Colleen’s Cakes And Cookies For The Win!

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Last night at dinner an older gentleman ordered a bowl of ice cream to the table for Kennedy, and told her she was “the first real life princess” he had ever met.  It was adorable, he was sweet… and don’t worry, I double checked the ice cream first to “make sure it wasn’t poisonous.” Sometimes I love #MomPower. But this wasn’t…

Uncomfortable Necessities: Talking Private Parts & Saying NO! to a 4 Year Old

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Jungle Princess Playfully Hiding

“And you know if anyone touches you here, to tell Mommy or Daddy, right?” I asked Kennedy, feeling uncomfortable in my own skin, talking to her about something so vile and obscene, that I honestly could have cried. But this conversation, sparked this time during a post-beach shower, was the second time this week it had come up. Passing comments…

Discovering Nature with Compass Crate

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Often I feel overwhelmed by the consumerism Kennedy is now accustomed to.  What was once a faraway thing, living in Costa Rica, has become an every day occurrence of “OOH, I want that… and that… and that.”  The simplicity of our lives there, with very little access to “material things” and a surplus of nature, is definitely the number one…

HOPElessly Searching for Sportsmanship

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HOPElessly Searching For Sportsmanship

I remember that feeling. The feeling of losing something you wanted so badly. Being angry, frustrated, and feeling so damn defeated, you’re practically empty. Yea, it stings. But I also remember feeling in awe… and definitely impressed. We lost and I mean we lost big. We hand our butts handed to us and I personally got worked by the opposing…

Raising The Brave and Bold

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Shine On Jungle Princess

“Hi, my name is Kennedy.” Blank stare… walks away. “Hi, my name is Kennedy.” Stares right through her… and walks away. A blessing… and a curse… this kid has it. The love, the light, the heart of gold that makes her walk up to child after child and try to make friends. Like her Mama, she can walk into any…

Worth the Worry: An Open Letter To My One Day Annoyed Daughter

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White knuckled, driving through the roaring rain and wind yesterday, my mind was racing almost as fast as the 18 wheelers down the flooded highway.  I saw a car wrecked on the side of the road, now abandoned, waiting to be towed away.  Were there children inside? Is everyone OK?  How would I handle an accident with you in the…

Motherhood: The Moments Always Turn…

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In My Glory As a Mama

About a year ago, some of my friends saw me at one of my lowest mommy moments ever. I mean legit tears, apologizing and probably indiscernible murmurings. I know how I looked: tired, pitiful, and crazed. It was a day after traveling thousands of miles to a friend’s wedding by plane then 4 hours in a car, all of us…

Life Keeps Moving: Trusting My Direction

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Life is one of those things that you really have no control of.  You can make choices once given options, but life unto itself continues moving… with or without you.  Take for instance an athlete who never smokes, drinks occasionally, works out religiously but finds themselves receiving Chemo for a cancer they couldn’t control.  You do (or choose not to…

#Abasi and His Little Lady

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE TAKING PICTURES!  I see them as a peek at fleeting perfection, calm in the storms and our treasure map to remembering who we are/ were.  They serve to remind us of a time that we considered WORTH CAPTURING FOREVER.  No matter how far we go or how many things change, there…

Flashback Friday: My Summer Life is One Big Time Travel…

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They say “the kids always come home.”  They say “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”  I say… “WHERE DID I FIND THIS CRAZY TIME TRAVEL MACHINE?” My life right now feels like I am me… 10 years earlier… but with a kid. And this is no exaggeration.  I am literally doing things I was doing 10…