Tamara Out Loud

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Sunday

11

May 2014

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If motherhood ever stresses you out, this one’s for you.

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If you’re anything like me, you find motherhood to be tiring, stressful, and overwhelming. You wonder how in the hell you’re supposed to raise thriving human beings when you can barely get your own ass in gear three-quarters of the time. You stay up some nights, heartsick, worrying whether your kids will make it safely through the week in public school, let alone through life. You fuck it up, and you let them see it, and you cry together, and maybe you even pray. If you’re anything like me, motherhood is one of the hardest things you know. And you […]

Thursday

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March 2012

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Mama for a Moment

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When I gave out a few gifts here at Christmas time, I had no idea one of them would demand so much from me. Shawn Smucker won a guest post, and as we began talking on Twitter, I learned that fostering children was a topic close to his family’s heart, and so I admitted, quietly as you can on a giant social network, that I had once been a foster mom. It isn’t something I talk about often or in detail because, years after we stopped fostering, the emotional tangle of it all is still so often too much. And […]

Thursday

9

February 2012

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Watering Weeds into Flowers

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It was a day-after-day kind of day. Another day at home, twin three-year-olds whining at me, wearing on me, pulling on me and my threadbare patience. I read all about the French parents and their supremely well-behaved offspring that the entire Internet was going ga-ga over, and I was 12-years tired of my whole stay-at-home gig, and these people amazed and inspired and pissed me off, and I tried to reproduce their authoritative tone, but I guess I lacked a certain je ne sais quoi because my smallest children kept acting like total merde. “I hate staying at home,” I […]

Monday

7

November 2011

28

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Don’t Say Anything If __

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Whether owing to some seasonal allergy or to the change in weather, it was clear that my sinuses had bested me. By midday Saturday my voice was rapidly wearing out; by early evening it was nearly gone. Lost most of my voice; am clicking at people to get their attention. Realizing I wouldn't make a cute bushman. — Tamára Lunardo (@tamaraoutloud) November 5, 2011 And while it’s never convenient for a mother to lose her voice, in this instance the threat was particularly untimely: I was supposed to help lead the singing in our church service the next morning. So […]

Thursday

8

September 2011

8

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Mom is Not Your Boss: Words of Wisdom from My 7-Year-Old

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I chased five boys at recess today. –Mia, first week of first grade My 7-year old, Mia, frequently gets told how much she reminds people of her mom, and while I’m not sure it’s a compliment for her, it’s definitely one for me. She’s smart, spunky, and beautiful, and she has what can really only be called a Mind Of Her Own. But I’m guessing people mean the dark, curly hair. And maaaybe the hot blood. It was her handwritten note that stole the scene on this popular post, and today my feisty little lady is doing her thing at […]

Monday

8

August 2011

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Tattoos Are Like Kids– Trust Me, I Have a Few

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Having a total of eight tattoos and children combined (with plans for several more of the former and absolutely no more of the latter), I’ve picked up on some compelling similarities. On Deciding To Go For It: It can be hard to decide whether or not to go for your first one. Particularly if you’re a woman, you may consider the fact that your body will never look the same again. You may be tempted to go for it if a lot of your friends have them. This is not a good reason to do it. You may be scared […]

Thursday

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August 2011

52

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Freakin’ ‘Tarians: 30 Days of Vegetarianism Continues

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Bryan and I are now on our 12th of 30 days of vegetarianism, and things are mostly going swimmingly,  with only the occasional flailing of willpower. For him, the biggest temptation has been the fried chicken he’s so often confronted with (north-central Florida is very much the South); for me, it’s not so much been the bacon as it’s been the seafood (Florida is very much a peninsula). But really, the biggest obstacle hasn’t been the mild temptations or even the dining out– it’s the kids. Our 12-year-old son is a real meat-and-potatoes guy. When he was in preschool, he […]

Monday

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June 2011

18

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The Gift of Your Beginning

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This is your story, Baby Boy. I sometimes wish I could re-write your beginning, start it farther in the future, when your mama wasn’t a scared girl and your daddy wasn’t just a kid trying to do the right thing. But life doesn’t give you re-writes; it only lets you keep telling the stories you’ve got and offering fresh pages. And if you read through the eyes of grace, you’ll get to see that it’s not just the fresh pages that are the gift. This is the story I’ve got. *** Please visit A Deeper Story to continue reading.

Tuesday

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May 2011

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Normal with a Slight Chance of Rapture

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Rapture Day 2011 has come and gone and I think we’re mostly all still here. But let me tell you– it was a close call. As a literate Westerner with access to basic media, I was aware of the May 21 prediction. I was fairly convinced that if Jesus didn’t have the Apocalypse marked on his calendar, Harold Camping couldn’t really be expected to bear such heavy scheduling burdens. Still, I try not to be an asshole and laugh at misguided people. So I viewed Saturday as Normal with a Slight Chance of Rapture. The day was nearly over with […]

Wednesday

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May 2011

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Mother’s Day “Don’ts” for Dads

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The thing with Mother’s Day is that the people in charge are usually nose-pickers and toilet-bowl missers. When the kids help, too– forget it. And believe me when I tell you, your lady does not want garish porch adornment on the second Sunday in May, which is this Sunday, May 8. (You’re welcome.) So to guide you, here’s a short list of Mother’s Day “Don’ts” for Dads. (continued here) *** My friend KC Procter runs a smooth little operation called Some Wise Guy, a blog for dangerous dads and manly men. He features a guest blogger on Wise Guy Wednesdays, […]