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An Ode to My Crappy First Car

A five-speed hatchback, you came home from an auction with my frugal father. My sister snubbed her nose at you, but to my 15-year-old self, you looked like freedom. You gave me time to see how patient my father was. I had to learn how to drive you out on empty dirt roads because I […]

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Serenading a Skunk

This post was collaboratively written with my husband, Ron Soos. I promised I’d give credit. If you have lived in South Texas long, you’ve likely encountered them: furry, black and white, kinda cute, nocturnal, and threatening of a terrible, terrible smell. Despite the fact that a skunk’s scent is literally designed by God to be […]

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Pick Your Poison: Summer vs. School

I can’t decide if it was a million years ago or just a month ago that I was desperately calling for the start of summer. Overwhelmed with end-of-year assignments, finals, performances, and parties, I was ready to kick May to the curb. The idea of packing one more lunch made me apoplectic. Frantically loading up […]

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One Cup, Two Cup

Every day is a cup party at my house. I have six children in the summer, and they use, on average, 37 cups a day. Each. It’s like Oprah shows up every morning shouting, “You get a cup! You get a cup! Aaaaaaand you get a cup! Everybody gets a cup! All the cups!” I’m […]

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Cheesecake and Chaos

There is a certain smell to summer that carries youthful nostalgia tied to adventure, good food, and friends. And when the wind is perfect, a jumble of happy and hilarious memories come back in an exhilarating rush, usually with a craving attached. Right up there with root beer popsicles and Snoopy snowcones, my childhood summertimes […]

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Behavior Charts: When a Color Becomes Your Mood’s Compass

“Please be green, please be green, please be green,” I chant to myself on the way to school pickup. My heart beats quickly, I’m sweating a bit more than usual, and I grip the steering wheel tightly. Ever since the beginning of our public school journey, there has been one nemesis I still can’t seem […]

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All Forms of Love

Around the start of a new year, external forces tell, remind, inform, and educate us on how to transform into the best versions of ourselves. Advertisements for gym memberships don the billboards along the highways while radio commercials boast of the latest and greatest techniques that promise to erase those stretch marks for good (yeah, […]

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Mom Gets Schooled: Lessons I Learned When My Daughter Started Elementary School

My daughter started elementary school this fall, and it ushered a major season of change into my life. Gone forever are my leisurely mornings of 9:30 A.M. preschool drop-offs. Gone are my days of chatting with other moms and teachers at congenial 2:30 P.M. pick-ups. And gone are my “off days,” when the kids and […]

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The December Mom: A True Christmas Miracle

While I might be biased, I think moms are kinda the best thing in the world. Seriously, we rock. We cook, clean, make sure everyone is happy (oh, the laughable, impossible task!), and try so darn hard at pretty much everything all day long so that our family might find pleasure in their lives. This […]

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