“This is where we live,”Jill Flanagan said several times as we walked around her house. She loves that they enjoy spending time together, just living and making everyday memories as a family. Honestly, I’m not sure a higher compliment could be paid to the design or style of a home because ultimately that is the purpose of our houses… to live… to invite us in and make us comfortable. … The Flanagan home is welcoming from the moment you pull into the driveway until the moment you leave. The modern French Country style is composed of brick.
This is the month we get to celebrate our dads, not just for the roles they play, but for the men they really are. The importance and challenges of fatherhood can sometimes be overlooked. The role of the father in American society is constantly evolving. Traditionally, fathers have shouldered the cultural image of breadwinner, disciplinarian and authority figure. How often do you remember hearing your mother say, “Just wait until your father gets home!” to get you back on the right track?
Father’s Day Ideas … I have a 10-month-old son, so this will be our first year to celebrate Father’s Day as parents. Dads like my husband deserve to be celebrated not just one day, but often! He’s a 50/50 partner in our parenting journey, and I am blown away every day by how amazing he is with our son. No amount of gifts could fully show our appreciation for him, but it is still fun to surprise him with things I know he will love. … Upgrade dad’s favorite summer activity by making him master of his own Big Green Egg!
“Can we host an exchange student?” Isn’t that the question every husband expects to hear coming from his wife? I had been coming across Facebook posts by Ms. Arnetta, Regional Manager for the Program of Academic Exchange (PAX), for several weeks.
“You’re going to be the best homeschool mom who ever lived,” I whispered to myself in my mirror as I prepared for the first day of school at home with my 9-year-old, 3-year-old, and 1-year-old. I had sharpened all the pencils, organized all the supplies, and prepped all the curriculum. I had bought learning tools and had an adorable art station set up. All books were lined perfectly on the shelf, ready to be scoured by inquisitive little minds. I had the entire day planned for our first day.
Adoption. Some people will hear this word and immediately correlate it to infertility-a last resort for those who have struggled for years to conceive.Often the two go hand-in-hand, and the vast majority of birth mothers prefer to place their babies with families who have no children, or at the very most, one child. A lot of adoption agencies throughout the country will even specify that they will not accept a potential adoptive family who already has several kids.
As I get older, I have realized something about friendship; it is not just about the time we spend together. It takes a village to keep our people and ourselves in order, and I’m fortunate to have a village of friends that love me and my family, no matter what kind of mom I am that day. We are there for each other, taking up each other’s slack when things are hard and celebrating each other’s accomplishments when things are going well. We are all doing the best we can and each of us brings something special to the table.
A Mother of a Tale … There once was a young girl in a small east Texas town who dreamed of settling down, getting married, having children, keeping a clean house and making three square meals a day for her family. She would whip up homemade organic granola for her 3.2 children and stud of a husband before moving the refrigerator to sweep behind it and scrub the baseboards of her pristine home. What a gal she was going to grow up to be! I don’t know this girl personally, but I’m sure she is out there somewhere!
What would Forrest Gump say? … I always think about my mother when I make chocolate chip cookies. It’s not because she especially loved chocolate chip cookies, or because hers were particularly delicious. No, preparing chocolate chip cookies reminds me of my mother because it was the source of one of her “motherisms.” … You know what a motherism is. A motherism is something you accepted as truth early in your life because your mother always said it. Later, when you became an adult, you either adopted it as your own truth or rejected it in favor of a belief that better suited your lifestyle.
Send Them Off to School in Style … Graduating high school and heading off to college is such an exciting time in life. It is the first time a student is on their own as an adult and with it comes new experiences and challenges. Graduates are typically gifted items by friends and family as they prepare to begin a new chapter in their lives.