Happy Thanksgiving And a Prayer

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I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a great one with your families. 🙂

Take time to LOVE EACH OTHER!

 

 

 

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We’re slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I’d like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I’m thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided
And bless each and every person invited

Amen!

–Scott Wesemann

From: – http://christianity.about.com/od/thanksgivingverses/a/thanksgivingpra.htm

Taken For Granted As a Wife, Mother or Grandmother? Are We Thankful Too?

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I’m sure all you Moms can relate to this one if you have a husband…and most of us do??

 

 

For Grandmothers too, I’ll get into that a little later in the post. 😉

 

 

Your Hubby comes home from work and the second he gets inside the door, a routine question spills out of his mouth…

What’s For Supper?

Hmmm, I don’t know about you, but (sometimes, not ALL the time), I resent that simple question! Why???

Well, I don’t have children at home with me anymore, however, I get up at 5AM and workout, then…head straight to my home office and get to work. I work through the day until about 4 or 5PM.

Let me just say, I’m dragging and just plain tuckered, most of the time!!! :/ Now of course, my workload is not heavy labored, and I have a “soft and cushiony work from home job“…LOL!

Keep in mind (with the work I do online), I often get stressed out from my daily workload. Maybe I have an easy “J O B,” however, (not so easy sometimes), I’m tired just the same!

I often deal with important business decisions, transactions, refunds, dealing with my customers, and always striving to keep them happy…for the most part! It’s NOT always easy, like a lot of people seem to think. 😉

I dearly love my Hubby and would not know what I would do without him that’s for sure!! However, when he comes home from his job…his duties/jobs are done for the day.

* Let’s look at what I have to do before retiring for the night…

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I have to prepare supper
Clean up
I’m often doing laundry
I’m often paying bills
I often need to do grocery shopping

I also have to check my online workload before going to bed, so with that said; sometimes I’m up rather late trying to respond to my important clients and advertisers.

So, see how this can become resentful sometimes? Mind you…it’s not all the time that I feel this way. LOL Just those extremely tired and stressful days that the specific question of “What’s for Dinner?” can get to me. Again, love my Hubby LOTS! Just sayin… 😉

Does any of this strike a cord or ring a bell for any of you?

I know for some work at home moms or wives, their husbands help with daily chores and even with the cooking. If you are “in this category,” you are truly fortunate! Having said that, my Hubby DOES do some grilling on the weekends sometimes, and for that, I’m THANKFUL!

Geeze, I even feel a little guilty for my feelings …sometimes.

The above is from the WIFE part of me…I’ll just skip MOTHER and go straight to GRANDMOTHER.— Only because I have the greatest son and daughter-in-law who loves me unconditionally! 🙂

Grandparenting Tips and Duties

Now grandparenting could betaken for granted as well. I’m sure many grandmothers out there feel this way from time to time, do they not?

For Me…, I’m always ready and willing to babysit my grands…unless I’m unusually tired, (and that is sometimes the case), have to tend to my father, or just go see him, (that is once a week), or I’m just stressed out big time for any given reason. I love my grandkids and love spending time with them. However, I also appreciate my kids taking turns with both grandmas. 😉

The bottom line on Grandparenting…

I look at it this way…I want my grands to remember me when I’m old and (I) can’t remember them, OR…after I’m gone! That’s my major concern.

Will they remember me through all the tears and laughter?? I am working on that one, and I certainly HOPE SO!

So, you see? That’s why I’m usually eager to say “YES” to my grands!!

YES, I go through those “taking for granted” days, and also my “menopause” BOO-HOO days, however, it just boils down to…

Let me just say, and make very clear; I am so very fortunate to have the family that I have. I’m a lucky woman and Grandma, and always thankful for family and their unconditional love they show every day!

I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts, any takers? 😉

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How to Avoid Common Problems When Grandma Provides Childcare

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I very seldom post an entry from an unsolicited source, or from content that has already been posted elsewhere. However, I found this post enlightening on a growing grandparenting issue. More and more grandparents are raising their grandchildren these days. And what a GRAND job! I thought the post would benefit my readers. 🙂

From Nannyjobs.org

For many families, Grandma is the first childcare choice. Parents love the idea of a family member whom they know and trust caring for the kids. But there are challenges that automatically come with this childcare option. Here are some questions parents should think about before having Grandma care for their kids.

What type of relationship do each of you want?

Defining the relationship is the first step in making it work long term. One side may want an informal arrangement, where it feels like the grandparent simply visits often rather than provides formal care. In those cases, the primary relationship doesn’t change, it just expands a bit to include this new way of interacting.


