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The TERRIBLE First

rae-bday-1So today marks another first for us. Today is Raelynne’s 20th birthday and it is the first time we won’t be there to celebrate it. How terrible! (For those who don’t know, she is currently on the other side of the planet attending Hillsong College in the TV & Media Program.)

I have NEVER missed a birthday before! Obviously, I was at the first one, but I mean after that. I have NEVER missed a birthday for any of our kids, and I remember them ALL.

  • Her First Year Party was a disaster. We were the first in our circle to have kids, so we invited all of our friends over for a BBQ (about 35 people). Raelynne was so traumatized; I don’t think she started enjoying herself or playing with wrapping paper (like most babies do) until almost everyone had gone home. Poor baby.

After that, we adopted the guideline: when you turn 2, you can invite 2 friends. When you turn 3, you can invite 3 friends. And so on. It worked like the BOMB!

FAMILY BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS

Over the years, we’ve developed our own unique set of Family Birthday Traditions, such as Read more

My Manifesto of Motherhood

manifesto-1As yet another dear friend waits with bated breath for the arrival of her precious little girl, I lay here reminded. Oh, am I reminded. In fact, I should be sleeping peacefully for two hours already, but the memories keep rolling over me. I have had such a wealth of love and experience in my journey as “Mom.”

  • Was I the perfect mom? Not a chance.
  • Do I deserve a trophy for “MomAwesomeness”? (Ooooh, wouldn’t that be nice?! Is there even such a thing?)  No, I’m afraid there will always be someone more awesome.
  • Was I real? Definitely.
  • Did I do my best with what I knew at the time? Absolutely!

If only I could relive those early years with the wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and the healthy dose of ‘perspective’ that I now possess. I’m not ready for teenagers to leave home and head to college! I’ve finally mastered the art of raising toddlers, managing homework, and wading through the hormonal years.

So, my dear friends, before the passion lifts and I fall into a dreamless sleep, here’s what I’m brewing about. If I were to turn back the clock and start the MOM-journey again, this is what I would say. This is what I would promise. This is what I believe about parenting… Read more

Help, I Have to Read to my Child (part 2)

WELCOME BACK to Part 2 of the Help, I Have to Read to my Child! series! If you missed out on Part 1, click here.

Congratulations, Parents!

You’ve done so well faithfully reading to your “young readers” these past few weeks! I trust you’ve been making some wonderful memories together!

Love of Books 2

In speaking with a few of my readers, it’s come to my attention that some of your children would prefer to let YOU do all of the reading, rather than try reading themselves. Haha, of course, they would!

This is quite normal – it’s always more “fun” to let mommy and daddy do all of the hard work! Read more