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Back to reality

There are times when I beat myself up as a mom. Then there are little moments of reward. Moments when my daughter lauds my motherhood skills, my spirit soars, and I believe I've finally got this. That's just before my paper airplane wings bend, and I crash into the coffee-stained carpet in her bedroom floor.… Continue reading Back to reality

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Fall into gratitude

 Today's post is written by my friend Kimberly Studdard, a truly beautiful soul. Thanks for sharing this, Kim! This is truly “that” time of the year. The summer begins to fade. In our area, we go from extremely hot and humid to cool then cold, sometimes in the same twenty-four hour period. The sun begins to… Continue reading Fall into gratitude

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Dear Momma

This letter was written by Gabrielle Holmes, one of my students, as a tribute to her mother. Dear Momma, I want to let you know how thankful I am to still have you in my life considering all the obstacles we have faced in life. Since Pawpaw died, you have stepped up and really showed me… Continue reading Dear Momma

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Day 8: The Beaver Kids Give Thanks

*Today's post is a three-in-one: three first-time guest writers, who happen to be children and siblings, share their gratitude in these inspiring, unedited posts. These kids are amazing, and so are their parents, Jessica Cline-Beaver and Luke Beaver, who I had the privilege of knowing in college. It's worth your time to check out Jessica's… Continue reading Day 8: The Beaver Kids Give Thanks

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Day 4: Dear friends

*I'm especially excited about today's post in the "Dear Gratitude" series; it's written by an awesome person who happens to be my first guest writer under the age of 18! There's something sweet and real about asking a young person what she's thankful for. Thanks for sharing, Arden!* If I had to say what I… Continue reading Day 4: Dear friends

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One teacher makes a difference

*Big thanks to my friend Henry Petty for sharing his gratitude for his sixth grade teacher with us--and thanks to all educators who make a difference in the lives of students today. Stay tuned for other "back to school" posts.* I can count on one hand the number of teachers who really inspired me and left… Continue reading One teacher makes a difference

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I never thought I wanted children.

* Big thanks to my best friend, MeLissa Horseman, for today's post. She may have never wanted children, but she's become one of the best moms I know.* I never thought I wanted children. I barely thought I wanted to get married, let alone bring kids into the mix. This was a definite sore subject… Continue reading I never thought I wanted children.