The other side may want a more formal childcare arrangement, where the parent takes on the role of employer and the grandparent takes on the role of employee. Both sides must want the relationship to develop in the same direction, otherwise problems will quickly come up and the arrangement simply won’t work. Having mismatched ideas around this issue can also damage the core relationship, so this is a particularly important issue to tackle early on.

Where will Grandma provide care?

For some parents who want an arrangement close to nanny care, it’s important that the child is cared for in his own home. The parent wants Grandma to….

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Book Review – My Grandma Lives In Florida

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I was excited to do this book review, and was delighted to receive the actual book…just for posting this review! How awesome is that?!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Award Winning Children’s Book!
MY GRANDMA LIVES IN FLORIDA

 

 

The many rhymes that generously grace the pages of My Grandma Lives In Florida will captivate any child for hours on end! =)

This book is unique…not like all the other “bed time stories for kids” Happy and Entertaining. All moms and grandmas will enjoy reading it to their children and grands!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it myself! 🙂

What Is The Story?…

A child alligator, from New York City goes to see Grandma in Florida. What a transcendent experience with bonding with Grandma…especially on a beach in Florida! Charming story.

The graphics are exquisitely detailed…all small children will pleasantly be entertained with fun hours of reading. 🙂

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My favorite page is PAGE 4…It says…

“I love my Grandma and Grandma loves me!”
 

 

I used to say this to my grandson (now 3 years old) A LOT. It would make him smile so! I can’t wait to read this entire book to him. 🙂

Your Child Will Definitely Enjoy Hearing The Words Read To Them Over and Over Again! Promise! 🙂

*** Author Ed Shankman ***
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You can grab this gem of a book Here

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How to Create A Positive Nanny/Family Relationship

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This goes for all grandmothers as well. It also shows how bonding is important with families.

Having the same caregiver throughout the years is one of the biggest draws of nanny care. Not only do kids benefit when they have consistent care, but it makes parents lives much easier too. The cornerstone to keeping your nanny for years is creating and maintaining a positive nanny/family relationship. Here are some tips for creating that bond.

 

 

It starts and ends with good communication. The nanny/parent relationship is like no other relationship. It’s both personal and professional and the boundaries between the two are fluid depending on the situation. Make honest, respectful communication a priority from the beginning. Set up a way to quickly check in with each other at the end of each day and set aside time each month to have a real conversation about how things are going. Clear, regular communication will help you avoid many of the problems that often come up between employers and nannies.


Clearly outline your unique expectations. Every nanny job has typical responsibilities, like preparing meals for the child and keeping up with the child’s laundry. However, every parent is…Read More

What Makes a Family Strong

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Things have been crazy around our house as of late. Nothing is going according to plan and some days I feel as if I could just go running and screaming down the road and not look back. That is if I did not absolutely love and adore all of the wonderful people in my family. We may not see things the same or think the same way but there is one undeniable fact holding us together, we love each other. I have heard we are not the only family that has issues. Is there a picture perfect family out there? I have yet to discover one.
In the past few months I have a son who has gotten himself into some trouble. Teenagers; you cannot live with them but you cannot live without them. I think that is what they say about husbands and wives but it works well in this case too. My son and I are on a different planet most days but everyone in a while we find ourselves sharing a moment where we actually connect. When this happens I find that I usually stop breathing because I feel like if I do the moment will end. In these moments I remember the little boy that used to think I knew everything and looked at me as if I were the core of his world. *Sigh*

I also have a daughter who has changed quite a bit over the last year which is quite hard for me to take. She is in her late twenties and is now in a serious relationship. It kind of makes me wish she had gotten into a relationship earlier, but not really. I have had her all these years, we have been buddies and pals, and we have shared jokes and have loved the same foods, movies, and games. Now that she has her beau she is much more interested in what he is thinking, feeling, and what his likes are. I know she still loves me but I am no longer the “go to” for sharing information. I knew this day would come and even prayed for her to find the right fella but since it has come I find myself in a tug of war between being happy for her and resenting her new relationship. I know in my heart which way this rope pull will go. Such is life.


You never think about things like this when your children are born, at least I did not. Who thinks about their children getting into trouble or leaving you for a new love when you are holding them in your arms? But as all this has been taking place lately I have realized that God allows all this to happen to make us stronger and to help us to keep our focus on Him and not our children. God gives us family but they are blessings, they are not intended to take the place of our heavenly Father. When we put our family in the position of being what we live for instead of God it never works out. Even our family will let us down from time to time even if it is not intentional. This is something that I am thankful I am learning. God is always the same, He never changes, and He is never going to let His children down.

There is another huge event that has taken place just this past week in my life which has made me realize how much I depend on my family instead of seeing them as temporary blessings. My Mom has recently found out that she had a blocked carotid artery which had to be worked on immediately. We spent five days in the hospital together. I know there are some of you that have slept on those little pull out chair/couch contraptions they have in some of the hospital rooms. That is where I have spent most of the last week. I do not think I have one single place on my body that doesn’t hurt.

