Enough

Enough

“You talk so white.” I stared back at the girl who’d just said that to me, not surprised by her comment, but also unsure of how to respond. It’s not like I’d never heard that before. Other girls from my class had alluded to the same in some way. When they made their observations about my speech, it wasn’t as much a criticism, as it was a declaration of how I stood out. I was different in that way from many of my second grade friends from the local public school. I was a little black girl in a predominantly ...
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With Love

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Hello Mama, Summers seem to grow shorter and shorter as my kiddos grow older. I can’t help but suffer from a bit of nostalgia. I’m grateful for a season of unscripted activity and play, but ...
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A Response to Charlottesville

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The news coming out of Charlottesville, VA is horrifying. Racism is a weapon. It is life-destroying and goes against every tendency we have as moms to nurture, protect and advocate. As we watched the news ...
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Wallflower Secret

A Wallflower’s Secret

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I stare at the 19 strangers encircling me and they look back at me – expectantly. I don’t like this kind of attention; even in small groups I prefer to keep quiet and let others ...
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Enough

Enough

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“You talk so white.” I stared back at the girl who’d just said that to me, not surprised by her comment, but also unsure of how to respond. It’s not like I’d never heard that ...
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A Response to Charlottesville

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The news coming out of Charlottesville, VA is horrifying. Racism is a weapon. It is life-destroying and goes against every tendency we have as moms to nurture, protect and advocate. As we watched the news ...
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Wallflower Secret

A Wallflower’s Secret

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I stare at the 19 strangers encircling me and they look back at me – expectantly. I don’t like this kind of attention; even in small groups I prefer to keep quiet and let others ...
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The Unbirthday

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In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice stumbles upon a rather strange tea party in which she encounters the Mad Hatter and the March Hare known by all as utterly nutty. These poor fellows find
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When I Feel I am Too Much

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Guilt is my go-to emotion. It is like that perfect little black dress that goes with anything. I can dress it up, I can dress it down. It works for every occasion! Honestly, I don’t ...
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Magic in the Mundane

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Years ago, I had a dreamlike idea of what motherhood would look like. It looked like the time I babysat a 3-year-old boy at the park and we threw sticks over the side of a ...
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Messages of Hope

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Share messages of hope and encouragement with all to see by writing them on this easy DIY felt message board. Materials ½ yard black felt Spray adhesive Frame with backing (any size) Iron on letters: ...
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Beauty in Simplicity

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Another Monday arrives, I feel the weight of yet another week coming: how will I keep the children entertained this week, will my activities measure up and am I doing enough as a mom? Will ...
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Into the Small Places

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The world tells us that what matters most is the grand, the visible, the powerful. But Jesus speaks of children, mustard seeds and yeast (an organism so small it’s invisible to the naked eye!). His ...
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With Love

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Hello Mama, Summers seem to grow shorter and shorter as my kiddos grow older. I can’t help but suffer from a bit of nostalgia. I’m grateful for a season of unscripted activity and play, but ...
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With Love

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Hello Mama, As we near the close of summer and all the kid activities that fill up this busy season, I am especially humbled by and grateful for my stay-at-home mom friends. A couple of ...
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With Love

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Hello Mama, Have you been able to embrace a slower schedule and savor poolside conversations, or has your summer schedule accelerated to a breakneck speed and frantic text messages coordinating kiddos from one activity to ...
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Top “Airmom” Moving Tips

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Are you moving soon? It doesn’t matter if you are moving across town or across the country, it is hard to move. And it is a lot of work. We are a military family and ...
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The Path of Most Beauty

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For many years, I believed God’s calling on my life had to be something I didn’t want to do. I’d heard story after story of people who believed they had been called not just outside ...
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I change. You change. Let’s change together.

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Have you ever yelled at a friend? Like actually raised your voice? If not, then you probably don’t want to be my friend. Because in my adult life, I've yelled at more friends than I’d ...
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Brave Collective: Nashville

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Traveling south from Nashville, Tennessee, the green hills are lined with white fences. It brings to mind gatherings around farm tables with home-cooked meals. The mood was set as Dalley Galuzzi, Jackie Alvarez and Mandy ...
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Brave Collective: NYC

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We gathered in a second floor Long Island City apartment. It was a couple blocks from the waterfront and the first subway stop in Queens outside of Manhattan. We maneuvered the table into the living ...
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Encouraging Your Brave Collective

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My four-year-old daughter happens to be the biggest fan of me doing the Brave Collective. No, really. She found a shirt with a feather on it and wears it every time I have a Brave ...
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