This Functional Family

The Crazy Bird Lady

We’ve all heard of the expression, “The Crazy Cat Lady.” Maybe you even know of a few (Editor’s Note: I think I may know one very well…). But I think I might be turning into “The Crazy Bird Lady.”   ...

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The Long Goodbye

I have a 5th grader and here’s what I can tell you about 5th grade: The school year is one long, slow goodbye to elementary school! Oh, and like many other parents of 11-year-olds, I have learned that no, I’m ...

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No Place Like Home

No matter where I’ve lived at various times in my life, sometimes thousands of miles away from Lake Charles, my heart was always right here in Southwest Louisiana, the place where I grew up. Or, you could say that everything ...

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Be Grateful

By Lisa Addison  The deliberate act of gratitude. It’s something that all of us should feel when we get up every morning for simply being given the gift of another day. The definition of gratitude is basic but beautiful: “The ...

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Hope is a Good Thing

I was reading an article the other day by Elizabeth Gilbert, one of my favorite authors, and I really liked something she said: how one of the most important things to do in life is to simply show up. The ...

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Memories: My Grandparents

By Lisa Addison  The older I get, the more I seem to reminisce and feel deep appreciation for all the years that I had with my grandparents. Not everybody gets to grow up with grandparents in their lives so I ...

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The Loss of Joy

“The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.” – Robert Southey Kimberly Joy had been a friend of mine on Facebook for about ...

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Choosing to Forgive

When I was growing up, my dad was what you’d call a little rough around the edges. He had been an oilfield roughneck and also worked construction and other outdoor jobs. With five kids, his patience was low and his ...

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Mommy Wars

By Lisa Addison  Can’t we all just get along? Not every parent chooses to engage, but it seems like there is always something simmering in the online “Mommy Wars” arena. If you do a Google search of “Mommy Wars,” you’ll ...

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First Hunt

It was back in March when I got a message from our friend Ron Turner asking if I thought my son might want to go on a hunting trip with Whitetails Unlimited. When I asked my 10-year-old, he gave me ...

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