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The Message in the Mess: what our busy lives are telling us

When people ask us how we’re doing the words “busy” and “stressed” tend to surface. Come to think of it, those answers have been on repeat a lot lately. 2,485 more words


next stop: home.

to all the beautiful new mamas and mamas-to-be, i only have one bit of advice: cherish it all. cherish the early morning feedings and the projectile poop on the curtains. 301 more words

Hard Stuff

Say Their Names

The slogan and hashtag #BlackLivesMatter shouldn’t just evoke images of Black men being cut down by police. Black women have been lost as well.

And if the death and publicizing of Black men dying so often doesn’t incite wholesale change, then the absence of coverage of Black women dying in similar circumstances should scare the pants off of all of us and compel our activism. 641 more words

African American Single Adoptive Mom

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway: raising courageous boys

Boys make me laugh. We’ve been blessed with a handful of little nephews to love and spoil. We thoroughly enjoy every moment, engaging in pirate battles, sword-fighting, ball games, and endless superhero adventures. 1,076 more words


Failure and Forgiveness

Recently I was coaching another new parent through a rough moment with her new kiddo. I told her it was normal to feel some resentment about how much her life has changed and how hard her new life was trying to parent a kid with a traumatic history. 710 more words



The number 7 is a special number.

Seven is a prime number, and prime numbers are just cool.

There are 7 deadly sins, 7 days of the week, 7 hills in Rome, 7 colors of the rainbow, and 7 major oceans. 595 more words


Book Review: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

In the early 1950s, a series of airplanes fell out of the sky and crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  Miri Ammerman was one of the townspeople who lived in the town when this happened, and she experienced the loss, confusion, and terror as it happened.   366 more words

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