School came to an end just last week, and as my high school seniors entered my classroom, their eyes were dancing with excitement and wonder. They are about to enter a totally new stage of their life, and I...
What is it about social media that draws us into a sense of community, and solidarity, but also into a sense of uncertainty and anxiety? With every picture, every post, every comment, I feel as though I am never enough...
Goals and Grace Celeste Barnard

Goals and Grace

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  Let’s talk. It’s nearly February — do you already feel like you need a re-start? Do you feel like a failure and this year has just begun?! I’m coming to you today in solidarity, sister. What were your goals...
As we lay in bed one night, my 2-year-old turned to me and said, “Jesus made me beautiful and all my friends love me.” In that moment, I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear. I automatically agreed...
Dear Other Mom, You Win

Dear Other Mom, You Win

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Dear other mom, I see you everywhere. At dance class on Saturday morning, you arrive with your freshly painted manicure and pedicure. Your daughter, poised and sporting the same hairdo, smiles at me in a similar fashion, while you help...
As women, we share stories, experiences and our very lives with one another in a beautiful sisterhood of camaraderie. When I became pregnant with my first child, I was naive, but so very excited. My friends and family showered me...
Todo el mundo derrama, lo importante es limpiarlo  Translation: Everyone spills; the important thing is to clean it up. This is one of my mantras. I repeat almost daily to my little ones aged five and three. I want them...
Let Your Kids Fall

Let your children fall.

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     Moms... Let your children fall - yes, I mean this literally, and figuratively.  I know that I may incite anger in saying this, but I need to say something. I get it, the real world is hard, and the...
At a recent MOPS meeting, we played a little ice breaker called "Mom Guilt Bingo." Our cards were filled with things we don't brag about and that you won't find on our Instagram feeds (i.e. won't buy my kids...
It’s difficult to process all the emotions that we experience when tragedy strikes. Whether it affects us directly or indirectly it can be challenging to cope with and understand. It seems that tragic events have been happening more frequently...

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Summertime Nostalgia

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Real summertime is here! Not to be mistaken in south Texas with the early arrival of hot days in early spring. School is out...