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Tonja Bell

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I Am Having A Mid Life Crisis

Bellonheels.com When I write a blog post, the title comes last. Not until the end, am I able to decide what the name should be....more

Loving Your Daughter Through the Preteen Years

And then she said: Mom, I need a bra. A bra? For what? It was not yet time to worry about such womanly things. I pointed out that I didn’t get my first training bra until fourth grade. Suddenly it occurred to me what grade she was in now. I looked into her eyes. And then I told her to scoot over. I clearly needed to sit down. I had noticed that my daughter was changing. Her emotions, reactions and interests, all transforming into something entirely new. Gone was my sweet, good-natured baby. I wasn’t ready though. I had always told myself that I would be ready. ...more
Oh honey, I'm right there with you. I swear she levitated, spun her head around and spit pea ...more

I Watch Your Perfect Families, Now Watch Mine

Bellonheels.com Doesn’t every kid decide to meditate on a manhole cover? In the middle of the street?...more

It's Almost Time for Summer Break! Oh No!

It is almost that time. The school year is winding down. My favorite time of year is right around the corner. I experience these feelings every year. As a stay-at-home mother summer means that I get to spend many warm days with my four children. We talk and laugh and frolic barefooted through the fields of tall green grass. Stopping to take a moment to lie on our backs, on the warm earth and stare up at the blue sky as the white, fluffy clouds float past... (Insert here that sound of a record being scratched by a needle.)...more
Wonderful! My boys have been on the business end of a spray bottle once or twice, also there may ...more

We Have Invaded Your Neighborhood. Now, Who Wants A a Hug?,

Bellonheels.com Others call me a blogger but I have always felt sort of silly calling myself by that name....more

But We Grew Here: What It Feels Like To Leave A Family Home

And then he said: Let’s sell the house and move to a new one. My life has not been the same since. What was my husband thinking? Fast forward seven and a half months to our accepted offer. This moving thing was really happening. What were we thinking? Do you have any idea how hard it is to move when you have children? But we did. We boxed and hauled. Load after load. Most of the time, with whiny kids in tow. Then we paid muscles to come relocate the heavy stuff. Finally. Everything was at the new place. And the old place was empty. ...more
We are only the third owners of our home, built in the early 1900's - the growth chart on the ...more

Suburbia’s Hottest Trend: Varage Sale-One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

Bellonheels.com  Why am I always the last to know about anything cool? I thought we were friends....more

Living With Little Boys

Bellonheels.com Every family is different. In this family the boys greatly outnumber the girls. This is a reality that my daughter and I have learned to accept....more