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My friend texted me at 5 a.m. — then followed up with an email. more

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I remember the incident clearly, doing cheer stunts in my family’s front yard with a baby sitter from my brother’s grade. more

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It’s a really exciting day when your child begins to speak. more

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It was five months after my first book was released when the exhaustion hit me. I began waking up in the mornings feeling drained, burned out and lonely. more

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The vehicle I drive is white, but it might as well be yellow because most days of the week, I am a taxi. more

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While driving my kids to school one day, I told them it was almost time for an annual lake trip our family takes with friends we see once a year. more

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There are certain moments in parenting where you want to hang your head in disgrace and immediately disappear. more

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A friend of mine once had jury duty and didn’t know a soul. When it came time to choose her seat, she did what most of us do: She scanned the faces of potential jurors, saw a woman who reminded her of herself and sat down by her. more

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"It was a simple task, really, and one that many families had successfully carried out before us." more

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"When people talk about teenage girls today, the conversation often turns to how addicted they are to their phones. But what nobody seems to ask is, 'Why?'" more

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It was while she was on tour with her first book, “10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know,” that Kari Kampakis came up with the idea for her second. more

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There are certain people in this world who soften me when I look at them. My daughter Marie Claire is one of them. more

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Don’t we all long to leave a legacy that outlives our time on earth and keeps our memory alive? more

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It’s that time of year again, time to pull out the backpacks, get haircuts, set up alarm clocks, and make 20 trips to Target because school is about to start, and Mom is on a mission. more

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"Several years ago, I heard about a fifth-grade boy who showed character during a summer all-stars baseball game that was intense and high-stakes." more

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"Not one child is my mini-me, and that’s a good thing." more

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"When I was younger, I tended to let messages about forgiveness go in one ear and out the other. Quite honestly, it didn’t make sense for me to forgive people who had wronged me or done something to justify my distaste for them." more

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While driving my kids to school one day, I told them it was almost time for an annual lake trip our family takes with friends we see once a year. more

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There are certain moments in parenting where you want to hang your head in disgrace and immediately disappear. more

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A friend of mine once had jury duty and didn’t know a soul. When it came time to choose her seat, she did what most of us do: She scanned the faces of potential jurors, saw a woman who reminded her of herself and sat down by her. more

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The sixth-grade graduating class at Mountain Brook Elementary presented Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” on May 9-11 for students, parents and friends. more

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It’s rare to hear anyone say they loved middle school. Even people with positive memories never tout it as the best years of their life. more

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It’s hard not to clear every obstacle in our children’s path so they can be happy now — getting what they want exactly when they want it. more

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I have a friend who hopes to start a ministry. She’s equipped to do it and her life story is pointing that way, but currently she’s in a season where she is waiting for God to reveal His plan and provide more direction. more

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“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” Elizabeth Stone more

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We all have bad days, but if we’re out there living, taking chances and leaving our house each morning to make a difference in the world, we’re bound to get it wrong sometimes. more

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Some of the best advice I ever received came after my first big job promotion. more

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“So many people are negative about marriage,” she said. “When I say I’m engaged, they want to tell me how terrible it is.” more

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Do you have a child who’s the opposite of you, and when they’re little you don’t know what to do with that, but then they grow up and you realize what an extraordinary gift you’ve been given? more

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One January years ago, I was having coffee with some moms when the conversation turned to Christmas — and how differently women and men handle the holiday. more

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I wrote “Raising a Kind Daughter” because I get so tired sometimes of hearing mean girl stories. Don’t get me wrong; I know mean girls exist, and the problem undoubtedly needs to be addressed. more

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I’ve written a book for teen and tween girls that applies God’s truths to today’s realities. Called 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know, it will be released through Thomas Nelson on Nov. 4. more

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However a mom shares her gifts, it’s all good. And for most moms, the bottom is this: We’re all passionate about our kids. more

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Sometimes I don’t understand all the meanness in this world. There is meanness at school. Meanness on the Internet. Meanness among enemies. Meanness among “friends.” Add it all together, and it can threaten your hope in humanity. more

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Several months ago, a dear friend of mine lost her husband. As multitudes of people flocked to lift her family up and help in their time of need, I reached out to a mom who had lost her spouse years ago to see if she had advice. more

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