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You can thank Anna Jarvis for today's celebrations....

May 10, 2015

Who’d have known the worldwide impact of Anna Jarvis’ tireless three-year campaign (beginning circa 1905) to establish a formal day of exalting Mom?!

 

Scrolling Facebook’s newsfeed on any given day, a random ‘mother post’ will appear. Perhaps it’s one mom’s happy day of pondering her role, or her long, sleepless night with a newborn, a pic of little Chubbles, the first tooth popping through Boo Boo’s gums, a sick day with Junior, a high school graduation, but mostly warm fuzzies about the incredible love, the depth of understanding, the universal, mind-boggling mommy revelations captured in a paragraph.


But a single Facebook post blip-on-the-screen could never describe the life of a mother. Not a Tweet, not a page, not a phonebook-thick novel, not an hour, not a day, not a year could adequately encapsulate the heart and life and mission of a mom.

Face it...we are nothing short of ruined for all time at the birth of our precious ones. Yep, stuck with a love we never comprehended, never anticipated and can never be free of as we must vulnerably, day-by-day release this rapidly growing, maturing young bird to fly on its own. Yes it's a priceless privilege and yet it's a burden like no other, this powerful mother-love force!


Sleepless nights, troubled days, worries over this and worries over that, are our new lot in life. It’s that fever in infancy, it’s that new-found freedom in youth, it’s that late-night traffic in young adulthood multiplied repeatedly by countless factors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by the number of children one has been given by God.


No matter the age, no matter the season, no matter the holiday, no matter the socio-economic status or country of origin, the emotional investment, the sense of urgency a whole hearted mother feels about her children is all-encompassing and ever-looming. Richard Branson, that wise, knowing billionaire put it succinctly, “A parent is only ever as happy as their least happy child.” 


He nailed it. Whatever the success or achievement a parent has realized, there is little enjoyment if Junior is suffering in some way. Parents live to see their offspring thrive! 

So, although our nation declares today to be the official 'Mother's Day,'  every single day is 'mother's day' when you're a mom because you're owned by a love beyond measure, for all time, with no pause and....

                       
...which of us moms wouldn't want it to be so?
  
P.S. Don't even get me started on the grandchild-love topic.
We'll save that for another time.
  



 

Ten Home Schooled Naugler Children Seized in Kentucky...

May 8, 2015
http://www.offthegridnews.com/current-events/police-seize-10-children-from-off-grid-family-because-theyre-homeschooled/


As this story unfolds online, I'm waiting for Fox or another major network to pick it up and run with it to confirm the facts, but at first glance it appears to be one more government over-reach as an apparently strong, happy, healthy, home schooled family, (endeavoring to live in the freedom our troops fight for every single day) can't be left alone to thrive.

Joe and Nicole...

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Midwesterners Embrace Home Education!

May 5, 2015

If you follow me on Facebook, you know I recently had The. Best. time serving as a featured speaker at the Midwest Parent Educator’s Conference the last weekend of April in Kansas City, Kansas. The leadership team was a well-organized classy bunch of folks with generous hearts, exuding that unmistakeable Midwestern hospitality! Todd Kangas (pictured here with me at my vendor booth) husband, father and president of MPE is obviously doing a great job of presiding over this fine group of leade...


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You can have your Village! I'll take 'home' any day of the week.

April 19, 2015

Funny enough as I’ve been in a bustling 'tunnel of preparation' for my speaking sessions at an upcoming home education conference, there’s been lot’s of noise and buzz in the news this week about educating the next generation. I had to come up for air today to chat about the first headline…


After throwing her hat in the ring last Sunday for a presidential run in 2016, Hillary Clinton’s first official campaign stop in Iowa last week included a ‘round table discussion’ about educ...


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Should Junior Be Forced to Do the Dishes?

April 10, 2015

Yes, I can often be guilty of overthinking. And in this case, perhaps that’s my problem, but I’m trying to contain my incredulity as I read this article ^^^ on why kids need to do chores around the house. It’s taking up real estate in what would be considered a respected, widely read periodical and in my opinion is well written. 


But, really? 


Have we all degenerated to such a low level of existence that we even need to read such an essay??? So much so that we highly evolved (ahem) hi...


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It pays to listen to your husband.

March 31, 2015

 
Admit it.


Why do we marry someone we adore, admire, pursue and commit our everything to, then relate to him at times as if he’s a stupid kid? Just ponder for a moment how much husband-disrespect and disregard goes on around you throughout a typical day with friends, workmates, gym gals, fellow shoppers and strangers on T.V. I observe it all the time and sometimes I’m the guilty critic, chiming in with her two and a half-wit cents! 


Marriage is a team of two who most often have opposing...


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What kind of parents are we raising, folks?!

March 26, 2015

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/a31760/balancing-mother-and-wife/?

^^^I don't know what went wrong here, but I can assure you this Good Housekeeping memoir article riding the web waves this week regarding 'mother-wife balance' is full of dangerous woman propaganda! One more voice loudly proclaiming the impossibility of being a contented wife, momma, and woman simultaneously. A mindset like this isn't a blessing to anyone, and if a woman is this 'mentally, physically and emotiona...


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You are a GENIUS.

March 23, 2015
You are a Specialist. An Absolute GENIUS. In something. And so is that kid of yours!

I just got off the phone with Paul. Paul is a mattress guy. We're not talking 'mindless, on-the-clock, employee of a mattress store,’ now. We are talking about a well studied, passionate mattress maniac! He knows more about the sleep habits of 10,000's of people worldwide than I thought I cared about, but talking to Paul Mattress Man made me hungry for more facts. Push his button and this guy disseminates mo...

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Toiling. (Provocative title, I know. LOL)

March 20, 2015

Toil, toil, toil. That word just keeps running through my head this week. It’s a rather unpleasant word, actually. You’ll probably never see it on someone's fridge or tattooed on someone’s arm, right?!

The dictionary on my computer elaborates quite effectively…


toil

verb

1 she toiled all night: work hard, labor, exert oneself, slave (away), grind away, strive, work one's fingers to the bone, put one's nose to the grindstone; informal slog away, plug away, beaver away, work one's butt...


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The Dream is Worth the Investment

February 4, 2015
My Seattle Seahawks were almost there...just 36 inches and mere seconds away from a consecutive victory at Sunday's XLIX Super Bowl. But almost wasn't good enough. To put it simply, one bad offensive decision from the Seahawks and the New England Patriots danced away with the Lombardi trophy and that's the end of that for this year in the NFL.
Coach Pete Carroll's face summed it up pretty well.

But like I said in my last post, as passionately as I felt about wanting this win for my team, it's o...
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