One of the first things out of the mouths of most well-meaning people (usually old ladies in the Publix checkout line) when they discover my daughter is adopted is, “Oh, what a gift!” Cue automatic cringe. Ask any member...
"Dear Lord," I prayed nightly for years. "Please keep us safe, healthy, and together." Safe and healthy made perfect sense. Any new mom, particularly those like me who suffered from a large degree of postpartum depression and anxiety, would be...
“But… what happened over there?” It was 1994, and we had just finished watching the feel-good flick Forrest Gump. My father had to wipe away tears during the Vietnam combat scene. I was 13 years old and didn’t understand....
"When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways — either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits or by using the challenge to find our inner strength." –Dalai Lama Happy Holidays! Happy Halloween! Happy...
I’m sitting here at the kitchen table tapping away at my keyboard as my son is sitting next to me doing the same thing. We are both working on homework — he for school and me for Jacksonville Mom....
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE started a garden. I was late to the game, but I fell in love with gardening mainly for my reasons for doing it. It would contribute...
There is so much happening in this world, but it keeps moving and doesn’t stop or slow down for anyone. Summer blinked, and here we are looking into the eyes of another school year. This year has so much...
A few months ago, I was grabbing lunch with a new mom friend, and we commented on how much we had in common as working moms in similar industries. We were able to “talk shop,” share experiences, and express...
Summer break, is that you? As mothers, we busy ourselves with preparing the family for a fun summer, but we often leave ourselves out. We make sure the family vacation is planned, the summer camp schedule is put in...
My first blog about motherhood was in 2014. My oldest was headed to middle school, and I was lamenting about mood swings and conversations about sex. I reread that blog now, as I have one now in college, and...
It never fails. My husband packs his bags for work and gets on his merry way. He arrives safely and everyone back home (my two kids and me) are settling into daddy being gone — and BAM! You know...
The Mom Manual I never knew I needed wouldn’t contain a list of baby registry must-haves or a training session on sleeping through the night. I used to joke about needing a manual to get me through the leaps...

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