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...
Being a new mom is hard.  There, I said it. Now once we get past that everyone-knows-it-but-sometimes-won't-admit-it statement, we can acknowledge that being a new mom is also joyful, wonderful, enlightening, and pretty dang awesome! Becoming a mother has simultaneously...
“He is going to watch both girls by himself?” is the response I hear most often when I tell someone that my husband will be watching our children. It’s always said with a mixture of shock and awe that...
The awesomeness that was '90s summers is all over the internet lately. Articles with titles like "How to have a '90s summer," "Why '90s summers were the best," and more are filling my feed with images of sprinklers and...
Hi, my name is Rachel and I am a Pinterest addict. I am guilty of spending hours upon hours scrolling and pinning projects that I have no real intention of ever completing (even though they are all SUPER SIMPLE...
I love to travel and I love my kids, but sometimes it's easier and less stressful to travel without them. Don't get me wrong; my husband and I take our kids lots of places. We took our son to...

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