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  • Watch Your Mouth
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    Posted June 24th, 2014 at 2:56 pm
      Today was like any other busy summer day, bustling around town we stopped by Chic Fil A to grab food on the go.  My kids know me, unlike The Artist Formerly Known As Husband, I impose limits on their food and drink choices.  You don’t need a soda every time we get food to go, especially if we are heading home and everything doesn’t need to be Super Sized. They know, so they don’t ask.  Recently this summer, when we go to Chic Fil A, I give the boys a $7 limit.  You can get a meal, 1...
  • I am no one’s father
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    Posted June 13th, 2014 at 11:06 am
    Today, while speaking with an acquaintance, she indicated that I should relax and celebrate “my” father’s day weekend.  Since we aren’t all that close, I didn’t exactly know how to reply so I just smiled and nodded (quietly rolling my eyes on the inside) and moved on.  I am not a father, I am a mother.  Mother’s Day is in May, Father’s Day is in June.  I am a single mother, but my kids have a father.  They have a father who is very much a part of their lives and gives them...
  • Worth the hustle
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    Posted June 3rd, 2014 at 4:07 am
    Wait a minute….Isn't summer supposed to be more relaxed and calm??  Less scheduled, less stressful, less planning?  So far, I have three drop off with three kids at three different locations this week by day, Vacation Bible School by night.  All are activities to round them out and expose them to things they enjoy.  It’s not all pure fun and games, but fun educational classes like Robotics, Chemistry and Creative Writing and of course learning the word of God.  I also have one child who...
  • Let the kid in you have fun this summer
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    Posted May 30th, 2014 at 3:15 pm
    As summer approaches, I know we are all looking forward to a little R&R, a little fun in the sun and a break from the routine.  Keep in mind, as we seek to make memories with our families, it’s not always the most expensive budget busting things that have the greatest impact on our kids.  Often times, the memories that leave the largest imprint on our children’s hearts are priceless, literally and figuratively.  As Houstonians who live driving distance to a beach, we often pack up...
  • Writing Process Blog Hop
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    Posted May 19th, 2014 at 12:31 pm
    I am participating in a Blog Hop with  few talented writers and was asked to answer the following questions about myself as a writer, so here goes!! 1.  What are you working on now? I am currently blogging for The Houston Defender, for my Facebook Fan Page and for my personal blog.  To make it easier, I sometimes tie the articles in to appear in various places.  I am also working on my first book. 2.  How does my work differ form other genres out there? It's personal, it's about...
  • The Help
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    Posted May 1st, 2014 at 11:51 am
    I love my kiddos, really I do.  I work hard to make their lives amazing.  I plan, create, execute, dream, build, plot and scheme to make it happen.  After a long, fun and tiring weekend, I ran to the store to stock up on a few essentials for the week and to grab something to make for dinner.  I come home and the boys were sprawled across the couch watching a movie.  I casually ask them to pause their movie and go unload the truck.  A few eye rolls later, they finally move and go get the gr...
  • Do you
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    Posted April 19th, 2014 at 11:49 am
    Parenting is often a thankless job.  We plan, we give, we sacrifice, we love, we hustle, we cry, we pray, we laugh and we do it all again day after day.  Sometimes we beat ourselves up wondering if we are doing it right.  We often compare ourselves to others who seem to do it better.  I was recently reminded of the cruel world of self-comparison at my kid’s elementary school.  I always try to volunteer for a thing or two every now and then for each child’s class.  Three kids, 2 thi...
  • Showing Up
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    Posted March 11th, 2014 at 11:47 am
    As a new parent, when you look into the eyes of that new born child you experience a bond like no other.  You are there for them as they toddle, attempting to take first steps and gain their footing.  Our immediate and natural instinct is to reach out and catch them, to create a safe haven for their adorable little souls.  Most new parents think the hardest part of parenting is juggling the demands and lack of sleep of having babies and young kids.  But no one could have prepared me for the ...
  • Pushing our kids for their own greater good
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    Posted February 3rd, 2014 at 3:32 pm
    I write this as the proud mommy of a fifth grader who just today won his first election! He ran for treasurer of his student government association. Now I have a very sports minded kid who sleeps with a football and wakes up with a baseball. If he could do all sports all the time, this kid would be in heaven. So when I heard that the election was coming up, I kinda sort made him run lol. He didn't give me too much resistance, but I figured it would be a good learning experience no matter the ...
  • Send the laundry packing
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    Posted January 10th, 2014 at 11:11 am
    One of the struggles I always encounter with my kids is dividing up the chores. As formerly sheltered kids who weren't really required to do much around the house, life with the "single" me as their mommy has certainly taken on a different view. I try to explain to them that no one works for them and we ALL have to contribute to keep this household afloat.  A far cry from our life with a live in nanny who catered to us ALL! My boys were honored with the task of folding and taking everyone's ...
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