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Christie Pettus

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Christie Pettus is a full time working wife and mother living her suburban cul de sac dream in Orange Park, Fl. She is Mom to two awesome teenagers, McKenzie and Ethan, who have come to accept that certain parts of their lives will be blogged about, so they should act accordingly. As graduates of the University of Florida, she and her husband Ryan can be found rooting on their alma mater every chance they get including the more obscure sports. LaCrosse anyone? When she’s not judging her kids' questionable teenage choices, she can be found hiding in a room buried in a good book or writing, editing, and dreaming about being a full-time author.
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Dorm Shopping: What’s Still Necessary, and What Has Changed?

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I love the idea of shopping, but in practice, it can be overwhelming to me. Looking across a vast store at a hundred different options and deciding which pieces of clothing match, what design...
college

Nothing Will Prepare You for the Dreaded College Drop-Off

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This is a true story about how I went from fairly normal, if not a little dramatic at times, to batsh*t crazy in the span of 36 hours. My daughter graduated from high school. It...
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What I’ll Miss Most

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Check on your friends with high school seniors. They are not okay. Every day brings one more experience that I both treasure and mourn with the thought of "It won't be like this again." There...
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My Hopes Are High for the Future of Our Country

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The first year I was eligible to vote was 1996. It was the year Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole (and Ross Perot) in a pretty decisive victory. I'd love to tell you that I...
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Thirteen First Days Of School

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Thirteen. That's how many first days of school I've experienced as a mother. Some were filled with tears. Some were filled with relief, as I practically pushed those kids out the door and away...

To My Daughter, As She Prepares for College

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As my daughter gets ready to start her senior year of high school, I am learning real quick that the idea of sending your firstborn out into the world in less than a year...
george floyd

When There Are No Words, You Find the Words

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No words. That's not a comfortable place for someone like me who tends to use all the words, whether welcomed or not, and believes that the power of words can change nations, build bridges, and...

Quarantine Turned My Home Into a Frat House

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Saturday afternoon in midst of a Netflix binge, my husband suggested we put a sheet over our living room window to get rid of the glare. My immediate thought was, "Maybe." Before COVID-19, we...
prom dress shopping

The Lonely Prom Dress

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The 5 stages of prom dress shopping. That was the original title of this scheduled blog. The idea capturing me as I spent a full day prom dress shopping with my 17-year-old daughter. It...
college

Who Am I When They’re Gone?

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How did we get to this point so soon? My daughter is in the final stretch of her junior year, and if what I hear from every mom of a senior is true, she...
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Some Days, You Simply Get To Breathe

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Motherhood feels like one held breath after another — the anticipation of what might happen. The reality of what did. The knowledge that just when you get through one milestone or obstacle, another is...

Tomorrow Ain’t as Bad as It Seems

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I walked into the high school to drop off my son's badge recently when I heard another parent engage a group of teenagers sitting on a bench just outside the entrance with their phones. "going...