The Moment of Savoring!

It’s a done deal, he’s cooked, finished, officially graduated! Not without a moment of trauma, mind you. Yes, the Tuesday morning before graduation my mom and I were chatting in my room with the little birdies singing outside my window in the glorious sunshine, when His Nibs comes up (after sleeping in) and says, “When is my graduation practice?” WHAAAAT? Tuesday morning, of course. EARLY Tuesday morning. And, another of course, the note that I frantically find says in CAPITAL LETTERS ...

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My First-born Graduates Today…Tearful Milestone or Rapturous Boot?

A friend said to me, “Aren’t you sad, now that your oldest is graduating?” ABSOLUTELY NOT! He is graduating, with high honors, seven terms of straight A’s, and Asperger’s Syndrome. I’m thrilled, ecstatic, and beyond emotional capacity to express my joy that our eldest is not only moving on with the rest of his life, but that he is prepared to do it. Meaning, we’ve taught him as best we can (and told him use spackle to fill in the gaps) and given him the spiritual, physical, and ...

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The Surprising Benefits of Family Chores…Even When the Kids Complain

Tonight we spent time as a family doing the dreaded Yard Clean-up. The kids were not excited–they wanted to play ping pong. But the city chipper guys were coming to chip up the dead trees—which still needed to be hauled to the road—and with our mountain snow finally melting (it is MAY after all) the yard was revealing its previously hidden “treasures”.  So we all trudged outside for Family Bonding Time (or was it bondage time, at least to the children).

But I hav ...

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The Freedoms We Enjoy as Women

I was just reading about an Afghan woman who, married at age 12, was beaten by her husband (a Taliban fighter) since their wedding day. When she tried to escape, he took her to a remote mountain area and cut off her nose and ears while men held her down. She is finally free and receiving constructive surgery this year in the United States.  

Why would I share such a graphic thought? Because it made me think. It made me look at my life, and my difficulties, and my very real co ...

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What Does My Child Think of Me as a Mother? 5/13/2011

What Does My Child Think of Me as a Mother? 

My kindergarten daughter recently brought home a decorated booklet titled “Guess Who?” On every page are colored and written descriptions of me as a mother. What a hoot! Let me share some highlights and the actual truths:

“She is 10 years old. She is 10 inches tall. She weighs 9 pounds.” I really, really liked this page. In fact, other than 10 inches tall, I think it’s best to just leave it at that.

“She ...

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Motherhood Matters! 10 Day Challenge

Are you a mother? Well, I’ve got fabulous news for you! You can still take the Motherhood Matters challenge by KSL’s “Studio 5” at http://motherhood.ksl.com/challenge/

I read about this last week in an email and I LOVE IT! Each day they share a tip for helping you to recognize, experience, and share how motherhood matters to you. Among others, I’ve sent an email, expressed my love to my mother, and listed what I do well as a mother (to be used in case of ...

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I'm learning to listen!

I’m learning to listen. This past weekend I pitched a national agent my book—a women’s romance fiction. This was a top agent from one of the best publishers in the nation. I had ten minutes to wow her enough that she would want to see a future query letter, maybe a chapter, and if a miracle occurred, the whole manuscript. Nervous, I tried to be myself and articulate the concept clearly—she responded well and asked me for the full manuscript.  Despite my disbelief, I was ...

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I’m learning to listen!

I’m learning to listen. This past weekend I pitched a national agent my book—a women’s romance fiction. This was a top agent from one of the best publishers in the nation. I had ten minutes to wow her enough that she would want to see a future query letter, maybe a chapter, and if a miracle occurred, the whole manuscript. Nervous, I tried to be myself and articulate the concept clearly—she responded well and asked me for the full manuscript.  Despite my disbelief, I was ...

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Back to Basics Tip #8: Establish Financial Peace and Prosperity

“Many women—even wives of financial experts—don’t know money details. Do you know what life insurance you have and the death benefits? Do you have a list of all active accounts or loans, and if your name is on them?

Educate yourself. As Elder Ashton said, women cannot abdicate this responsibility to the husband. Understand terms and legal obligations—ignorance is not bliss. Whether you are a stay-at-home mother, work outside the home, or are somewhere in between, all women ne ...

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Back to Basics Works!

Back to Basics Works!

I love it and I’ll tell you why. Just the other day I was sitting in a chair in a room in my house. I considered the family evidence of messy living before me and wondered how to resolve it.

Enter the B2B Get Organized formula. I sketched how the room would ideally function as part bedroom part writing/scrapbook/sanctuary space. After noting the basic centers and functions, I jotted what to buy and do. With my one-week goal, and help f ...

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