Product Review: WebProtectMe Browser

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So, here’s the deal: I have been using this browser on my iPad for a few months now, and not only do I love it…but I have to pass on the information to other parents.

WebProtectMe is a browser that provides safe browsing, which is fantastic for parents, churches, homeschoolers, schools, groups…anywhere that feels safe browsing to be a benefit.

I can let my kids use my iPad, and not worry about searching mishaps, or inappropriate content.  I try not to hover too much over them, but for kids it really is important to be aware of what they are exposed to.  And if they are in the back of the car, I can’t see what they see…that is why WebProtectMe has been so helpful.

Since this is the start of a new year, and we are all thinking about new goals for the year for our homes, I thought I’d do a review of this!

 

These are a few screenshots from my iPad to give you an idea of what it looks like:

IMG_0191The WebProtectMe app is very easy to use, and it is next to my Gmail app.

IMG_0192This is the WebProtectMe page, using the browser.

 

IMG_0193This is just an example page…I did a Google search for bats.

 

IMG_0194This is what the toolbar looks like.

IMG_0195And this is the Protection Settings.

IMG_1201This is where I put myWebProtectMe sticker 🙂

Finally, this is the latest email update from the team.

Their information is at the bottom if you have anymore questions!

 

“The past year has been an incredible journey for WebProtectMe. We started with a simple idea: bring Professional grade safe browsing to your home.

We’ve expanded our cloud filtering centers on 2 coasts, built a world-class iOS Safe Browser, and grown to thousands of active users each month. …and that’s only since June!
Here are some of the highlights, from just the last few months:

  • Password-protect the “clear history” function (Premium feature)
  • Individualized per-child custom filtering (Premium feature)
  • Enhanced Safe Search for SSL-secured versions of Google, Bing, Yahoo, Youtube & Vimeo
  • Touch ID support
  • Beautiful optimized-rendering for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
  • Password manager support (1Password)
  • iOS8 optimized!
  • In-app Help center with support chat
  • Translated into 7 languages

Even more to look forward to in 2015We’re not planning on slowing down anytime soon! While the rest of the Internet went into a holiday slumber, we’re still hard at work on new features that will dramatically change what you expect when protecting your family online.

Until next year…may your surfing be safe and your winter warm!

If you have any questions, please ask us: help@webprotectme.com
Warm wishes from the entire WebProtectMe team!
Connect with us:   
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The way I see it, for the price of 2 lattes a month, you can provide your family with safe browsing.

I think that’s a good investment.

(For the officials: I didn’t get paid for this.  Just a good product.)

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Who Are You?? Quiz Roundup!

It is the night before New Year’s Eve…I think it is only right that I spend at least spend some of the day piddling away my time with quizzes!
Don’t you?

The titles of the quizzes are links to the quiz, so you can piddle away your day as well 😉

 

1) What Job Would You Have In Medieval Times?

A Witch Doctor
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You are a very curious person. As a kid growing up in medieval times, you heard about a secret order of witch doctors that can heal every disease. You joined their order and learned all the secrets to this dark and lost ark. Now, you use your power and knowledge to help people. You are a truly great person!
I really thought I’d get “Wet Nurse,” but I guess that option isn’t open…

2)  Which “Bad Girl” From The 1950s-1960s Are You?

Marilyn Monroe
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You are a sweet and down-to-earth person! Everyone loves you because you’re a mystical creature and never fail to impress people. You are highly intelligent and surprise people who doubt you. All you want in life is to be successful and to be taken seriously. You have struggled in life and have been broken many times but have tried to muddle through for the sake of other peoples feelings.
HAHAHAHAHAHahahahahahaha…..well, there ya go, people!
I am totally Marilyn all over 😉
Okay, so if had to choose, I would say someone more along the lines of…
Lauren Bacall, or
Rosalind Russell.  But that’s just me.

3) What Would Your Wild West Job Be?

Sheriff
Sheriff

You are the Sheriff!

You are a born leader. You are very detail oriented and like to follow the rules. You hate when things are not in order, when someone is trying to steal from the innocent or just hurt them.
You are a very smart and creative person, because just like in the wild west, in the real world, you have to find innovative and original ways to get thing done the right way.

World domination, one prairie at a time.

4) What Kind Of Wings Does Your Soul Have?