Mom’s birthday is next week and she will be seventy-seven. They found out when they were doing this surgery that she also needs a triple bypass two weeks after she gets out of the hospital. My heart fell when I heard the news. My Mom is going to live until Jesus returns; at least that is what I have engrained in my mind. She is vibrant, alive, and constantly in motion. Just the week before she was at her sister’s house who is seventy cutting down a big tree with the chainsaw I bought her for Christmas. Yes a chainsaw and she asked for it. She is stronger and much heartier than I am and most people I know as well. She is seldom sick and has always been there for me, always. I just keep thinking over and over that I have to keep my eyes on Jesus and trust Him with my Momma. This is a reminder of how important it is to love your parents with all your heart and treat them well for as long as they are with you. Which in my case by God’s great grace is until Jesus comes!

When things like this happen your whole world starts to shake and you find yourself wondering what in the world is happening. I really do not know what people do who do not have faith in God at these times. I find myself going out of control emotionally and then He reminds me who is in charge of everything and how much He loves us all. He does everything for the good of those who love Him and when I remember this in those panicked moments and ask for His peace then everything becomes alright.

Another added bit of excitement is when the siblings come into town to see Mom and the cousins and the aunts, and the old friends. Throw all these people into the pot, some of them staying in your home and just as upset as you are, and you have a wonderful recipe for high anxiety. This is the time that you can let family make you stronger or take you down. They are the few rare people that actually have this power over you, like it or not. And it is all because of love. This is the reason why we hurt the people we love most. We know they will not stop loving us and we can get down to the last raw nerve in their body and (in most families) things return to the normal loving relationship within just a short period of time. This is especially true in the parent/children/sibling relationships, isn’t that an amazing thing? It is a love thing and that is what makes the family strong.

I don’t know who is reading this or what your belief system is. If you are a Bible believing, born again Christian you know from the Word of God that this is Satan’s plan, to destroy the family. He knows that if he can get the family in chaos that everything else will fall. I am extremely thankful that I am not just running on my love but that I have the love of God in my life so that all these hurdles can be met and overcome. Life is hard sometimes but love is oh so much stronger.

As I am writing this I am also waiting for one of my brothers to come into town. It is a strange phenomenon that happens in families all over the world; kids can grow up in the same identical family and not be a thing alike. My brother and I could not be more opposite. We have learned over the years to bend with each other’s idiosyncrasies and love each other despite these differences. I, being the less confrontational, find myself backing down more often, not conceding mind you, just shutting it down for the sake of love, peace, and harmony.

Strong families have problems, strong families go through crises, and strong families disagree. But what keeps families strong is the knowledge that family is important and love is what binds them. They refuse to let go and they trust in that love to keep them together. They never give up and they never surrender.

About The Author:

Sara is an active nanny as well as an active freelance writer. She is a frequent contributor of http://www.nannypro.com/. Learn more about Sara Here.

Share Family History With Your Grandchild

Now some may not think this is really important, however let me tell you, IT IS! Mom and my Father-In-Law will never meet my grandson, and it makes me so very sad. 🙁

On the other hand, I secretly know that both of them not only met my grandson, but they are watching him grow as a little man before their eyes! Yes, I truly believe that. They are delighted from what they see watching down from Heaven.

It’s sad that some people DON’T believe in God and don’t know Him. I happen to know that there is a God and He’s got a huge place in my heart. I’ve heard about AND have seen miracles happen. So please don’t tell me there isn’t a God! 😉

Now that we have that out of the way, the purpose of this post is telling my readers to share family history with your grandchildren. Go as far back as you know and can remember. Your grandkids have the right to know where they came from and who their ancestors are!

A practical way of doing this is to do research for a family tree. One of my cousins from my husband’s side does this and he thoroughly enjoys it. I think he’s found our family somewhere back in the 1700’s. That’s pretty amazing if you ask me! 🙂

Share what your grandchildren’s Great, Great Grandparents (and even further back if you can) did for a living. They will enjoy your stories, especially when they are older.

Below are some photos of our family =)

My Grandma (my Dad’s Mom) and my Aunt Lois (Dad’s sister)

My Grandma, Dad, and Aunt Lois

From Left To Right – Me, Aunt Lois, Mom, Dad, (Joyce, my sister)

4 Generations, from Left To Right, (My Grandpa, my Mom’s Dad) Me, Mom Holding Jason, (my son)

From Left To Right – Mom, Uncle Joe and Aunt Tink (Mom’s brother and sister)

My Grandpa and Grandma (Mom’s Dad and Step Mom) This was in the church my husband and I got married in and Grandpa married us, He was a minister