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When McDonald’s Man Marries Mississippi Market Woman

I think way too much about food. Maybe it’s because I am the main grocery-shopper and menu-planner and food-maker for my family of 6. Maybe it’s because I am always planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, baking or cleaning up food. But food is an all-consuming part of my life. (Pun intended.) As my soon-to-be-husband and I […]

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First Trimester Isolation

One of the most beautiful times of many women’s lives has turned out to be the most isolating time in mine. The first trimester of pregnancy. Pregnancy is supposed to be lovely and glowing and all things good, and it is lovely and glowing and all things good…but just not at first. At least not […]

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Find Your Own Happiness During the Holidays

For almost 10 years, I would spend days leading up to Christmas by cooking. There was researching, planning, calling stores, shopping, and of course cooking. It started by reading an issue of Cooking Light and talking about holiday traditions, and one of the traditions was the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Desperate to start a […]

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A Lesson on Perspective

When a child enters this world prematurely, life is turned upside down. Plans are thrown out the window, and uncertainty becomes the new norm. That is especially true when your child is born on the edge of viability. When it takes months until you spend more time at home with your child instead of in […]

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My Story with Twin to Twin Syndrome (TTTS)

December is International Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Awareness month and the 7th is World Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Awareness Day. Never heard of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)? Neither had I until about five years ago. TTTS is an unpredictable disease that few women even know about. This serious condition occurs when identical […]

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Motherhood: Acceptance and Perseverance

Motherhood is a balancing act. We’re constantly navigating the extremes of parenthood, finding our place between worry and nonchalance, planning and spontaneity, protecting and letting go. Motherhood is a continual evaluation and renegotiation between accepting change as it comes and persevering when it’s time to push for something better.    Balancing acceptance and perseverance can be […]

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The Best Thanksgiving

My favorite Thanksgiving stories are by far traditional. The year our oldest son was born, we decided to stay home for Thanksgiving. My late husband grilled steaks and we devoured them while watching our favorite football team on television. It was the best Thanksgiving. Fast forward two years later when we celebrated our last Thanksgiving […]

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