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They say God’s grace comes when you need it and not a moment sooner, and I think this explains how my heart began to thaw when I saw Camille, heard her cry and felt the doctor lay her 6-pound body on my chest. Read more

Kari Kampakis

On social media, however, we get to skip the real-life challenge of trying to work through differences and instead join tribes. Read more

Kari Kampakis

God planted in us a desire to be with Him. Only in heaven will we feel perfect peace and happiness. Until we reach our final destination, we must learn to live with the inner voids that create a longing for eternity. Read more

Kari Kampakis

“What makes a marriage work is not the same thing as what makes a date work. … You want somebody who falls in love with your soul and not your body or your pocketbook, because those things fade away.” — T.D. Jakes Read more

Kari Kampakis

It takes a thousand choices to get where you want to be in life. Read more

Kari Kampakis

A mom of five kids (all teenagers) once told me that something they discuss a lot in their home is recovery. Read more

Kari Kampakis

“My daughter told me I need to get a life,” my friend said, and we laughed because her daughter is in sixth grade. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Of the many lessons I try to teach my children, one of the most essential lessons is to trust their gut instincts and funny feelings. Read more

Kari Kampakis

I have a confession: If I had to choose one audience to write for — adults or teenagers — I would choose teenagers. Read more

Kari Kampakis

When someone asks, “How are you doing?” they aren’t looking for an elaborate answer. They usually expect a generic response that goes down easy and doesn’t create awkward silences. Read more

Kari Kampakis

I had a funny conversation with an 11-year-old girl. In talking about parenting and children, she matter-of-factly told me, “My dad was really spoiled growing up, and he says he’s not doing that to us because that’s not how the real world works.” Read more

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Boys compete. Girls compare. Wow, isn’t that the truth? Read more

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It was one of the meanest blog posts I’ve ever read — yet I found myself laughing. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Unfortunately, rejection is a part of life. The only way to avoid it is to never take a chance, and what kind of life is that? Read more

Kari Kampakis

At every age, there will be people who like to belittle you, confuse you or make you feel insecure through their unpredictable behavior or underhanded remarks. Read more

Kari Kampakis

I’ve noticed when teenage girls discuss teenage boys, they tend to group them into three categories: Read more

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My friend texted me at 5 a.m. — then followed up with an email. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Congratulations, momma. You did it. You’ve ushered a miracle into this world. That newborn baby in your arms is a game changer, a tiny slice of heaven and the purest thing you’ll ever know on this side of eternity. Read more

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I’m not a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, but through random events I’ve met some amazing people who are. Read more

Kari Kampakis

I remember the incident clearly, doing cheer stunts in my family’s front yard with a babysitter from my brother’s grade. Read more

Kari Kampakis

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