It’s Christmas morning, 1997. Not a creature is stirring – except for my younger brother and sister, who’ve crept into my room to whisper excitedly about the presents that appeared overnight. Our family doesn’t do Santa. We know that...
It's been another long day. You're tired with too little energy left to give. You rush bedtime and finally breathe when everyone is in bed. After you finish cleaning the dishes, putting shoes away, and then squeezing in a little time...
A funny thing happened when I moved south. Schools closed at the very threat of snow. Recess was cancelled when the weather got below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. And moms around the Chattanooga valley started murmuring that it was simply...
Old Mom Territory

Old Mom Territory

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I am on the verge of a whole new world. For the entirety of my adult life, I have been parenting little ones. I never thought I would see the end of diapers and pull ups, irrational temper tantrums,...
Having a math teacher as a husband can have its definite advantages; I'm never expected to help with 7th grade math homework, for example. (In fact, because math has changed so much since we were in school, I'm pretty...
Ok ladies, moms or not, there are times you feel overwhelmed and lost in your pursuit to “get it right.” People, media, and the world around us, exude perfection as the ultimate goal for everyone. Except they change the...
Yes, I am the same mom who wrote about sleep deprivation, before you start putting two and two together on your own. "Ah, problem found!" you might think. But I invite you into a large part of my life...
...and every other gift giving occasion, just for the record. Candy and flowers are lovely. You can never go wrong with a massage. But what do I *really* want? I'm so glad you asked. A nice hotel room with a bottle...
My daughter is beautiful, strong, funny, and smart. She is also headstrong, stubborn, strong-willed, independent, and defiant. I do not say those things lightly. I love my daughter more than words could ever express. I look at her and...
'Mommy, why do people shoot kids?' We were sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. There was the usual driving game of guessing animal sounds and hearing about the giant slug he found at school, when suddenly my newly turned...

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Chattanooga Halloween Events

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Halloween season is upon us, and with it come tons of fun events around the Scenic City. Grab your costume and get ready for...