Author Archives: minndixiemom

About minndixiemom

I'm a Minnesota native with an Alabama heart, reflecting on the past while looking toward the future. My husband, David, and I landed in Huntsville in the late 90s through my former career in TV news. We have two amazing girls, Serina and Sophia, whom we are raising with God's guidance and grace. Besides faith and family, my passions include writing, walking, recovery, and the outdoors. By day I'm the Director of Development for WellStone, Inc., North Alabama's largest and most comprehensive mental healthcare provider.

Self-Defense and Situational Awareness: Potentially lifesaving lessons from a former Navy Seal.

For years, I talked about enrolling our daughters, 10 and 12, in a self-defense class. One mass shooting after another (Sandy Hook, Aurora, Charleston, and Orlando, for instance) was shaking our nation. After each one, I, like so many others, … Continue reading

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Teens, Tweens and Social Media Madness

BACK IN MY DAY I walked to the sketchy corner grocery store alone, at night, to pick up milk or eggs for my parents. Also back in my day: I played outside long past sunset, until my mom hollered for … Continue reading

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Thank you, Officer, for my speeding ticket

Reminders to slow down this Fourth of July and all year long It had been a fabulous weekend! Our daughters were in Atlanta helping a friend celebrate her 13th birthday. My sister, Heidi Hovland, made an impromptu trip to Huntsville, … Continue reading

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Father’s Day 2016

Belated thanks and apologies to my late father, Gjert Andreas Hovland Dear Dad, This is my 14th Father’s Day without you. I remember when you first passed away on October 9, 2002. The hurt was not only emotional, but physical. … Continue reading

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Hello. It’s me.

Hello from the other side.  It’s been a long time since my last blog. Almost a year. A lot can happen in a year, including the release of Adele’s “25,” which surpassed 8 million sales by February. We are among the … Continue reading

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Aladdin: Get Ready for a (magic carpet) Ride

When my oldest daughter started her journey with “Aladdin” earlier this summer, neither of us knew where it might lead. This theater business is hard work. Initially, she swore she would never do it again. Serina is a rising fifth grader at … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Day Farewell

Mormor is headed back to Minnesota. They call ours the sandwich generation and we were a classic example. Only sometimes the bread crumbles and the sandwich falls apart. In July 2012, my mom, Sigrun Hovland, moved from Minneapolis to Huntsville, … Continue reading

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Fun and Flurries: Snowmageddon 2015

This year, winter in Huntsville, Alabama has been rather uneventful. Then came Feb. 25 and 8.1″ of snow, the second snowiest in the city’s history, according to the National Weather Service. While the roadways were deserted, Huntsville neighborhoods were buzzing … Continue reading

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Eggland’s Best ‘Your Best Recipe’ contest winners announced

And the winner is… Congratulations to Lidia Haddadian! She takes the cake — and scored $11,000 — for the recipe she submitted in the Eggland’s Best “Your Best Recipe” contest. Haladdian’s culinary creation, Southwestern Chorizo Tostada Bites, helped her clinch $10,000 … Continue reading

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Horse Crazy: The adventures of polocrosse

My oldest daughter is horse crazy. Serina, 9, rides at River Pine Farm every week, learning how to properly tack, untack, walk, canter and trot. But she’s also a horse “reader,” mentally consuming every horse-related book, fiction or nonfiction, she … Continue reading

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