I cannot believe that I am writing this from the front porch of our farm house. Ever since I was a little girl, I've dreamt and prayed for a farm. I have always loved animals and have developed a...
Unpopular opinion: I don’t love how our society rushes the current season to end and ushers in the next one so early. It’s the end of August, so everything everywhere is turning into pumpkins and Christmas trees. I love...
Dear Younger Me

Dear Younger Me

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Last week, I was at a church event and got to talk to a childhood friend that I haven't spoken to in over 10 years. Both of us -- now mothers -- talked about our kids and our hobbies,...
Raising a toddler in the Land of Target and Starbucks and neighborhood play dates is hard enough. But, what if there are no Targets? What if the food and the language and the faces are different? What if home...
We want our kids to be fearless. Cautiously fearless. Fearless yet avoiding an ER visit. Fearless while also covered in bubble wrap with a syringe of Benadryl on hot stand-by and "9-1-" already dialed on our cell phone, just...
Friends, it’s been a minute since I had a child of the “full-on breakdown in the middle of a store” age. He’s ten and while he will absolutely do his best “You’re ruining my life” teenager impression in Target,...
I don’t know anyone that would describe me as organized, type A, or even having all of my ducks in a row. My ducks aren’t even in a cluster. In fact, I don’t even know where half of my...
Five years and two kids ago, when we would go out to eat as a family of four, I’d lay out the ground rules for behavioral expectations for my four- and three-year-old. Then, as we were waiting for our...
What comes to mind when think about the word, friend? Is it a trait, a person or a memory? If I think about this word long enough, it almost sounds foreign, maybe because making friends during motherhood is not...
Surviving Anxiety

Surviving Anxiety

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Anxiety is something that I have had to live with for about as far back as I remember. I had debilitating panic attacks in high school that made it hard to function on a daily basis. In some ways,...

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Where To See Santa In Chattanooga

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Santa Claus is coming to town! He's making a list, checking it twice, and making it easy on parents by hitting up several locations...