The Day My Daughter Found Out I Have a Dad

For as long as my children have lived, they’ve assumed that I have only one parent: a mom. I didn’t have a dad because I never talked about having a dad. I never talked about having a dad because, in my mind, I don’t have a dad. Or, I did have a dad, but he died in 2008, two years before my oldest was born. So, since he wasn’t living when we conceived my first daughter and he wasn’t living when she was born, he had no meaning, beyond DNA, to their lives. So I didn’t talk about him…ever. ...more

TUTORIAL: Seven Settings You Need to Know on Your Point-and-Shoot Camera

Do you have a point-and-shoot camera that isn’t taking the kinds of pictures you want? Are you stuck shooting in your camera’s out-of-the-box settings, too afraid or too busy to learn how to do anything else? If this sounds like you, then keep reading. There is hope, yet, with your point-and-shoot. Yes, without having to spend hundreds or even thousands more on a new DSLR camera, you can take amazing pictures with your camera. ...more
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Saying Goodbye to Validation Through Facebook

It was her, not me, who jumped in on the Follow me/Follow you bandwagon back in the early days of her blogging in an effort to gain more followers. It was her, not me, who once felt compelled to post everyday though her real life demanded that she not. She’s the one who checked her stats daily and cried when she lost her first blog followers. She’s the one who commented on 100+ blogs every.single.day and cried when only two people commented on hers. ...more
My goodness Jessica, you have grown so much as a writer. And I never knew this about you, though ...more

Six Ways To Balance Your Babies And Your Dreams

I once assumed, like many, that motherhood would cause me to lose sight of my dreams, either that I'd be so in love with my children or that I'd simply lose myself.And that scared me. A lot.In spite of this fear, twenty-one months ago, I became a mom. And, in doing so, I learned that my early assumptions were all wrong. Rather than making me forget about my dreams, motherhood has made me realize new ones and given me the confidence to make my dreams, both new and old, become a reality....more
Love this. These are goals that may be hard to achieve, but yes, take it one day at a time. Work ...more