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For awhile my boys felt like they were out of my reach.  Last Fall, when I wrote this heartbreaking post, I’d been feeling this intolerable fear that I wasn’t what my boys needed me to be. After the post, My friend Jodi texted me, “are you okay? What is going on??” I tried to explain […]

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A few days ago, I took my boys to our favorite haven on Lake Michigan.  Last summer, the three of us made the 45 minute trek to Lake Michigan just about every Saturday. But this year, I’ve had an indoor/outdoor apartment pool which has significantly slowed our beach going ways. It hit me last week, […]

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A few weeks ago, Dave & I stepped into a cold, dingy, wooden, sterile court-room. I’d brought pertinent papers in a legal pad folder, with a soft, squishy front panel.  We waited for so long that I ended up sitting on my folder because my butt bones hurt.  Even to my behind, this room was […]

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One of the best parts of parenting is doing ALL THE THINGS I’m interested in but would never make time for without my curious boys.  I love monkeys, apes, chimps.  The whole primate family & I are family.  I’ve taken to subtle yet manipulative manuevers such as checking out every library book that has anything […]

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rhysie graduation

When he was a baby, I had the whole post-partum depression thing going on.  He was ALWAYS talking aka screaming.  I was frustrated. Our first son, he was the baby that never cried.  Almost never.  But, along came Rhys, crying like a banshee.  My expectations were off kilter. He started trying to nurse WHILE STANDING […]

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***I wrote this 3 months ago.  But, it’s still relevant, every bit.*** It’s hard to write this, I’ll admit it.  I wrote an article about, um, yeah, cheating that was recently published in the book, Talking Tab0o: American Christian Women Get Frank about Faith.  We wanted to answer the question: what happens when young Christian […]

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A few years ago, when Rhysie was only a few weeks old and just before Christmas 2009, our pastor’s wife, Kristy, invited some of the new mommies with babies three-months old or younger to her house for a little welcome-to-sleepless-nights gathering. She’d made this wildly decadent spread of chocolatey goodness, complete with an array of warm […]

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I am racially Italian-American & African-American.  I am a biracial, self-identifying, culturally & ethnically black American woman living in the segregated Midwest.  I grew up in Detroit, one of the most segregated cities in America. I am often mistaken for being Latina-American & one time, white.  Outside of the U.S. in countries as varied as […]

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