That…is a weird question.  So now I have to know:

 

Fallen Angel Wings!
Fallen
You’ve got Fallen Angel Wings! Your soul has been darkened. Something/someone (maybe everyone) has hurt you to the point of breaking. You torment yourself in your own personal hell a lot. Trying, but unable to forgive yourself. Your soul is trying it’s best to find away to heal itself. Despite all that has happened to you, you carry on and keep fighting. You are resilient, durable, and “Carry on, my wayward son…”
Well, that’s unfortunate, especially since I have been reading The Book of Enoch, lately. I was shooting for something a little more positive.

5) What Famous Poem Was Written About You?

Invictus by William Ernest Henley
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You got ‘Invictus’ by William Ernest Henley!

A striving independent, you laugh fate in the face, creating your own destiny each and every day. You are your own strength, your own perseverance. Your sense of yourself is impeccably insightful and unfailingly accurate.

Invictus

BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.
Certainly can’t argue with that.
I’ll take it!

5 Ways To Create Your Mom Village

Right now I am in the transitional, gray area of moving.

We haven’t yet started to pack, but people around us have started to emotionally pull away.

It’s part of leaving, but it’s never easy.

Plus, we are still in the tail end of  the holidays, and people are still super busy seeing family…and after this, school starts up again and then we’re going to be busy with that…

I’m just kinda chillin’ on my own these days.

 

Finding a Village is definitely the hardest part of being a Mom.  Particularly for introverts, and even more so for homeschoolers.

 

I thought we started the group at 10:30?  Am I early…or late?  …where is everyone.

 

I was just laying in bed under a very comfy electric blanket (because they are the bomb for cold days), and I was trying to think of ways to find new friends in our new home.

“Match.com – but for Moms. That would be extremely handy.” (I know meetup.com is supposed to be like that, but it has never been anything other than politely awkward…and I am trying to get away from that)

 

So here are some ideas I had on ways to Create A Mom Village

1. Pinterest Night Out

We all have a bazillion Pinterest boards with a gazillion ideas pinned.  But I know for a fact, we don’t have time to do them.  What I would love is to have one night a month where we can get together and work on our Pinterest crafts, or recipe books, or sewing, or whatever and share ideas together!

Childcare included.

 

2. Free Spirits Mom’s Club

Well, not entirely “free” spirits: I think if we had a group once a quarter where we did tastings of different alcohol groups, along with cheese and fruit pairings, it would be so much fun.  How to make the perfect white wine spritzer?  How to tell red wines apart? Can a lady really enjoy bourbon?  Tequilla – Beyond College.  Beer – Life After Michelob

Childcare, and sober drivers, included. We’re looking at you, husbands.

 

3.  The Bronte Sisters’ Book Club

I wouldn’t mind being in an honest to goodness book club, where we went through a book a month.  Meet at Starbucks once a month, and had an online forum for discussion?  I think that sounds reasonable.

Bookclub for the kids, included.

 

4. Giving Back

There are always needs around us, and most of the time they are hidden behind big smiles.  I would love to be part of a group that made information available for all the homeless shelters, women’s shelters, mentor programs, or things we come up with on our own.  What if we sewed 20 easy quilts, and gave them to the homeless when it is cold?  Or spent an afternoon bagging lunches for women’s shelters?  I know there are a million ideas we could do if we got together.

Child crafts, definitely included!

 

5. Our Secret Garden

I will be totally honest…I love getting little things from friends once in a while.  “I saw this and totally thought of you!” gifts.  You know what would be really sweet?  If we had a little group of women who drew a name, and once in a while we’d bring over a new plant for each other.  Flowers in the spring, tomato sprouts, basil clippings, compost, unused garden stuff…we could have little gardens filled with plants from friends 🙂

I really like this idea!!

Theme For 2015: The Balance of Magic and Meal-Planning.

Well, time is coming to theme next year!

2014 was to be more fun.  Find and really capture the joy in life, and I think we did that pretty well.

2013 was to love more, and that was a very helpful exercise.

2012 was the bigger picture, and I really enjoyed that year. That definitely broadened our hearts for bigger ideas and a bigger world.

2011 was when I started this whole theme business, and (had to think for a second…what was the theme back then…) that was “Build A Better Story.”  And that was what started this all.

 

So, here we are coming to 2015, and there are big plans coming up.

Big plans.

 

We are moving to a forest.  On an island.

