Hi, I'm Dedra!! I am a late-in-life writer trying to fulfill a lifelong dream and emerge into the kidlit world. I am writing, editing, and querying while learning patience and failing forward. I hope to be a published children's book author with my picture books and YA novel. I graduated with a degree in Journalism from the UTA in 1988, but because of raising three beautiful children and life in general, I started writing professionally in 2014. My husband of 34 years and I raised our children in China Spring, right outside of Waco. Even though my children are all in their late twenties, all out of college, and all have careers (yay!!!), I am still a mother in their daily life—mothering, loving, worrying, and praying never stop—no matter how old they are. I am proud to be a late-in-life writer--journalist, freelancer, blogger, and magazine contributor. My work includes online and print magazines, including Modern Texas Living, Unread Magazine, Culture Trip, Everything Home Magazine, The Groove, The Outfitter, Victoria Lee Magazine, Holl and Lane Magazine, and Taylor Magazine. My (other) absolute favorite thing to write about is our ever-growing and evolving, small-urban town, Waco. I am thrilled to be part of Waco Moms and write about motherhood and Waco! I also write about life around me to enlighten, entertain, and make people think. If I make them smile, that's a bonus! You can read my blog at

Donating to Waco Charities on Giving Tuesday

This November, consider donating to a local Waco charity on Giving Tuesday to teach your children generosity and kindness. Every act of generosity counts, and you can contribute something toward building a kinder, better Waco...
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Advocating for Her Own Health

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School Themed Picture Books

While going back to school for the 2nd week since summer vacation may be a struggle, these fun school themed picture books might help kid your kids ready to keep that momentum! Swing by Fabled...

The Best Flowers for Texas Flowerbeds

Texas heat is harsh on everyone, including our Texas flowerbeds. Here are some plants that will be beautiful and survive our extreme summer heat. I’m scared this year will be stifling, and I’m already dreading...
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Growing Young Minds | Herb Gardens 101

Herb gardens are fun and fantastic for children to learn about gardening and teach children to be proud to produce herbs for the family. As I write about planting herb gardens, I’m sitting outside, getting...
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Tips For Making Reading Aloud To Your Child More Beneficial

Reading aloud to your child aids in reading and kindergarten readiness. Here are some tips for making reading aloud even more beneficial. The act of reading aloud to children is 100% beneficial to children. It...
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Mother of the Groom – A New Role for this Waco Mom

My prayers are answered—my son is getting married! I started praying for my children’s future spouses thirty years ago when they were babies. I prayed for someone to love them, respect them, and grow old...

25 Things To See And Do In Waco : Food, Explore & More

Waco has many different things to see and do. And, many places to shop, eat and drink. Here is a list of over 25 ways to entertain yourself in Waco. We are thrilled to bring...

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Waco

Waco Moms and Dads, please join me in giving a big virtual hug to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Waco. Everyone loves Dolly. She’s so lovely, isn’t she? She throws joy around like it’s meant...

Family Friendly Breweries in Waco

Waco’s family-friendly brewery game is strong. Our small urban town has Waco-born originals where you’ll find a family-friendly atmosphere and craft beer. Two things bring me joy—writing and drinking with friends and family. So, writing...