Rain

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In the south, we don't really have four traditional seasons - you know, spring, summer, fall, winter. Instead, we have almost summer, summer, still summer, and rain.  When it comes, it always seems like the most inopportune time. Just after you’ve washed the car. Or just after the kids made some amazing chalk art on the front walk. On your wedding day, or the morning of your child’s outdoor birthday extravaganza. Or when you discover your umbrella is loaned out to your daughter, and you’re wearing flip flops. In February. (Don’t judge, it can happen.) But rain doesn’t ask our...
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There Are Days

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There are days when you just need someone to grab you by the hand, and tell you don’t worry, everything works out okay.  Days when the kids are finally in bed and you can process the over-the-top post-toddler tantrum that happened earlier in the day, and you’re fairly certain that you need to call in an exorcist. Days when you have to listen to your child explain why another child threw a football at his head in reaction to your own child's impulsive act that was meant as an extension of friendship. Days when the only thing you can do...
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Shine IN

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I’m tired already and it’s only been a week. A week since I walked into my child’s school, met with his teacher, another teacher, and the principal. A week since I asked, “Why aren’t you seeing that my 4th grader has dyslexia?” and was met with the response that they “didn’t see any indications of it.” I wore my poker face as best I could when they said, “Nope, I haven’t noticed anything unusual.” I looked at his teacher, who’d marked up his paper (with the b’s and d’s still backward) at the bottom in perfect red penmanship, “You need...
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Traditions

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There is this song that I used to sing when I was a kid. Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold. I’d like to think that song applies to more than just friendship. Maybe - just maybe - it applies to Christmas traditions. When I was a kid, there were just two of us - me and my grandmother. And when we added my uncle who came home from the army, there were three - a hodgepodge of crazy, all wrapped up under one roof. Even though our “family” was small, we had...
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Give Grace

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Ok, y'all. I'm gonna get serious for a sec to tell you about a cause that is near-and-dear to my heart: the Give Grace Campaign. An initiative to help one sweet mama, and {so I pray} many MANY more. Many of y'all comment on how blessed we are to have four healthy little girls. And you don't know just how right you are. Over the past nine years, we have endured a series of pregnancies and losses: second trimester labor and loss of our only son, a rush to the emergency room to learn that we had lost our twins...
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