I am so happy I could puke…this is what we have always wanted, and we are doing it.

A home, on an island.  Just for us.

You know you are an introvert, when….

 

The thing is, I could take this year one of two ways.

On one hand, I could say: “This is it.  This is where we have arrived, and we made it.  It is finally time to grow up and have set routines, and a vacuuming schedule, and exercise rituals…it is time for kale salad recipes!”

On the other hand…and I’m just being open about this, I’m kinda swinging this way…we are living in a forest on an island: “This is it. This is where we have arrived, and we made it…we can finally get away from vacuuming schedules and kale salad recipes!!”

Before I begin the next comment, I will give a big, fat disclaimer and say that I have loved the house we are living in now.  I had 3 pregnancies and 3 babies in this house, we have had 6 Christmases, quite a few birthday parties, gardens, chickens, whiskey in the backyard during the summer and nights in front of the fire in the winter.  It has been good for us here, in no uncertain terms.

However.  The thing I have hated most about this town is the lack of…hope, I guess.  Hope for a bigger world, hope for a better world, hope for a more interesting future.  The mother’s groups I’ve tried to attend have grown up here, and they are raising their kids here.  They aren’t going anywhere…I just don’t know how to do that.  Staying here, and walking these streets, for the rest of my life….forever…is the worst feeling. Ever.

 Panic…setting in….

There is just the core fiber of me that… doesn’t want to grow up.

Oh sure, I can do meal planning…I mean, you kinda have to in our house, otherwise the kids are eating PB&J for dinner every night.

IMG_0995 IMG_0996Apparently, she wanted another sandwich after lunch….we’re kinda independent, free-spiritish over here.

On facebook this morning, I was looking at the innumerable lists of cleaning schedules, food staple for $5 a week schedules, and  2-Week Healthy Detox Meal Planning, and it’s all recipes with crockpot oatmeal, or something with cauliflower crust (no, that is a bad idea) for dinner…and kale salad. With a smoothie infused with those seeds.  What are they called…gah, I can’t remember.

Anyway, it’s all boring, grown up stuff.  That is squishy and tastes bland.

And…growing up is the pits.

It totally is!  Wouldn’t you rather be riding your bike through a forest, discovering squirrel holes and chasing owls??

If you said no, then this post isn’t for you.  Maybe you should go…mop a floor, or something.

Listen, there is something magical about being a kid.  You don’t have to worry about taxes, or vacuuming, or the future or what you are having for dinner.  Mom and Dad have that taken care of for you.

So, my idea for this year is: how do I get back to adding magic to life, without sacrificing basic adult responsibilities?

My purpose as a parent is to love my kids; and that means I need to teach them how to feed themselves, how to dress themselves, how to learn, how to think, how to have responsibilities they are held accountable to.  All of this builds their character and integrity, and they will be (I mean, God-willing) happy, responsible adults who build their own lives out of their own dreams.

So this year is going to be the balance of Magic and Meal-Planning.

I don’t believe you have to choose between the two: I believe there can be a balance, and this year is going to be devoted to finding that balance.

It’ll be fun 🙂

I’m in a Tom Waits mood…

Real Moms: How Do You Teach Your Kids How To Love?

1. How To Love: Your Family

Child Love

I liked this quote because every child should be loved.  Every single one.  But some…are not loved.  And they grow up to become adults who have to relearn how to love.

That adult could be you.  It could be someone you know.  It could be family.

So, how do we love family?

Sometimes you are around your family for so long, you can’t even think of how to love them.  Why?  Because “you just do…”

I was in Target this morning picking up a few extra things for Christmas, and there were a few parents in there trying to figure out what their kids liked these days.  I can totally understand this, because on a day-to-day basis…I know what my kids want!  They want food, shelter, and the loving security of home.  I know that’s a broad stroke, but that is what makes them happy on a deep level.

On a smaller level?  Legos and Sofia the First.

To break this question down, though, think about what you can give your family with your Time, Talent and Treasure.

Time: Spend quality time with family.  This could be talking with your son, and listening to what is on his mind, while he unloads the dishwasher. It could be listening to your daughter before she goes to bed. It could be cuddling with someone on the couch.  It could be taking a walk with them.  Time doesn’t have to be pre-planned…it just has to be honest to goodness time.

