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iHeartSeven http://iheart7.com A perfect abundance of love and chaos! Sat, 08 Sep 2018 17:54:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 24704941 Happy 18th Birthday, Bri. Oh. My Gahd. http://iheart7.com/2018/02/happy-18th-birthday-bri-oh-my-gahd/ http://iheart7.com/2018/02/happy-18th-birthday-bri-oh-my-gahd/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:17:59 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=23571 http://iheart7.com/2018/02/happy-18th-birthday-bri-oh-my-gahd/feed/ 0 23571 Briyana: Reflections on 17 Years of Being Your Mom http://iheart7.com/2017/02/briyana-reflections-on-17-years-of-being-your-mom/ http://iheart7.com/2017/02/briyana-reflections-on-17-years-of-being-your-mom/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 05:01:48 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=23449 http://iheart7.com/2017/02/briyana-reflections-on-17-years-of-being-your-mom/feed/ 6 23449 I Cry Because I Care http://iheart7.com/2017/01/i-cry-because-i-care/ http://iheart7.com/2017/01/i-cry-because-i-care/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:09:15 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=23454 http://iheart7.com/2017/01/i-cry-because-i-care/feed/ 1 23454 19 Lessons… and Counting http://iheart7.com/2016/11/19-lessons-and-counting/ http://iheart7.com/2016/11/19-lessons-and-counting/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2016 01:26:19 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=23425 http://iheart7.com/2016/11/19-lessons-and-counting/feed/ 1 23425 Unconditional Love — and Letting Go http://iheart7.com/2016/04/unconditional-love-and-letting-go/ http://iheart7.com/2016/04/unconditional-love-and-letting-go/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:29:25 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=21793 http://iheart7.com/2016/04/unconditional-love-and-letting-go/feed/ 1 21793 I’ve Raised 5 Kids. How Do I Not Know What I’m Doing? #teenagers http://iheart7.com/2016/01/ive-raised-5-kids-how-do-i-not-know-what-im-doing-teenagers/ http://iheart7.com/2016/01/ive-raised-5-kids-how-do-i-not-know-what-im-doing-teenagers/#respond Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:19:16 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=21746 http://iheart7.com/2016/01/ive-raised-5-kids-how-do-i-not-know-what-im-doing-teenagers/feed/ 0 21746 When You Feel Like “Together” Isn’t Worth the Effort Anymore http://iheart7.com/2016/01/when-you-feel-like-together-isnt-worth-the-effort-anymore/ http://iheart7.com/2016/01/when-you-feel-like-together-isnt-worth-the-effort-anymore/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 01:33:23 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=6362 http://iheart7.com/2016/01/when-you-feel-like-together-isnt-worth-the-effort-anymore/feed/ 22 6362 When the Chemistry is Gone, History is EVERYTHING http://iheart7.com/2015/11/when-the-chemistry-is-gone-history-is-everything/ http://iheart7.com/2015/11/when-the-chemistry-is-gone-history-is-everything/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:23:02 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=21611 http://iheart7.com/2015/11/when-the-chemistry-is-gone-history-is-everything/feed/ 1 21611 Parents Can Be Quite Hypocritical http://iheart7.com/2015/09/parents-can-be-quite-hypocritical/ http://iheart7.com/2015/09/parents-can-be-quite-hypocritical/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:27:40 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=21534 http://iheart7.com/2015/09/parents-can-be-quite-hypocritical/feed/ 0 21534 Stop Overindulging Your Kids http://iheart7.com/2015/09/stop-overindulging-your-kids/ http://iheart7.com/2015/09/stop-overindulging-your-kids/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:40:44 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=21490 http://iheart7.com/2015/09/stop-overindulging-your-kids/feed/ 0 21490 I’m Going to Be a Legend http://iheart7.com/2015/06/im-going-to-be-a-legend/ http://iheart7.com/2015/06/im-going-to-be-a-legend/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 05:32:22 +0000 http://iheart7.com/2015/06/i-love-overhearing-talks-between-my-husband-son-barry-asked-tre-are-you-gonna-be-a-legend-or-will-you-be-just-like-everybody-else/ http://iheart7.com/2015/06/im-going-to-be-a-legend/feed/ 1 21468 Relationships: Honesty. Transparency. Openness. 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All men like my husband... If something had happened to him, the last message I received from him would have been the last conversation I would ever have had with him. So today, I recognize that he changes in the smallest, yet most significant ways completely out of the blue because he considers me.

I love him for that.

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Skin and Ash #kjrQuotes http://iheart7.com/2015/02/skin-and-ash/ Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:12:18 +0000 http://iheart7.com/2015/02/she-held-a-love-for-him-that-he-may-never-truly/ 21093 She Holds on Through the Tears #kjrQuotes http://iheart7.com/2015/02/she-holds-on-through-the-tears/ Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:05:16 +0000 http://iheart7.com/2015/02/she-holds-on-through-the-tears/ 21096 Me http://iheart7.com/2015/01/me/ http://iheart7.com/2015/01/me/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:48:59 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=20556 http://iheart7.com/2015/01/me/feed/ 5 20556 “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 118: His is NOT a Comfort Zone Kind of Love http://iheart7.com/2015/01/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-118/ http://iheart7.com/2015/01/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-118/#respond Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:47:34 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=20579 http://iheart7.com/2015/01/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-118/feed/ 0 20579 31 Things I’ve Learned This Year http://iheart7.com/2014/12/31-things-ive-learned-this-year/ http://iheart7.com/2014/12/31-things-ive-learned-this-year/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 01:57:58 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=20499 http://iheart7.com/2014/12/31-things-ive-learned-this-year/feed/ 3 20499 I’m Drowning http://iheart7.com/2014/10/im-drowning/ http://iheart7.com/2014/10/im-drowning/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:49:23 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=20401 http://iheart7.com/2014/10/im-drowning/feed/ 9 20401 I’m Spent… but I’m Figuring “Me” Out http://iheart7.com/2014/08/im-spent-but-im-figuring-me-out/ http://iheart7.com/2014/08/im-spent-but-im-figuring-me-out/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:21:50 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=20398 http://iheart7.com/2014/08/im-spent-but-im-figuring-me-out/feed/ 1 20398 “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 89 http://iheart7.com/2014/06/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-89/ http://iheart7.com/2014/06/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-89/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:40:30 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=20196 I love him for that.

