Oreos for Breakfast – A Devotional

May 5, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 0

“How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while there is still a beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:4-5, NIV I…

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God’s Naked Masterpiece

March 7, 2019 | Danielle | Faith, Parenting | 0

In honor of International Women’s Day, this is for all of my sisters out there. My daughter danced into my room as a way to say “good morning.” I looked over expecting to see the same sight I do most days, an 8-year-old with disheveled pajamas and crazy hair. But that’s not what I saw…

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Mama Needs a Nap – A Devotional

March 4, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 2

I couldn’t help but feel guilty. “Mommy, play with me!” my daughter insisted as a Barbie made its way into my tired hands. I so badly wanted to enter her pretend world and enjoy the moment as plastic Princesses Belle and Jasmine climbed up my leg, the make-believe mountain. I quickly recited a few lines…

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Holy Tantrums – A Devotional

January 7, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 2

Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. –Psalm 44:23-24 (NIV) The sting of my toddler’s harsh words sparked tears I held back until exiting her bedroom. Her frustration from not getting her way resulted in a tantrum where she declared, “I don’t like you, I don’t love you,…

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Mama and Mae’s Epic Midwest Road Trip

August 3, 2018 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

When I transitioned out of my full-time role in May, one big goal was to visit a few family members at their homes. My brother and his family live in Iowa, and some of my extended family members live in Nebraska. So we found a week that worked for everyone, I planned a route and…

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Danielle & Mae’s 10 Summertime Goals

May 25, 2018 | Danielle | Parenting | 4

Ladies and gents, my girl has made it through 1st grade! I’ll let your mind wander and guess what it was like to get a 7-going-on-17-year-old to sit down on her last day and set summertime goals with me. I mean isn’t goal setting what every kid wants to do on the last day of…

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There’s black people at the suburban restaurant

January 15, 2018 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

As we followed the hostess through the restaurant, I was so distracted, I forgot to look for the big tank with the live lobsters. Even at 34 years old, I’m still not sure if people have told me the truth all these years – the lobsters in the tank at Red Lobster are just one…

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Take Both Knees

September 27, 2017 | Danielle | Parenting | 12

“White girls on the bus told me my bad skin was black and another mixed girl said her skin was lighter and her hair was better, and that mine looked like a cat’s fur ball or poop.” That’s the top story from my daughter’s day at school. She drug her feet and nearly missed the…

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Back to Everything

August 28, 2017 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

I’ve got a first grader. For all of you who told me to cherish the baby, toddler, “three-nager” and pre-K days, you were right. Time goes fast when you’re a Mama Bear. You were also right about the bad memories fading. There’s a few bad days lodged in my mind that will be hard to…

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