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The Yellow Slip

The Yellow Slip

Katie was in Kindergarten. We lived down the block from her school, and her little sister and I walked her to school every morning. Since she was five I had been letting her dress herself, and she was doing a pretty good job. She loved colorful clothes and with a little guidance from her mama, [...]

Mother’s Day Letters: Cassie’s Mama

Mother’s Day Letters: Cassie’s Mama

Dear Mom, I think you know how much I love you; I hope you know. But I also know that you’re a sucker for sappy letters and since it’s Mother’s Day, I’ll give in (just this one time) and let you know in writing how I feel about you. (Don’t worry, it’s mostly good.) Not [...]

Mother’s Day Letters: Jessica’s Mama

Mother’s Day Letters: Jessica’s Mama

Dear Mom, I have tried to think of the best way to start this letter, but nothing seems to work. Usually I start off with a joke of some kind, something sarcastic. It has taken me a while to get to this point, to feel comfortable enough to allow myself to say these things. So, [...]

The Picky Eater

The Picky Eater

I have a daughter who was a picky eater as a child. I’m here to tell you that it didn’t kill her, ruin her complexion, damage an excessive amount of brain cells, or keep her out of college. But it did drive me crazy. So let me tell you a little story about picky Katie. [...]

Mother’s Day Letters: Alex’s Mama

Mother’s Day Letters: Alex’s Mama

Dear Mom,  There’s really no way to convey how truly thankful I am for all of the support, help and advice you’ve given me in the last three and a half years since I became a mama. And even before I became a mama, through decades of inspiration, guidance and love you set a strong [...]

Mother’s Day Letters: Kate’s Mama

Mother’s Day Letters: Kate’s Mama

Dear Mom, When I was five I made you a mother’s day card and mixed up my “M” and “W”, so instead of “MOM” it said “WOW.” Sure — then it was an understandable mix up — but the universe has a funny way of revealing the truth about people. “WOW” was and still is [...]

Grandma Daycare

Grandma Daycare

Before I was even officially pregnant my sister had volunteered herself to be our “nanny” so I never looked into any daycare. For whatever reason though, she changed her mind. My stress went through the roof wondering what I was going to do. The thought of touring, interviewing, comparing prices and working day care into [...]

Team Green: What’s the Big Deal?

Team Green: What’s the Big Deal?

I knew before I even had plans to have a baby, that when I did get pregnant, we would not find out the sex of our little one. One of the first conversations I had with my husband when we found out I had a little bean growing inside my belly was that we would [...]

Family Hobby: Postcards From Around the World

Family Hobby: Postcards From Around the World

Our family has a shared hobby: we collect postcards from all around the world. We also send postcards all over the world. We use a website called Postcrossing.com and it is one of the coolest experiences we’ve had. I love that we can all participate together too. In short, Postcrossing.com is a website that gives [...]

Don’t Judge Me, I’m A Pageant Mama

Don’t Judge Me, I’m A Pageant Mama

I’m a glitz pageant mama. I will hardly admit this publicly, and when I do so, it’s always with hesitation. There are many critics of children in pageants because of the way children’s pageants have been depicted on television. My oldest daughter, Anna, is five years old. She saw a reality television show when she [...]