Kelly Newcom

Recent posts by Kelly Newcom

 

Our Family Cruise [Part 1: The Beginning]

It’s hard to vacation with a large family. The most economical option would be to drive somewhere but considering five minute car rides to church is enough to incite fighting and frustration, destinations longer than 5 hours away are out of the question. Five hours is low long it takes to get to South Padre,...
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The April Birthdays

April came around fast this year with Lily & Peter’s Birthdays. Lily and a couple friends went to the drive-in movies to see Beauty & the Beast and Power Rangers. It was a fun, but very late, night out with the girls. X came along to help with details – there is a lot of...
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The New Sport: Tennis

E has found his sporting niche. After trying lots of different sports over the years we have found the one he loves and is good at. A few weeks back he had his first tennis tournament. I missed the first day due to a speaking event on the other side of Texas but was able...
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Why Monthly Blogging is the Best I Can Do

For ten years this blog has been my passion. I have loved the challenge of writing and the joy of photography. As an outlet alternative to my habitual and routine life as a Pharmacist and Mom, this satisfies my creative side.  I  have missed this outlet over the past months. But here’s the truth I’m...
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The (Alpha and Omega) Science Fair Project

I’ve spent the past 10 years of my  life raising children in elementary school. I have successfully avoided the science fair all 10 of these years. Does this make me sound like an uncaring parent? Perhaps. Do I hate science? No way. I spent 6 years of college focusing on science – I still love...
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The Way We Do Valentine’s Day (Now)

Years ago, I hand-selected wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts for my children. I made heart shaped pancakes and special desserts for them to eat that day. I hand-crafted their Valentine’s Day cards to hand out to friends as well as made homemade gifts for teachers. I arranged photo shoots with coordinating outfits and the quintessential L...
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BOA with Lily & the Class of 2024

Generally speaking, I despise camping. And surrounding myself with a few hundred 5th graders isn’t always my idea of a good way to spend vacation days. But I love going to BOA with my kids. Somehow, I get over the discomfort of sleeping on a kindermat-quality mattress in a room with 8 other people all...
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Dear Angela…2 years later

Dear Angela, Oh, Time, such a fickle friend. I can hardly believe it holds 2 years of life without you in its hands. Contained in those two years are hundreds of new memories, memories without you in them. My children have grown, my mission has expanded, and by the grace of God my writing has...
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It’s all good

Almost an entire month has passed since I last contributed to my story here in this little space. Life is good though. I really hesitate to say it’s “busy” because in my gut being “busy” sounds bad. As though I’m not making the right choices in how to prioritize my time, therefore, I’m busy doing...
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2017 Word of the Year: TRANSFORM

December arrived and I had yet to feel any confirmation on what my WORD of the year would be. I tried not to panic and force it. The Lord gently reminded me as I prayed, He would provide it. It came during a sermon at church. The pastor only but spoke the word once and...
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26.2 Reasons the Marathon is the Highlight of 2016

I’m pretty sure my friends are absolutely done hearing about my marathon.  I’ve used marathon analogies to relate to everything in life for at least 2 weeks post race and I’ve worn my VIP pullover almost every day since. The race is still so fresh in my mind I often wonder when it will become...
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Christmas 2016

Christmas came fast this year. I think, perhaps, it comes faster with each passing year. As the kids get older and the slow and boring days of raising littles are but a memory, it seems the bustle of daily activity makes time speed by even faster by. True to our tradition, we bought the children...
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7 Kids in Pictures (Now and Then)

Thanksgiving marks 3 years I’ve been challenged with the task of taking pictures of 7 children. And now that I have posted our formal photo shoot pictures (which I must boast my kids were professional model behavior), I’ll give you some real life photos. Without the tuxedos and formal dresses its actually quite a challenge...
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Merry Christmas from the Newcom Family

It takes a reason like the birth of our Savior to get this dressed up. From our family to yours, Merriest of Christmas to you. photography by Rachel Russo on location at Raymond Russell Park, San Antonio  ...
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Thanksgiving Week

My parents were in town for all of Thanksgiving week, which was awesome because we rarely have spent Thanksgivings with them. Earlier in the week looked a little like this: Lots of card games And board games. Although here it looks like they were going to play monopoly but played Exploding Kittens instead. If they...
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Reunion, Graduation & Redemption (If ever there were reason to praise, it is this!)

