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June 2011 Archives

Fun Times at the Carousel!

posted by kjackson

Here’s another little video clip that made me happy and I hope it makes you happy, too!  The children and parents have no idea what is happening when an improvisational theater team (love that!) turn a carousel in to a […]

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Mom Mystery: Raising Grateful Kids

posted by kjackson

Today we spent the day at a very cool aquarium gazing at bubble-like jelly fish, a crazily-playful otter, and ferociously-feeding sharks.  My 12-year-old boy–taller than I–wrapped his arms around me in this public place and said, “Thanks, mom. Thanks for […]

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Buggy Bunnies

posted by kjackson

Do you have a caption for it?

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Motivational….Bribes

posted by kjackson

Have you ever looked in to your child’s room and wanted to just….SCREAM!?  Yeah, me, too. It doesn’t take much–just a birthday, or a Christmas, or a day at the fair–to make a child’s room look like it is about […]

Move the Couch!

posted by kjackson

Years ago our family packed a 24-foot U-haul truck and moved six states away to a foreign land (South Dakota). Within five months we had returned home to BBQ, Dr. Pepper and messy yards (Oklahoma). But during those five months […]

Pet Perfection

posted by kjackson

A friend wrote this to me: My children want a pet. They are not old enough to care for one ther own. I do not wish to have the added responsibility of a pet. What would be a good compromise […]

Those Kids of Mine

posted by kjackson

My friend told me this story: she was having lunch with her mom and the mother said, “I’m sorry I did wrong by you. I didn’t spend enough time with you when you were little because I was too busy fulfilling my own goals.”  […]

A Mom Mystery: Laundry

posted by kjackson

Today’s subject is laundry.  When I listen to moms, I hear the same sentiment over and over. Laundry is consuming their lives. They don’t know how to keep up with the laundry.  After seventeen years of marriage and twelve years […]

Don’t You Call Me a Housewife!

posted by kjackson

I truly hate the term “HOUSEwife”! Excuse me, but I did *not* marry a house! I married a man.  I refuse to be ball-and-chained to a pile of wood.  And don’t even get me talking about submitting to it! I […]

Chores, Routines, and Other Mom Mysteries

posted by kjackson

Yes, of course my children should be involved in taking care of the house! We all know that it builds responsibility and work ethic…yadda yadda. But, more importantly, it makes them feel an important part of the family unit. It […]

Mom Wants to Scrapbook!

posted by kjackson

I was looking through some of my scrapbooks and marveling over the fact that I created them when the children were….well…children! They were small children. I know many of you like to scrapbook and maybe you’re having a hard time […]

Money, Money, Money!

posted by kjackson

I was looking through some things I had written years ago and I found this little impromptu essay I had written to my niece about money. At this time we had just returned from a life-changing move to South Dakota. […]

Box O’ Bunnies

posted by kjackson

Mmmm…Cucumber Salad!

posted by kjackson

  So…has it happened yet? Have you looked in your garden and found your first cucumber? Well, if you haven’t, it’s bound to happen soon (well…if you have a garden…and if you planted cucumbers, that is!). I love to grow […]

Baby Bunnies

posted by kjackson

One of my friends caught a glimpse of a photo I had taken of a one-day-old baby bunny and she shuddered and said, “WHAT is THAT?” That’s when it dawned on me that unless one has actually bred rabbits, she […]

Jane’s Life

posted by kjackson

Sometimes I’ll stop and realize that I’m not living my life. Instead, sometimes I waste my life. I waste it wishing for the next bit of life. I thought it would be interesting to write an extreme example of how […]

A Day (week, month, year) in the Life….

posted by kjackson

Meet Jane. Jane is a normal girl living a normal life. This is her life: 6:45 a.m: Jane’s alarm clock goes off. She moans, growls, hits the snooze, rolls over and tries to pretend she’s not awake. She doesn’t want […]

A Story and A Song

posted by kjackson

This story…and this song…made me cry just as hard as it made the middle judge cry. Make sure you listen through his entire song and what is said after. I love the *connection* he made with the audience….his sincere heart […]

Stuck at Sonic

posted by kjackson

A few nights ago I watched a TED video of  researcher Brene Brown speaking about the power of vulnerability. TED is a fabulous video spot where a variety of brilliant minds share on the subjects for which they are passionate. […]

I SEE You!

posted by kjackson

My children started attending our library’s Summer Reading Program years ago and I loved to see each performance through their  eyes. What I realized quickly was the performances that were polished and suave did not impress them at all. They […]

Kudos to Grand Rapids!

posted by kjackson

After Newsweek stated Grand Rapids, Michigan was a “dying city”, the citizens responded with THIS. I truly love *this* for a million different reasons: It’s dramatic! It’s cooperative! It’s positive! It’s fun! It’s creative! I tip my hat to the […]

Log-in with Gratefulness

posted by kjackson

I remember when I first realized the power of belief. I found out that what I expected truly did come about: focus makes things happen. At first I was excited with all the possibilities;  I started to imagine a place […]

Sing it! “To Everything (turn, turn, turn)….”

posted by kjackson

I am about to do something wild and crazy: something I haven’t done in years! Today I babysit. My friend’s childcare provider isn’t available today so she sent me a desperate email asking if I could watch five-year-old Karsen. Surprisingly, […]

Mommy?!

posted by kjackson

  Amazing story!

BraveHeart Kitty

posted by kjackson

I love this story of such a brave kitty.

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Miracles in the Midst of Sorrow
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Like a Symphony
Sometimes I actually think :). I like to plan and compare and problem solve. Sometimes I think my way to an answer. Sometimes I make choices based solely on my gut whether the choice seems logical or not. I feel my way to an answer (I use ...

posted 8:08:11am Dec. 01, 2011 | read full post »

Dancing Thankful
People are always saying how it amazes them how I think, wish, pray for something and then it appears. To me this is a normal way of living so it confuses me when they say such things. I wonder, though, if maybe these little miracles aren't ...

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