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You, my first born son are halfway to Becoming A Man.  At 9 yrs. old, I’ve had your for half.  Lord willing, I’ll “have” you for 9 more years before you carry all your earthly possessions off to a an overly crowed dorm room.  In 9 yrs. you’ll still be my baby -always- but in […]

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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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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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Dear Over Sharing Mama, I feel you.  Sometimes, I confess, I over share because I feel woefully inadequate as a Mama.  At least I think that’s why underneath it all. I upload copious amounts of instagrams appropriately hashtagged #momlife. Yet, as to motive, I’m in deliberations about all this.  Hear me out. One time I tweeted, […]

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netizen |ˈnetəzən| noun a user of the Internet, esp. a habitual or avid one. ~ The one that made me even more impressed with Donald Miller and want to rush out and buy his next book. My understanding of the Church has radically changed. Since Blue Like Jazz came out, I’ve sat in many a […]

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Earlier today, I begun planning out my 2013 plans, dreams & B.H.A.G.’s.  (Big, hairy, audacious goals).  I made a date with Ransom at Target to do so… I believe an annual review of the previous year with a solid plan for the next is vitally important behavior for those of us wanting to live graceful, […]

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There is beauty and brokenness in parenting.  The heartache of possibilities held in tension with the fullness of joy is enough to make your heart explode like day old lasagna left too long in a splattered microwave….or something like that.  It’s messy. Brokenness. I want to be a more engaged mother, a kinder mother, a […]

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