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Seven Keys to Marital Bliss http://iheart7.com/2014/06/seven-keys-to-marital-bliss/ http://iheart7.com/2014/06/seven-keys-to-marital-bliss/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 19:23:03 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=20119 http://iheart7.com/2014/06/seven-keys-to-marital-bliss/feed/ 5 20119 Middle School Musical: Tre’s Solo {Conjunction Junction} http://iheart7.com/2014/05/middle-school-musical-tres-solo-conjunction-junction/ http://iheart7.com/2014/05/middle-school-musical-tres-solo-conjunction-junction/#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 01:23:49 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=20132 http://iheart7.com/2014/05/middle-school-musical-tres-solo-conjunction-junction/feed/ 1 20132 Teen Pregnancy: We Were Never Statistics, but It Was HARD! http://iheart7.com/2014/03/teen-pregnancy-we-were-never-statistics-but-it-was-hard/ http://iheart7.com/2014/03/teen-pregnancy-we-were-never-statistics-but-it-was-hard/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:49:22 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=19921
  • Approximately two-thirds of teen mothers never finish high school and are more likely to end up on public assistance than those who have children later.
  • Only 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22.
  • Only 2% of teen mothers finish college.
  • I am proud to not have been a statistic.]]>
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    The Cats in the Cradle and the Silver Spoon http://iheart7.com/2014/02/the-cats-in-the-cradle-and-the-silver-spoon/ http://iheart7.com/2014/02/the-cats-in-the-cradle-and-the-silver-spoon/#comments Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:17:37 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=19873 http://iheart7.com/2014/02/the-cats-in-the-cradle-and-the-silver-spoon/feed/ 7 19873 “What I Love About My Husband” — Week 70: Celebrating Love Just Never Gets Old :) http://iheart7.com/2014/02/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-70-celebrating-love-just-never-gets-old/ http://iheart7.com/2014/02/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-70-celebrating-love-just-never-gets-old/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:19:49 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=19838 HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, BABY!!!]]> http://iheart7.com/2014/02/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-70-celebrating-love-just-never-gets-old/feed/ 5 19838 2014: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 10 Things I Never Knew About Me http://iheart7.com/2014/01/2014-happy-new-year-10-things-i-never-knew-about-me/ http://iheart7.com/2014/01/2014-happy-new-year-10-things-i-never-knew-about-me/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:42:20 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=19795 http://iheart7.com/2014/01/2014-happy-new-year-10-things-i-never-knew-about-me/feed/ 6 19795 Who I Am… Identity Crisis, Part 2 http://iheart7.com/2013/11/who-i-am-identity-crisis-part-2/ http://iheart7.com/2013/11/who-i-am-identity-crisis-part-2/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 05:31:39 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=19769 I love to dream, but I'm still a realist. I'm understanding. I'm cool. I'm polite. But don't cross me.

    I'm an emotional, expressive person. I want to understand even the things that I know will never make sense. I'm complex, but simple. I'm high strung, yet easy going. You want my life story, I'll likely be happy to give it to you. But sharing doesn't mean trusting and you knowing me doesn't necessarily mean we're close. I don't plan to feel inadequate regarding who I am or guilty for the choices I make.]]>
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    “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 57: Who Would Have Ever Thought We’d Make It? http://iheart7.com/2013/11/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-57-who-would-have-ever-thought-wed-make-it/ http://iheart7.com/2013/11/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-57-who-would-have-ever-thought-wed-make-it/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:51:01 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=19733 In less than 2 weeks, hubby and I will celebrate the day that marks SIXTEEN years since our first date :) Lord knows it hasn't all been goo-goo eyes and kissy faces but I am grateful for his partnership in this marriage which we've kept rock solid for over 12 years now... and I thank him for the work he's put in, meeting me halfway so many times and often even carrying me along to keep this thing moving forward. It is because of his nature and his spirit that we've overcome every obstacle that ever presented itself as a threat to what we have. My husband is a man who knows who he is and remains perpetually committed to being and doing everything to and for everyone who depends on him.

    I love him for that.

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    Living the Oilfield Life {Proud Oilfield Wife!} http://iheart7.com/2013/09/living-the-oilfield-life-proud-oilfield-wife/ http://iheart7.com/2013/09/living-the-oilfield-life-proud-oilfield-wife/#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:37:33 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=19543 http://iheart7.com/2013/09/living-the-oilfield-life-proud-oilfield-wife/feed/ 2 19543 Doing Everything For Your Child Doesn’t Make You a Good Parent – Just a Very Busy One http://iheart7.com/2013/09/doing-everything-for-your-child-doesnt-make-you-a-good-parent-just-a-very-busy-one/ http://iheart7.com/2013/09/doing-everything-for-your-child-doesnt-make-you-a-good-parent-just-a-very-busy-one/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:26:32 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=19416 I let my kids have their failures because it helps make them stronger and more independent -- it helps them develop the skills required to work through and solve problems and makes them more confident in being leaders and not NEEDING direction from another person in order to make a choice.]]> http://iheart7.com/2013/09/doing-everything-for-your-child-doesnt-make-you-a-good-parent-just-a-very-busy-one/feed/ 9 19416 12 Tips to Begin Making Better Financial Decisions http://iheart7.com/2013/08/12-tips-to-begin-making-better-financial-decisions/ http://iheart7.com/2013/08/12-tips-to-begin-making-better-financial-decisions/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:05:32 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=19313 http://iheart7.com/2013/08/12-tips-to-begin-making-better-financial-decisions/feed/ 4 19313 Boot Camp Assessments #15 — Week 61: I Am Officially a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer! http://iheart7.com/2013/06/boot-camp-assessments-15-week-61-i-am-officially-a-certified-personal-fitness-trainer/ http://iheart7.com/2013/06/boot-camp-assessments-15-week-61-i-am-officially-a-certified-personal-fitness-trainer/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 02:19:25 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18501 http://iheart7.com/2013/06/boot-camp-assessments-15-week-61-i-am-officially-a-certified-personal-fitness-trainer/feed/ 13 18501 “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 36: Happy Father’s Day Edition! http://iheart7.com/2013/06/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-36-happy-fathers-day-edition/ http://iheart7.com/2013/06/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-36-happy-fathers-day-edition/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 08:30:52 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18477 WE HAD A HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!


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    “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 34: He’s a Promise Keeper http://iheart7.com/2013/06/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-34/ http://iheart7.com/2013/06/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-34/#comments Sat, 08 Jun 2013 00:55:22 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18614 I love him for that.

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    It’s Romantic http://iheart7.com/2013/06/its-romantic/ http://iheart7.com/2013/06/its-romantic/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 23:26:45 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18671 Zoe: Mama, you kissed Daddy.

    Me: Don't worry about me! I'm grown!

    Zoe: I like when y'all kiss. It's romantic...

    LOL!!! These kids..
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    Tattoo! http://iheart7.com/2013/06/tattoo/ http://iheart7.com/2013/06/tattoo/#respond Sun, 02 Jun 2013 03:35:51 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18632 http://iheart7.com/2013/06/tattoo/feed/ 0 18632 It’s a Chord. Duh… http://iheart7.com/2013/05/its-a-chord-duh/ http://iheart7.com/2013/05/its-a-chord-duh/#respond Sun, 19 May 2013 16:02:48 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18474
    Ava (7): "I tried to play Brand New Me but I couldn't find the right... um..." Zoe (4): "Chord, Ava. It's a chord, duh."
    LMBO Smart kid.]]>
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    “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 31: He Teaches Me About True Love http://iheart7.com/2013/05/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-31/ http://iheart7.com/2013/05/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-31/#comments Thu, 16 May 2013 02:47:38 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18266 way too soon that we were going to be parents and he looked into my eyes and told me with a firm note of reassurance, "It's going to be okay. We can do it... together." He has supported me from psychology to accounting, from theology to law, from web design to fitness training - he has always seen the potential in every goal I set, every dream I had and every interest I found myself drawn in by. I'm thankful that I have him in my life for a million reasons, but right now above them all is that my husband teaches me subtle lessons about true love each and every day through his understanding, tolerance, forgiveness, acceptance, loyalty, sacrifice, and passion.

    I love him for that.

