Beyond Bless Your Heart: When You’re Raised on Southern Phrases

I am blessed (my heart and the rest of me) to have not one, but two amazing grandmas in my life. ┬áThese two very special- yet very different- ladies have taught me so much. Y’all, there is something to be said for raising a combined total of nine children, bevys of grandchildren and umpteen great…

Home Alone (Um, You…Not Your Kids)

One of the things that jumped that up and slapped me in the face when I became a parent was the fact that I was no longer ever in my house alone. For someone who is a self-proclaimed introvert and finds renewal in solitude (or at least in the freedom to come and go without…

Pick Your Battles, Save Your Sanity

As parents we have numerous opportunities every day to shape the lives of our children and the people we would like for them to become. That’s what it’s all about, anyway, right? Growing your children into responsible adults who are able to contribute in a positive way to our society? My husband always says, “We…