Talent: Right now my kids are eating lemon poppy-seed muffins I just baked in the oven.  This is something I can do for them to make their day happier.  I also use my talents of homemaking, planning and teaching to love them.  Although, this week they are being loved by me by getting a Christmas break… 😉

Treasure: Treasure is something special.  It is the extra hug, it is the special smile, it the extra time you spent with them.  Treasure is unique to each person, which is why it is a treasure.

 

 

2. How To Love: Your Friends

 

Friends are just a step below family…but even they have very special needs.

Sometimes friends need to know you are thinking about them…text them!

Friends like to laugh with you…so send them something that made you laugh!

Friends love eating with you…bring dinner over!

Friends love spending time with you…a bottle of wine and lively conversation is all you need.

Even friends with a hard outer shell need to know they are loved.

StormtrooperStormtroopers are really hopeless romantics, underneath.

 

 

3. How To Love: People You Don’t Know

I saw this the other day, and I am totally hooked.

I am planning on doing this with my kids for New Years’ Day!

How my son wanted to spend the $120 he saved this year.

Saturday morning, my son walked into my room and said he wanted to use his money to help the homeless. I asked him what he had in mind, and he said he wanted to make them lunches. I have to be honest, I almost tried to talk him into just holding on to his money and having mom and dad pay for it, but the light in his eyes told me to just roll with it.
My son put me on sandwich duty while he stuffed the bags with the stuff he picked out at the store.
Proud little guy.
Lunch on the counter.
Lunch in the car.
He did most of the handing-out by himself, but this was the only picture we got of us actually giving the stuff out.

4. How To Love: People You Disagree With…Or Even Worse, Hate

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I found this image, and it just cracked me up.

Haters are the worst.  I hate haters.  You hate this group?  And that group?  And that entire brand of people?  Holy cow, that’s a lot of hate for one little person.  But, I laugh at myself because I am convicted of not only loving the loveless…but I also am convicted to love the haters. (yuck)

Loving your enemies is really hard.

Sometimes enemies are actually genuinely dangerous, and you shouldn’t be around them.  Sometimes they are people in your past.  Sometimes they are people in your present.

Most of the time, though, they are people we disagree with.

If I was to start down the rabbit trail of learning how to love my enemies, I’d start with that.  Love people you disagree with, and see how that goes first.

Life is so much nicer once you learn how to love people 🙂  (true story, bro.)

 

5. How To Love: God

Love is important to God.

We misunderstand how to love on a daily basis…but God knows. He also knows us, and He knows we are trying to learn how to love.  For a lot of us, it takes time.  But that is time well spent, learning how to love like God.

 

1 Corinthians 13 (ESV)

The Way of Love

13 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends….13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

 

Rick Warren says this:

Over and over again in the Bible, God commands us to love each other, and you can’t command an emotion. If I told you right now, “Be sad!” you couldn’t be sad on cue. Just like an actor, you can fake it, but you’re not wired for your emotions to change on command.

If love were just an emotion, then God couldn’t command it. But love is something youdo. It can produce emotion, but love is an action. 

The Bible says, “Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions” (1 John 3:18 NLT). We can talk a good act: “I love people.” But do we really love them? Our love is revealed in how we act toward them.

 

The greatest commandment is to love each other.

So, let’s do that 🙂

 

#RealMoms

Real Moms: The 5 Golden Platypus Rings of Christmas

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We were created for a reason. 

Christmas is upon us, and you might feel overwhelmed with things these days.

Gifts? Finances?  Decorating?  Parties…?

Listen, it can all be too much if you let it.  But fear not!  For you are a Platypus!

Of course you are going to dominate the season and come out the victor.

Here are 5 Golden Platypus Rings of Christmas to help you get there.

 

1. Kick That Negativity In The Teeth…”Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.

 

Normally, I would say this kind of hippy, lovey-dovey, positive thinking is hogwash.

Hogwash!! 

But the truth of the matter is, it does have a spark of truth to it.

Christmas is always tough for me, because…and this is being completely honest… this is what I want:

I want a house full to the brim with family.

15 Aunts, 15 uncles, 50 cousins, old as dirt grandparents making inappropriate jokes, one person with too much old perfume, a kitchen busy with pots and pans, the football game in the living room and the 4th pot of coffee brewing.

Christmas-Vacation-GriswoldDo none of them have any personal boundaries?? So much touching…goodness gracious.

But if you are a Gen X’er, you don’t have this.

