shortage of churches or Christian schools here in East Tennessee. Living in the Bible Belt certainly has its advantages if you are church or school shopping, but the abundance of choices...

It Costs $0 To Be Kind This Christmas Season

I stood in a line 15-people deep at the post office one afternoon, waiting to purchase some Christmas stamps. The room was filled with a weird mix of bored and angry people, some checking...

Surviving Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the food. I love the fact that gift-buying is not involved. There's a parade and a dog show and pulling out the Christmas decorations for...

Splitting Time: Co-Parenting During The “Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”

Today is Halloween, and it marks the first time I've ever missed trick-or-treating with my kids. It's only the start of the crazy busy holiday season, but I'm already dreading the heart-wrenching task of splitting...

Handling Hateful Words From Your Children

I remember the first time my youngest told me that he hated me. He spit those words out of his mouth like venom, hitched between sobs, after misbehaving and consequently losing a privilege. I...