My husband and I began our life together in a tiny apartment close to downtown Chattanooga. So tiny, that most of our wedding presents stayed unopened until we were able to purchase a house about a year later. Yet,...
I've been struggling lately with a parenting conundrum, and by struggling, I mean I've been a stressed-out, half-hysterical mess. What's gotten this momma bear wanting to pull out tufts of hair? In short, school and a daughter who is already...
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While growing up, I thought I was different. A silent phrase on my shirt that told others a story that I didn't want told; I was abandoned.  I still remember being at camp for the first time with my best...
Hey there, Mama! I bet you're excited. Maybe a little nervous, too, if you're being honest. That's okay. Your little one is about to start Kindergarten in a few weeks and be at school all day. Even if he...
When my boys were babies and toddlers, my husband and I imagined our future days full of practices, games, and chauffeuring our boys from one sporting event to the next. We both played sports growing up, so having all...
On July 16th, 1969, around 9:30am ET, Apollo 11 was launched through the Earth’s atmosphere and the three astronauts aboard, plus hundreds of scientists below, set the course for the moon and history. 50 years later, this event remains...
Next month will bring big changes to our household. My toddler, who long ago stopped fitting the definition of “toddler,” will become a preschooler in both title and position. He turns four in August. The week after his birthday,...
Being a teen mom, I wanted to do everything correctly from pregnancy on. Oh, how those plans for perfection fell short a dozen times over. My first born might have been the subject of many a “figuring out” with...
What are little boys made of? Snakes and snails And puppy-dogs' tails That's what little boys are made of.   What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice And everything nice That's what little girls are made of.   I don't think this old nursery rhyme is true,...
Recently, I reminisced with a family member about high school sports. He said, “We were the only show in town. There weren’t any professional sports teams. And there wasn’t anything to do. Amateur sports were the most important ticket...

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Family Trip to Lake Barkley

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My family and I went on a last-minute trip last week to Lake Barkley. I am hopefully starting a new job in the next...