Do You Boo?

boo bucket closeup

Do you Boo? As best I can tell, Boo-ing is a southern tradition.  It seems to be as southern as monogrammed yetis, golf carts at pickup, apple pie, and maroon vs orange.  (Gig ’em!) This kind of Boo-ing  isn’t the kind that you do when you jump out of the shadows and scream “Boo”  at… 

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ice cream cone cupcakes for the birthday boy

NINE!  How are you already nine years old? It was just a minute ago that you were a tee-tiny little newborn nestled in my arms. From the moment you entered this world, you made yourself known.  Even though you were only 6 lbs, you were already a force to be reckoned with.

Blogust 2015 – Be The Difference

Jane Goodall Difference Quote Blogust

The past couple of Augusts I’ve participated in Shot@Life’s Blogust campaign by tweeting the #Blogust hashtag, and by sharing stories like this one about Princess Facing The World Head On. During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions come together and share… 

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39 Years

Rachel and Nathan

39 years ago. January 27, 1976.   God started your story, which has become our story. You chose me, and even thought I fought it at first – our love story was, is, my destiny. From late nights on the phone, swimming, Joe’s Crab Shack, long distances, and pagers… Our love story is my favorite…. 

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She Shimmers

she shimmers

  She lays her head in my lap and asks me to braid her hair. I weave my fingers through silky gold strands and remember when they were little more than feathery tufts.  She holds my hand and talks of dolls and books, of science and world hunger.  She shimmers between childhood and womanhood.  … 

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Two Little Words

volunteering at the Houston Food Bank

“What was the best part of your day today?”   That’s what I ask my kids and their friends when I pick them up from school each day. The answers range from: “It was library day!” to “I sat next to X at lunch today”  to “I helped X in PE/Art/Music” to “My teacher smiled at me”… 

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Goodnight 10


The tie dye cake cones are cooling on the rack. The red velvet cake cones are nearly ready to come out of the oven. You’ve just come down for one more kiss, one last joke, one more hug, a few minutes more… I hug you, I laugh, I kiss you, and I nudge you upstairs……. 

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The Importance of Breakfast

breakfast - the most important meal of the day

Can we share a moment?  Can I confess a little something to you? Sometimes it’s really hard to get out of bed in the morning, y’all.  There are days where I want to toss the comforter back up over my head, burrow back into my little nook, and sleep just a wee bit longer; and… 

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Who Needs Caffeine?

Boots with dresses Princess Style

Yesterday started just like every other school day this year has. I woke up, went in to wake both kids up, washed my face, brushed my teeth… went in to wake both kids up, again. After ensuring that both kids were physically out of bed, eyes open, and moving towards getting dressed and making beds;… 

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42 Years: A Love Letter From My Dad to My Mom

mom and dad's wedding picture

::Today’s post has been written by my Dad, Les, it’s a love letter to my mom, Becky, for their 42nd wedding anniversary today. <3 Happy Anniversary, I love y’all!::   The days of our life OK, this doesn’t have anything directly to do with the TV show of the same name. These are a few… 

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Facing The World Head On

First Trip to The Gulf of Mexico with Mom

I remember every first with each of my kids. Their first steps, their first laugh, their first words – Princess’ was “yook” {look} and Monkey’s was “dada”. I feel so blessed to be able to experience so many firsts with my kids, and we still have so many firsts to go. Each first day of… 

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