I have seven children who love to eat. We eat by day, and we would eat by night if we were allowed to. Keeping up with the appetites makes me feel not unlike the man on the old coal-powered train whose job it was to never stop shoveling coal. Some of my children are the fire that runs extra hot. Blaire, for instance, is a major breakfast eater, and cereal is a special thrill around here. I don’t know if it was just the knowledge of the Cheerios in the house that caused it, but the other week she got up so early it was still dark out, and while we were in bed, she ate two bowls of cheerios in the dark, went back to bed, and woke up at the normal time thinking she had only dreamed of Cheerios. Two bowls of the precious Cheerios, shot down in the dark and forgotten completely. Read More
Lots of space on this blog has been devoted to the subject of mothering , so I thought I would write a little something to the daughters, particularly daughters who are still living at home, who might be reading.
The problem of writing to daughters about their duties toward their mothers is that the mothers might read this and become critical or discontent. This article is not for the mothers to rub their daughters’ collective noses in. In other words, this is a word of encouragement to daughters, not a set up to stumble moms. Given that little word of caution, here are a few suggestions to daughters.
First of all, the obvious: Remember that your mother is a lot like you. Not only is she a woman, like you are, she is also a daughter. So take note of how she treats or speaks of or remembers her own mother. Remember, it’s not just your mom speaking; it’s another daughter speaking to you about her mom. Sometimes we let position (mother, daughter) or age difference create distance between us. But the mother-daughter relationship is one of the closest, so we should do all we can to keep it healthy and strong.
Mom is your role model, so pay attention. What does she do well? Imitate her. Read More
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Our friend Michelle Bisesto and her sweet daughters have a lovely online business called Six Sisters Beadworks. Not only do they sell personalized jewelry for grandmas, mamas, and babies, but they have great ideas for gifts for every occasion, even including gifts for the bridal party. If you go to the Christmas page, you’ll see some sweet earrings for little girls as well. Happy shopping!
Since you all were so eager for the last Christmas giveaway (congratulations, Melissa!) here’s another one, very literally hot off the press. This time it is for the older woman on your Christmas list. Leave a comment, and we’ll draw the winner on December 5!
Time for a little Canon Christmas Catalog shopping! Be sure to check out the Hello Ninja coloring book!
If you’d like a free copy of Eve in Exile for someone on your Christmas list, leave a comment, and we’ll have a drawing on November 21 to see who wins!