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I am now a pro in ways to arm yourself from a bat

I am now a pro in ways to arm yourself from a bat

Editor June 3, 2017 Comments Off on I am now a pro in ways to arm yourself from a bat

Pop quiz. You wake up in the night, and there’s a bat flying around your bedroom. You should: A. Catch the bat. B. Freak out. C. Swing wildly at the bat with a broom.

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Remembering the horrifying day when Mark choked

Remembering the horrifying day when Mark choked

Editor May 14, 2017 Comments Off on Remembering the horrifying day when Mark choked

There are times in life when everything comes into focus, and we have eyes to see what is important. Frivolous worries fall away, and we hold close those who are dear to us. We

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Motherhood: The never-ending asking of questions

Motherhood: The never-ending asking of questions

Editor May 7, 2017 Comments Off on Motherhood: The never-ending asking of questions

Today I am wondering if motherhood is why I’m so scatter-brained. Or maybe I’ve always been this way (yes), but it’s gotten worse with the addition of four kids. My goal is simple—to get

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Mean Mom Voice is the way to get things done

Mean Mom Voice is the way to get things done

Editor April 3, 2017 Comments Off on Mean Mom Voice is the way to get things done

I’ve decided I’m going to start yelling at everyone, all the time, in the meanest voice possible. This, I’ve discovered, is how to get things done. When dropping off a deposit at the bank?

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‘Second dinner’ is something I dread every night

‘Second dinner’ is something I dread every night

Editor March 12, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Second dinner’ is something I dread every night

His hair is still damp from the shower. I can smell the faint scent of watermelon shampoo. He is wearing his favorite “jammies,” the Pokemon ones. They’re the black jammies with the yellow wrists,

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Balancing act goes into Mardi Gras with kids

Balancing act goes into Mardi Gras with kids

Editor February 23, 2017 Comments Off on Balancing act goes into Mardi Gras with kids

Over recent years the children have been learning the truth about Mardi Gras, and this year it’s official. They know. There are parades all over the place, on all sorts of days, and they

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Christian brothers running Lacombe rehab, helping addicts overcome biggest challenges

Christian brothers running Lacombe rehab, helping addicts overcome biggest challenges

Editor October 29, 2016 Comments Off on Christian brothers running Lacombe rehab, helping addicts overcome biggest challenges

By KEVIN CHIRI Tammany West news LACOMBE – The beginning of a North Shore program called Operation Angel is shining a spotlight on a Lacombe ministry known as the Giving Hope Retreat, formerly the

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It’s difficult to take back words once in print

It’s difficult to take back words once in print

Editor October 24, 2016 Comments Off on It’s difficult to take back words once in print

Have you ever regretted something you said? Maybe you regret how you said it, or the timing of it. Maybe you regret saying anything at all in the first place. I think most can

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My only daughter Juliet is growing up far too fast

My only daughter Juliet is growing up far too fast

Editor October 9, 2016 Comments Off on My only daughter Juliet is growing up far too fast

She’s about to turn 9, my daughter. Juliet is the second born of my four children, and my only girl. I call her my sweet angel girl, my ally in a house full of

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Thanks to ‘back up’ for helping with my young kiddos

Thanks to ‘back up’ for helping with my young kiddos

Editor October 2, 2016 Comments Off on Thanks to ‘back up’ for helping with my young kiddos

We moved this summer, and our new home is just a short walk from a playground. This is great because my husband and I have four kids, ages 10 and under, so—hooray! Convenient access

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I’m back in the swing of things after my stressful move

I’m back in the swing of things after my stressful move

Editor September 24, 2016 Comments Off on I’m back in the swing of things after my stressful move

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” Had Jesus walked the earth today, he might have added, “or

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I’m feeling homesick in my new home

I’m feeling homesick in my new home

Editor June 26, 2016 Comments Off on I’m feeling homesick in my new home

So last week we moved. I’ve always found it odd—and kind of whiny—when people make a big deal about moving. Especially if they’re into a larger/better/“dream” home. Well, here I am, just moved into

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We’ve made lasting memories in our first home

We’ve made lasting memories in our first home

Editor June 9, 2016 Comments Off on We’ve made lasting memories in our first home

We moved into our house 12 years ago this month. Next week, we will hand over the keys to somebody else and leave it behind. Our first house—we were practically newlyweds when we moved

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How to stage your house so it will sell in ‘one day’

How to stage your house so it will sell in ‘one day’

Editor May 8, 2016 Comments Off on How to stage your house so it will sell in ‘one day’

I’ve been talking lately about very little outside of selling my house, which I have to tell y’all WE DID. IN ONE DAY. Leading up to this event were weeks (months?) of prep-work. I

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All my DIY projects are driving my kids and me crazy

All my DIY projects are driving my kids and me crazy

Editor April 24, 2016 Comments Off on All my DIY projects are driving my kids and me crazy

We’ve been prepping our house to sell, and there just isn’t enough coffee in the world to get this done. My husband and I are overwhelmed with an endless list of things to do—carpets

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My son Scott shows me where he is when I need to see it

My son Scott shows me where he is when I need to see it

Editor October 16, 2015 Comments Off on My son Scott shows me where he is when I need to see it

“Some animals live in the wild, and some animals live in the jungle. And some animals can swim, like the cheetah and the bear.” My 9-year-old shared that with me out of the blue

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Even I have to remember that Facebook isn’t ‘real’

Even I have to remember that Facebook isn’t ‘real’

Editor October 9, 2015 Comments Off on Even I have to remember that Facebook isn’t ‘real’

Remember junior high? Ugh. So fraught with awkwardness. So plagued with insecurity. Throw in bad hair (hello, rooster bangs of the late 80s/early 90s) and a lack of fashion sense, and you have serious

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Awesome Wildlife Effort TV show offers Awesome Wildlife Experiences to Underwriters

Awesome Wildlife Effort TV show offers Awesome Wildlife Experiences to Underwriters

Editor September 8, 2015 Comments Off on Awesome Wildlife Effort TV show offers Awesome Wildlife Experiences to Underwriters

This view from the Great Plains Conversation Botswana Lodge is one of the incentives available to Underwriters of “AWE.news”,  a week long safari for two. AWE.news, funded by Alpha Mortgage Loans and others has produced a

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“AWESOME WILDLIFE EFFORT” TV SHOW Features Northshore Residents

“AWESOME WILDLIFE EFFORT” TV SHOW Features Northshore Residents

Editor August 31, 2015 Comments Off on “AWESOME WILDLIFE EFFORT” TV SHOW Features Northshore Residents

During October, The Krewe of AWE will air a four part documentary called “Awesome Wildlife Effort”.   The show is designed to bring attention to the large number of vanishing species on the planet, the

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AWE.news reports on Tulane’s  $1 Million Nitrogen Challenge

AWE.news reports on Tulane’s $1 Million Nitrogen Challenge

Editor August 24, 2015 Comments Off on AWE.news reports on Tulane’s $1 Million Nitrogen Challenge

During October, The Krewe of AWE will air a four part documentary called “Awesome Wildlife Effort”.   The show is designed to bring attention to the large number of vanishing species on the planet, the

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