I'm a 4th Grade homeroom mom. I organize thousands of goody bags. (OK, it's just 25.) I obsess over teacher gifts. On Saturday mornings, you can find me at the soccer field cheering on my son’s team and handing...
As the holidays quickly approach, many people will be reunited with family and friends they may not have seen in over a year. We are quickly entering into what we consider to be a “normal” or more “traditional” holiday...
I am no longer a granddaughter. My whole life I have been many different things, but I've always been a daughter and granddaughter. As of a little over a week ago, I am no longer a granddaughter. The average age...
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Change is Coming

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Last weekend, I attended an outdoor music festival with a mom friend. These venues really can bring out the worst in people. It’s hot, the lines are long, and some people are belligerent and of course selfishly concerned about...
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Finding Me

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In high school I wasn’t adventurous; I was the girl that was just desperately trying to blend in. Because of this, I was never one to try new styles whether it be hair or fashion. I avoided sticking out...
It was a Tuesday morning, the day after my nineteenth birthday. I honestly don't remember how I spent my birthday the day before. I was still asleep in bed. I lived in Southern California, where I grew up, and...
This morning during drop-off at school, I was “making scenes” with Humphrey, a stuffed Ty teddy bear my son picked up at a Hobby Lobby a few years ago, when something extraordinary happened. “Making scenes” is what my six-year-old...
It took me nearly half my life to realize I perhaps cheated death when I arrived into this world. In my twenties, I worked for a medical non-profit off the coast of West Africa. Because I helped to tell the...
What does it really mean to have a good imagination? I think we as parents are always experiencing small moments of pride and pleasure when our children are complimented. I often feel that the epitome of all compliments runs along...
During quarantine, a friend of mine posted some thoughts she had about how certain aspects of quarantine compared to military life and it got me thinking about my childhood. Growing up in the military taught me a lot and...

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Family-Friendly Hikes Around Chattanooga

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Whether you are visiting Chattanooga or are a local, there are so many beautiful hiking spots to enjoy! Along with breathtaking views of the...