Dana Does a Year of Failure for the Season of “Suddenly”

Just yesterday, I said goodbye to 31 years old and hello to 32. I have to say I wasn't too heartbroken to see 31 leave, although I learned more in that one year than I have in a very long time. It came mostly through failing. A whole lot of failure. The year started off with …

Dana Does the Pumpkin Patch in Florida

It can be tricky to be festive for fall photos when it's 180 degrees outside. Welcome to Florida. But I managed to dress myself and the kids for the occasion! I found this adorable mustard/orange top on clearance at Target for 50% off! The boys all wore their Halloween t-shirts (my youngest wore one that …

Dana Does Destroying the Morning Mirror Ritual

It's been a daily ritual lately for me. I go to get dressed every morning. I stand under the unforgiving light in my closet in front of an equally unforgiving mirror. I look at myself, dissecting every part of my body that I'm unsatisfied with. Unsatisfied is putting it nicely. I pull, pinch, shake my …

Dana Does Raising Gentlemen in a “Pimp” Society

I never dreamed I would have 3 kids, let alone 3 boys. I had the All-American mindset, one boy, one girl, and maybe a dog. When the second, and especially third baby ultrasounds revealed 2 more boys, I realized my dreams of matching mommy/daughter outfits and Disney princesses were coming to an end. But the funniest thing …

Joey Does Healing from the Lies of Lust: His Story

"I cant do this." "I don't know how to overcome my past." "Will I ever heal from this hurt caused so long ago?" I was born into a world of drug addicted parents who couldn't take care of themselves, let alone their kids. I have two sisters, one older, one younger. We were in foster care and bounced around from place …