#20 A Home-run on Mother's Day

Uncategorized May 18, 2018

Even though Mother’s Day is over for this year I want to reflect on the beautiful day it was.  I realize Mother’s Day can be a very painful day for some, for others it is just a normal day, and then for some it is a very meaningful day.  What made it meaningful for you this year?

 

 

On Mother’s Day, my daughters, BOTH, surprised me with taking my recommendation from our Love Legacy page by writing their own handwritten letters with meaningful words and messages to me. Our message for Love Legacy was to convey, “Better Than Hallmark, Melt Your Mom’s Heart With Your Own Message”. As I sit here and type I am looking at the two beautiful handwritten letters from my daughters.  Do you know what I love about these letters? I can pick these letters up, time and time again, and be reminded of their love and appreciation. Unlike flowers that fade away and end up getting thrown out, these letters will stay in a special place for a...

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#19 Be Your Mom’s Favorite. Show Her Why She is Your Favorite. Write Her a Note Today.

Uncategorized May 08, 2018

“Favorites!!”  If you have ever experienced being someone’s favorite you know how special that can be.  You feel sought after, loved and even cherished. You know you are someone’s dearest treasure.  It feels good, it makes you feel valued. Why not give your mom the opportunity to feel special and for one short window of time allow you to become her “favorite”.

It’s very important as a mom that we don’t pick favorites, yet we have the skillful task of making each one of our children feel special and a favorite.  So on Mother’s Day, turn the tables around and allow your mom to have a moment to call you her “favorite child”. Be the first to shower her with words of affirmation, appreciation and love.  Share your heart with her. Remind her of some special moments you have shared together. I still have a card my son, Josh, sent to me one Mother’s Day which read, “Sure, sure, all your...

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#18 Mother’s Day Confessions. Stories You Don’t Tell Your Mom Until You are an Adult!

Uncategorized May 01, 2018

Don’t we all have those tucked away, secret stories that we were able to keep from our mom’s?  Then as we grow up we feel safe enough to tell them what would have mortified them years ago!

Just recently, my daughter ran into a very close friend of hers from her growing up years. It had been years since they had seen each other and they had some great laughs as they began to reminisce about some of those “secret events” that mom never knew about…..until the day they recently told her.  They shared, with the mom, how her friend escaped from the house, without anyone knowing, and how she entered and snuck back into their home, and it was all just a secret tucked away! Her mom laughed and said, “yes, that would have been grounds for something!” But today, it was just an innocent confession that put a smile on all their faces.

Dig down deep, what memory do you have that maybe “mom” has no idea ever transpired when you were...

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#17 Be Better Than Hallmark. Discover the Words to Melt Your Mom’s Heart This Mother’s Day.

Uncategorized Apr 26, 2018

As I sit typing my blog, I am looking at a gold foiled box filled with personal cards and messages handwritten by my children and special friends.  I keep it in a special place. When I want to feel close to my loved ones, I pull out one of their personalized cards with their handwritten notes. 

Most women are drawn to the sentimental words handwritten on a piece of paper, better yet, if it is an attractive, colorful piece of paper. Just think about the door of most refrigerators in our homes. Many have the personally drawn or colored pages from someone significant in their lives. It means so much to have someone remember you and gift you with their love and words.

Mother’s Day is only a few short weeks away. Why do I tell you this? I believe that Mother’s Day is another opportunity to leave your legacy while connecting with your loved ones. Love Legacy values mothers, aunts, sisters, cousins and all of the important women in your life. This mother’s day,...

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#16 Making Moments When There Isn’t Time to Breathe

Uncategorized Apr 17, 2018

 

Do you feel like you are running ninety miles an hour, trying to do so much in so little time? Life is crazy and filled with chaos. You keep trying to figure out how you can fit one more thing in your day.  In reality, we all have 1440 minutes in each and every day. What if you could find a way to” just breathe” in the moments you already have, to help you make meaning in some of those chaotic moments? It could be like finding an extra day or two!!  Seriously!

As I watch my daughters run my grandchildren to all their school events, sporting events, church activities and friend times it almost makes me dizzy. We all seem caught in this rat race of life that, at times, we really do feel like we hardly have time to breathe and we feel the clock ticking away!  Have you ever left church leaving one of your children behind…..because you were so busy on your way out of the building that you forgot to take a headcount!

