Marriage & Family

A Mother of Sheroes: An Army Wife’s Story of Raising Daughters Who Joined the Military.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him YOUR plans?”  Well, Teesa definitely made God chuckle, as she planned out her future upon graduating from high school and entering college.  Teesa Albert (a pseudonym) went to college right after she completed her senior year of high school, with …

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Everyday Fathers

Forty years…it took me forty years! Up until eight short months ago, I did not know who my biological father was.  When I prayed as a teenager, I often referred to the Creator as “Daddy,” just so I could use the word.  Not all of the time–just usually when I wanted “fatherly” advice on something, …

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Irreplaceable: Keeping My Gifts At Home Creates ‘Homemaker Magic’ In The Military.

“You must not know ‘bout me.  I can have another you in a minute.”  Queen Bey sang this as an empowerment anthem for women in disintegrating relationships.  I suppose it works in music videos and making hit music.  But, if we’re talking about homemaking, and we are…no.  You cannot have another me in a minute. …

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Mothers of Angels

If life begins at conception, so does motherhood. I remember reading a post in which a woman introduced her family.  She shared, “I have four children, which includes an angel-baby.”  My heart melted.  Her angel-baby wasn’t pictured in the family photograph near her other three kids, but spiritually, the baby was there!   The child …

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My Birthday, Our Party.

As a child, I didn’t have many Birthday parties.  No, we weren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses.  We–my siblings and I–just didn’t have many Birthday parties.   As a pre-teen, I was in the Big Brother & Sister program, and was given an amazing “Big Sister” named Ada.  Ada gave me my first Birthday party–she planned all of my Birthday parties, as a child, actually. …

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Romance, Revised

Earlier in the relationship, you were probably more risky.  Boundless intimacy on the patio while the neighbors in the adjacent apartment building could look on–if they just happened to walk outside–made your heart race.   Making love in the Caribbean’s clear waters as others laughed and splashed around–completely oblivious of the pure bliss that transpired only 50ft away–felt surreal.  And, …

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She’s Married to Whom?!

ALL healthy military matrimonies are beautiful! But, it’s the non-traditional unions in the “Black military Wives” Facebook group that recently captured my attention; these marriages are taking their gumption to new heights. Lately, I’ve seen more and more Black women married to non-Black men. Some of the wives in the group actually also have wives! The most common thread within the large amount of unexpected military …

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Mind Your Own Garden

I’m a dreamer. I live for a great idea! Recently, however, my ideas needed a little CPR. If I didn’t get some people to breathe life into my goals quickly, my aspirations would’ve surly died. Yes, they would’ve died and been reincarnated into someone else’s image…with someone’s else’s face. The thought alone, both hurt and frightened me. I …

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