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The Best Way to Beat the Summertime Blues may be a Homeschool Moms Convention in January

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                I’m in a rush as usual because tonight is the deadline.  It is the deadline for the best “give-away” that I personally, as a homeschool mom, can think of.  (Good grief! My grammar is lousy tonight….) I digress.  There is a chance I (and a friend) could win a weekend in San Marcos, TX  at the “Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit”.   Woo hoo!!!!   The description sounds GLORIOUS!  Especially right now because, to borrow a line from a movie, our home is a “hothouse of female emotion”.   Anyone that has daughters knows what I’m talking about.  Just seems like a perfect storm at the moment.  Thank goodness, storms pass.  So, I’m breathing deeply.  And praying for calm feelings.  And looking forward to January.

                If you need a break like I do, you might want to join the fun in January.  Check it out here:  http://www.homeschoolwintersummit.com/  And here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homeschool-Moms-Winter-Summit/242820272446772. Also here: http://www.smockityfrocks.com/?s=Homeschool+Moms+Winter+Summit. I’ve told a friend of mine who is homeschool mom newbie about it, and I think that , regardless of the outcome of the contest, we’ll be making the road trip.   But last night, as I lay in my bed praying and thinking and trying to whip up some creative submission to win this contest, I chastised myself.  I’m being selfish.

                You see, over 20 years ago, I met this friend of my college roommate. She was a quirky, happy, funny kind of girl named Kat who didn’t have a mean bone in her body.  I didn’t know her real well then, but we’ve reconnected through Facebook, and I have grown to admire her IMMENSELY!  And after a harrowing summer, she, if anyone, deserves this.  So, I’m writing this on her behalf.  She doesn’t know I’m writing this, and quite frankly, I don’t know if she’ll be able to get away.  But I figure,  if she has enough time to prepare, this may just work out for her.

                So let me tell you why I think she deserves this.  Simply, she has 9 children (and one more in heaven).  She and her husband have adopted most through international adoptions.  What started out as rescuing children from heavily burdened institutions and impossible situations, has intensified to include special needs children.  Last year, in the middle of one of these adoptions, their family learned that their son would not have the benefit of knowing them because he passed away before they could retrieve him from the orphanage.  Yet, in their grief, they decided to move forward with another adoption from the same institution.  And a few months ago, their latest blessing made it home to Texas. 

                There is so much more to the story that I can’t describe in one blog post.  So if you get a chance, please go read her blog. http://everlastingmomentum.blogspot.com/. It will leave you with a renewed hope in Christianity and mankind.  Unbelievable faith… it leaves me in tears and speechless often. ( Although, I have to say, some of it is both hilarious and relatable.)

                I would love to win this.  My Newbie Homeschool Mom friend and I would have a wonderful time.  But, it would be even better if Kat won this and got a little rest, refreshment, and reward.  And that would be better than a winning it myself.

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What’s your sign?

I love Pinterest. In fact, it is one of my great stress relievers to spend an hour by myself “pinning”. I have to make a set time and time limit; otherwise it would easily, and has at times, become an unhealthy obsession and time-stealer. In some instances, the ideas shared there have been a great help to me in one way or another.

One of my favorite ideas are the wonderful quotes, funny quips, etc. that end up on signs to be hung about the home. It occurred to me how the selection of one of these signs could reveal so much about the occupants of the home. And how much time I take thinking if something really applies to our clan or not.

I love the signs that tell about the family personality. You know the ones that start, “In this family we…” fill in the blanks. Maybe these things are aspirations rather than hard fast habits by all the members, but I’ve yet to find one that really describes my family. In some ways, writing a description that is both accurate and mostly positive seems untruthful. So, I won’t. I refuse. As heart-warming as the signs are, providing only the positive without the negative describe only one half of the family’s personality. So what if I wrote a truthful sign, regardless of what perceived negative attributes come spewing forth? Could it at least make people smile (or probably laugh) even if it didn’t cause that lovely mushy feeling that most do? Hmm….let’s see. Here is my attempt.

In this family we:

Have too much estrogen for four walls
Encourage Dad to go fishing to preserve his manhood and sanity
Share the chores, but still leave dinner dishes often until the next day
Photobomb
Laugh, and laugh, and laugh
Cry
Talk about God
Talk to God
SING together in the car and solo in the shower
Opine loudly and zealously to the guests on Fox News
Argue/Bicker with each other
Learn
Love
Have tickle fights and horseplay
Get mad
Make up
Enjoy Food (too much)
Dream for the future
Encourage service to others
Try to be real
Laugh at flatulence
Pick on each other mercilessly, at times
Love NASCAR
Exercise our 2nd amendment right
Converse with the dogs as if they are people
Attempt patience and forgiveness
Need to exercise more
Read, paint, draw and do crafts
Pluck each other’s eyebrows and chin/ear hairs
Give fashion advice
Are mostly unorganized
Hate Algebra (all of us)
Stick together

So that’s our family, what about yours?

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In the Beginning was the Blog Name

Funny blog name?  Did you laugh?  Did you have an emotional reaction? So many things could be wrong with the title.  Memoirs?  Well, it’s a blog not really an autobiography, although  it is about my life.  But, while I’ll be sharing my memories and experiences, it will also include unsolicited advice and, most assuredly,  my own opinions about a few things.

 Ok…next word, “lazy”.  This is sarcasm… and yet,  I have “mommy guilt”.  Yes, you know what that is if you’re a mother.  No matter how much or how little I do, it’s not enough.  It won’t ever be enough, regardless of how hard I try.  So, some days I give up and let myself off the hook for a little while because I know at some point the guilt may very well motivate me to try a little harder next time.  And the cycle will continue.  I figure, that it will pretty much be even in the end. 

The final term, “housewife”, has of late experienced a metamorphosis of sorts in today’s culture.  Coming out from behind the veil of un-Pc-ness (I know, I’m such a cringe-worthy wordsmith), no longer does the word evoke images of June Clever in her perfect dress, starched apron, high heels, and pearls vacuuming her immaculate, dust free house.  No, it’s become synonymous with wealthy or kept,  possession obsessed, mostly moral-less women, who may or may not be married, and really don’t have the first idea about real housework or parenting that is unassisted by nannies and school masters.   They are, however, excellent at gossiping and fighting with the other women in their social circles about inane subject matter.

These two images are courtesy of Hollywood.  Neither is accurate with regard to the term.  Neither is helpful to real women (not reality-tv women) or their families.  Neither is the goal of most women, whether working for a paycheck outside of the home, or working for personal satisfaction inside the home.  Like most everything, the truth is somewhere between the two extremes. 

For me, I have very simple goals for which I continue to strive.  I haven’t achieved them.  Like I said before, I probably will never achieve them.  But I believe, they are worthy of my time, that I can occasionally give myself a break for not hitting every mark every time, and that these goals are probably shared in common with most women. 

                So with these ramblings in mind, I begin my blogging journey.  I hope you’ll find enjoyment, comedy, comfort,  and a little something to make your life easier occasionally! 

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