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    The Reality of Motherhood http://iheart7.com/2013/05/the-reality-of-motherhood/ http://iheart7.com/2013/05/the-reality-of-motherhood/#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 04:47:08 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18412 I love you, Kylan, Briyana, Kaleb, Tre, Talia, Avalyn and Zoe!!]]> http://iheart7.com/2013/05/the-reality-of-motherhood/feed/ 2 18412 “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 30 http://iheart7.com/2013/05/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-30/ http://iheart7.com/2013/05/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-30/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 14:00:35 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18095 My husband teaches me how to be selfless and leads me into being better within our union by show me through his example.

    I love him for that.

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    A Mother’s Worst Fear: When You Can’t Find Your Kid – 7 Things EVERY Family Should Do to Stay Safe! http://iheart7.com/2013/05/a-mothers-worst-fear-when-you-cant-find-your-kid/ http://iheart7.com/2013/05/a-mothers-worst-fear-when-you-cant-find-your-kid/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 15:15:10 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18306 that kind of day for me. I will try to put into words the heart-wrenching anguish that gripped my soul for the 60 minutes Avalyn was missing after I was late to the bus stop. Ava is almost 8 years old and she's a smart kid -- surely if she got there a couple of minutes before me, she would just wait on the porch or go in the back yard to sit with Queen (our dog) until I pulled up, right? I pulled into the driveway at 3:37 and horror struck my heart -- I got out of the truck and Ava was nowhere in sight. I went to four or five houses in our neighborhood -- no one had seen her. My chest got tight and my throat started to close. I was shaking and panicking -- my heart was racing and I just start babbling to God, "PLEASE help me find my baby, Lord, please! I don't know what to do!" I could hear myself wheezing as I fumbled for my phone and dialed 9-1-1.]]> http://iheart7.com/2013/05/a-mothers-worst-fear-when-you-cant-find-your-kid/feed/ 33 18306 “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 29 http://iheart7.com/2013/05/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-29/ http://iheart7.com/2013/05/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-29/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 15:34:37 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18206 He has had my back for nearly 16 years. His presence in my life has made me more courageous, more daring and more confident no matter what I'm doing or where I'm headed. He's there to encourage me through times when I feel hesitant and he's there to coach me through times when I'm uncertain... to push me -- to help convert my thoughts into ambitions. My husband believes in me and gives me the strength to believe in myself.

    I love him for that.

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    Boot Camp Assessments #13 — Week 53: 2 Days from 1 Year Mark – Time For New Goals! http://iheart7.com/2013/04/boot-camp-assessments-13-week-53-2-days-from-1-year-mark-time-for-new-goals/ http://iheart7.com/2013/04/boot-camp-assessments-13-week-53-2-days-from-1-year-mark-time-for-new-goals/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 03:30:33 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18199 Running -- May 1, 2012 I was running (haha - running, yeah change that to barely even jogging) a mile in 17 minutes, 32 seconds. I've cut EXACTLY 9 minutes off that time -- tonight I finished my mile in 8 minutes, 32 seconds. Core strength -- May 1, 2012 I was able to do 26 situps in 2 minutes. Tonight I did 70 (my personal record is 73). Upper body strength -- May 1, 2012 I was able to do NO military pushups at all. I couldn't lift myself once I lowered no matter how hard I tried (more due to my lack of core strength than lack of arm strength, actually). I did only 29 modified (on my knees like a girl) pushups back then. Now I would sooner eat a bug than even THINK about putting my knees on the ground for a pushup. I did 74 military pushups in 2 minutes tonight (my personal record is 80). Weight -- May 1, 2012 I weighed 171.8 ... I am now weighing in at 144.0 (my lowest weight before I started strength training to build muscle was 141.8). I went from a size 14 to a size 6 within 8 months. I'm a totally new person and I love it.]]> http://iheart7.com/2013/04/boot-camp-assessments-13-week-53-2-days-from-1-year-mark-time-for-new-goals/feed/ 6 18199 Just Thinking – Just Being http://iheart7.com/2013/04/just-thinking-just-being/ http://iheart7.com/2013/04/just-thinking-just-being/#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:41:20 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18267 being. I like the me that I am... and you should like me just the way I become, too.]]> http://iheart7.com/2013/04/just-thinking-just-being/feed/ 0 18267 “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 26 http://iheart7.com/2013/04/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-26/ http://iheart7.com/2013/04/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-26/#respond Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:11:29 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17944 I love him for that.

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    Boot Camp Assessments #12 — Week 50: Two Goals KILLED, One to Go! {& I Did the Color Run!} http://iheart7.com/2013/04/boot-camp-assessments-12-week-50-two-goals-killed-one-to-go-i-did-the-color-run/ http://iheart7.com/2013/04/boot-camp-assessments-12-week-50-two-goals-killed-one-to-go-i-did-the-color-run/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 03:28:56 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18067 http://iheart7.com/2013/04/boot-camp-assessments-12-week-50-two-goals-killed-one-to-go-i-did-the-color-run/feed/ 3 18067 Hello, World. It’s Me Again… and I’m Feeling a Little Better Today! http://iheart7.com/2013/04/hello-world-its-me-again-and-im-feeling-a-little-better-today/ http://iheart7.com/2013/04/hello-world-its-me-again-and-im-feeling-a-little-better-today/#comments Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:29:33 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18061
    So I'm exhaling. And moving forward :)
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    Hello, World. It’s Me Again. I Think I’m Having an Identity Crisis. http://iheart7.com/2013/04/hello-world-its-me-again-i-think-im-having-an-identity-crisis/ http://iheart7.com/2013/04/hello-world-its-me-again-i-think-im-having-an-identity-crisis/#comments Mon, 08 Apr 2013 05:42:53 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=18047

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    HOLY COW! My Last Family Update Was Over a Year Ago! http://iheart7.com/2013/03/holy-cow-my-last-family-update-was-over-a-year-ago/ http://iheart7.com/2013/03/holy-cow-my-last-family-update-was-over-a-year-ago/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 04:31:02 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17909 http://iheart7.com/2013/03/holy-cow-my-last-family-update-was-over-a-year-ago/feed/ 4 17909 “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 22 http://iheart7.com/2013/03/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-22/ http://iheart7.com/2013/03/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-22/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:29:22 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17783 He is the type of man that WILL be respected. Period. But, man-oh-man when it comes to the baby... all that hard stuff goes straight out the window. Zoe has that Daddy wrapped right around her little finger. My husband is the perfect mix of lion and teddy bear.

    I love him for that.

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    Do They Hate You… Because You’re Pieces of Them? http://iheart7.com/2013/03/do-they-hate-you-because-youre-pieces-of-them/ http://iheart7.com/2013/03/do-they-hate-you-because-youre-pieces-of-them/#comments Sat, 09 Mar 2013 16:16:20 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17775 http://iheart7.com/2013/03/do-they-hate-you-because-youre-pieces-of-them/feed/ 4 17775 “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 21 http://iheart7.com/2013/03/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-21/ http://iheart7.com/2013/03/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-21/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:51:33 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17719 Barry works hard. He lives in the middle of the ocean with 200 other men on a floating platform drilling for oil in 10,000 feet of water for 28 days... then he comes home and goes grocery shopping, helps keep the house clean, fixes fences, cooks dinner while I'm at boot camp, repairs random things around the house, ensures that maintenance is done on our vehicles, says lunch at the school with the kids, coaches on Tre's football team, takes the kids to school, goes to the gym almost daily and still manages to find the time and energy to spoil his wife. My husband takes care of home in every way.

