RAW & REAL

This blog is for sharing authentic moments, stories, and thoughts.

There are posts about parenting, shifting family dynamics, my LGBT experiences, art, photography, and writing.

Not Back to School Photos

A few years ago, I was scrolling through Facebook and taking in all of the First Day of School photographs that my friends took of their children. The kids had backpacks filled to the brim, and their first day outfits were all pristine and unique to them. Most of the kids smiled, while some families…

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How Quarantine Changed Our Homeschooling

We have been homeschooling our son from the beginning. There are a multitude of reasons behind why we chose to do so, but that in itself would be best served as it’s own, separate post. (Comment below if that’s something you’d be interested in). When we made that decision, we did all kinds of research…

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Feel, Write, Repeat

This week’s post is going to be a bit shorter. The last one was already late, as I’m trying to get out all of my content as I wade through the grime of what I’m working through and healing from lately. Writing is my passion, it’s one of my jobs, and even that has felt…

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Socially Distant Day Trip – Maine

I’m used to traveling quite a bit.  For the past few years, I’ve taken multiple trips. Some for a day, or a long weekend, and others for a full week or two. Before 2020 started, I had already planned multiple trips both out of state and out of country. Visiting other cities and countries, or…

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A Boy, a Dog, and Overcoming Fear

My son, Brayden, has been afraid of dogs for as long as I can remember. Whenever he saw a dog, he would shy away. If a dog barked, he would cover his ears, or run away, or try to climb- literally climb- into my arms. I could see the fear, the anxiety, all over his…

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How a Toothbrush Told Me She Was Committed

In a growing relationship, on the cusp of casual and committed, there are certain steps and signs that things are getting more serious. There’s the first sleepover, and the second, and pretty soon there’s a pattern of consistent visits that has one or both parties packing bags regularly. In between, the various outfits are washed,…

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