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To Be More Joyful: Get Thicker Skin

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This is a continuing series about ways in which we can become more joyful. If you missed previous posts or find that you’re still too crabby, go back to the beginning of 14 Ways to Be More Joyful. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. I remember being five […]

Counting My Blessings Once Again

I’m stunned that these children are all mine. There once was a time when we only thought we’d have one child. And here we are with six, pretty darn cute little babes. When I get frustrated with fussy toddlers, insistent preschoolers, angry little boys, and angry little big boys, I’m reminded. I’m so blessed that […]

To Be More Joyful: Encourage Others

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This is a continuing series about ways in which we can become more joyful. If you missed previous posts or find that you’re still too crabby, go back to the beginning of 14 Ways to Be More Joyful. This past week as my kids and I hit a few bumps in the road as regards […]

Booking It: Monthly Update

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How are you doing on your reading? It’s amazing that we set reading goals almost nine months ago. Where did the time go? Today would be a great time to review what you’ve read, especially if you’re not sure how much you’ve read this year. You’ve still got a little more than three months until […]

To Be More Joyful: Read a Good Book

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This is a continuing series about ways in which we can become more joyful. If you missed previous posts or find that you’re still too crabby, go back to the beginning of 14 Ways to Be More Joyful. I have always been a book lover. My parents taught me to read when I was still […]

Keeping Things Steady

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Life is full of ups and downs. Like a roller coaster, there will always be a turn we don’t expect, a sudden drop, an exhilarating high. For kids, it’s helpful when Mom and Dad work to make things move on an even keel. Consistency is a key to making that happen. Despite my best intentions, […]

To Be More Joyful: Live in the Now

Thoughtful Child

This year marks the twentieth since I graduated from high school and moved away to college. Oh my! I had a very different picture of my future life back then. What’s funny is that I’m so much happier with the current state of things than I would have been if I had got the things […]

Meet Some Military Moms and Show Your Support

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While neither my husband nor I have ever served in the military, we have tremendous respect and appreciation for those who do and the families who support them. I know that “life as MOM” can be challenging, particularly if my husband works late hours or on weekends. I cannot imagine what it must be like […]