Nine months ago our oldest daughter walked out on us and her last few weeks of high school. In the toughest love we could muster, we not only allowed her to walk away but held to our previously given word of: leave again and you cannot come back. It was awful for all of us....
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The Boys’ Birthdays

We have 3 birthdays in a 2 week time span. These birthdays creep up on me fast every year and even worse, time slips by even faster once they’re past! While time may defy me, my camera does not. I am, at least, capturing these fleeting moments in pictures. Adam: 14 years old As usual,...
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Homecoming (HOCO as the kids say)

The discussion about Homecoming generally starts the 2nd week of school. Even though it is still 7 weeks away. The panic, the anxiety, the wondering of who is asking who, and where am I going to get my mum from all starts early. This year: no exception. Adam had his date picked out early on...
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Every Word Has Impact

I wrote this article for Brave Parenting a couple weeks ago. It tells a quite humorous story my kids still love to torture me over. The movie was “Daddy’s Home” with Will Ferrel. Will Ferrel – as in Buddy the elf. My kids won’t ever see Buddy the same way again…. I share this story...
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Peter’s Football

We live in Texas. It’s football season. And Texas football is a legit thing, let me tell you. Football has dominated the past few (very hot) months. Peter asked and asked (and asked) to play football. He didn’t want to play flag football – he wanted the real deal: tackle football. We figured maybe he’d...
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8th Grade Football

I’ve walked through seasons of many different sports. We’ve done karate, softball, dance, volleyball, cheer leading, soccer, baseball, tennis, basketball, track & field, and gymnastics. The one sport we had yet to breech was FOOTBALL. Adam talked about wanting to play football in 7th grade but at the time it didn’t make sense (to me,...
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10 Years, 1875 Posts, 7 Children Later

October 8th 2006, was a Sunday. I remember it like it was yesterday. After church Ryan and I dropped by Barnes & Noble. We ordered our favorite coffees and perused the store aimlessly because this is what couples without children do on  a Sunday after church. Without an agenda or a reason to go home...
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All Eyes On Me (Another One in Glasses)

This summer I took Lily to the pediatrician for her yearly well check. Lo and behold, she could not read the eye chart. Like AT ALL! She went from 20/20 last August to nearly blind in less than a year. Eek! Okay, I’m exaggerating on the ‘nearly blind’ but she was prescribed glasses the same...
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First Day of School 2016

Let’s talk about this. First day of school….like 4 weeks ago, but whatever, who’s really keeping track? Peter: 3rd grade E: 4th grade Lily: 5th grade Please take note. E has taken on a new color! The neon yellow still lingers but we have moved on to RED!!! These 3 – they are like my...
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On Open Letter of Apology to Time

Dear Time, I must apologize to you. While I feel your presence every day, I ignore you. Maybe I’m just waiting for you to look different or even to make me feel different. Either way, I know we’ve had a rough go of it. I think for a long time I was mad at you...
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The Lost Pictures of Summer

I’m not an avid iPhone photographer. If I do take pictures on my phone they tend to be awful in comparison to my digital SLR so I never end up using them. As I scrolled through the pictures I did take, however, I realized how much of the story of our summer was told by...
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South Padre in the Summer

Last August we visited South Padre for the first time and fell in love. This past New Year’s was also spent in South Padre but instead of melting in the heat we were freezing our behinds off outside while simultaneously soaking up Schlitterbahn’s indoor water park. Each time we only spent 1 night, arriving early...
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I Still Have So Much To Say About Summer!

Here’s the thing about summer: I love it and long for it all of May. I love every second of June, love about half the days of July, and by August my brain is mush and I’m dying for a day of silence. Then, my kids go back to school and I begin another slow...
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My Edited Life: Why I Take 200 Pictures a Day

I don’t like to conform to culture. As a matter of fact, I actually take pleasure in doing the opposite. Perhaps you’ve learned this about me. As I have launched out in Brave Parenting, I keep circling around the pervasive idea of the “edited life” we show people online and on social media. My heart...
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“Dating” Our Children: Peter & Mom

On New Years Day all of our children drew 2 months out of a hat. The even months were dates with Dad; odd months were dates with Mom. In January, Adam and I went indoor skydiving. In February Lily and Dad went to the Rodeo. In March E skipped school and he and I saw...
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Just Another Birthday [40 years]

Several weeks ago (I’m really behind…I blame summer) Ryan turned 40. He’s never been one for big parties or presents so I kept it simple and scheduled a date with our friends at one of our favorite restaurants, Fralo’s. This is a sign your friends know you and love you well: they buy you your...
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Screen Free Stay-cations (are my favorite!)

While in Arizona, Ryan and I pondered more ways we could spend continuous time outdoors in 100 degree weather. Our answer was a 4th of July weekend stay-cation. I had the weekend off work and, as a family, we had absolutely nothing to do (which after 4 months of basketball tournaments almost every weekend –...
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Dear Arizona, I love you and your heat.

