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Monsters Incorporated

For some time, Bunny has been experiencing a reoccurring nightmare.  She dreams monsters come in our house and eat our entire family, except for her.  She is left alone with no parents, no home, and no place to go.

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Added by Lanita Moss on January 10, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Rooster Reality

Late last summer, I wrote a blog, Rooster Envy, in which I described my general love for all things chicken and about a beautiful eight foot rooster I had found in Amarillo, TX.  With four months to go until my birthday and Christmas, I…

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Added by Lanita Moss on January 6, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Knit One, Pearl Two

I like to think of myself as a crafty person.  I can cross-stitch, needlepoint, make stained-glass, sew on a button, and hot-glue anything as well as Martha Stewart, but there has always been one craft project that I miserably fail at…

Knitting.

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on November 4, 2011 at 9:33am — No Comments

The First Time...

Yesterday was the start of National Adoption Month.  Around our house I have been busy writing articles for Adoption.Com on different ways to celebrate the month, and we have all been sporting purple ribbons for adoption awareness.

Adoption is a big thing in our family.  I am an adopter.  I adopted my…

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Added by Lanita Moss on November 2, 2011 at 9:53am — No Comments

Bucketful 'O Feelings

Emotions and feelings shouldn’t be a hard thing, although ask any man in an all-female household and he will tell you he is screwed when it comes to feelings and emotions.

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Added by Lanita Moss on November 1, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments

Birth

“ I don’t normally like to do this over the phone…but, your biopsy came back.  I’m sorry, you have breast cancer.

And with one phone call, a new life began.

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 31, 2011 at 9:33am — No Comments

A Matter of Convenience

Growing up in small town America through the 60’s and 70’s, we never had a convenience store in our town until I was a teenager.  Before the Country Market opened their doors on the edge of town, groceries were purchased at a small IGA store on Main Street, gas was pumped by an attendant at a co-op…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 28, 2011 at 8:46am — No Comments

Forgotten Lunch

As a parent, I have three jobs.  My jobs are to love my children, keep them safe, and to teach them about life.  I take my jobs very seriously.  So when Hunter walks away from me in a parking lot, I grab her arm and jerk her back to my side.  If my yelling makes her cry, maybe she can understand my…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 24, 2011 at 10:28am — No Comments

Driving the Facebook Minivan

With Elliott’s birthday and her attaining the magical age of 13, we finally let her have a Facebook account.

According to her, we were mean parents and made her wait until she “legally” could have an account.  This made for some mad feelings on her part because all of her friends had accounts and she…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 21, 2011 at 10:08am — No Comments

Hail to the Chief

As an American, there are a few things I take for granted, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness being the big three.  I’m also guaranteed certain liberties such as the right of free speech, the freedom of religion, and the right to own a gun.

Another right I have as an American that I don’t…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 20, 2011 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Something Unexpected

The courtship with my husband, Colby, wasn’t typical. It wasn’t boy in bar + girl in bar = boy meets girl. As everything else in my life, meeting Colby wasn’t that simple. Our meeting was the stuff movies are made of.

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 19, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Pink Invasion

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are turning, the temperature is falling, and the over commercialization of the pink ribbon has started.

Yes…it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, that time of year when every product in Walmart, Target, and the grocery stores decorate their packaging with a pink ribbon.  I…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 17, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Taxi Driver

When did I become just a mother?  Just a person who juggles the family calendar and makes certain everyone is where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there?

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 14, 2011 at 11:14am — No Comments

Going Home

Home is where the heart is.  But, for my daughters, their hearts aren’t just under my roof.

As internationally adopted children, I know a part of them still resides in their birth countries.  As they grow up as red, white, and blue Americans, Elle is still Russian, and Bunny is still…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 13, 2011 at 10:33am — No Comments

Beer Money

I love my husband for many reasons, one particular reason being his interesting philosophy on life.

Take for example his theory about “walkabout” money.  Colby believes that besides having lipstick and a driver’s license in a purse, there also needs to be hard cold cash.  Not that he carries around a…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 12, 2011 at 9:40am — No Comments

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

With a daughter in middle school, I am reminded daily that being 13 is the worst age to be, followed closely by 12, 14, and 15.  I’ve often said there isn’t enough money in the world to convince me to redo those awful years.

I see Elliott struggle with self-esteem, body image, and with social…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 10, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments

Im Just Sayin'

I hate the phrase, “I’m just sayin’.”  It all started with a 30-something, passive aggressive, former colleague.  She would always use it after she appeared to be playing devil’s advocate in a debate.

At first I found it humorous, but after repeated uses, I found it condescending.  The more our…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 7, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments

Lost Opportunity

I am disappointed.  Disappointed at a lost opportunity.

This morning, over a cup of coffee, I read this headline in the Hollywood Reporter.

Jillian Michaels Warns Against International Adoption Unless…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 6, 2011 at 8:20am — No Comments

The Power of a Pedicure

There is something elemental about a pedicure.  Not the neon bright colors that often adorn the toenails, nor the callus grater they use to scrub the skin to baby-butt soft, it’s about touch.  Pedicures are about making a human connection.  That and the opportunity to have your toes look like a traffic…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 5, 2011 at 8:16am — No Comments

Going on 13

...When people told me to enjoy the moments of her childhood because they grow up too fast, I rolled my eyes. As I first struggled as a single mother, then with her diagnosis of her reactive attachment disorder, there were many times her childhood couldn’t end fast enough.

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 3, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

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