When Life Surprises You

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Sometimes I wonder what on earth God was thinking giving me three boys. While I am not a girly-girl by any means, I admit that in a prior life, I daydreamed about frilly dresses and mother-daughter shopping trips. Don't...

A Twinkle in Their Eyes

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I was set to write a completely different post for today, when I looked over to my beautiful 9 month old as she smiled sweetly at me.  It’s a smile I’ve admired a million times since she came into...

Will We Ever Survive?

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I have to admit that as much as I love my kids, how easily I would die for them, how I would completely fall apart if anything were to ever happen to them, I do sometimes wonder if I...
I confess... I don't do a lot on New Year's Eve.  I've never had a big party or gone to a big gala event.  New Year celebrating for me usually involves eating, watching movies, and turning on the TV about 5 minutes...

Merry Christmas!

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I hope this post finds you enjoying all the wonderful things this day is intended to bring. May your stockings be full, your tables surrounded with the people you love, and may you get all the rest and relaxation...

The Other Side of Kindness

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If I had a nickle for every charity that asked me for donations at Christmas time...well...I wouldn't be writing this post right now. The Christmas season seems to be the time where people are the most generous. Whether it be...

When the Holidays Are Hard

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The Holiday season is in full swing, and I’m having mixed feelings.  Part of me is excited, like I usually am this time of year.  But a larger part of me is a little resistant to the coming of...
Si vive per mangiare, non si mangia per vivere!  (Live to eat, don’t eat to live!) I have very fond memories of my childhood spent in Italy.  Some of the ones I hold closest to my heart are those spent...
Five out of my six years of living in Southeast Asia were spent celebrating Christmas in a culture that doesn't technically celebrate Christmas.  They liked the idea of Christmas.  They put up big Christmas decorations at their shopping malls...

Happy Thanksgiving!

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It's Thanksgiving! Today is all about surrounding ourselves with the people we love, counting our blessings, and eating a ton of good food! This is the first Thanksgiving in six years that my husband and I haven't traveled to...

The Core of Thanksgiving

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If you asked me why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (and it is by the way), I might tell you it’s because Christmas stresses me out or because Thanksgiving is all about the delicious food. And while the food...

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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...