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Ramblings of a Breaking Heart

Does anyone else out there question their own sanity? Too often, lately, I do just that. There are so many negatives around me that I just have to wonder.. what have I done wrong? Why can’t I catch a break?
I have to remind myself constantly that God knows what he’s doing and I just have to be patient. I can’t rely on my own thoughts anymore, I never know what they are from minute to minute. I can be so sure about something, a decision, and just know it’s the right thing, then suddenly everything is out of focus… is this the right decision? Am I just jumping to this decision from hurt, etc? How do I know the difference? When you reach that fork in the road you’re traveling, how can you be absolutely sure which direction to take? Especially when both paths are difficult and hurtful..
It feels like my life is just a disaster right now, nothing is going the way I think it should.. and maybe that’s why? Maybe things are happening to show me that I have choices about my own life, but ultimately God has a plan.. I need to just let go and let God… That sounds like such an easy concept, but when you’re a bit of a control freak, as I am, it’s terribly difficult to just give up all of your problems and concerns and trust that things will work out the way they are supposed to..
And, wow, the time frame! In this world, we are all about the now. Patience has become a lost virtue. We try to teach our children patience, but we don’t practice it ourselves. Why is that?? Is it because the older we get, the faster our own “clocks” seem to be running? That we start to realize we only have so much time here on this earth and we feel the obsessive need to have and do as much as possible in the time we have left? That’s sort of what it feels like for me right now. As I sit here and write this I realize I am answering some of my own questions, maybe this is how I can learn.. But I am definitely having a serious problem with patience. I have a situation that I feel like has been going on forever. I keep thinking it has to come to an end soon, right??
I was in a hurry to have it turn out the way I wanted.. I’m starting to realize I may never get the outcome I want. Maybe that’s what God’s waiting for.. for me to let go and let Him.. Maybe once I finally come to terms with the fact that I have no control over the outcome, then I can finally get the end that is so near. I understand and am slowly beginning to accept the fact that it may not be the outcome I so desperately desire, but I am ready to end this stage of my life and move on… no matter the outcome. I hate admitting that to myself, but I’m just ready to be happy. If I can’t have happiness the way I want it, I have to have faith that I will have it some other way. Otherwise, why are we here? What’s the point in all this?


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Once upon a time, bullying was regarded as a natural part of childhood and frequently attributed to “kids being kids.” These days, however, bullying is making headlines. Awareness of bullying and the inherent dangers it can pose has risen dramatically, but that doesn’t stamp the problem out altogether. With modern technology making it easier than ever for bullies to access their victims around the clock, it’s important for a parent to understand and recognize signs of bullying. Bullying can range from physically attacking someone to verbally assaulting them and from gossiping about people to cyber bullying them. Cyber bullying includes harassing or intimidating behavior via emails, text messages or social media sites. Because you can’t protect your child from everything she’ll encounter when you’re not there with her, it’s best to teach your child appropriate ways of avoiding such encounters or, if necessary, standing up to a bully without physical retaliation.

read more via How to Help Your Child Stand Up to a Bully Without Getting Beaten Up |

By Michelle LaRowe
Editor in Chief

DowntonAbbey Revelations From Downton Abbey

A modern day peek into the upstairs and downstairs lives of the residents  and servants of fictional country estate Downton Abbey, the British-American period drama of the same name, explores the lives, relationships, customs and lifestyles of those who are served and those who served in the post-Edwardian era.

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Revelations From Downton Abbey |

Becoming a mom for the first time is one of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever have. It can also be one of the most confusing, especially if you have no family or friends with parenting experience nearby. Thankfully, the global village created by the Internet and supported by the vast network of mommy bloggers does offer a significant amount of information and food for thought for new moms. These thirty blog entries cover a variety of parenting topics, both controversial and widely accepted, from feeding to sleep training and vaccinations.

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30 of the Best Blogs for New Moms | Newborn Care.

Kidd’s Kids Day 2012


Kidd’s Kids Day is here! We hope you can help! Wednesday is the ONE day a year that we ask for your support to fund the Kidd’s Kids Trip to Walt Disney World. Over 50 families with a terminally or chronically ill child have been selected.

You can donate ANY day… including right now! How can you donate?

1. Send a text with the word KIDD to 52000 and $10 will be added to your cell phone bill. (Do it up to 3 times).**
2. Click here to make a donation on our fast mobile site using a credit card
3. Donate with a credit card or checking account on our regular donation site. 

Or on Wednesday 10/17 only:
4. Call the Southwest Airlines Kidd’s Kids Day Donation Hotline 888-792-5439 / 888-SWA-KIDZ from 6am – 1pm (CST)
5. Make a donation at any Raising Cane’s location in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Charlotte, VA and Edmond, OK. Find a location here.

11 years ago today, I gave birth to my first son..  

Kylar..  I was so proud of him then, as I am today.  He loves to read just like me!  Today, in honor of his birthday, I am sharing a story he wrote for school.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!


