There are four notable seasons in a year, but the mere mention of autumn has my senses tingling in joy in anticipation of fall. I don't know if it's the slight change in temperature from summer's steamy wrath, the warm hues of fall leaves falling off the trees, or fall being the beginning prelude for… Continue reading Why I Love Fall Ya’ll! : Step Into The Joy Of Fall
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
I gave myself permission to take a short "cat nap" after a long week, and I set my alarm to awake me in thirty minutes. My alarm did as it was expected to ring in the allotted time of thirty minutes, but my tired body couldn't seem to rise out of it's comfy spot. The… Continue reading Why Can’t We Rest?
"Faith, Family, and Friends" is now a catchy hashtag. I'm guilty of using the phrase often in my social media post as well. There are plenty of specialty stores that have" Faith, Family, & Friends"engraved on cups, potholders, aprons, curtains, and you name it on them. The three words are often synonymous in being grouped… Continue reading Faith, Family, And Friends: The Real Prospective
I have a cute shadow that seems to follow me around most of the time while her other siblings take a mommy breather to do their own thing. She smiles sheepishly when you call her out in being a little curious busybee following you around while you're doing simple chores, makes sures she reaches to… Continue reading Mommy’s Shadow
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
I called myself decluttering around the house to prepare for the new season. I didn't realize that we've accumulated so much junk! I was taking back in seeing in excess so much stuff that was not needed, and there were a few things that didn't belong to anyone in the house. We seemed to just… Continue reading Where Did This Come From?: Decluttering The Mind To Grow In The Spirit
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. My husband "kicked me out" of the house to have some much needed alone time. Yes, I was in desperate need of some alone time after sharing myself… Continue reading Mom’s Day Out!: What Do I Do?
There comes a point when every mother witnesses the transition of her once baby boy growing into his own in transitioning into manhood. There are some transitions in between the season of the big "M" word of manhood that mothers along with their sons try their best to adjust to in allowing their sons to… Continue reading Let Him Grow : Allowing Your Baby Boy To Grow Into A Young Man
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
There are some children that have a deeper level of care, compassion, and concern towards others. We have four children that display care towards their fellow siblings, but our daughter Paige has genuine attentiveness towards others. She is truly a "Mama Bear" with a nuturing spirit. She shares her naturally nuturing care to her friends,… Continue reading Mama Bear : The Nuturing Child
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?”
It's unfortunate when we find ourselves being hit with a low blow, especially when in our heart we didn't "do anything wrong" to garner what feels like an attack on our lives. However, none of us are immune to losses, misses, misuses, abuses, or mistreatment. Learning the power of resilience in both spiritual understanding and… Continue reading Bounce Back! 4 Tips To Rebuild Following A Low Blow
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
Don't have a large inground pool, or a gym membership with a state- of- the art pool fleet? No problem! There are so many ingenious ways for families to stay cool, splash, get drenched, and share in some water fun for the summer. I decided to switch things up this past 4th of July, and… Continue reading No Inground Pool, No Problem! Four Simple Ways To Share In Some Family Water Fun
We have so many ways to connect with others in the digital age through text, video chat, cell phones, and social media to share the ongoings of things happening within our lives. It's great to have others to connect with to call on for matters, but may we never forget to consult with our Heavenly… Continue reading One Call Away: Consulting With Our Primary Source
My son and I have always shared a very close relationship. However, when my son transitioned to live with his aw w+q father legally within our joint custody arrangement I'm not considered the primary parent. It was a big shift within our relationship from seeing each other everyday to every weekend, but I was determined… Continue reading Stay Connected : Tips For Non- Custodial Parents And Joint Custody Parenting
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
I shared the blessing in celebrating another year on earth recently. There was something totally different I felt in my core about this birthday that was a different sort of vibe than I've ever felt in welcoming another year here on earth. I think it was a mixture of emotions that we all have experienced… Continue reading The Other New Year: My After 30 Vibe