Michelle Bates

Howdy! I am Michelle, a Lubbock native who has ventured out and returned back multiple times. I am a full-time bonus mom to two girls, Kaley (August 2004) and Kalyn (March 2008). I own my own trucking company with my sister, and my husband & I have a pleasure farm in Littlefield with all sorts of livestock. There's always an adventure to be had in my life, and I look forward to sharing it with you via Lubbock Moms! Favorite Lubbock Restaurant: Bigham's Smokehouse Favorite Lubbock Landmark: Ranching Heritage Center Favorite Lubbock Tradition: Carol of Lights

Mom Guilt vs Self Care

Before school started, I told my husband I needed a mental break and went to Ruidoso for a week. Just me and my dog, alone in the mountains for five whole days. I knew...

Recovering from COVID

  In March of 2020, we were all plunged into a sudden quarantine due to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting COVID-19 virus. We were told at first, just 10 days to "flatten the curve."...

Five Friday Favorites – Injured Arm Edition

I recently managed to fall and break my shoulder (a fracture of the greater tuberosity, to be specific), which has left me one-armed for the foreseeable future. Of course, it was my dominant arm,...

Diary of a Chronically Ill Mom: Dear Husband

Dear Diary, It has now been over four months since I received a diagnosis for my newest chronic illness. It has now been over eight months since that illness began. It has been over 15...

Motherless Mothers on Mother’s Day

  A few months back, I wrote a blog post about being a Motherless Mother. Every day is hard, I assure you of that. But also, every day is a little bit easier than the...

Diary of a Chronically Ill Mom: Dear Children

  Dear Diary, I missed another basketball game today. I cannot even begin to count the number of functions that are so important to my children that I have missed. Why do I keep fumbling things?...

Not the Fun Parent

Christmas 2019, back when we could interact with people outside of our own bubble, my extended family took a cruise. We were on the shuttle from the airport to the port, and the kids...
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Diary of a Chronically Ill Mom: Dear Diary

  Dear Diary, I have a lot to share about life with a chronic illness, but first, let me introduce myself. My name is Michelle, and I am a 34-year-old wife to Kevin and mother to...

Pink-Tober: I Will Not Be Silent

I am pretty sure everyone knows by now that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, I take this opportunity to share updated breast cancer facts via social media in the hopes that...

The Not-So-Pinterest Mom

The other day, I was preparing lunches for the week for my kids while my husband was out working in the garage. He popped in the house for a moment for who-knows-what and stopped...