You have a few divorced and remarried blended families, your family lives hundreds/thousands of miles apart, and you don’t hear from the couple of older cousins you do have.

              “Gen Xers spent less time with their parents than previous generations of children had. First                                 recognized as latchkey kids, this generation found themselves home alone and taking care of                               themselves and their siblings, while their parents worked. Divorce was common. They were not                         coddled for every emotional need and want. Gen Xers learned that their parents were human and                     fallible and often found themselves treating their parents like older friends. Autonomy and self-                           reliance, rather than respect for authority, was a natural byproduct of the Generation X childhood.

There might be the negative thoughts that start clutching at your hems and dragging you down around Christmas, and you have to find the positive thoughts to give you the strength…to kick those negative thoughts in the teeth.

Because that’s what a positive, Gen X person does.

janeane_garofalo_7h3c9Guess who my inspiration was when I was a lass?

 

2. Appreciation Goes A Lot Farther Than You’d Think

The Harvard Business Review is awesome.

 

Feeling genuinely appreciated lifts people up. At the most basic level, it makes us feel safe, which is           what frees us to do our best work. It’s also energizing. When our value feels at risk, as it so often does,               that worry becomes preoccupying, which drains and diverts our energy from creating value.

Quick summary of their breakdown:

So what are the practical steps you can take, especially as a manager, to use appreciation in the service of building a higher-performing (and more sustainable) team?

1. As the Hippocratic oath prescribes to physicians, “Above all else, do no harm.” The costs of devaluing others are so great that we need to spend far more time thinking than we do now about how to hold people’s value, even in situations where they’ve fallen short and our goal is get them to change their behavior for the better.

2. Practice appreciation by starting with yourself. If you have difficulty openly appreciating others, it’s likely you also find it difficult to appreciate yourself.

3. Make it a priority to notice what others are doing right. For example, start by thinking about what positive qualities, behaviors and contributions you currently take for granted among the members of your team. Then ask yourself, what is it that each of them uniquely brings to the table?

4. Be appreciative. The more specific you can be about what you value — and the more you notice what’s most meaningful to that person — the more positive your impact on that person is likely to be. A handwritten note makes a bigger impression than an email or a passing comment, but better any one of them than nothing at all.”

And finally,

We’re all more vulnerable and needy than we like to imagine. Authentically appreciating others will make you feel better about yourself, and it will also increase the likelihood they’ll invest more in their work, and in you. The human instinct for reciprocity runs deep.

 

3. Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma,Comma Charisma….

I love being around people who make me feel better when I see them.

I don’t know if I have this charm…maybe sometimes. But genuinely charismatic people are inspiring to me, and the best I can do is learn from them.

karmacyberAnother Gen X role model.

 

When you think of charisma, you might think of trying to make yourself seem super awesome to others. But the paradoxical secret of charisma is that it’s not about trumpeting your good qualities, but making the other person feel good about himself. Real charisma makes the other person feel important; when they finish an interaction with you, they feel better about themselves than they did before.”

 

          The truth is, we like ourselves and we like talking about ourselves. The people in your life that you find             likable and charismatic, though, let you be yourself and let you talk about yourself. Be positive, shut                down your ego, and give your full attention. It really is that simple.

 

4. But, You Might Want To Start With Yourself, Cowboy.

 

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Be nice to others this season.

Also, be nice to yourself.

 

5. DEMAND JOY.

 

 

…Maybe buy it a latte, too?  Might as well make friends with joy, while you’re at it.

Why not?

 

I am not a martyr-type person, so it is either going to be a sucky situation…that I change…or it is a situation of joy.

There is no qualms on my part changing things if they aren’t working.  Change is a good thing!

And that will bring joy, in itself.  Go ahead and demand joy.

For you, for me, and definitely for Colbert.

 

Real Moms: Fallacy #1: “You have the wrong hobbit.”

“You have the wrong hobbit.”

Bilbo in space.

No. I don’t think Gandalf does have the wrong hobbit.

When I first started motherhood, I thought I was still myself for a long time.  Years.  Even though I was changing, and growing, and learning about depths of myself I had no idea even existed…I believed I was still the same person.

Perhaps I am, really.

However, somehow I think I am someone I like more, now.

After the Dwarves had invaded Bilbo’s dining room, and pantry, in the beginning of “The Hobbit,” Bilbo was informed that he was the chosen Burglar for the company’s quest.