    I love him for that.

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    VIDEO: Briyana Was SO Country {9 Years Old} http://iheart7.com/2013/02/video-briyana-was-so-country-9-years-old/ http://iheart7.com/2013/02/video-briyana-was-so-country-9-years-old/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:57:44 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17671 reaaaallly bad. She set out to find out who the worst one in the house is by counting every mark on them LOL This is what she concluded:
    This was nearly 4 years ago - she was 9 years old and Talia was 6.]]>
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    “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 20 http://iheart7.com/2013/02/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-20/ http://iheart7.com/2013/02/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-20/#comments Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:34:31 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17611 He has never been one to mind starting from the bottom because from the second he starts, he's looking all the way to the top, setting his sights on where he is going, never settling in where he is currently. I've never heard him say he wanted something that he didn't end up with. My husband is a go-getter.

    I love him for that.

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    “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 18 http://iheart7.com/2013/02/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-18/ http://iheart7.com/2013/02/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-18/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:32:03 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17606 My husband is a man of integrity and gives us all endless reasons to admire him.

    I love him for that.

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    “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 17 http://iheart7.com/2013/02/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-17/ http://iheart7.com/2013/02/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-17/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:24:27 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17450 In all honesty, that feeling of security when I was near him was one of the most appealing things about him to me initially. There are very few things in this world that make me feel calm and worry-free -- Barry has always been a happy medium for me... my moment of balance amid all of the pressures of life that pull me, make me fearful, and leave me unsettled. My husband makes me feel safe.

    I love him for that.

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    Turning 13 is Hard … for ME! lol {Happy Birthday, Briyana!!} http://iheart7.com/2013/02/turning-13-is-hard-for-me-lol-happy-birthday-briyana/ http://iheart7.com/2013/02/turning-13-is-hard-for-me-lol-happy-birthday-briyana/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:41:34 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17470 I hope that she trusts me even when she hates me... and I hope that her goals keep her feet on the ground, always moving forward and never looking back.]]> http://iheart7.com/2013/02/turning-13-is-hard-for-me-lol-happy-birthday-briyana/feed/ 0 17470 “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 14 http://iheart7.com/2013/01/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-14/ http://iheart7.com/2013/01/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-14/#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:12:55 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17260 -- to maintain a nice appearance despite having all the excuses in the world to carry some extra weight (hellloooo... five kids LOL) -- because I think it's important for me to recognize his efforts and to do the same myself. Yet and still, I have to say that from a selfish perspective, it's nice that he's so fun to look at :) He's one sexy creature...

    I love him for that.

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    Year-End Review: 2012 Recap http://iheart7.com/2013/01/year-end-review-2012-recap/ http://iheart7.com/2013/01/year-end-review-2012-recap/#respond Tue, 01 Jan 2013 15:40:21 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=17025 2012 was hands-down one of the best our family has ever seen!! Just in case you missed anything, I've put together a list of posts from each month that will get you up to speed :)

    I look forward to a blessed and prosperous 2013 and pray the same for YOU as well!

    Thanks for reading!

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    I Got a Visit from a Man I Haven’t Seen Since He Was an 8 Year Old Boy http://iheart7.com/2012/12/i-got-a-visit-from-a-man-i-havent-seen-since-he-was-an-8-year-old-boy/ http://iheart7.com/2012/12/i-got-a-visit-from-a-man-i-havent-seen-since-he-was-an-8-year-old-boy/#comments Sat, 08 Dec 2012 07:14:31 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=16755 http://iheart7.com/2012/12/i-got-a-visit-from-a-man-i-havent-seen-since-he-was-an-8-year-old-boy/feed/ 4 16755 “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 3 http://iheart7.com/2012/10/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-3/ http://iheart7.com/2012/10/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-3/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:33:28 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=16238
    There is nothing that can put me at ease and give me peace quite the way that he does when he simply looks at me.

    I love him for that.]]>
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    “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 2 http://iheart7.com/2012/10/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-2/ http://iheart7.com/2012/10/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-2/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:00:20 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=16233 He supports me

    when I'm weak


    and compliments my strengths.

    I love him for that.


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    “What I Love About My Husband” – Week 1 http://iheart7.com/2012/10/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-1/ http://iheart7.com/2012/10/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-1/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:37:20 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=16230 I'm loving that my husband LISTENS to me. Whether I'm whispering or screaming, he doesn't just hear me talking. He listens. I love that my husband understands my many sides and he doesn't fault me for being who I am. He doesn't pay attention to how I say things, but rather what I'm saying. ]]> http://iheart7.com/2012/10/what-i-love-about-my-husband-week-1/feed/ 1 16230 What Do You Mean, “Talk Black?” Let’s Discuss Black English (… among other things). http://iheart7.com/2012/10/what-do-you-mean-talk-black-lets-discuss-black-english/ http://iheart7.com/2012/10/what-do-you-mean-talk-black-lets-discuss-black-english/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:58:12 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=16205 http://iheart7.com/2012/10/what-do-you-mean-talk-black-lets-discuss-black-english/feed/ 27 16205 How Do I Balance My Diet?? {And 3 Steps to Weaning Off Soda!} http://iheart7.com/2012/10/how-do-i-balance-my-diet-and-3-steps-to-weaning-off-soda/ http://iheart7.com/2012/10/how-do-i-balance-my-diet-and-3-steps-to-weaning-off-soda/#comments Sun, 14 Oct 2012 18:03:42 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=16077 I use the word diet literally, defined as "the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats." I do not restrict what I can eat. Rather, I restrict how much of certain things I can eat. The key is not telling yourself that you CANNOT ever eat a brownie or a cookie or chips or french fries or fast food or fried chicken. The key is MODERATION. I couldn't maintain a diet that totally restricts what I can consume, but I can definitely maintain a diet that ensures my body is not consuming more calories per day that it needs.]]> http://iheart7.com/2012/10/how-do-i-balance-my-diet-and-3-steps-to-weaning-off-soda/feed/ 2 16077 An Open Letter to the Mother of EVERY Biracial Child {Hair Care} http://iheart7.com/2012/08/an-open-letter-to-the-mother-of-every-biracial-child-hair-care/ http://iheart7.com/2012/08/an-open-letter-to-the-mother-of-every-biracial-child-hair-care/#comments Sun, 12 Aug 2012 02:05:32 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=15525 http://iheart7.com/2012/08/an-open-letter-to-the-mother-of-every-biracial-child-hair-care/feed/ 5 15525 Mamavation Monday: Fibromyalgia & 15th Week of Boot Camp http://iheart7.com/2012/08/mamavation-monday-fibromyalgia-15th-week-of-boot-camp/ http://iheart7.com/2012/08/mamavation-monday-fibromyalgia-15th-week-of-boot-camp/#comments Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:10:19 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=15487 http://iheart7.com/2012/08/mamavation-monday-fibromyalgia-15th-week-of-boot-camp/feed/ 1 15487 My Son Gets Neglected On My Blog… Oops! http://iheart7.com/2012/08/my-son-gets-neglected-on-my-blog-oops/ http://iheart7.com/2012/08/my-son-gets-neglected-on-my-blog-oops/#comments Sun, 05 Aug 2012 01:57:19 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=15421 It's crazy. Our kids are all old enough to have personalities. They're like... they're really people." I feel the same way. I mean, all of our kids had their own personalities from the time they were babies, but as they get older, their individuality is much more pronounced. With Tre, it's much more subtle than with the girls. He's so much like his Daddy in SO many ways and football is where it all comes together -- where he's totally in his element and his person comes to life... Over the next few weeks, there will be plenty of pictures and videos to capture the beginning of the next generation of the legacy my husband started. I can't wait to see where the pigskin takes our son as he retraces his father's footsteps.]]> http://iheart7.com/2012/08/my-son-gets-neglected-on-my-blog-oops/feed/ 3 15421 Mothering Ain’t Easy! http://iheart7.com/2012/07/mothering-aint-easy/ http://iheart7.com/2012/07/mothering-aint-easy/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2012 02:28:48 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=15414 http://iheart7.com/2012/07/mothering-aint-easy/feed/ 3 15414 The Marriage Cycle: Where Is Yours? http://iheart7.com/2012/07/the-marriage-cycle-where-is-yours/ http://iheart7.com/2012/07/the-marriage-cycle-where-is-yours/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:28:37 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=13656 Why is it that work is only put into marriage when there is something wrong with it?]]> http://iheart7.com/2012/07/the-marriage-cycle-where-is-yours/feed/ 0 13656 I Could Never Survive a Childless Home http://iheart7.com/2012/06/i-could-never-survive-a-childless-home/ http://iheart7.com/2012/06/i-could-never-survive-a-childless-home/#comments Sat, 30 Jun 2012 05:08:30 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=14107 http://iheart7.com/2012/06/i-could-never-survive-a-childless-home/feed/ 1 14107 Our 11th Anniversary – Humble Beginnings: Our Meager Start http://iheart7.com/2012/06/our-11th-anniversary-humble-beginnings-our-meager-start/ http://iheart7.com/2012/06/our-11th-anniversary-humble-beginnings-our-meager-start/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 08:49:40 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=13382 I was 17 years old when we had our oldest daughter and we moved in together about a month before my 18th birthday. It was a tiny little trailer -- 252 River Road, Lot #47 in our hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It had two tiny bedrooms, one tiny bathroom, a short hallway, a small kitchen, a living room that wasn't much to speak of, and just enough room out front to park our gray and black Buick that wasn't supposed to be gray and black. We had to wrap the wire around the battery post just to make the fan come on. I chuckle just remembering how much I loved that raggedy car ;)]]> http://iheart7.com/2012/06/our-11th-anniversary-humble-beginnings-our-meager-start/feed/ 11 13382 Working on Your Marriage: Rules of Engagement for the “Wars” of Marriage http://iheart7.com/2012/04/are-you-working-on-your-marriage/ http://iheart7.com/2012/04/are-you-working-on-your-marriage/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:00:12 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=13343 While physical intimacy is a precious part of the gift of marriage, what I'm talking about is an emotional intimacy that sex simply cannot rival. It's a connection that allows you to speak volumes with a glance, calm troubled waters with a touch, and revel in each moment without any regard for the next. These things do not develop without work, effort, and commitment. Some couples spend their entire marriages never truly being happy together. Work to make sure that isn't you.

