Martha

Martha
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Martha is an Albuquerque wife, Mama!, sister, and friend who enjoys coffee and doughnuting around. In her spare time, she teaches and makes up ridiculous songs while cooking dinner. She's also taken up coaching, and can often be found on the soccer pitch with a team of rambunctious boys.
My New Mexico :: The Family I Love Is Proud to Look Nothing Alike

My New Mexico :: The Family I Love Is Proud to Look Nothing Alike

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This post goes out to all the moms who never post pictures of their child with a picture of themselves at the same age with the caption, "He looks just like me." This one...
No Refunds, Exchanges, or Do-Overs: Pregnancy and Loss

No Refunds, Exchanges, or Do-Overs: Pregnancy and Loss

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As a teacher, I often hear kids tell each other, "You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit." They say this as they're passing out treats to one another on holidays...
I Like Good Sex and I Cannot Lie (Even If It's Just a Quickie!)

I Like Good Sex and I Cannot Lie (Even If It’s Just a Quickie!)

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I recently admitted to the world that I LOVE SEX. Isn't it great to get that right out there in the open? What I didn't say is that sex is sometimes hard. The daily events occurring...
Back-to-School Tips from a Teacher/Mom

Back-to-School Tips from a Teacher/Mom

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If you're lamenting the end of summer and preparing your kids for this new school year, then this is for you. Also, if you are so glad summer is almost over because your kids...
Zozobra, ABQ Mom

Zozobra, the New Mexican Tradition We All Need

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One amazing tradition found ONLY in New Mexico is the burning of Zozobra. Each year (since 1924) on the Friday before Labor Day, merrymakers gather in Santa Fe to celebrate this creative symbol of...
A Teacher's Summer Soap Box :: 3 Simple Ways To Help Your Child

A Teacher’s Summer Soap Box :: 3 Simple Ways to Help Your Child

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My very first year teaching first grade, I spoke with some very angry parents. Their child's kindergarten teacher had assured them their child was on level and ready for first grade. I insisted that...
Start Summer Well :: A Teacher/Mom's Tips for the End of the School Year

Start Summer Well :: A Teacher/Mom’s End of the School Year Tips

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If you've got Alice Cooper's "School's Out for Summer" scrolling through your head, I am right there with you! I can't wait to run barefoot through the grass and lounge lazily in the backyard...
Part 3: Infertility-What Doesn't Break You Makes You Crazy

Infertility: What Doesn’t Break You Makes You Crazy (Part 3)

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Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this infertility story. There it was. My Aunt, in her kindness, had begun this thing. She started the "Baby Love" Fund. I ugly cried sitting at the ATM with cars waiting behind me....
Part 2: Infertility is the Baby Carriage That Hits Like a Semi Truck

Infertility: The Baby Carriage That Hits Like a Semi Truck (Part 2)

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Read part 1 of this infertility series here. There's that sequence from the movie UP that hits me hard every time. Those two sweet kids . . . they love each other so much. They...
Part 1: Infertility-You Never Know How Bad You Want Something Until You Ugly Cry in Chili's

Infertility: You Never Know How Bad You Want Something Until You Ugly Cry in...

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We just sat there and cried . . . in the booth at Chili’s . . . both of us . . . just flat out weeping. Our waiter came to check on us....
The Story of My Son's Third Eye

The Story of My Son’s Third Eye

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Yes, you read that right. This is the story of my son’s third eye. Let me rewind. A few days ago, my son came down with a fever. I was like, “Oh no! Is this...
the waiting room, stroke

The Waiting Room :: The Day I Could Have Lost My Mom

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I was expecting a call. Someone would call and tell me my sister was in labor. She was expecting her first baby any day. We were supposed to deliver our babies 15 days apart....
A Call to Action for the Safety of Our Children

A Call to Action for the Safety of Our Children

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He was getting away! That little cutie pie was off and running and getting away! I called lamely, “Stop running,” as his mom chased him into the street, trying to catch up to him. Seriously,...
black widow, albuquerque

War on Black Widows :: I Didn’t Want Her Fanging Around!

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Warning, not for the fainting or squeamish types . . . nasty pictures of black widows included below . . . proceed at your own risk, and don’t say I didn’t warn you! It’s that...