FAMILY.

QUADS & GAZELLES.

By Jenna Winegeart / December 31, 2018 /

Family Christmas on my mom’s side wrapped in Arkansas yesterday. It’s an event that’s been part of my regularly scheduled Christmas programming every year since my arrival in 1988. If your family ever needs lessons on how to conduct a proper game of Texas Christmas — more commonly (& possibly offensively) known as Chinese Christmas,…

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MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR

By Jenna Winegeart / November 15, 2018 /

Last year’s family pictures was typical for Texas. Outside. Sweaters. Christmas décor. 94 degrees outside. This is what we have come to know & understand as part of our Texas lives. The season of fall skips over us. I kick & scream about it every year (so maybe I haven’t exactly come to know &…

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STRAWBERRY CUPCAKE WITH EXTRA FROSTING

By Jenna Winegeart / November 12, 2018 /

I was sitting at my vanity in my bedroom putting on my makeup last Friday morning. It’s a rare thing to put on a full face of makeup these days—I was taking the kids to Tyler for the day because I was attending a gala for an organization for human trafficking that evening. Blake was…

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MY DAD, A THERAPIST, & THE LIE

By Jenna Winegeart / November 1, 2018 /

My dad is one of the most generous people I’ve ever known. And the thing is, I probably don’t know the half of it. But I do remember seeing him push a tv on a cart down my elementary school hallway & learning he was donating one to every classroom. I remember he’s the one…

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HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

By Jenna Winegeart / October 8, 2018 /

I trick-or-treated for the first time when I was in the fifth or sixth grade. We went to church fall festivals before that– you know the kind–where if you’re dressing up as a clown, you’d better be a cheery one because nothing nightmare-inducing allowed. And no cobwebs because those are of the devil. I love…

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WHAT MUNDANE TASKS HAVE TO DO WITH YOUR VALUE

By Jenna Winegeart / September 17, 2018 /

This is a simple story, but it’s one that’s repeated itself over & over again with little variation. Blake goes to work. I stay home with the kids. Ten hours pass. Blake comes home tired & can give a summary of his day by meetings attended & problems solved. I am also tired but unlike…

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DEAR ADOPTING MAMA…

By Jenna Winegeart / September 11, 2018 /

** Background: I have three children– my oldest is biological– my middle is adopted– my youngest is biological. I think it is important to note that I have experienced becoming a mother in both ways for this story. ** One of the biggest mistakes I made when we were in the process of adopting Emma…

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THE BUCKETLIST FAMILY

By Jenna Winegeart / September 3, 2018 /

A few months ago, Blake & I were on the phone while he was driving from one work meeting to the next. He said there was a family on Instagram he knew I would go crazy over, but he wasn’t sure he wanted to tell me because I would want to do all the things.…

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Bringing Home Emma James

By Jenna Winegeart / May 8, 2016 /

We had no idea we had planned our Florida vacation during Thunder Beach week—that’s code for 60,000 motorcyclists revving their engines and riding the strip together. I don’t know if this is why we had the beach nearly to ourselves, but it was sunny and gorgeous and such a dream of a time. (And thank…

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Packing for the Beach

By Jenna Winegeart / April 25, 2016 /

Today is the day! We are headed for the beach! Four adults. Three littles. While the beach is about as relaxing as it gets vacation wise, these words have crossed my mind many a time over the last week: Time away without kids is a vacation. Time away with kids is a trip. It’s true,…

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