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Birthday Crown

Do you remember doing little home made crafts? You know the ones with construction paper, a little good old fashioned Elmers glue, maybe some crayons. I did them all the time with my kids. We had paper plate santas complete with a cotton ball beard, we had turkeys, sheep, pilgrims, everything went on the fridge or in the window to celebrate every holiday we could come up with.…

First Haircut

First Haircut

I was looking through some photos today and came across this one of my grand daughter Cecily and her first official haircut.

Now as haircuts go, especially the first one, this was a superb haircut. But still, as cute as she is, she doesn’t look all that happy about it.

I began to remember all the first haircuts of my own children. Some involved bribery such as my husband standing in front of the child with a handful of m&m’s. Some involved tears. All of them took a great deal of patience. I don’t know whether it’s the having to hold still or the fact that someone is coming at your head with scissors, but not one child I know of loves a haircut.…

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Finding Love, Later

Finding Love, Later

Bryan is my brother in law. He married for the first time last year, he was in his late 30’s. Bryan married Diane. She had been married once before and came to this marriage with 2 young girls, Sariah and Julia. I know very little about the story of their courtship and marriage, that story is theirs. I would like to tell this story from my perspective.

I don’t believe Bryan thought he would ever marry. He was kind of a loner, didn’t communicate easily, never seemed at home around people, even his family. He lived several hours from his family and for a long time seemed to visit as infrequently as he could get away with. He seldom smiled, had no real relationship with his nieces and nephews, told us little if anything about his life. We worried about him, we prayed for him, we hoped the best for him, but he didn’t let us in.…

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A Good Hiding Place

A Good Hiding Place

One thing I know for certain about children is that they all like to crawl into small spaces and hide. If you don’t have a place for them to do that, they will find one. Kids make tents out of blankets and a chair, they crawl under a bed, into a cupboard, into a box. The best playhouse in the world would never have been as popular with my children as playing under the quilt I was making.

Finding a place to hide expresses a healthy imagination. The hiding place starts usually with a simple place to play peek a boo, it progresses to playing “house”, sailing away on a pirate ship, living in a cave. Imagination is an important…

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Big Boys and Little Girls

Big Boys and Little Girls

I know I’ve said this before but I just love men who love their children. I truly believe that when a man loves his wife and is besotted by his children, he is at his most attractive.

My son and his family live far from us, we have seen them fairly often this year but lets be honest for us grandmothers it’s never really enough. One of the advances in technology I’m most grateful for are cell phones that take pictures and video’s. Through these marvelous inventions we get to watch our full grown baby boy play with his babies. Aaron is well over 6 feet tall and he has a 3 year old and a soon to be 1…

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Home made costumes

Home made costumes

If this is the first article you’ve ever read of mine, you should know that I love pretty much anything home made. I think we often do home made because we think of the cost savings, but in reality home made takes so much time, effort and thought I believe it actually means love.

I have two daughters in law that are very creative and learning to do many things home made. Last Halloween Brookes very busy working mom made her a costume. Brooke is currently into anything Mickey or Minnie Mouse so that’s where it started. Christie, like me doesn’t believe you should spend a fortune on a costume that will probably only be worn once, so she started…

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How do I know he’s the one?

I have raised 3 daughters, quite successfully if I do say so myself! Over the years I have talked to them many times about boys and then later about men. I was very concerned that they choose life companions that would bring them happiness, who were well suited to them. I felt the best way to make this happen was to help them go into relationships with their eyes open, recognizing who you are and who the person is you want to be with.

Relationships are the place we go to for happiness, peace, love, friendship, children, acceptance, growth, and just about everything else in this world that is important, so I believe they should be a conscience choice, made…

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