RELATIVE STRANGERS – HOW TO GET TO KNOW YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AGAIN

I’ll never forget that time at our annual family picnic I said to a cousin nonchalantly, “Hey, we should get together and go to lunch!” After a dead pause, she said, “Why? We don’t know each other anymore.” Wow! I swear that hurt my feelings as much as if we were kids again and she […]

THE SECRET TO CLOSE FAMILIES: EATING DINNER TOGETHER

Growing up, even with six kids, our family STILL managed to eat dinner together each night. Eating dinner together as a child left such an imprint on me that I made sure I found a long-azz, 132” French Country table for my cottage to ensure that everybody – those six kids, plus spouses and kids […]

HOW TO HANDLE GOING HOME AGAIN

I grew up in a small town where e’rybody and I mean e’rybody knew your name. Couldn’t walk across the street without folks on the other side knowing you were already coming. I couldn’t WAIT ‘til I was eighteen years old to get outta there. And I did, y’all! Did I hate my home town? […]

DO YOU INVITE YOUR BABY’S DADDY (OR OTHER EX’S) TO THE WEDDING?

Unless you’ve got cameras following you and you’re trying to be dramatic like those ladies on “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, or are Prince Harry (who invited every woman he’d ever dated to his and Meghan’s Royal Wedding) I don’t really see a reason why you would need to invite an ex to your wedding. I […]

IT’S YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY – WHICH RELATIVES DO YOU INCLUDE?

You will never know your family tree better until it is time to start inviting people to your wedding! Laaawwddyy! I swear it felt like cousins were coming out of the woodwork. I love my family, but there was no way I could include them all. And I didn’t. Besides pulling out your wedding etiquette […]

HIS & HERS: BLENDING KIDS INTO YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY

Getting married again is a task in itself. Getting married again with children — regardless of their ages — can be a doozy. Once wedding planning begins, the question comes up pretty quickly as to how to include them in your wedding. It’s right up there with choosing lavender or poppy seed cake, or peach […]

WHEN YOU HAVE A BIG FAMILY BUT CAN’T INVITE THEM ALL TO THE WEDDING

I have always loved coming from a big family − until it was time for my wedding. Lawdy, it became tough to sort through all of that business … the ones who should come, and the ones who shouldn’t because they always wanna be startin’ something. The one who will actually RSVP on time and […]

HOW TO ENSURE YOUR KIDS STILL FEEL SPECIAL WHEN YOU BRING NEW FOLKS INTO THE HOME

Hellooo, mommas of blended families! I want to give y’all a ton of credit for keeping your homes together amidst a whole bunch of personality traits, emotional needs and wants, maturity levels, and new surroundings. Falling in love was the easy part; putting your two families together AIN’T! What do you do after you’ve jumped […]

MULTICULTURALISM: COMING TO A FAMILY NEAR YOU SOON!

Raise your hand if your family photos are starting to look a little colorful … especially those that include your cousins and their spouses, or your grown kids and their spouses … or maybe your remarried parents and their new spouses. I’m not so country to say, “Whoooo boy! Times are ‘a changin’,” but they […]

CONSIDER ADOPTION IF YOU REALLY WANT KIDS

A special note from Cheryl: My mother passed away this week. And so this post is especially poignant to me because she strongly believed that every child deserved a home. I dedicate this post to her and all the joy she brought into the lives of others. RIP mommy. Eleanor  Pearson 12/8/40 – 5/2/2018 *** […]