As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted over the next few months, vacation season will be upon us. We aren't sure where we will be going next, but we are ready for an adventure. We currently have a 20-month-old little boy...
One month ago, I was 38 weeks pregnant, full of anxiety, anger and fear. Hospital protocols were changing daily. Visitors were banned. Laboring women could only have one person with them. This isn't what I pictured delivering my third...
This isn't how it was supposed to be. Just a couple months ago my biggest fear was the flu. With a late March due date, I hoped the flu was long gone, flowers were blooming and the sun was shining. Fast...
“You can never really be ready to have kids.” You hear this a lot when you’re wondering just when the right time is to have a kid. For some people, that’s probably true. And honestly, you can’t know and...
The Physical Stage

The Physical Stage

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In early November, I started a new job and a new career path. For the first time in almost four years, I started working 40 hours a week. I felt like a new me with my fancy email signature...
Eight is GREAT!

Eight is GREAT!

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The word "seasons" is a hot-button word in the Mom world these days. Our parenting goes through seasons, we can and can't do things based on seasons. Some seasons are busy, some are slow, some are lonely, and on...

The Honor Of Being Mom

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My ten-month-old was sick this entire past week. What began as a cold turned into a double ear infection with antibiotic-induced diarrhea, and then she rounded it out by catching roseola complete with high fever and horrible rash. To...
Over three years ago I wrote a post about non-toy gifts. It was a *hint hint* to the loved ones in our lives for that Christmas. Then nearly three years ago, I wrote an updated version of the non-toy...
Facing the challenges of parenting an elementary aged child who is not a tween, but not a child anymore either.

The Space Between

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I don't even know what to call this age. This strange time between child and tween. These mid-elementary years. I was prepared (ha) for having a baby. There were steps and milestones and hunger cues. I knew that the twos and threes...
I was making small talk at a grocery store in Knoxville. I stood there with my two children -- one boy, one girl. My pregnancy was acknowledged, and as I stood beaming, the woman next to me remarked, “Wooo...
“You’ll miss this so much one day.” “You need to cherish every moment when they’re little like this.” “It goes so fast!” No. No no no no no. As the mother of a nine-year-old and seven-year-old, in addition to a two-year-old, I can...
In mom world there is a common summer rhetoric: we must make the most out of this extra time with our kids. We must make it fun and memorable all summer long. We must treasure the time because we...

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Knoxville Fall Fun Festivities and Events

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It’s starting to feel like fall in East Tennessee! You and your family can embrace the season thanks to the ultimate list of fall...