    Study your spouse incessantly and know their needs and desires. Create a mutual pact to make those things priority in your life, agreeing to each cheerfully and ungrudgingly give sacrificially of yourself in order to fulfill one another. We will present ourselves to one another with no holds barred and only one rule of conduct: Mutual respect. What is your declaration?]]>
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    Avalyn’s Foot is Out of Commission This Week http://iheart7.com/2012/04/avalyns-foot-is-out-of-commission-this-week/ http://iheart7.com/2012/04/avalyns-foot-is-out-of-commission-this-week/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 20:27:39 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=13361 Ava started screaming and Zoe and Talia came running in the room with me saying there was blood everywhere. It looked like a mini crime scene! There was a puddle of blood in the bathroom floor, streaks of blood down the hallway, two small puddles in their bedroom, and when I made it to Avalyn, her foot was COVERED in blood.]]> http://iheart7.com/2012/04/avalyns-foot-is-out-of-commission-this-week/feed/ 5 13361 Motherhood: A Paradox of Dreams http://iheart7.com/2012/04/motherhood-a-paradox-of-dreams/ http://iheart7.com/2012/04/motherhood-a-paradox-of-dreams/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:40:05 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=13177 http://iheart7.com/2012/04/motherhood-a-paradox-of-dreams/feed/ 5 13177 UPDATED: Rules, Points System, and Chore Charts for Children http://iheart7.com/2012/03/updated-rules-points-system-and-chore-charts-for-children/ http://iheart7.com/2012/03/updated-rules-points-system-and-chore-charts-for-children/#comments Wed, 21 Mar 2012 01:14:34 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=13036 http://iheart7.com/2012/03/updated-rules-points-system-and-chore-charts-for-children/feed/ 44 13036 My History in Blogging and Social Media — and Why I’m Starting Back at One http://iheart7.com/2012/02/my-history-in-blogging-and-social-media-and-why-im-starting-back-at-one/ http://iheart7.com/2012/02/my-history-in-blogging-and-social-media-and-why-im-starting-back-at-one/#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:45:46 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=12786 http://iheart7.com/2012/02/my-history-in-blogging-and-social-media-and-why-im-starting-back-at-one/feed/ 8 12786 Fibromyalgia: A Long Road to Comfort http://iheart7.com/2012/02/fibromyalgia-a-long-road-to-comfort/ http://iheart7.com/2012/02/fibromyalgia-a-long-road-to-comfort/#comments Sun, 12 Feb 2012 21:55:56 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=12695 http://iheart7.com/2012/02/fibromyalgia-a-long-road-to-comfort/feed/ 11 12695 Parental Alienation Syndrome: Points to Ponder http://iheart7.com/2012/02/parental-alienation-syndrome-points-to-ponder/ http://iheart7.com/2012/02/parental-alienation-syndrome-points-to-ponder/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 21:39:06 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=12650 http://iheart7.com/2012/02/parental-alienation-syndrome-points-to-ponder/feed/ 9 12650 It’s Official… I Will Forever Be a Mom of 5 & I’m Not Complaining http://iheart7.com/2012/01/its-official-i-will-forever-be-a-mom-of-5-im-not-complaining/ http://iheart7.com/2012/01/its-official-i-will-forever-be-a-mom-of-5-im-not-complaining/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2012 21:59:04 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=12534 http://iheart7.com/2012/01/its-official-i-will-forever-be-a-mom-of-5-im-not-complaining/feed/ 1 12534 Year End Review: 2011 Recap http://iheart7.com/2011/12/year-end-review-2011-recap/ http://iheart7.com/2011/12/year-end-review-2011-recap/#comments Sat, 31 Dec 2011 17:38:25 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=12501 http://iheart7.com/2011/12/year-end-review-2011-recap/feed/ 5 12501 I’ll Never Be Called “Mommy” for the First Time Again http://iheart7.com/2011/12/ill-never-be-called-mommy-for-the-first-time-again/ http://iheart7.com/2011/12/ill-never-be-called-mommy-for-the-first-time-again/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:57:28 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=12363 http://iheart7.com/2011/12/ill-never-be-called-mommy-for-the-first-time-again/feed/ 18 12363 Zoe Has Learned to Find Loopholes http://iheart7.com/2011/12/zoe-has-learned-to-find-loopholes/ http://iheart7.com/2011/12/zoe-has-learned-to-find-loopholes/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2011 17:03:48 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=12305 http://iheart7.com/2011/12/zoe-has-learned-to-find-loopholes/feed/ 0 12305 The Last Week Has Been INSANE! http://iheart7.com/2011/12/the-last-week-has-been-insane/ http://iheart7.com/2011/12/the-last-week-has-been-insane/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2011 04:48:15 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=12299 http://iheart7.com/2011/12/the-last-week-has-been-insane/feed/ 0 12299 Happy 14th “Together” Anniversary: 1/2 of My Life… #NaBloPoMo http://iheart7.com/2011/11/happy-14th-together-anniversary-12-of-my-life-nablopomo/ http://iheart7.com/2011/11/happy-14th-together-anniversary-12-of-my-life-nablopomo/#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2011 04:13:03 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=12233 http://iheart7.com/2011/11/happy-14th-together-anniversary-12-of-my-life-nablopomo/feed/ 12 12233 Fibromyalgia: Will I Be a Burden to Him One Day Soon? #NaBloPoMo http://iheart7.com/2011/11/fibromyalgia-will-i-be-a-burden-to-him-one-day-soon-nablopomo/ http://iheart7.com/2011/11/fibromyalgia-will-i-be-a-burden-to-him-one-day-soon-nablopomo/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2011 04:15:29 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=12156 The older I get, the more I am made constantly aware of the increasing burden Fibromyalgia places on my life. The ever-present pain, the chronic fatigue, the migraines... these are all things I've become accustomed to dealing with and I've learned to just accept that I'm either going to push through it or not. My body works against me ... more and more. But even that isn't what bothers me the most. The other day I was on the phone with my husband and before we hung up, as usual, he asked me if there was anything I wanted to tell him before we disconnected. When he's offshore, we only talk twice a day because that's all the time he has so we have to make every moment count. I told him there actually was something I wanted to tell him but I couldn't remember what it was. That happens so often now... and it's so frustrating. If I don't write it down, it's lost forever in a sea of mental fog.]]