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All Blog Posts Tagged 'family' (26)

Lucy takes over my mom's backyard

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Yesterday we spent some time at my mama’s house. “We” being all of us, including Lucy. Who absolutely LOVES running around in my mom’s yard – not because of the space to roam, but because of the water…


Added by Cortney Galster on June 24, 2012 at 10:01am — No Comments

One year.

Dear Noah,

I can’t believe we are here. How has time gone by so fast?

One year.

One year of milestones achieved and memories made.

One year of watching you go from a fragile little infant and into an amazing, happy, independent little boy.

You’ve been ours for one full year. Every day we still have to pinch ourselves to remind…


Added by Dominique Teall on May 7, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

closing a chapter in my life.

Dear Noah,

You don’t understand what this means now but it is important so I want to share it with you in some way. Maybe this is more for me then it is for you.

The best thing about being your mom has also been the hardest part. After giving birth to you I was overcome with a love I had never felt. I loved you a million times… Continue

Added by Dominique Teall on September 12, 2011 at 8:44am — No Comments

Not Perfect Enough

I start this message out with a question … What does it mean to Truly Love yourself? Sure, we all know the basics – take more time for ourselves, exercise, eat better, yadda, yadda. What about the REAL love? The one you are missing when your brain ventures off on the tangents of exercise, taking more time, and eating better?

Have you thought about what it takes you love yourself as an individual? You know you like this food and hate that food. You know you enjoy this program and hate…


Added by K L Adams on September 5, 2011 at 9:42am — 2 Comments

living by limited means

My husband WAS on unemployment for over two years and all of a sudden he ran out of benefits. I am a part time school bus driver and I have been laid off for the summer and unable to collect unemployment. ( I was not employed there long enough)I hate to admit it but our family is somehow broke! well, broke in the sense that we cannot pay all of our bills and we are struggling month to month. so, yes, I would call that being broke. Somehow, through others generosity we are barely surving. I…


Added by christine snyder on August 23, 2011 at 5:59am — No Comments

The silly things that kids make you say :)

I was talking to my sister in law on the phone and my adventrous son (whom is 2) desided to get into mischief. This is nothing new to him. Anyway he found (on my desk) my stapler well he was walking around with it playing like little boys do. He went by his sister who was on the computer playing a game. I, still conversersing with my sister in law, catch Carolyn saying "Nathan leave me alone". He was over there by his sister trying to staple his sister. (Thank goodness it was empty). As I see… Continue

Added by Kay-Lynn Marie Pack on July 31, 2011 at 9:08am — No Comments

Story from my past. (Will have you laughing)

This was 19 (wow I can really say that?) years ago. I was 16 and had my learners permit (uh oh stay off the road right?? wrong more like stay in the house you are safer that way.) It was morning and breakfast was getting ready and we ran out of eggs. My dad (though he denies this part and says that I stole the jeep) tells me "go to the store and get some eggs. Here are the keys to the jeep be careful and take your brother with you and if he is good get him a donut." (step brother really but…


Added by Kay-Lynn Marie Pack on July 31, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

♥ Bracelets for Bridget ♥

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011 my niece Alexa and I were named Bridget's 5/5/5 Warrior!

What does this mean?

Reece's Rainbow, an International Down Syndrome Orphan Ministry which provides advocacy, adoption grants and birth family support to orphan… Continue

Added by sillyauntjen on April 8, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

The only time it's selfless to say, "I need..."

The only time it will be selfless to say, “I need’ is when…

I need to have the right motive for why I want to be your friend.

I need my motives to be selfless.

I need to learn your name and call you by that name.

I need to listen to your words and hear the joy and pain behind them.

I need to pay attention.

I need to look you in the eyes when I talk to you and when you talk to me.

I need to earn your trust.

I need not know your darkest secrets in order to… Continue

Added by Yoli Fae on August 1, 2010 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Health, Wealth and Weight Loss

I work full time and I am a student. When I was first approached about being a Team Beachbody Coach, I said, "No, I just don't have the time." But I fell in love with Shakeology's healing ingredients, lost weight, and regained my health. I've learned the importance of eating whole foods and exercising. Now as a Coach, I share what I LOVE online, at work, etc and earn a second income doing so! My co-workers and family have really noticed my weight loss and glow. No more migraines, hormonal… Continue

Added by Yoli Fae on July 17, 2010 at 10:47am — 4 Comments

I'll fight for my "Happily Ever After"

Usually I try to be nice, I really do. Sometimes, I just have to open my mouth.

