Mother’s Day Treasures

An arial view of the largest Mother's Day card I've ever seen!

Well, another Mother’s Day has come and gone and I am still left with the afterglow. I just love Mother’s Day! Not only is this the one day a year specifically set aside for me to express my appreciation to my own mother, it is also the day that I get the most unusual and […]

The Perfect Parent

Now doesn't this look like the child of a Perfect Parent?!

  There is nothing more aggravating to me than having some know it all, self-proclaimed “greatest parent who ever walked the Earth”, slyly hint that my parenting methods suck. These are the folks that just love to offer advice on how I can better improve myself and be more like them. These are also the […]


Not only did I get help washing the dishes, but my floor is clean too!

  I love to learn. I have two degrees and, if it wasn’t for the ridiculously high costs of getting an education, I’d probably have a few more. The process of discovering something new and mastering a subject excites me. Right now my fixation is on learning the Spanish language. I have even considered packing up […]

The Side-Eye, Part 1

Jacqueline Giving The Side-Eye

  The Side-Eye. It’s the look you give someone when they do or say something that is just not quite…right. Just imagine for a minute that you are engaging in a quite pleasant conversation with someone. Everything is going well and it seems like they are playing with a full deck. And then, out of […]

Driving Miss Crazy!

I'm going to do the same thing to his car one day...

I remember the day I purchased my first new car. There it was, a shiny brand new purple Chevy Cavalier. It was exactly what I had always wanted: small, clean, fun, and inexpensive. I played my favorite music while I drove the highway between my parents’ home and the university I was attending. Driving that […]

The Next Michael Jordan

Jacqueline on crutches after a rough game

  Sports. That word alone opens the mind up to an array of fun moments:  crowds cheering, cheerleaders wiggling, bands playing, and spectators doing the wave. The ability to bounce a ball, make a catch, slam a dunk, swim with vigor, run a track, or volley a ball can get you places in this country. […]

Daddies Do Hair Too!

John and Jonacye during happier hair days

I remember watching my husband trying like mad to comb my step-daughter’s hair. He looked as if he was doing a combination of manhandling her head, arm wrestling and trying out for a Shake Weight commercial. Nevertheless, when he completed his masterpiece, Jonacye was beaming despite looking suspiciously like a unicorn that had just lost a […]

Bath-Time Warriors

Jace Taking A Bath

  I know I shouldn’t believe everything I see on TV but I just saw something absolutely AMAZING! A product that beckoned me, imploring me to spend my last dime just to try and achieve the wonderful joy that could be experienced if only I had this product. What was it you ask? Well, today […]

Parenting 101

The Otey Kids-AJ, Jace, Jonacye, Jacqueline and Isaiah

Parenting. It’s one of the most important jobs a person can do in their lifetime. It’s an awesome, rewarding, life-changing experience that is not for all but a dream fulfillment for many. I love being a parent. My children bring me so much wonder and joy. Every day that I have them in my life […]

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