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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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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Stopping to realize what I’m passing down

November 13, 2017 | Danielle | B's Kitchen, Parenting | 0

Thanksgiving is coming soon! Why am I excited for a holiday I traditionally spend in the bathroom? Because I now hold the secret key to the holiday:  the recipe for my Aunt Denise’s rolls. Now, these aren’t just any rolls. These breaded masterpieces are legendary. These rolls are often used as a selling point on…

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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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Fourth of July 2017

July 10, 2017 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

Fourth of July was my favorite holiday as a kid. Thanks to a couple of Sunday school teachers who upset a lot of parents one morning, I found out that Santa was a fictional character around age 5. The truth of the Easter Bunny soon followed, along with the Tooth Fairy. The 4th of July…

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Disney Princesses And Different Families

November 15, 2016 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

At age two, my daughter loved Dora. Soon after that, the Disney princess obsession hit. While Barbies and other “big kid” toys now fill the Christmas list, she still stops to examine anything with Elsa on store shelves and sleeps with stuffed versions of Jasmine, Merida, Mulan and Sleeping Beauty. Sometimes Disney catches slack for…

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My first day of school as a mom

August 21, 2016 | Danielle | Parenting | 2

Chimes from my smart phone’s alarm broke the silence at 6:30 a.m. The long-awaited morning arrived:  the first day of school. Five years prior time felt like a marathon. A judge made a nine-month-old baby girl “officially” ours after six long months of post-placement adoption visits. But on this day, time felt like a sprint.…

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The Day I Wanted to Punch a Kid

February 19, 2016 | Danielle | Parenting | 3

All of us parents dread the day when the hardships of this life sneak up and sting our kids. No matter how padded we build their rooms or how crazy we go on limiting their exposure to all kinds of people, foods, movies and toys we think will harm them or land them in jail…

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