Love, Laughter, and Legally Ever After

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By: Shannon Ralph On Saturday, June 21st, I married the love of my life. My wedding was a beautiful outdoor ceremony attended by my closest family and friends. The ceremony was followed by a delectable plated Greek dinner at a lovely local restaurant. The wine flowed. We cheered and made eloquent toasts to love and […]

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Mama Told Me There’d Be Days Like These

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By Shannon Ralph There are days when you think you are actually doing pretty well at this parenting gig. Days when your children seem almost content.Almost happy. Days when you are in the zone—the parenting zone. You all know what I mean, right? Days when you look at your children and you think maybe—just maybe—their […]

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A Mommy Cautionary Tale

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By: Shannon Ralph Something happened this weekend—a lifetime first. (Well, actually, not a real first, but the first time this particular thing happened in 37 or 38 years.) I pooped my pants. Yep, you read that correctly. I realize this is probably entirely too much information, but I think it is life-altering enough to include […]

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The Pierce-Ralph Family-Do we change our names now that we can get married?

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By: Shannon Ralph I was asked an intriguing question this week. Completely out of the blue and totally unexpected, Ruanita (a-little-too-casually) asked me the following: “So…do you think we should hyphenate our last names after we get married?” Whaaa?? To be perfectly honest, this had never occurred to me. Amazingly—despite the tornadic whirlwind of wedding […]

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