Oftentimes, when we are first introduced to a mighty task we are going to take, the first response, even, if not especially, from the the bravest of us, is to deny the task.

To be quite frank, from one introvert to another, I savored in the response to Gandalf, upon first learning of his task, from Bilbo:  I’ll be alright. Let me just…sit here quietly for a moment.

Unfortunately, Gandalf was having none of that.

You have been sitting quietly for far too long.

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I think I find myself in similar armchairs as Bilbo, over-thinking myself to the point of running out of both tea and good thoughts.

The thing is, Gandalf was a good friend and he knew the heart of Bilbo…and he knew the right time when Bilbo needed a kick in the pants to get him up.

“Tell me,” Gandalf begins. 

“When did doilies and your mother’s dishes become so important to you?  I remember a young hobbit who was always running off in search of elves in the woods, and stay up late.  Come home after dark covered in twigs and fireflies.

“I knew a young hobbit who would like nothing better than to find out what was beyond the borders of the Shire.”

I have always identified with this perspective, because I have always wondered what is beyond the horizon.

What lies beyond the city limits?  What people can I find outside of where I am? What does the world look like over the hills?

The thing is, I must admit to myself that I have a thick domestic streak that keeps me thriving at home.  I can stay in my house for a while, just fine.

However.

Sometimes, home can be found beyond the city limits.

Gandalf, and good friends, understand this wild yeast in our spirits:

“The world is not in your books and maps,” Gandalf says. “It’s out there” as he pointed to a blue stained window.

Even when we are stubborn, and say things like,

“I can’t go running off into the blue,” Bilbo argued. “I am a Baggins.  Of Bagend.”  Period.

Gandalf puts the nail in the coffin: “You are also a Took.  Did you know that your great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was so large, he could ride a real horse?”  Gandalf goes on to tell other stories of Bilbo’s Grandfather, only to conclude, “You will have a tale or two of your own when you come back.”

Bilbo asks, vulnerably, after honest consideration: “Can you promise I will come back?”

The response is honest, as well.  And exactly what Bilbo needed to hear: “No.  And if you do, you will not be the same.

“I’m sorry.  I can’t sign this,” Bilbo says, getting up from his armchair.  “You’ve got the wrong hobbit.”

If you know yourself, you know the adventure in your heart.

The truth is, I know the adventure in my heart.  And I know I tend to sit in my armchair and think, and think, and think again about what it means.

But the truth I realize, after a good night’s sleep, is that I am always ready for a good adventure.

That is what motherhood is.

It is an amazing adventure.

And you will not be the same woman, sitting in an armchair, when you return.

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Real Moms: Mopping.

Before I even begin…

I believe, believe with the entirety of my soul, that if you begin any sentence with “Real X do it like this,” you are a jerk.

but

I also believe that if you don’t have a sense of humor, life is going to be tough for you.

So, it is my view that you need to hear these once in a while.

Got’cher back.

Okay!

Real Moms Can Mop….In The Dark….Because Her 3 Year Old Turned The Kitchen Lights Off…

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And After, It Is Still Amazing!

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Just Thinking: A Song I Wrote

There was a friend I had many years ago who died much too early, and my only recourse was writing.

It was a lovely song, and a fellow friend put it to music.

Just thinking about it.

https://myspace.com/theverbas/music/song/alice-s-song-lyrics-tamarah-rockwood-55036492-59627559

 

Coffee At Night

I can wake up in the morning
but then fall back asleep.
My heavy eyes and heavy heart
are just too much for me to keep.
These purple sheets we bought together

hold all my tears.

I wait until the darkness falls so all my memories disappear

 

I put the coffee on at night
so I can stay awake.
I just donʼt know how many more silent days I can take.
I look up at the stars
waiting for the coffee to brew. But baby all the stars are blurred and all I can see is you.

 

I still sleep through the days the skies just arenʼt as clear.

I think I see your ghost,

and I pretend that youʼre still near. I envy the clouds in Heaven which break

over my head.

I search for your footprints but find the raindrops instead.

 

The pouring rain is much too deep. So I close my eyes
And fall back into sleep.

 

But Iʼll put the coffee on at night so I can stay awake.
I just donʼt know how many more silent days I can take.
I look up at the stars
waiting for the coffee to brew.

But baby all the stars are blurred

and all I can see is you.