Locked Screen Door

I’m not sure that Taylor Belle and Mason would ever leave the house if I didn’t make them. They seem content to stay inside and be on their computers, watch tv and play their video games. They don’t even do those things together. Taylor is camped out in her room upstairs and Mason takes over…

Tools and Gadgets

I love tools and gadgets. Those kinds of things that you don’t necessarily need to live, but that make life so much easier. More enjoyable. Joey has helped me out in the electronics department. He got me an iPhone for Mother’s Day right after the first version came out. He said he didn’t know why…

Wallowing In It

Joey describes me as an unflinching optimist. And I like that description. It makes me feel good. I’m just not so sure that it’s true – at least not true all the time. Maybe it depends on the day. Or my hormone level. Or the people I’m around. I have spent the last couple of…

I Need More Time

The kids and I went out to dinner the other night. It was a Friday night, and we wanted to get out of the house and do something fun. Or at least I wanted to, so I made the kids come with me. Played the mama doesn’t want to cook and is sick of drive-thru…

Rule Nazi

I don’t like rules. In fact, I could probably say that I hate rules and it would be more accurate. I simply don’t like to be told what to do. Period. It has caused lots of problems throughout my life. You’d think that I would grow up and just get over it. But I haven’t….

Just A Glimpse

I caught a glimpse of a man today. Just a glimpse out the window of the car. I was traveling home with some friends down a little state highway and there he stood on the side of an intersection of the road. If I had been traveling by myself, I would have stopped. I would…

Swimming With The Fishes

You don’t know me very well yet, but I am generally a nice person. Compassionate. Understanding. Forgiving. I’ve been blessed with the ability to usually see both sides of a situation rather than just my side. And I always known that given the same circumstances, it’s possible I might have made the same choice, so…

Bad Mama

Hello. My name is Tammy, and I am a bad mother. I realized the other day that I have had children at home for over thirty-one years now. That’s continuously – for over thirty-one years! All of my adult life! How have I not gotten better at being a mama? It’s something I have been…

A Great Love Story: Mama and Daddy

A Great Love Story

My mama’s birthday is tomorrow. She will be seventy-five years old. I love stories of how couples met, and want to share my mama’s story of how she met my daddy. In 1956, mama graduated high school in Munford, Tennessee, at the age of eighteen. She and her best friend, Betty Lou, left the cotton…

I Want To Be Fearless

I first noticed it the other day while in the office. There was music playing downstairs in the dining hall, and I could hear someone singing. After listening to the singing for a few minutes, I went to the rail to look down to see what was going on. There at a table was a…