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When You Don’t Know What to Say

There have been so many clouds hanging over humanity lately: weather, politics, crimes, and sexism to name today’s headlines. I strive to see the peaks of light, but every once in a while, life overwhelms me with sadness and anger. The large-scale tragedies flood our world, magnifying the lesser moments of despair. Reflecting on my […]

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Team Tritanium!

When my husband lost his legs in 2012, we became part of a community I never knew existed. Neither of us had any experience with prosthetics. I had never seen a prosthetic leg before, and little did I know they would become as normal to me as a spoon! The amputee community in San Antonio […]

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It Happened Again

It happened again yesterday. We woke up to the news of another mass shooting. The sound and sight of people running for their lives was/is almost unbearable. Almost. I say “almost,” because we seem to be bearing these massacres just fine. Yesterday, I readied and packed up my four kids for school. It was a […]

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Personal Care Bags: How Everyday Items Can Make a Huge Impact

Hurricanes and other natural disasters are devastating and leave us wanting to help. Bonus points if we can include our own kids in the process. San Antonio Food Bank is coordinating local aid for Hurricane Harvey victims, collecting donations including but not limited to: formula, diapers, food, school supplies, maxi pads, cold medicines, and toiletries. […]

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Dear Harvey

Dear Harvey, You must know this ain’t our first rodeo. You’ve hung the wrong horse thief if you thought you could stop Texas. That dog won’t hunt. Texas always draws the best bull. Storms Rita, Allison, and Carla all made hornets look cuddly. Those three were a couple sandwiches shy of a picnic. But you, […]

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Teal’s the Deal for NOCC

Teal. It had never been a color I’d given a lot of thought to. I mean, it’s pretty, and I had always associated it with mermaids, but to add it to my wardrobe and my hair? Six years ago, I would have said, “You must be joking.” But six years ago, I didn’t know my […]

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When Your Mom Falls Out of a Tree (and Other Little Calamities You Probably Won’t See Coming)

“Hey, Mom’s fallen out of a tree and can’t move.” It wasn’t exactly the kind of text I was expecting to receive at 7:30 on a Thursday night…or any other night, for that matter. “Are you kidding? What do you mean she can’t move?” was my bewildered response. Holy moly, what now? This wasn’t how […]

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Getting through hard times

Five Lessons to Get You Through Hard Times

Every January brings mixed emotions to my heart. Five years ago,  my dear husband became so ill he almost died. He had septic shock, a raging infection which caused all his body organs to fail. We found ourselves in an intensive care unit given no chance for his survival, all while our six-year-old, three-year-old, and […]

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