> http://iheart7.com/2011/11/fibromyalgia-will-i-be-a-burden-to-him-one-day-soon-nablopomo/feed/ 21 12156 Entering the Preteen Years #NaBloPoMo http://iheart7.com/2011/11/entering-the-preteen-years-nablopomo/ http://iheart7.com/2011/11/entering-the-preteen-years-nablopomo/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 09:00:48 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=11312 http://iheart7.com/2011/11/entering-the-preteen-years-nablopomo/feed/ 6 11312 It’s the Little Things That Mean SO Much http://iheart7.com/2011/10/its-the-little-things-that-mean-so-much/ http://iheart7.com/2011/10/its-the-little-things-that-mean-so-much/#comments Sun, 30 Oct 2011 04:46:00 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=11707 http://iheart7.com/2011/10/its-the-little-things-that-mean-so-much/feed/ 1 11707 16 and Pregnant: The Decision to Give LIFE! http://iheart7.com/2011/10/16-and-pregnant-the-decision-to-give-life/ http://iheart7.com/2011/10/16-and-pregnant-the-decision-to-give-life/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:28:06 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=11523 http://iheart7.com/2011/10/16-and-pregnant-the-decision-to-give-life/feed/ 10 11523 Mommy’s Day Out! {@ Lenox Mall, ATL} http://iheart7.com/2011/09/mommys-day-out-lenox-mall-atl/ http://iheart7.com/2011/09/mommys-day-out-lenox-mall-atl/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:42:39 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=11314 http://iheart7.com/2011/09/mommys-day-out-lenox-mall-atl/feed/ 2 11314 Zoe Needs Her Own TV Show & Shynea Tried to Kill My 1st Grader http://iheart7.com/2011/09/zoe-needs-her-own-tv-show-shynea-tried-to-kill-my-1st-grader/ http://iheart7.com/2011/09/zoe-needs-her-own-tv-show-shynea-tried-to-kill-my-1st-grader/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:31:50 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=11452 http://iheart7.com/2011/09/zoe-needs-her-own-tv-show-shynea-tried-to-kill-my-1st-grader/feed/ 2 11452 Family Update: It’s All New! http://iheart7.com/2011/09/family-update-its-all-new/ http://iheart7.com/2011/09/family-update-its-all-new/#comments Sat, 10 Sep 2011 17:32:28 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=11278 http://iheart7.com/2011/09/family-update-its-all-new/feed/ 4 11278 Fibromyalgia: A Mom’s Perspective http://iheart7.com/2011/08/fibromyalgia-a-moms-perspective/ http://iheart7.com/2011/08/fibromyalgia-a-moms-perspective/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:23:23 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=11235 I sent you something," she said. "I read your blog posts about the fibro and I started to leave a comment but it turned out to be pretty long and I thought you could use it for your website." I checked my email and found a tear-jerking letter about a mom's plight to find relief for her ailing daughter, up against doctors who wouldn't touch her child's bone tumor without $50,000 cash because she had no insurance. Here's the story from my mom's perspective...]]> http://iheart7.com/2011/08/fibromyalgia-a-moms-perspective/feed/ 3 11235 Fighting Fibromyalgia: Giving In – I Need Help http://iheart7.com/2011/08/fighting-fibromyalgia-giving-in-i-need-help/ http://iheart7.com/2011/08/fighting-fibromyalgia-giving-in-i-need-help/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:57:45 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=11226 http://iheart7.com/2011/08/fighting-fibromyalgia-giving-in-i-need-help/feed/ 4 11226 Fibromyalgia: A Battle Without Scars {My Experience & Symptoms} http://iheart7.com/2011/08/fibromyalgia-a-battle-without-scars/ http://iheart7.com/2011/08/fibromyalgia-a-battle-without-scars/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2011 00:36:58 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=11209 http://iheart7.com/2011/08/fibromyalgia-a-battle-without-scars/feed/ 12 11209 Should I Feel Guilty About Being Frustrated? http://iheart7.com/2011/08/should-i-feel-guilty-about-being-frustrated/ http://iheart7.com/2011/08/should-i-feel-guilty-about-being-frustrated/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2011 03:54:30 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=11174 http://iheart7.com/2011/08/should-i-feel-guilty-about-being-frustrated/feed/ 8 11174 In These Shoes http://iheart7.com/2011/08/in-these-shoes/ http://iheart7.com/2011/08/in-these-shoes/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2011 20:30:00 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=11108 http://iheart7.com/2011/08/in-these-shoes/feed/ 0 11108 I’m Scared!!! http://iheart7.com/2011/05/im-scared/ http://iheart7.com/2011/05/im-scared/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 01:17:24 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=10538 http://iheart7.com/2011/05/im-scared/feed/ 2 10538 School Talent Show {Videos} http://iheart7.com/2011/05/school-talent-show-videos/ http://iheart7.com/2011/05/school-talent-show-videos/#comments Mon, 02 May 2011 04:55:20 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=10514 http://iheart7.com/2011/05/school-talent-show-videos/feed/ 4 10514 Rules, Point System, and Chore Charts for Children http://iheart7.com/2011/04/rules-point-system-and-chore-charts-for-children/ http://iheart7.com/2011/04/rules-point-system-and-chore-charts-for-children/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 12:04:27 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=10331 http://iheart7.com/2011/04/rules-point-system-and-chore-charts-for-children/feed/ 9 10331 2010: Year End Review {Monthly Play by Play} http://iheart7.com/2010/12/2010-year-end-review-monthly-play-by-play/ http://iheart7.com/2010/12/2010-year-end-review-monthly-play-by-play/#respond Sat, 01 Jan 2011 01:36:59 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=9770 http://iheart7.com/2010/12/2010-year-end-review-monthly-play-by-play/feed/ 0 9770 November, Day 8: Zoe and Dang #NaBloPoMo http://iheart7.com/2010/11/november-day-8-zoe-and-dang-nablopomo/ http://iheart7.com/2010/11/november-day-8-zoe-and-dang-nablopomo/#comments Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:27:24 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=8713 