Tamara Out Loud

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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

64

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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

4

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 [...]

Tuesday

5

July 2011

12

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TOL Treasure: “Adventures in Vacation Bible School and Pole Dancing”

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I hope you’ll enjoy last year’s post while I work on plans for this year’s VBS, perhaps with fewer celebrity characters and corkscrew spins but hopefully with just as much fun. _____________________________________________________ It all started with a simple email. My friend Stacey was rounding up volunteers for our church’s summer vacation bible school, and since my gaggle of children makes up an overwhelming percentage of the attendees, I felt compelled to put in some time. She asked me how I’d like to help, and this was my ever-so-eloquent reply: I’m fine with leading if it’s something I’m good at. So, [...]

Monday

27

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.

Friday

17

June 2011

16

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Thank God for “Clear Search History”

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I appreciate modern technology; of course I do. But sometimes it is just perfectly poised to screw you over. For weeks now a certain situation has been absolutely dogging my husband. I can tell when it’s overtaking his thoughts because his dark eyes get intense and his jaw muscles flex. Granted, this is not a bad look on him, but I hate to see him so stressed. So today when he began telling me about the latest installment of monumental bullshit, I was inspired to offer relief. “Next time it comes up,” I suggested, swiveling from my desk, “just imagine [...]

Tuesday

24

May 2011

60

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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

4

May 2011

17

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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, [...]

Monday

4

April 2011

24

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Spring Break Match-Up

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Spring Break: College Years Spring Break: Parenting Years Wrangle a hot, sweaty guy to help you apply your sunscreen. Wrangle a hot, sandy child who refuses your help with sunscreen. Wet t-shirt contest: No real losers, plenty potential regrets. Wet diaper contest: No real winners, plenty potential rematches. Eat junk all week; feel instantly fat, have no actual fat to show for it. Eat junk all week; feel instantly fat, have copious fat to show for it.    Get a new tattoo; your mom is mortified. Get a new tattoo; your tween is mortified. Return home too hungover to remember [...]