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Never giving up on my son means living a different kind of life

Never giving up on my son means living a different kind of life

chrissycsmith October 2, 2014 Comments Off on Never giving up on my son means living a different kind of life

“They told us he would never walk, but we never gave up on him. Now he’s running.” “The doctors all said she would probably never speak, but we just wouldn’t accept that. We never

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Love of children leads Gorney to start ‘Right to Life’ group

Love of children leads Gorney to start ‘Right to Life’ group

chrissycsmith October 2, 2014 Comments Off on Love of children leads Gorney to start ‘Right to Life’ group

By CHRISSY SMITH Tammany West news SLIDELL – Michelle Gorney wanted a baby of her own. That desire led her to start the St. Tammany Right to Life organization in 1985, and the group

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My 4-year-old soccer-playing son thinks there is crying in the sport

My 4-year-old soccer-playing son thinks there is crying in the sport

chrissycsmith September 8, 2014 Comments Off on My 4-year-old soccer-playing son thinks there is crying in the sport

This is how things go with 4-year-olds. All last week, my 4-year-old Mark talked about soccer. “Did you know I’m going to be on a soccer team?” “Did you know I have a real

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Not sure what I am going to do about this new cat

Not sure what I am going to do about this new cat

chrissycsmith August 31, 2014 Comments Off on Not sure what I am going to do about this new cat

We have a new cat living at our house. Could be permanent, could be temporary, I don’t know. One might say she’s auditioning for the role of our new house pet. We do have

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Be cautious when ordering shoes online

Be cautious when ordering shoes online

chrissycsmith August 31, 2014 Comments Off on Be cautious when ordering shoes online

School has been back in session for, I don’t know, a while now. We’ve fallen into our routine, except for the 4-year-old, who doesn’t start preschool for another bazillion weeks. Actually he starts next

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‘50 Shades of  Grey’ in my very own house

‘50 Shades of Grey’ in my very own house

chrissycsmith August 15, 2014 Comments Off on ‘50 Shades of Grey’ in my very own house

So that “50 Shades of Grey” movie is coming out soon. I know this because I am on Facebook where everyone learns everything. Everyone and their grandmother (yes, some grandmothers) are posting the trailer

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Locals lead effort to save elephants, rhinos

Locals lead effort to save elephants, rhinos

Charles Marsala August 10, 2014 0

COVINGTON – The North Shore’s Patty Weston, Theresa DeLeon, Charles Marsala and Teryl Flettrich have organized the Krewe of Tusk and Horn (KoTH) to promote awareness of the increased poaching of elephants and rhinos

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School means quieter days at home … for some

School means quieter days at home … for some

chrissycsmith August 10, 2014 Comments Off on School means quieter days at home … for some

So you know that phrase, “The days are long, but the years are short”? An adage that has always made me a little misty-eyed, as it relates to my children. But HOLY GEEZ, was

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Happy birthday to me

Happy birthday to me

chrissycsmith July 31, 2014 Comments Off on Happy birthday to me

Today I am 37 years old. This happens every single year, my birthday. And it never fails to surprise me. In my head, I haven’t aged much. I mean, I have changed, in good

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Some sound advice for  taking a road trip with kids

Some sound advice for taking a road trip with kids

chrissycsmith July 28, 2014 Comments Off on Some sound advice for taking a road trip with kids

Are you about to embark upon a road trip with small children? Please, allow me to advise. I just returned from a 337-hour drive from here to Alaska with my four children, so I

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This birthday party won’t get rained out!

This birthday party won’t get rained out!

chrissycsmith July 11, 2014 Comments Off on This birthday party won’t get rained out!

I have terrible luck planning children’s birthday parties, but I am telling you people. IT ENDS NOW. Two years in a row I planned a birthday party for my daughter at the Abita Springs

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Camp ASCCA is great for children with a disability

Camp ASCCA is great for children with a disability

chrissycsmith July 7, 2014 Comments Off on Camp ASCCA is great for children with a disability

I dropped off my 8-year-old son Scott at camp Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a “campership” from Easter Seals Louisiana, he is once again attending Camp ASCCA (Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults). Last

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Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way?I do

Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way?I do

chrissycsmith June 20, 2014 Comments Off on Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way?I do

If you want to know my biggest fear as the mother of a child with special needs, it is this: what is going to happen to my son when I am gone? Mostly, I

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Don’t trust the Internet for Father’s Day gift

Don’t trust the Internet for Father’s Day gift

chrissycsmith June 18, 2014 Comments Off on Don’t trust the Internet for Father’s Day gift

Father’s Day is around the corner. What are you getting your dad? Shopping for dad is great, because dads are easy to shop for! Says the internet. The Internet tells me my dad might

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Hopefully, my kids will remember the things I got right

Hopefully, my kids will remember the things I got right

chrissycsmith June 8, 2014 Comments Off on Hopefully, my kids will remember the things I got right

As summer began, my four young children were battling random infectious illnesses, and we had not left the house in days. So, the question was: will Betsy lose her ever-loving mind? Answer: not yet.

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Free concert set for Mandeville on June 13

Free concert set for Mandeville on June 13

chrissycsmith June 8, 2014 Comments Off on Free concert set for Mandeville on June 13

MANDEVILLE — The Crescent River Big Band, featuring Cherie Mannino on vocals and spotlighting guest appearances by several St. Tammany middle and high school music students, will perform free at the Mandeville Trailhead Cultural

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Moms never ‘really’ age

Moms never ‘really’ age

chrissycsmith May 25, 2014 Comments Off on Moms never ‘really’ age

My mom had a big birthday on Tuesday. I won’t say which birthday. Instead, I’ll just say she looks great. Moms don’t age, not really. When I close my eyes and see my mom,

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Five months later and I’m still mourning the death of my cat

Five months later and I’m still mourning the death of my cat

chrissycsmith May 11, 2014 Comments Off on Five months later and I’m still mourning the death of my cat

It’s been five months since my cat died. At 15, I suppose he was old, my Tad Smith. It shouldn’t have taken me by surprise. But it did. For so long, he was here,

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