Author Archive | Shannon Qualls

Life is not a race from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Life Is Not a Race

Life is not a race with others or with yourself. It’s a journey to figuring out who you are and experiencing it with the people you love. Before my husband and I got married 13 years ago, we did an intensive premarital counseling course. One of the topics that came up was a really practical […]

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Tips for lunch time Burnout from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Tips for Lunch Time Burnout

Lunch time burnout is real, and I totally get it.  It’s hard to believe, but school will be out in less then two months. After surviving the excitement of back to school, the full days of fall, the holidays and the not-so-winter months, I’m definitely ready for summer. I’m sure my kids are too.  In […]

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Defining Friendships from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Defining Friendships

Defining Friendships After moving back to Albuquerque over eleven years ago, my husband and I found ourselves in a relational reset. We were young, recently married (a year and a half into it anyway), and found ourselves needing to find new jobs, our own living accommodations, a new church and new relationships. It was at […]

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An Open Letter to All the Momma's Out There from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

An Open Letter to all the Momma’s Out There

Eight and a half years ago I began the journey of motherhood. I didn’t know what I was doing (heck, most of the time I still don’t), but my kids are still alive and thriving so I suppose (by the grace of God) we must be doing something right.  Over the years I have been […]

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Why I Don't Feel Guilty When...from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Why I Don’t Feel Guilty When…

Why I don’t feel guilty when I… Go on a vacation without my kids. Go on date night without my kids. Go to book club, breakfast out, or catch a meal with friends without my kids. I know it may sound completely sacrilegious to some people, but let me explain. This last Saturday I was […]

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Creating Community Around Halloween from Albuquerque Moms Blog

Creating Community Around Halloween

Creating community around Halloween doesn’t have to be hard. I love fall. The changing of the leaves, the cooler days, the longer nights. And let’s be real here, fall clothing is the best. Boots anyone? But those aren’t the only things awesome about fall. There are football games, fall carnivals, and pumpkin patches. And let’s […]

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Finding a New Normal from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

Finding a New Normal

Finding a New Normal On August 11, 2016, I sent my eldest son to school for his first day of third grade. The send off wasn’t overly emotional since this was old hat for him (and if I’m being honest, me too). But it was still a pretty big milestone. The beginning of a new […]

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5 Things to do for fall in Albuquerque from Albuquerque Mom's Blog

5 Things to Do in Albuquerque in the Fall

5 Things to do in Albuquerque in the Fall When I was in college one of my roommates had an intense love of fall. The kind of love that never stumbles or falters. The kind that leaves you anxiously waiting with bated breath for the leaves to change, the air to cool, and the pumpkins […]

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