You’ll never believe who was in the limo…

 I was in my classroom one morning and Mr. Harned comes on the intercom asking for me to come to the office.  When I got to the office I saw my parents standing up smiling.  Mr. Harned pointed to the parking lot where a long white limousine is parked and he said that someone was here to see me.  So I walked outside and wondered who could be in the limo.  Slowly the dark tinted window rolled down as I got closer.  Finally I saw them, it was Harry Potter and some man.  While I was wondering who the man could be they jerked me into the limo and sped off.  Soon whirling colors were all around us then it finally stopped.

When the colors stopped the first thought through my mind was get out.  So despite my dizzying head-ache I opened the door and got out.  The man said “Do you know who I am?”  “No.” I said awkwardly   “I am you.”  I felt heavy and collapsed.

When I woke up I saw Brandon Lee and Dumbledore sitting beside me.  I heard screams outside the hi-tech room we were in.  I guessed I was in the future just then a little robot came up to me and that was correct.  The ground trembled and I heard more screams so I jumped up and bolted out the door.  I was shocked at what I saw.  

It was a 30  foot tall giant!  Without thinking I bent down picked up a gold sword and ran toward the beast. When I got there I slashed open his leg, gold blood squirted out.  He tried to hit me with his club but I dodged it and cut him again.  The giant screamed in pain, I felt unstoppable until he smacked.

I went flying through the air and landed on the cold hard ground.  I could barely breathe.  I thought I would die but then I felt something shaking my shoulder.  It was my mom, and that was just a dream.

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One of the most important pieces of baby gear you’ll ever purchase is your infant’s car seat. In fact, car seats are such a non-negotiable baby purchase that most hospital administrators won’t even allow you to leave the hospital with your new bundle of joy until you have one in your vehicle and it’s properly installed. There are so many different recommendations regarding car seats that it can be difficult to determine which ones apply to your child. These 30 blogs offer advice and valuable information regarding a variety of subjects relating to car seats, and can help to eliminate any confusion you may have…

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30 Blogs on Car Seat Safety | Babysitting Jobs.

Making a Home Fire Plan

Planning a Fire Evacuation Route for Your Home

Published on September 24, 2012, by  in Sitters.

According to the United States Fire Administration, more than 3,500 Americans die in fires each year, with another 18,300 sustaining injuries as the result of a fire. Because the majority of these fires occur in the home, it’s of vital importance that every family has a fire evacuation plan in place. While no homeowner wants to consider the possibility of losing everything they’ve worked so hard to acquire, ensuring that you and your children are armed with the information you need to survive a house fire could mean the difference between an unfortunate event and a truly tragic one.


Making sure that you have taken the proper precautionary measures as a matter of routine maintenance can make a huge difference in situations where every moment matters. Making sure that your home is stocked with the proper equipment is the first step to planning your evacuation route and fire safety plan.

  • Smoke Alarms –Your home should be equipped with smoke alarms on every floor and outside of every bedroom to ensure that each member of the family can hear the alarm clearly enough to awaken from a sound sleep, should it go off. The batteries in your smoke alarms should be changed when you reset your clocks for daylight savings time, or more frequently if they begin to emit the chirping noise that indicates low battery power.
  • Fire Extinguishers – You should place a fire extinguisher on every floor, including one in the kitchen where cooking fires can quickly get out of control. Upstairs extinguishers should be kept in central locations for ease of access. As an extra precaution, keeping a fire extinguisher near any sources of heat, such as a fireplace or an outdoor fire pit, is wise.
  • Emergency Escape Ladders – Houses with more than one level and bedrooms on upper floors should be equipped with an emergency escape ladder in each of those bedrooms. Children should be instructed on the proper use of such ladders when they’re old enough to manage them without assistance.

To read the full post, please click here.

If You Love Something…

Growing up, you learn all about the geniuses that helped shape our world into what it is today..  People like Einstein, Galileo and many others.  These people definitely did a lot to contribute to the advancement of our civilization.

I am going through some very personal, painful things at the moment.  Suddenly a few days ago, this familiar quote just came to me, giving me peace.  “If you love something, set it free, if it comes back to you it’s yours, if it doesn’t it never was”.  Of course, there are many versions of this same quote, paraphrases of it, if you will.  I started wondering who originally said this, for in my mind, they should be on all lists of the top geniuses of all time!

I started looking into it, and it seems that “anonymous” is often cited for this quote, but I did find two names associated with it.  I have no idea which one said it first, but they are both credited for it at some point.

The two prospects for my genius list are Doug Horton (1891-1968) and Khalil Gibran (1883-1931).  I was surprised that both of these men were quite faithful, very “religious” men.  I never really thought of this quote as having these origins, but now knowing, makes the fact that it popped into my head on a particularly bad day all the more comforting.  I believe it is something that will be the hardest thing anyone can do, but also quite necessary, in my case anyway.

I realize many of you who read this will think I’m being silly, over-dramatic, or putting too much stock in an old saying.  Maybe I am, but it feels like the perfect mantra for me at this point in my life, and it does give me comfort.  This is not meant to be an informative post, teaching anything, it’s just the ramblings of a soon to be single mom of two wild little boys…

I found this photo here, a great post on the same subject.  Check it out!

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