Author Archive | Alli N


The Death of a Dream

As little girls, many of us picture growing up and meeting the man of our dreams, starting a family, and living a happily-ever-after kind of life. Sure, as we become grown-ups we realize that nothing is perfect. There are arguments, grumpy moods, tough times. But we read parenting books and schedule date nights with our […]

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We are deeply grieved by the recent shooting at a Florida high school in which many innocent lives were lost and families were torn apart. As we hug our families tightly, let us remember those who have suffered greatly from this tragedy and for whom life will never be the same. “Code Red. This is […]

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What it Means to Never Have a Daughter

“Its another boy!” I can still hear the surprise and slight disappointment in my sister’s voice as she announced the gender of my third-born child. I was already Mom to two precious boys, and this new babe was now solidifying my status as a “boy mom”. To be honest, I had never even considered the fact that […]

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The Great Santa Debate

Growing up, I never knew anyone who didn’t do Santa Claus. Yet, when I became a mom myself in 2008, and the Christmas season rolled around, I had a lot of people ask me if we were going to “do Santa” in our home. I began to put a lot of thought into the decision — […]

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The Family Closet

What the heck is a “family closet”?! Well, my friends, keep reading and let me explain to you the ins and outs of what a family closet is, and why you just might want one of your own!    The family closet is essentially an area you create to store the entire family’s clothes. For […]

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The Summer They Still Belonged to Me

Eight, six, five, and three years old — those are the ages of my four boys this summer. In some ways it seems like I have very “big kids,” and in other ways its seems like they are all still so young. They are big enough to no longer need naps, no more diaper changes […]

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It was October, but still hotter than hot in good ole Birmingham, AL. Half awake, I stumbled into my bathroom to brush my teeth and shower before my baby woke up for the day. The second the toothpaste hit my mouth, I gagged. Oh, crap …. the last time that happened …… must just be […]

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