I was always told my great grandmother Addie Sue was a true character in personality. One of her most famous quotes that has been passed down throughout the family as being told by my mother was," Give me my flowers now while I can smell them, and not when I 'm gone." I never met… Continue reading Thanks For The Flowers Now!
There's a distinct moment in every parent's life where we observe our children acting in disobedience from the lessons we instilled in them for the better. We are disappointed in their behavior because we know we gave them from the best of our knowledge instruction to act better because we see the best in them.… Continue reading You’re Better Than That : Growing In Accountability
I'm a pretty transparent person admittedly. I've openly shared as a writer through my blog for a few years now about different aspects of my life from everyday experiences, motherhood, and more all with the hopes of encouraging others. However, for the first time I felt like the character "Elsa" in the movie Frozen with… Continue reading My Story Matters , Even If It’s Just For Myself
I have two children who are fiercely independent in being strong willed. My son and daughter duo have an age gap of eight years apart, yet they similarly take pride in saying, "I got it Mom" in most scenarios. There are times that it's obvious that they both need a helping hand on separate occasions… Continue reading Don’t Be Hard To Help
Dear Mama, Our relationship has been extra special because I'm your only daughter. We've shared a bond deeper than just mother and daughter, and dare I say it we're at times close as friends. I've grown in a deeper understanding of some of the things you did in raising my brothers and I in doing… Continue reading Dear Mama
The birth of social media has many us sharing various moments of ourselves and our family's to others. There are many bloggers and Youtubers who have developed successful careers by sharing mundane family experiences. I enjoy blogging about various topics especially anything associated with family. I love dabbling in photography in taking pictures of candid… Continue reading No Pictures Mom!
Valentine's Day is a big commercial holiday centered on love. How could you miss the advertisements of sparkly jewelry, the beautiful flower bouquets placed extra close within the entrance of every grocery store, the chocolate boxes that need no extra boost of deliciousness that seem to be more appetizing, or the sea of red hearts… Continue reading For Those Who Felt Alone On Valentine’s Day
I can recall my grandmother saying in a sweet, southern, yet serious tone,"It's not what you do, but how you do it." I reflect on that from trials, errors, and later triumphs from lessons learned from understanding how to let go in peace with leaving minimum collateral damage. The way we live our lives in… Continue reading Go Forth In Peace : The Premission To Let Go
Many of us after New Years or a little bit before the holiday start cleaning, rearranging, and organizing our homes. We do our best to clean everything from top to bottom. We don't want to have any unnecessary junk cluttering our lives for the future a head. There are two areas that seem to be… Continue reading Releasing Emotional Baggage: Cleaning Your Inner Closet
The strong friend is the go to person when you need advice, prayer, a pick me up, and just being around their energy gives us a sense of comfort. We can subconsciously place our friends or loved ones into subcategories to best fit our needs based on our admiration. We view those friends as the… Continue reading What About Our Strong Friend?
I've learned through age, maturity, and in carrying the balancing act of marriage, family, and a slew of interpersonal relationships built from other areas of my life the distinction of being alone and being lonely. The delicate understanding of acknowledging my combination of being both extroverted and introverted allows me to have an appreciation of… Continue reading The Difference In Being Alone And Being Lonely: Enjoying Alone Time
Most know the obvious ways relationships that are romantic, friendship, or other can be damaged with no end of return. However, there a few subtle ways we ruin the prospect in establishing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships that are eye openers to recognize to prevent doomed sabotage. Let's be real, honest, and take some ownership… Continue reading 7 Subtle Ways We Ruin Relationships
We don't openly share about rejection due to the fact that oftentimes we see rejection as a personal attack, a rub against our ego, and a measure of adequacy. In truth there, are three ways to look at rejection in growing both spiritually, emotionally, professionally without taking it as personal defeat. Rejection For Your Protection… Continue reading Rejection Broken Down 3 Ways
Motherhood can be pretty tricky for moms in carving some much needed alone time that has nothing to do with prepping and cleaning from the usual norm. I was in desperate need of some alone time after sharing myself with four busy kiddos, and as being a teacher of active middle school students. I found… Continue reading Mom’s Day Out!: What Do I Do?
There was an old school song from the 90's that I would hear my mother play on the radio sung passionately by the R&B group Xscape entitled, "Who Can I Run To?" The song along with it's interpretation within it's lyrics were in reference to love. The question can also be applied in using discernment,… Continue reading Who Can I Run To?
I recently went through a roller coaster season of extreme highs and the lowest of the blows. Roller coaster seasons are emotionally draining because there are so many switch ups and shake ups that you're trying to take in during a short period of time. It's in those unpredictable seasons that we must strengthen our… Continue reading Through Switch Ups & Shake Ups: You’re Covered
I was recently asked by a young attendant at a special needs family event at an indoor park," What are your biggest fears as an autism mom?" The attendant was smiling making small talk while watching our daughter Paris from afar bouncing from one area to another in the huge indoor sports arena. I could… Continue reading “What Are Your Biggest Fears As An Autism Mom?”
I could feel my throat getting tight as I held the mic. My heart was pumping out of my chest. It's wasn't just the fact that I had on some stiletto heels that had my knees shaking, but it was the fear of what if I messed this up. I love music, and I've been… Continue reading The Strength In God Giving Confidence
Most men if faced with the arduous task of being a single father would flee the scene at any given moment. My father, Archie Gaines was called to do it, and he stepped up to the plate. He is a strong believer in the fact that a man should take care of his family no… Continue reading My Full Time Dad: Honoring Single Fathers
Motherhood can be a bit tricky when it comes down to building relationships due the the juggling act of our many responsibilities, family dynamics, our children's personalities, and not to mention our own makeup in disposition. In truth, not every mom fits into the stock image of the motherhood girlfriend subgroups. We find ourselves identifying… Continue reading Odd Mom Out