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    Not Broken

    See the kid in the picture? That is me, just a child who didn’t have a voice, or so she thought. I can’t remember when it started but I do remember when it ended. I was 14 years old, and in the biggest 14-year-old voice I could muster, I threatened the man who had sexually abused me. I told him if he ever touched me again I would kill him. I didn’t know how, but I would. Two days later, he dropped dead of a heart attack. I mourned his death because even though he was abusive, I did love him. He was my grandfather and I still loved him…

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    Fall Bucket List!

    Fall is hands down my favorite season and I am a huge fan of anything that embraces it. What’s not to love? Football, cooler weather, pumpkins, apples, bonfires, cozy blankets and the list goes on! I also love leaf looking and now that we are back in the South will definitely be heading to the mountains! Enjoy every minute of the fall season with these must- do activities! Take a look at my Facebook for events in Georgia and North Carolina! Get out there and enjoy this wonderful fall season!

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    A Note To My Son & His Future Love

    I may be your first love but I am grooming you for your love of a lifetime. I will teach you that chivalry is not dead and opening a door and giving flowers is not a thing of the past. You will learn that having God in your life and relationship’s is most important. Your love for the Lord will be reflected in your love for your wife. You will know that compassion for others will hold more value than judgement. You will understand the power of prayer and the importance of communication.   I will teach you that dancing in the kitchen is as important as always saying good…

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    The Left Shoe Movement

    The Left Shoe movement was created to assist parents to remember they have an extremely valuable and precious life in the car with them. Just as The Baby On Board signs were made for ER personnel the Left Shoe Movement will be a tool to avoid catastrophe.   What is it you ask? It is simple, when you get in the car with your child you take your left shoe off and place in the floor board behind the child’s seat. You will never forget to put your shoe back on and ahah you have a reminder to take your little one out of the car too.   You can…

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    I’m Your Mama Not Your Friend

    A few weeks there was a festival in Colorado called 4/20. I am pretty sure that anyone that watches the news is aware of what it is, and though it disgusts me, it is the state we live in. A few days later I watched a disturbing video that has been nagging me for some time now. The video was of a parent and their kid at attendance of the festival. The parent was on stage pouring drinks down people’s throats and obviously high, drunk etc. The part that disturbs me most is the kid (of age now) is a recovering meth addict. I am no one’s judge for we…

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    Would You Know What To Do If Your Child Was Choking?

    The most common cause of nonfatal choking in young children is food. At least one child dies from choking on food every five days in the U.S., and more than 12,000 children are taken to a hospital emergency room each year for food-choking injuries. When Coop was a little over a year old, we had a scare. We were sitting down for supper, listening to music and having a typical night of family time at the table. Lil man was singing and dancing in his high-chair then went quiet. Heath immediately recognized he was choking. I did the finger sweep to see if there was something close that I could…

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    Not My Childhood

    Charles Dickens said, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Parenting is the easiest and the toughest job. Easy because it works on mutual love and instinctual care but tough because a single mistake can cause lifelong scars.   With that said, these are things that my child will never understand:   Sexual abuse: I am a product of sexual abuse that started at a very young age until I was 13 years old. I fortunately have a powerful God that kept me from becoming a statistic. I used it to make me an independent and strong person and not a victim. It also taught…

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    Life, One Lesson At A Time

    I was thinking over the weekend of a few key things I have started taking to heart recently. I am guilty of many of the below and have had to take a huge step back and evaluate the emotions each of these provoke. Comparison: Be it in my family life or work life I have learned to stop comparing. What kind of mama am I in comparison to..? How is my blog in comparison? Maybe if I just do this the way Sally with 1MM followers does it, I will gain more. These are all conversations I had to stop having with myself. We all have our own parenting styles…

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    Time…

    For All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”  1 Peter 1:24-25  Time: The one thing we all have and can be the most abused gift we are given. I am guilty as most of us are and this morning I had my wake-up call that got me thinking. I start my day’s normally at 6:00am when my expensive alarm clock, Cooper, goes off. I get up, change him, and we set out to the kitchen to make our “coffee”. I let the pups out and give…

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    Lil Man’s First Birthday!

    I can’t believe the time has passed as quickly as it has. One year already and it feels like we just brought him home! God has truly blessed us with the most amazing baby and I am so grateful to be his mama. His birthday party was a huge success and I would like to share the details with you! Since we are a huge outdoors family I went with a buffalo plaid and forest theme. Cupcakes were easiest and I found the most amazing recipe that you just have to try even if it isn’t for a party! I made cupcake wrappers with Photoshop and will include the tutorial…