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Jenni

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Jenni Murray was born into a military family and moved around a good bit before settling on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which she now considers “home.” She is a social worker turned stay-at-home mom and lives in Pascagoula with her husband and their 3 rambunctious and wonderful boys, ages 7, 4, and 2. When she’s not doing laundry or refereeing little boys, she hides away to write for therapy. She loves God, her family, Diet Coke, and Disney World, in that order.
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Learning to Be Still in a Lean In World

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Lean in, Jenni.  Just lean in. People expect you to be strong, to have answers, and to keep all the balls in the air. Don’t cry. Repeat that you’re ok until you’re ok again. Make more lists....

10 New Traditions to Start This Christmas

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I sent my husband a text message trying to sell him on my grand idea: a room at the Roosevelt in New Orleans, an outdoor dinner, and a carriage ride around the city looking...
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It’s Ok…You Can Tone Down the Magic

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There I was, sitting next to another mom in yet another school party planning session.  We were talking about the upcoming party (honestly, I can’t even remember which party it was…Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter,...
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Learning How to Ask for Help

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Every one needs help. Every one. Except me. I’m a perfectionist stay-at-home mom with a master’s degree in social work so I am exempt from needing help. I’m actually trained to be the helper, fixer, advice...
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Learning to Live in the New Normal

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Originally published August 2020 I laid on the floor of the playroom in total defeat. It can’t get worse than this, I thought. I just need to get through another week and then the kids...
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Finding Simple Beauty in a “Keeping Up With The Joneses” World

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Whether we like it or not, we live in a Keeping Up With the Joneses kind of world. HGTV helps us see all the flaws in our homes. Instagram helps us see all the...
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Learning to Embrace Play

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We have all read that children learn best through play.  Articles are constantly telling us that young kids retain information better with play-based curriculums and that older kids are healthier with less structured activities...
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Dear First-Time Mom,

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Dear First-Time Mom, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. More often than you might expect considering I’m on my fourth round of this mommy thing.  Here I am with an infant again, and...
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The Miracle of Motherhood

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Do you believe in miracles? When they laid my newborn son on my chest for the first time, he suddenly stopped crying, soothed by the familiar sound of my heartbeat. My own heartbeat was...
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When You Have All Boys, but Don’t Feel Like a #boymom

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When we found out we were having our fourth bouncing baby boy, the comments immediately started rolling in. “Wow!  You’re the ultimate #boymom!” “Good thing you know boys so well!”  “You don’t have to redecorate the nursery!”  Even...
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