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Three Sisters and a Baby

photo by Brian Jones
The bond between sisters is unlike anything else. They play together. They fight. They “borrow” each other’s clothes and hairbrushes. It is like living with your best friend and your least favorite mean girl simultaneously. If we do not have a sister, we want one, so we find a best friend and call her our sister. Books and movies like Little Women and My Sister’s Keeper are written and brought to the big screen to explore this one-of-a-kind bond. It is a complex and fascinating friendship—one in which there is indeed struggle, but also the knowledge that you never have to stand alone.

TXK 411

A Baseball Mom’s Secret … My oldest son is now 18, and he began playing tee-ball at three, which means I’ve been in the baseball-pants-cleaning-business for a solid 15 years. What started with one son playing baseball eventually became three sons playing, which transformed my laundry room into nothing short of mass chaos. … Between games and practices for three boys, baseball pants (and FILTHY ones at that) quickly took over my life, and I was desperate for info on how to get them perfectly white.

VRBO Bungalow

There is so much more to Texarkana than most natives realize. While many of us can’t imagine raising our families anywhere else we are often a bit surprised when someone new moves to town without being brought here directly by a job or family. It is even more surprising when we hear of someone coming simply to visit or explore. However, there are a growing number of successful vacation rentals right here in our backyard!

The Monthly Mix

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas … Treat mom to some items to help her get summer ready for Mother’s Day! These ideas will take her from morning workouts to pool days and barbecue nights. Throw in a gift card for a massage or pedicure for the perfect gift to celebrate all she does for your family! … Help mom keep her face looking young and fresh while protecting it from UV rays all summer with an SPF! This one also acts as a primer you can put on before make-up or wear alone.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
“DON'T FORGET TO PRESS RECORD!” … I tell my family that this would be the title of my book if I ever wrote a book. I always intend to record memorable moments but somehow I always seem to forget to press record. This week, I was documenting what I was sure would be a lifelong memory, only to realize too late I hadn’t pressed the record button until it was all over. Even with my below-standard videoing skills, I have managed to document much of my kids’ lives, but they will never understand the joy of watching the VHS tape recording of a dance recital made with an 80s camcorder.

From New Guinea with Love

In 1943, a letter addressed to Sergeant James Hughes made its way from Mineola, Texas, to the jungles of New Guinea. Serving his time on the South Pacific Island in World War II, James considered the letter a welcomed sight, until he read its contents. It was a Dear John letter from his girlfriend back home.

Blackberry Lemonade Cocktail

INGREDIENTS … 1 Lemon … 3 TBSP Sugar … 2 TBSP Whiskey … 3/4 cup Water … 6 Fresh Blackberries … Fresh Mint Leaves … DIRECTIONS … Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the lemon juice into a mason jar.

The Beauty of an Unexpected Life

Dealing daily with the unexpected, never knowing or understanding when, what or where this mystery began, hoping for God’s grace to carry you from day to day and that society will learn to understand what may not be understood… This is the reality for my family as we live with autism. … In 2014, after failed attempts and much prayer, my husband and I were blessed with a son, Caleb. He was perfect to us. He was healthy and had ten fingers and ten toes. At that moment, nothing else mattered. We marveled over his every move! We videoed every smile, bath, laugh and even some crying.

When the Time Comes

Have you ever had the difficult task of making final arrangements for a loved one or family member after they passed away? Most people have no idea how much there is to do or how many decisions there are to make until they have been forced to sit in that chair. Until you have been in those shoes, most remain unaware of what final arrangements cost. The best way to protect your loved ones from that difficult task is to plan your arrangements ahead of time.

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