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Prom 2014 Black and White Tux - Troy

My Prom Prince

Nothing makes a mother’s heart sing quite as much as a happy child – no matter how old that child is. And this morning, I awoke with a completely happy heart for the first time in a long time. Troy’s prom was last night. We live in a small school district of about 100 kids …

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Kaleb's Drawing of the two of us

Mother’s Day Thank You

I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who reached out to me in one way or another this Mother’s Day, and want to say thank you to each and every one of you. I have a longer post coming about the day, but for now, I just want to again thank everyone and …

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Single Mom and Boys - Five of Them!

Ultimate Blog Party Post

So this afternoon my friend from Pure Sugar told me about the Ultimate Blog Party. I’m still a bit confused about what exactly the Ultimate Blog Party is all about and what I’m supposed to do to be part of it. I kinda feel like I’m back at an 8th grade dance, hanging out in the …

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Write for us! Pen and paper

Why Use a Pseudonym?

Strahlen is not the name I was born with. I use the pseudonym Strahlen Smith on Single Mom Smiling to maintain a degree of anonymity. I didn’t want my ex-husband to find out about Single Mom Smiling. In truth, I didn’t want ANYONE to know about it! We live in a small town and my husband’s …

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