Our friends told of a true...

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#15 The Beautiful Magic that Happens When a Canner Blows Up In Your Face and You Live to Tell the Scary Story!

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2018

Overwhelmed is a feeling we all feel at one time or another.  There are some days that just seem to be filled with more than we care to handle, but we have to figure out how to get through the day…..somehow.  We may have just received an unexpected overdraft notice from the bank, or a late notice of a payment you forgot to send. Maybe you are dealing with multiple health issues that you aren’t finding answers to and you are fighting depression.  You need to find a way through the messes of life.

Let me share a very personal story from my own life.  True story! It was a summer day outside, I had picked a bucket of fresh green beans and needed to can them for the winter. The day was a normal kind of day with our nine month daughter and I’m four months pregnant, but still processing through my mom’s death less than one year.  So I’m grieving, I’m a new young mom who has just recently lost her mom and pregnant! To think I...

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#14 Birthdays, Hayrides and Halloween: Little Moments Leave Lasting Impressions in Relationships

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2018

We all love the big moments in life….the weddings, the graduations, the birth annoucement times, but let’s be real.  The big events happen usually just once in a lifetime and usually cost a lot of money. In reality, every day we have ordinary moments that can allow for extraordinary memories. Right now, just think about a special moment in your life that wasn’t anything big, but it was meaningful and memorable.  One of my friends recently shared with me of something so simple and insignificant but it brought her to tears in minutes! Her brother was mimicking the Donald Duck sound that her uncle always made, and it had been five years since she had heard that familiar sound. She said almost instantly she felt her eyes filling up with tears remembering her sweet uncle that always made that sound. What little moments can you create that will leave a lasting impression?  It is usually the simple, small moments in life that happen instantaneously that...

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#13 What to Do When Sentimental Moments Turn into a Discussion of Poo

Uncategorized Mar 27, 2018
 

Expectations!?!  We all have them, don’t we?  Sometimes we don’t realize we have them but if you are honest with yourself, I think you will agree with me.  Let me tell you of a very simple expectation I had one day.


Small personal story from your life or  that has impacted your life


Isaac, my three year old grandson, and I were having fun spending time together and since I love being intentional to capture special moments with each of my grandkids, I decided to take a few fun moments together to capture some of Isaac’s innocent answers to some questions I would ask him on a video.  In my mind, this would be a fun video to keep for legacy purpose, to show him what his thoughts were to my questions as a three year old. However, I guess I forgot to think the way a three year old thinks…..because I had some very different responses in mind. My little Isaac came up with the same simple response to every single question I posed to him!...

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#12 Being Present in the Presence of the Moment

Uncategorized Mar 20, 2018

It is so easy to NOT be present of the present moment.  Have you ever been driving and you just realized you do not even remember passing a certain street or a business?  Maybe you thought you were listening to someone until they asked you a question and then you realize you don’t even remember what they were talking about because your mind was somewhere else. That is what I mean when I say that it is easy to not be present.


Let me share a story with you that has left an impact on me.  My three year old grandson and I were playing and doing puzzles one afternoon. It was a lot of fun. He got tired of that he decided he wanted “us” to sit together on the couch. We turned on something to watch on Netflix when he asked me to sit right next to him.  Fortunately, I listened and sat right next to him. He nestled close to me and I put my arm around him. Several times he would look up at me and just have this sweet smile of enjoying the moment together....

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Dear Seventy-something and beyond, Post #11

Uncategorized Mar 13, 2018

My daddy is 90 Years old. I feel like I am just starting to get to know him. How did this happen? I made a photo book about his life. I learned so much!!! 


Taking time to listen to my dad share his stories from his past has enriched my understanding not only of who he is and why he does things the way he does, but it has helped me understand myself better!  It was fascinating to learn of his intense work ethic at such a young age, no wonder my dad worked so many hours in every day. Little did I know that at eight years old he began working on the family farm.  His sharp memory of people, places and events are a gift to me as we continue to make our next memory book for our family on all the places he went with work! I’m reminded of Dr. Seuss….Oh The Places To Go….well just think about all the places you have gone by the time you reach age 70+!


"To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old." Oliver...

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