I am ridiculously cold 99% of all my days. So cold, in fact, I have a heater than blows hot air on me while at work because Walgreens A/C at 71 degrees is too painful for me to bare. This is one of the prime reasons we moved to Texas. I was desperate for warmth....
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15 Years of Adventure

This year, 2016, we celebrate a lot of anniversaries in our life. 10 years living in San Antonio, both our cars are 10 years old, Lily and E turn 10 this year, X turns 15, it’s been 5 years since we simplified, 20 years since I graduated high school (but who’s really counting that!) and...
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My Bravest Self

Something changed in me when I became a parent. As though a tree branch snapped under my feet. A crisp ‘snap’ felt both audible and tangible. A change both heard and felt in my soul, testifying to the one truth I understood: life would never be the same. Like most parents, I felt an instant need...
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The Storm, the Fence, and the Toys

A few weeks ago, in one of the final quick and brutal storms to roll across our Texas skies, our backyard fence broke and crashed into our pool. Luckily, it didn’t do terrible damage to our pool only breaking one brace. The fence, however, was irreparable. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just the problem of 2 sections...
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I Want My Children to be Readers

“More books, Mommy, more books!” I can still hear his newly found voice say. He’d plead and although I was exhausted beyond what I thought my bones could bare, we’d read more. In the moment, I didn’t really enjoy this reading time as it made my own eyelids feel like lead as I laboriously turned...
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End of School, Start of Summer

Every day during the school year my alarm goes off at 5:30am; if I’m working the early shift that day its 5:00am. The kids wake up at 6:00 – if I’m successful the first time around to their rooms. Otherwise it’s 6:15 or 6:30 before my increasingly intense voice finally stirs them out of bed....
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When You Should Be There, But You’re Not.

Everywhere I look I see “Class of 2016” memorabilia, graduation gifts, and Senior pictures. I cannot help feeling sad for missing out on this time of celebration. This is the monumental moment every parent both desperately awaits and mournfully dreads. High School Graduation. For some, graduating high school is as simple as breathing. Their four years slip...
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Dating Our Children: X & Mom

I will begin by saying, last month was Dad and E’s date month. E skipped school and they played all day at Main Event before stopping for pizza and pazookies at BJ’s. They took zero pictures. That is all. So moving on to May’s date: X & I. She and I have had many fun...
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The 2016 One Less Race

Ryan and I serve on the board of directors for a local non-profit ministry, Vault Fostering Community. We pour resources into families fostering or foster/adopting. While this wasn’t our brain child, it is the heart and soul of everything we believe in and live for. We feel so honored to play such a huge roll...
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Introducing William, the dwarf hamster

William, or Prince William of Lilytown as I sometimes refer to him, is the dwarf hamster Lily received for her 10th Birthday. She LOVES LOVES LOVES this little guy. She has been begging me to write a blog post about him, so without further ado…. Lily & William She has always – and may forever...
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Family Basketball

The level of competition in our home is off the charts. I don’t necessarily have an actual chart in which I measure this, nor have I seen a chart of the competition levels in other families. But if there was a chart, our XY coordinates would be off the grid. That’s all I’m saying. They...
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Even on Mother’s Day, It’s Not About Me.

**I wrote and originally posted this on Brave Parenting, but this is such a personal testament of my life right now I feel it only fitting to document in this space as well.   I am a mother to 7 children.The love I feel for them is unlike a love I have for anyone else....
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Peter’s 9th Birthday

In what feels like a constant trail of birthdays with this many children, we celebrated Peter’s 9th birthday last weekend. Peter is our youngest but only 6 months younger than E and 12 months younger than Lily. At 9 years old that means I have less than 10 years left raising children. That makes me...
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Dallas

We traveled to Dallas last weekend for a basketball tournament for Adam. Since none of the kids had been to Dallas before we thought we’d make it a mini-vacation for everyone. I daresay this may the first and last trip we drive to and in this fine city. We could not seem to navigate through...
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New York City 10.0

Fifteen years ago my feet hit the concrete and human jungle I have grown to love for the very first time. New York City. This girl was by my side. Sam is my oldest friend. Except I’m actually older. But only by 4 months. Oldest in that we have known each other since age 11....
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Lily’s 10th Birthday

Last week our sweet Lily-bug turned double digits. The big 1-0. I’ve been counting down the days till her birthday so I could draw on my newly painted chalkboard wall in my kitchen/dining area. Normally we have scripture on the wall, hence the stained white patch under “Happy 10th Birthday” 10th Birthday means 10 presents....
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2016 P.R.O.M.

Last year we began the tradition of celebrating PROM while the rest of our town celebrated the High School Prom. The Newcom version, however, doesn’t consist of fancy formal dresses, tuxedos and limousines. Instead we opt for Pizza.Rootbeer.Oreos.Movie It’s one of our routine Family Date Nights and we LOVE it! This year we stepped up...
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A New Season of Basketball

From the day I first met Adam, he signed his name with a “#23” at the end. Sure, it’s Jordan’s and Lebron’s number but it was never specifically about them. #23 was his older brother’s number as well. When he joined this select team #23 was already taken so he settled on being #2. But...
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