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Party Time! Family Fridays Link-Up is Open

Welcome to Livin’ The Mom Life & Missy Homemaker’s Family Friday Link-Up Party!!!

Let’s celebrate the upcoming weekend by sharing some linking love.
Jennifer at Making Our Life Matter is Co-Hosting Family Friday Link-Up Party with us this week and we are so excited she has come to party with us! Please check her out HERE and remember to follow her too!

This week is all about family. Enjoy!
Rhonda at Bitch and Whine discusses how sometimes kids should be rewarded for effort not results. This post tore at my heartstrings and is well worth your time to read.

Bonnie a.k.a. Lady Blogger writes a quick post: Applying to College. It seems it’s a lot harder than it was 20+ years ago when I sent my quick and dirty application in.

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Adelein at Blessed Learners writes about the importance of one of my favorite parts of the day: Having Meals Together as a Family. It’s something my family did when I was growing up and something my family does now.

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Oh did Tanya from Mom’s Small Victories crack me up with her Sharing Moments of Motherhood post. I can totally relate to flatulence being the music of my life. Seriously. Is there something wrong with these kids’ digestive systems?

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I can’t let this day pass without one recipe right? My buddy Melissa at Forever Fitting In has a recipe for an A.MAZ.ING Candy Cane Protein Shake. You don’t have to wait for a workout to make this. Just do it. Now. Yumm-O!

Please also check out the featured posts at Livin’ The Mom Life & Making Our Life Matter!
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A Mother’s Letter to Jennifer Lawrence

Dear Miss Lawrence,

Recently it’s come to my attention that certain male children in my household think you’re ‘hot’.  One of my sons has been talking about you quite a bit lately, and the others weigh in with equal fervor and admiration.

As their mother, I have something to say about this and that something is: Thank you.

Thank you for being the kind of young woman that a mother isn’t worried about her teenage boys having a celebrity crush on.

Thank you for being a young woman not afraid to speak her mind in an industry that seems to want to make every young woman a size zero, dumbed-down, sexual object.

Thank you for supporting publicly what I’ve tried to instill in my sons…that a girl is more than her exterior…that she doesn’t have to be a cookie cutter model unwilling to think and act away from the crowd, that she can have a brain in her head, and that the man that supports her will be better off for it.

You, Miss Lawrence, have been VERY outspoken about body image in Hollywood. You declared that although you were told to lose weight for the role of Katniss, that you would not. (Read about that here.) You took up the torch for all the young girls who look up to those on the big screen, but you did so much more.

You are influencing boys to be more confident about their own body image and about how to support the girls in their lives too.

You’ve also given my boys a look at how wrong it is to call someone fat, how wrong it is to expect girls to look only a certain way, and how wrong it is to cut people down for not being “perfect”.

Again, I want to thank you Miss Lawrence for being such a positive influence in an industry that I personally find repulsive. And I want to thank you for being the kind of girl that I hope my sons do find some day.

Sincerely,

Your future mother-in-law (at least in the eyes of one of my sons

8 years ago, I met my Match

8 years ago today, my husband and I went on our first date.

I met my husband on Match.com. Seriously. We were internet love birds.

It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but back then, text messages were expensive and there weren’t any fancy unlimited cell plans (and my cell phone was an analog phone that weighed over half a pound). I had a landline and dial-up internet so we started talking via Yahoo Chat.

J still has the little scratch of paper that he jotted my name and email address down on.

In my wallet, I still carry a printout of a little message he chatted me.

I knew within two weeks that I wanted marry him.

He swore he wouldn’t get married again before he’d been with someone for two years.

We got married 16 months (almost to the day) after we went on our first date. (J claims I tricked him into it!)

Our life together hasn’t been easy. We’ve been through job changes, an unplanned baby (and thank God for that precious Peanut!), becoming a one-income family, money troubles, job stress, kid stress, homeschool, and so much more but we always seem to make it through and come out stronger.

Happy anniversary to my love. I am so grateful you sent me that message, and I am even more grateful to have the honor to spend the rest of my life with you.

A long overdue update

It seems in life, curveballs are one of the only reliable things. I’ve been thrown a couple of those in the last month which is one of the reasons that I’ve been so absent. There’s another reason too, and I’ll get to that.

I’ve been having some medical issues lately that involve a blistering rash reaction to sunlight, swelling of my legs and feet, joint pain, and a crushing fatigue.
It’s been a total bummer because I’m finally in my dream house, homesteading like I’ve wanted to do forever, and back in a place I LOVE <3.

I hadn’t wanted to go to the doctor, because…well…I just don’t like to. But, because my heart was also acting up (I have this thing where every so often my heart will do this weird thing with racing heart beat–like 120+ bpm when I’m just sitting still, skipped beats, and a really funky rhythm), I decided to go.
Continue reading A long overdue update

Whatever happened to the SAHM going back to work?

Back a couple weeks ago, I wrote about what SAHMs needed to consider before they decided to go back to work. At the time, I had applied for and was waiting to interview for a job with a pretty large corporation.

There were several reasons I wanted to go back to work. I wanted to be able to have extra money to pay everything off early. I also wanted to finally get my career back on track, to live up to the standards I’d set for myself as an educated woman many years ago, and quite frankly, to finally have something that was just mine.

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I interviewed for the position the same day we closed on our house. I felt the interview went very well, and two out of the three managers I interviewed with stated that I did a fine job. But the third… I’m pretty good at reading people, and he just wasn’t into me at all. Perhaps I came off as too confident of my abilities (Some men just don’t appreciate a woman who can hold her own with men). Perhaps he didn’t get the feeling that I’d be a ‘part of the group’ as he kept saying was the key to being successful in the position.

Either way, I didn’t get the position. I was quite stunned as I was more than qualified (with one of the shift managers even telling me that I had more experience than he had in several areas!).

I was bummed because the job paid REALLY well, I would be in an environment that I was comfortable and one that I know I could be very successful in. The extra money was the biggest reason  though. That sure would have been really nice.

If I’m honest with myself, there were things that I was dreading about the job though. The 35 minute commute would really suck come winter especially considering that depending on what line I was working on, I’d have to be there at 3:30 a.m. or 4:00 a.m. And those hours. Ugh. I’ve worked them before, and it’s damn near impossible to have a normal home life when I’m going to bed at 7:00 p.m.

What happens now?

Well, I’m not sure. There are definitely other places I could apply. I could get a part time job in town just to bring in some extra money. I see the YMCA has openings.

Maybe I’ll wait until the kids go back to school and find something then.

Maybe I’ll sell my new truck so that money can be put back in the budget and buy me some time.

Maybe I should talk to my husband about it and ask him his opinion.