http://iheart7.com/2010/11/november-day-8-zoe-and-dang-nablopomo/feed/ 3 8713 November, Day 2: Our First Weekend With ALL the Kids #NaBloPoMo http://iheart7.com/2010/11/november-day-2-our-first-weekend-with-all-the-kids-nablopomo/ http://iheart7.com/2010/11/november-day-2-our-first-weekend-with-all-the-kids-nablopomo/#comments Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:28:39 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=8649 http://iheart7.com/2010/11/november-day-2-our-first-weekend-with-all-the-kids-nablopomo/feed/ 2 8649 Zoe, My 2-Year-Old Problem Solver! http://iheart7.com/2010/08/zoe-my-2-year-old-problem-solver/ http://iheart7.com/2010/08/zoe-my-2-year-old-problem-solver/#comments Mon, 16 Aug 2010 06:05:16 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=8304 http://iheart7.com/2010/08/zoe-my-2-year-old-problem-solver/feed/ 5 8304 Mommy Guilt… Is Everything My Fault? http://iheart7.com/2010/06/mommy-guilt-is-everything-my-fault/ http://iheart7.com/2010/06/mommy-guilt-is-everything-my-fault/#comments Sat, 12 Jun 2010 03:09:54 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=6881 http://iheart7.com/2010/06/mommy-guilt-is-everything-my-fault/feed/ 13 6881 Free Range Kids or Not? For Me, It’s “or Not”… http://iheart7.com/2010/06/free-range-kids-or-not-for-me-its-or-not/ http://iheart7.com/2010/06/free-range-kids-or-not-for-me-its-or-not/#comments Sat, 05 Jun 2010 02:35:33 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=6846 http://iheart7.com/2010/06/free-range-kids-or-not-for-me-its-or-not/feed/ 9 6846 A Good, LONG Weekend {and a BAD start to my week…} http://iheart7.com/2010/05/a-good-long-weekend-and-a-bad-start-to-my-week/ http://iheart7.com/2010/05/a-good-long-weekend-and-a-bad-start-to-my-week/#comments Fri, 28 May 2010 01:05:49 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=6741 http://iheart7.com/2010/05/a-good-long-weekend-and-a-bad-start-to-my-week/feed/ 3 6741 Officers Gun Down 7 Year Old http://iheart7.com/2010/05/officers-gun-down-7-year-old/ http://iheart7.com/2010/05/officers-gun-down-7-year-old/#respond Fri, 21 May 2010 14:26:03 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=2125 http://iheart7.com/2010/05/officers-gun-down-7-year-old/feed/ 0 2125 Fibromyalgia and a Trip to the Park http://iheart7.com/2010/04/fibromyalgia-and-a-trip-to-the-park/ http://iheart7.com/2010/04/fibromyalgia-and-a-trip-to-the-park/#comments Fri, 23 Apr 2010 23:52:22 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=6462 You can find out more about the symptoms of Fibromyalgia by clicking here} I've dealt with a combination of the two for nearly 18 years and on most days, I can push through it and make myself get on with what needs to be done. This week hasn't gone that way. Despite having gone to bed much earlier than usual for the last week or so, I wake up feeling as though my body weighs a thousand pounds and no matter how much I try to persuade myself to get up and start the day, I don't cooperate with me. It's strange... the muscle/joint pains, constant headaches, chest pains, stomach pains, mental fuzziness, eyes blurring up all the time, and rarely ever feeling totally rested, I've learned to work through; feeling like I have the most extreme case of jetlag ever, I cannot work through. I just cannot get started... I lay there and just stare, wishing I could get some sort of jolt to jumpstart me.]]> http://iheart7.com/2010/04/fibromyalgia-and-a-trip-to-the-park/feed/ 8 6462 Biracial Hair Care: A General Guide http://iheart7.com/2010/02/biracial-hair-care-a-general-guide/ http://iheart7.com/2010/02/biracial-hair-care-a-general-guide/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2010 21:42:12 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=1874 http://iheart7.com/2010/02/biracial-hair-care-a-general-guide/feed/ 3 9326 My Girls :) http://iheart7.com/2010/02/my-girls/ http://iheart7.com/2010/02/my-girls/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:16:32 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=5483 http://iheart7.com/2010/02/my-girls/feed/ 14 5483 Happy Birthday, Briyana! http://iheart7.com/2010/02/happy-birthday-briyana/ http://iheart7.com/2010/02/happy-birthday-briyana/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2010 09:16:45 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=5470 http://iheart7.com/2010/02/happy-birthday-briyana/feed/ 4 5470 Fibromyalgia, Tumors, and Me http://iheart7.com/2010/02/fibromyalgia-tumors-and-me/ http://iheart7.com/2010/02/fibromyalgia-tumors-and-me/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2010 05:52:16 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=5448 existed. Can you imagine being 9 years old and someone telling you the excruciating pain you felt every day of your life was all in your head? I mean, I've made up some stuff in my day... but that wasn't one of them. It was just as real as the bone tumor no one thought I had two years prior; but magically, they managed to find 5" of bone mass that needed to be shaved out of my body. So, I suppose my imagination isn't quite as strong as they once thought.]]> http://iheart7.com/2010/02/fibromyalgia-tumors-and-me/feed/ 26 5448 Tell Your Mama I Love Her http://iheart7.com/2010/01/tell-your-mama-i-love-her/ http://iheart7.com/2010/01/tell-your-mama-i-love-her/#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2010 01:28:00 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=5076 http://iheart7.com/2010/01/tell-your-mama-i-love-her/feed/ 5 5076 It Matches! That’s Why… http://iheart7.com/2010/01/it-matches-thats-why/ http://iheart7.com/2010/01/it-matches-thats-why/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2010 08:00:09 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=5243 http://iheart7.com/2010/01/it-matches-thats-why/feed/ 7 5243 A Day in the Life {Photos} http://iheart7.com/2009/12/a-day-in-the-life-photos/ http://iheart7.com/2009/12/a-day-in-the-life-photos/#comments Thu, 24 Dec 2009 08:26:18 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=4949 http://iheart7.com/2009/12/a-day-in-the-life-photos/feed/ 1 4949 Your Check is in the MAIL! *CLICK* http://iheart7.com/2009/12/your-check-is-in-the-mail-click/ http://iheart7.com/2009/12/your-check-is-in-the-mail-click/#comments Sun, 20 Dec 2009 19:58:28 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=4829 http://iheart7.com/2009/12/your-check-is-in-the-mail-click/feed/ 6 4829 My Babies’ Breath