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Wiping Front to Back and Other Shifty Lessons I’ve Taught My Kids

There are deep, valuable lessons at each stage of life despite seemingly menial tasks that should just be grasped onto. Still, I find myself asking my ten-year-old, “Did you even wash while you were in the shower for thirty minutes?!” I am not sure of your parenting style, but I take great comfort in those […]

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Two Feels Like Ten

Two Feels Like Ten

When my first daughter was about 18 months old, I took her into a local juice bar. As I was placing my order, she proceeded to roll all over the floor and giggle as if it were her own house. With all of the other people around, I was a little embarrassed and even apologized […]

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The Blackiston Family

Life with Eight

Meet Stephanie Blackiston. Stephanie is from Northeast Tennessee but currently lives near Chattanooga with her husband of 16 years, Tim, and their eight children, whom she homeschools.  She loves being a wife and a mother. Stephanie also has a passion and a mission of studying and using the Bible to encourage young women and mothers […]

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St. Patty’s in Chatty {2018}

You don’t have to be Irish or Catholic or a lover of green beer or pinching folks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! If you are looking for something for the whole family to do, then you are a lucky leprechaun because Chattanooga has some great family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day festivities! So don some green, get out […]

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Life in second place

Life in 2nd Place: A Letter of Apology to My Second Born

Hey Kiddo, It’s hard to believe you’re turning three this month, albeit with decidedly less fanfare than your older brother’s over the top third birthday spectacle, absurdly dubbed ‘R’s Robot Romp.’ But that’s been the story of your life, hasn’t it? While every detail of your brother’s birth and existence has been enveloped in the […]

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Podcasts: Kids’ Choice

As usual, I’m late to the game when it comes to what all the cool kids are doing. Years ago, I would roll my eyes at my friends who listened to NPR, and that continued as I started hearing about podcasts. It turns out, as with most things, I was a misguided fool, and once […]

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