November third has come and gone. Yet things are still kind of, as we say in the South, a hot mess. Certainly no one thought Election Day would be a miraculous healing for our country's ailments, but I think...
Create a Gratitude Tree We started this as a way to recognize all of the things we’re grateful for. How we do it has changed over time:  one year we used sticks and glued a leaf each day, one year...

Something’s Got To Give

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Not too long ago, I came across a Twitter thread that really stuck with me. In the thread, @jenlynnbarnes described a time when author Nora Roberts was asked about balancing work and kids: “The key to juggling is to know that...

Why I Love Friendsgiving

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My very first Thanksgiving in San Antonio was one I will never forget. I was newly pregnant, and new to SA. I knew no one except my husband. I was extremely depressed, isolated and missing my family and friends....
Answer honestly–how often do the following things happen to you: You get a Facebook message from a girl you barely remember from high school asking if you'll buy essential oils or nail polish strips from her? You see a...
During this time in 2020, it is easy to focus on what we don’t have or what we are missing. I know there have been summer vacations that were scrapped, parties of all kinds cancelled, and time with friends...
‘Resiliency.’ Hace poco, escuché esa palabra en inglés y para ser honesta, no sabía lo que significaba y jamás había escuchado la palabra ‘resiliencia’ en español, pero aprendí su significado sin traducirla. Una y otra vez, cuando he hablado...
Navigating the holidays while living a military life can be tricky. There's usually more questions than answers. Do you travel home? Do you save the money and stay put? Will holidays feel less magical if we are so far...
In years past, I was the queen of meal planning and prepping. I wrote lists, shopped seasonal items for best priced options, and chopped and prepped ingredients every Sunday to make sure the following week always started on the...
Resiliency. I’m a Spanish speaking person and to be honest, I didn’t know the meaning of this word until recently and had never heard ‘resiliencia’ in Spanish, since this is a word that is not commonly used in conversations,...
I had a moment yesterday. It was just another moment like the ones I’ve been having all year. Another realization of something that won’t happen because of COVID.  My kindergartner came home with a big smile, telling me about this...

I Hate LEGO

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  I Hate LEGO There. I said it.  Before you come at me saying, “But, Jenny. They’re such magnificent manipulatives and help develop fine motor skills, logical thinking, and even STEM education!”  Hogwash.  LEGO is stupid. I hate LEGO and here’s why.  Every horizontal surface...
You never belong to someone quite like you belong to your mother. Not in an ownership sense of the word, but like a puzzle piece. My children. They are mine. They are a part of me and fit in...
On the ever-growing list of things-to-teach-our-kids, philanthropy is definitely up there in the top handful. Philanthropy, in the Oxford Dictionary, is defined as "the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous good causes."...

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My Family’s Favorite Things to Do During the Holidays in San...

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As we all know by now, 2020 is a year like no other. Beloved events and activities that have become family traditions will likely...