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When traveling with four little children, have back-up

When traveling with four little children, have back-up

Editor July 25, 2014 Comments Off on When traveling with four little children, have back-up

Are you about to embark upon a road trip with small children? Please, allow me to advise. I just returned from a 337-hour drive from here to Alaska with my four children, so I

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This birthday party won’t get rained out!

This birthday party won’t get rained out!

Editor July 11, 2014 Comments Off on This birthday party won’t get rained out!

I have terrible luck planning children’s birthday parties, but I am telling you people. IT ENDS NOW. Two years in a row I planned a birthday party for my daughter at the Abita Springs

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Leaving my son at camp for second year is bitter-sweet

Leaving my son at camp for second year is bitter-sweet

Editor July 5, 2014 Comments Off on Leaving my son at camp for second year is bitter-sweet

I dropped off my 8-year-old son Scott at camp Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a “campership” from Easter Seals Louisiana, he is once again attending Camp ASCCA (Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults). Last

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My expert advice on how to quit nail-biting

My expert advice on how to quit nail-biting

Editor June 30, 2014 Comments Off on My expert advice on how to quit nail-biting

We all have things we are good at, skills we have honed with practice and time. Today I am going to share with you, dear readers, my area of mastery: how to quit biting

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Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way I do

Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way I do

Editor June 20, 2014 Comments Off on Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way I do

If you want to know my biggest fear as the mother of a child with special needs, it is this: what is going to happen to my son when I am gone? Mostly, I

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Father’s Day brings about a difficult task for this daughter

Father’s Day brings about a difficult task for this daughter

Editor June 15, 2014 Comments Off on Father’s Day brings about a difficult task for this daughter

Father’s Day is around the corner. What are you getting your dad? Shopping for dad is great, because dads are easy to shop for! Says the Internet. The Internet tells me my dad might

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Imagining a different type of life only breeds guilty feelings

Imagining a different type of life only breeds guilty feelings

Editor June 6, 2014 Comments Off on Imagining a different type of life only breeds guilty feelings

Faithful readers will recall we left off last week with quite a cliff hanger. Summer had begun, my four young children were battling random infectious illnesses, and we had not left the house in

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Sick, grumpy kids make me feel sorry, sad for myself

Sick, grumpy kids make me feel sorry, sad for myself

Editor May 31, 2014 Comments Off on Sick, grumpy kids make me feel sorry, sad for myself

School’s out for the summer! To celebrate the beginning of summer vacation, the children have all decided to become sick. Stomach virus! Ear infection! UTI! Because of this, I can do little but stare

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The annual Penny Party will be held Saturday with  proceeds going to Joshua Smith for heart surgery

The annual Penny Party will be held Saturday with proceeds going to Joshua Smith for heart surgery

Editor May 30, 2014 Comments Off on The annual Penny Party will be held Saturday with proceeds going to Joshua Smith for heart surgery

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – There must have been a special reason God wanted Barbara and Sam Smith to look on the positive side of life. That’s exactly what the Pearl

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As my mom and I get older, she seems the same to me

As my mom and I get older, she seems the same to me

Editor May 23, 2014 Comments Off on As my mom and I get older, she seems the same to me

My mom had a big birthday on Tuesday. I won’t say which birthday. Instead, I’ll just say she looks great. Moms don’t age, not really. When I close my eyes and see my mom,

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Complaining makes me feel better, but not my husband

Complaining makes me feel better, but not my husband

Editor May 16, 2014 Comments Off on Complaining makes me feel better, but not my husband

Have I been complaining a lot lately? I feel like I have been. My husband won’t say as much, but that’s because I think he might be afraid of me. (I am sleep-deprived and

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I am not the only one who misses my sweet cat, Tad

I am not the only one who misses my sweet cat, Tad

Editor May 11, 2014 Comments Off on I am not the only one who misses my sweet cat, Tad

It’s been five months since my cat died. At 15, I suppose he was old, my Tad Smith. It shouldn’t have taken me by surprise. But it did. For so long, he was here,

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Sending my oldest to special camp was one of best decisions

Sending my oldest to special camp was one of best decisions

Editor April 19, 2014 Comments Off on Sending my oldest to special camp was one of best decisions

Faithful readers of this column (hi, Mom) may recall that last summer, we sent our oldest child to sleep away camp for the first time. Our son Scott, who was 7 at the time,

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Being together is far more important than a guest bedroom

Being together is far more important than a guest bedroom

Editor April 11, 2014 Comments Off on Being together is far more important than a guest bedroom

This weekend saw four adults and seven children, ages 10 and under, all crashing in my 3-bedroom, 1500-square-foot house. The word “chaotic” might come to mind. Our house guests were my best friend, her

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Amazing, easy recipe to help with life

Amazing, easy recipe to help with life

Editor April 4, 2014 Comments Off on Amazing, easy recipe to help with life

I am sharing a recipe with y’all today, so listen up. Or put on your glasses. Whatever you need to do, but pay attention, because you’re going to be glad you did. We’re talking

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We pay more attention to ourselves than anyone else

We pay more attention to ourselves than anyone else

Editor March 29, 2014 Comments Off on We pay more attention to ourselves than anyone else

My husband and I attended a charitable social event recently. Allow me to now regale you with the tale of my public humiliation at said event. Now you’re wondering, aren’t you? You want to

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One day I will become better at remembering names

One day I will become better at remembering names

Editor March 21, 2014 Comments Off on One day I will become better at remembering names

I was out with my husband recently, and I ran into a group of women I know from a class I’m taking. They’re lovely women, all friends with one another, and I would have

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Time flies: My youngest is already one year old

Time flies: My youngest is already one year old

Editor March 15, 2014 Comments Off on Time flies: My youngest is already one year old

My baby turned a year old Monday. The youngest of four, he will be my baby forever and ever and ever. Studies confirm this, that mothers view their youngest children as smaller than they

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Time with my young daughter is flying by too fast

Time with my young daughter is flying by too fast

Editor March 5, 2014 Comments Off on Time with my young daughter is flying by too fast

The group of girls outside the bookstore appeared to be junior high-aged. There were four of them at the table, each girl with a latte in her hand, very grown up and sophisticated. They

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Trying to declutter my house is thankless task with kids

Trying to declutter my house is thankless task with kids

Editor March 5, 2014 Comments Off on Trying to declutter my house is thankless task with kids

I’ve been on a decluttering binge lately. The new year, it always gives me the organization bug. I find myself buying baskets and bins, a bookshelf, cubbies–all in the hopes that this time I

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