http://iheart7.com/2009/12/my-babies-breath/ http://iheart7.com/2009/12/my-babies-breath/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2009 19:37:12 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=4650 http://iheart7.com/2009/12/my-babies-breath/feed/ 5 4650 There is Little That Compares To the Joy of Parenthood http://iheart7.com/2009/11/there-is-little-that-compares-to-the-joy-of-parenthood/ http://iheart7.com/2009/11/there-is-little-that-compares-to-the-joy-of-parenthood/#comments Sat, 14 Nov 2009 15:27:16 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=4502 http://iheart7.com/2009/11/there-is-little-that-compares-to-the-joy-of-parenthood/feed/ 7 4502 Well At Least You Got a Break! http://iheart7.com/2009/09/well-at-least-you-got-a-break/ http://iheart7.com/2009/09/well-at-least-you-got-a-break/#comments Sat, 19 Sep 2009 18:29:57 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=3620 http://iheart7.com/2009/09/well-at-least-you-got-a-break/feed/ 4 3620 I’m Officially OLD. :~( http://iheart7.com/2009/07/im-officially-old/ http://iheart7.com/2009/07/im-officially-old/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2009 22:32:45 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=2598 http://iheart7.com/2009/07/im-officially-old/feed/ 3 2598 What Defines a Good Mother? http://iheart7.com/2009/06/what-defines-a-good-mother/ http://iheart7.com/2009/06/what-defines-a-good-mother/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2009 06:06:01 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=1882 http://iheart7.com/2009/06/what-defines-a-good-mother/feed/ 7 1882 How Would You Like To Deal With THIS Every Day? http://iheart7.com/2009/06/how-would-you-like-to-deal-with-this-every-day/ http://iheart7.com/2009/06/how-would-you-like-to-deal-with-this-every-day/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2009 23:58:44 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=2005 http://iheart7.com/2009/06/how-would-you-like-to-deal-with-this-every-day/feed/ 2 2005 OK My birth stories… http://iheart7.com/2009/06/ok-my-birth-stories/ http://iheart7.com/2009/06/ok-my-birth-stories/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2009 03:28:00 +0000 http://robertson7.com/blog/2005/09/23/ok-my-birth-stories/ http://iheart7.com/2009/06/ok-my-birth-stories/feed/ 12 127 Zoe Ayana… http://iheart7.com/2008/07/zoe-ayana/ http://iheart7.com/2008/07/zoe-ayana/#respond Tue, 08 Jul 2008 22:36:43 +0000 http://robertson7.com/kids/?p=194 http://iheart7.com/2008/07/zoe-ayana/feed/ 0 1202 Dear old wonderful dad… http://iheart7.com/2007/12/dear-old-wonderful-dad/ http://iheart7.com/2007/12/dear-old-wonderful-dad/#comments Fri, 28 Dec 2007 02:01:38 +0000 http://robertson7.com/blog/?p=555 http://iheart7.com/2007/12/dear-old-wonderful-dad/feed/ 1 555 All of Our Babies!! http://iheart7.com/2005/09/all-of-our-babies/ http://iheart7.com/2005/09/all-of-our-babies/#respond Sat, 17 Sep 2005 02:23:00 +0000 http://iheart7.com/2005/09/13673/ http://iheart7.com/2005/09/all-of-our-babies/feed/ 0 13673 Avalyn La’Nae is here!!! http://iheart7.com/2005/09/avalyn-lanae-is-here/ http://iheart7.com/2005/09/avalyn-lanae-is-here/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2005 01:37:37 +0000 http://robertson7.com/kids/?p=63 http://iheart7.com/2005/09/avalyn-lanae-is-here/feed/ 1 1145 Briyana started Kindergarten! http://iheart7.com/2005/08/bri-started-kindergarten/ http://iheart7.com/2005/08/bri-started-kindergarten/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2005 02:11:24 +0000 http://robertson7.com/kids/2006/04/09/more-to-come-3/ http://iheart7.com/2005/08/bri-started-kindergarten/feed/ 2 22 Briyana’s going to Kindergarten! http://iheart7.com/2005/08/briyanas-going-to-kindergarten/ http://iheart7.com/2005/08/briyanas-going-to-kindergarten/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2005 22:27:33 +0000 http://robertson7.com/kids/?p=127 http://iheart7.com/2005/08/briyanas-going-to-kindergarten/feed/ 0 1141 UGH!~ http://iheart7.com/2005/08/ugh/ http://iheart7.com/2005/08/ugh/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2005 11:08:33 +0000 http://robertson7.com/kids/?p=79 http://iheart7.com/2005/08/ugh/feed/ 0 1140 Update on us… http://iheart7.com/2005/08/update-on-us-5/ http://iheart7.com/2005/08/update-on-us-5/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2005 16:01:37 +0000 http://robertson7.com/blog/2005/08/05/update-on-us-5/ http://iheart7.com/2005/08/update-on-us-5/feed/ 0 277 Update on us… http://iheart7.com/2005/05/update-on-us-2/ http://iheart7.com/2005/05/update-on-us-2/#respond Sun, 29 May 2005 00:30:00 +0000 http://robertson7.com/blog/2005/05/28/update-on-us-2/ http://iheart7.com/2005/05/update-on-us-2/feed/ 0 172 Oops, I did it again! http://iheart7.com/2004/12/oops-i-did-it-again/ http://iheart7.com/2004/12/oops-i-did-it-again/#respond Thu, 23 Dec 2004 23:57:46 +0000 http://robertson7.com/kids/2005/08/23/oops-i-did-it-again/ http://iheart7.com/2004/12/oops-i-did-it-again/feed/ 0 21 Talia Jonet’ is here! http://iheart7.com/2002/12/more/ http://iheart7.com/2002/12/more/#respond Sun, 22 Dec 2002 00:15:50 +0000 http://robertson7.com/kids/2002/12/01/more/ http://iheart7.com/2002/12/more/feed/ 0 20 It’s been a while… http://iheart7.com/2002/11/its-been-a-while/ http://iheart7.com/2002/11/its-been-a-while/#respond Sat, 02 Nov 2002 20:33:35 +0000 http://robertson7.com/kids/2002/11/02/its-been-a-while/ http://iheart7.com/2002/11/its-been-a-while/feed/ 0 1128 Tre’s delivery… http://iheart7.com/2001/09/tres-delivery/ http://iheart7.com/2001/09/tres-delivery/#respond Thu, 27 Sep 2001 06:05:11 +0000 http://robertson7.com/kids/?p=59 http://iheart7.com/2001/09/tres-delivery/feed/ 0 1125 Barry Christopher is here!!! http://iheart7.com/2001/09/barry-christopher-is-here/ http://iheart7.com/2001/09/barry-christopher-is-here/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2001 23:00:26 +0000 http://robertson7.com/kids/?p=58 http://iheart7.com/2001/09/barry-christopher-is-here/feed/ 0 1124 Briyana is 3 months old! http://iheart7.com/2000/05/briyana-is-3-months-old/ http://iheart7.com/2000/05/briyana-is-3-months-old/#respond Sat, 06 May 2000 19:41:08 +0000 http://iheart7.com/?p=2380 http://iheart7.com/2000/05/briyana-is-3-months-old/feed/ 0 2380 BRIYANA IS HERE!!! http://iheart7.com/2000/02/briyana-is-here/ http://iheart7.com/2000/02/briyana-is-here/#respond Mon, 07 Feb 2000 01:27:07 +0000 http://robertson7.com/kids/?p=24 http://iheart7.com/2000/02/briyana-is-here/feed/ 0 24