While grocery shopping one day, my hubby and I decided to go through the candy free check-out. There were books instead of candy. (What I need is a temptation free check-out.) There was an older woman in front of us.

My daughter was looking at the books, naming all the characters that she knew. As Stacia and I were counting how many of the books she already has,… Continue

Added by Beckey Mayberry on June 14, 2010 at 7:55am — 8 Comments

Become Your Family's Heritage Maker + WIN Beauty Services or Products!!!

Hey all! I thought you might be interested that I'm holding a contest this week for those who sign up for an account and order a Heritage Makers heirloom on my site (http://StorybookWithCharm)! HM products are perfect for displaying our photography! and creating family heritage!

As I'm starting my business, you'd be helping tremendously in reaching my sales goal as a new consultant! AND you'll be discovering the wonderful world of becoming a Heritage Maker for your… Continue

Added by Charlene Papastephanou on June 8, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Nice Things You Say That Annoy Me

When we have our babies, it is natural to transform into “mama bear”, stopping at nothing to defend and protect. For the mama who has a child facing additional challenges, this instinct goes into overdrive. Having a child with autism has made me respond to certain comments irrationally. I can be oversensitive – even when comments are said in kindness or without any intention of harm.

That is my disclaimer. If you’re curious about what… Continue

Added by Julie Cole on June 7, 2010 at 8:00am — 14 Comments

My Bad

Can you imagine saying something mean to that cute face? I did and it didn’t feel good.

Mornings around our house are always hectic. The other day, my five-year-old woke up excited that the long awaited kindergarten trip to the fire station had arrived. The best part – I was going along as a classroom volunteer. She is a real mama’s girl, so that was a pretty big deal in her little world.

This particular kid is a bit of a… Continue

Added by Julie Cole on May 25, 2010 at 9:09am — 6 Comments

Giving Kids What They Don’t Want

I posted a blog recently about the value of saying “No” to kids. The gist was:

1) Your kids will be fine if they don’t get what they want all the time.

2) If you’re going to say “No” then be sure to follow through – unless you like to lead the double life of parent and white noise machine.

I just discovered another good time to say “No”– when it comes to buying them nice things. Ya know why?… Continue

Added by Julie Cole on April 26, 2010 at 6:54am — 3 Comments

Frozen Meat and Milkshakes

I was online the other night participating in a Twitter party. The topic of discussion was food – kiddo food, healthy snacks, on-the-go foods, etc.

Since I’m not a big foodie type, I didn’t think I’d have much to contribute to the conversation. My kids eat well, but I’m not a health nut and don’t spend hours in the kitchen creating beautiful meals for my family. In short, my kids have not had a Twinkie-free existence and occasionally… Continue

Added by Julie Cole on March 29, 2010 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments


Pearl of the day: Eat, Try, Love

I love and loathe the pearl you are what you eat. We parents have got a lot to answer for what our kids are eating.

As my niece is just beginning her relationship with “real food” (aka rice cereal) I look at my children and see what they are now eating and their relationship with food.

My daughter has a most open and welcome relationship with food whereas my son is much more guarded. He is on the “kids menu” diet… Continue

Added by Cynthia Litman on March 18, 2010 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Surviving the Move

You spoke and thankfully, I listened.

To all of you who commented with moving advice on my blog post over at – if I could reach through this computer screen and give you a big squeezy hug, I would. I owe you my sanity. What those comments confirmed was that if you want the very best advice – go straight to the mamas.

There is no question, the move day was a… Continue

Added by Julie Cole on March 15, 2010 at 11:33am — 1 Comment

dealing with death

My wife's grandfather passed away today. I met the man a few times. There are moments where I can actually feel when I am accepted in another person’s family but it’s hard to reciprocate that same emotion outwards.

For a brief moment while I stared at the man in the coffin I imagined that it was my father. A wave of unexpected emotion enveloped me. I made this experience personal. The family thanked me for it, how guilty if not for my own selfish reasons to have my feelings displayed… Continue

Added by Christopher david on March 6, 2010 at 8:02pm — 5 Comments

Marriage + Autism = Divorce?

Divorce rates among couples are between 80-90% . This devistates me but I can understand . The stress of one parent reading and researching day and night for answers of this diagnoses handed to you by a doctor. Gift wrapped in puzzle peices with one missing. Not knowing where to turn or what will help. And one of the parents may not be so involved and think it will just blow over or not show the support. Autism can bring stress in the life of a… Continue

Added by Carrie Lopez on March 1, 2010 at 11:23am — No Comments

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