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We have periods of downtime at work while we wait for the busy season. During those times, we coordinate staff activities to keep us engaged with one another and promote mental and physical wellness. Recently, one of these activities...
I absolutely adore Valentine's Day. It's the one holiday of the year that we aren't expected to do anything but spend our time with the one we love the most - your very own Valentine. Sounds dreamy, right? And since you're...
This past year certainly brought challenges no one could have predicted and it's certainly a year that will be talked about for a long time to come. As this year comes to a close, we wanted to take a...

I’m One of the Lucky Ones

Co-parenting is not always easy. It's not always fun. It's always confusing and stressful. Hey! It's parenting! Unless you're one of the lucky ones. It Hasn't Always Been This Good There were years where it was a struggle on both ends....
One year ago, I had a miscarriage. My husband and I had not intended to conceive. In fact, we had an eleven-month-old baby, and the thought of another pregnancy was terrifying. Our anxiety over balancing two babies did not...
In general, the holidays are a difficult time for those who are grieving. Infertility is a different type of grief, because you're grieving for something you've never had. It is a constant loop of grief every month. During Christmas,...
I had imagined this day for a long time.  My sweet, sweet Abuela lived a wondrous, abundant life. She proudly raised five children, nurtured thirteen grandchildren, and experienced seven great-grandchildren. She has lived in Puerto Rico, Spain, Louisiana, and Texas....
Yesterday, your world changed. You kissed the other half of your heart goodbye for 12 long months and went home with worry and loneliness. Whether this is your first deployment or you’re a seasoned pro, your heart is broken.  I feel...
Growing up in South Louisiana, I had a fairly atypical upbringing. We didn't move through our year in Sportsman Seasons: teal, squirrel, duck, deer, hog, turkey, alligator, etc. We did do a whole lotta fishing, though, so I think...
I. Love. Christmas. I love the colors: the traditional red and green, the ritzy look of black and gold, red and black plaid with fur that makes everyone look like they live their lives chopping wood and building log cabins,...

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Why I Moved Back to Lafayette After Nearly a Decade

I grew up in Crowley and my husband in Church Point. We both graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2011 and...