Posted in addictions, communication, crime, culture, death, divorce, Dreams, economy, emotions, excitement, expectations, failure, Fame, finances, government, hopes, legal, life, loss, Luck, making money, media, MONEY, news, observations, tagged Dreams, gambling, hopes, lottery, lottery jackpot, Mega Millions Lottery, MONEY, winners on January 5, 2011|
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Surely you’ve heard about the Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot in the news. Everyone in the media is going gaga over the $330 million jackpot winnings. People are dreaming big. Oh there is speculation on the lips of those that are interviewed about what they WILL do with their winnings (they haven’t even bought a ticket yet) and they are fantasizing about how THEIR money will be spent and how they will choose to collect it; either in a lump sum or, through long term annuity payments.
Players are standing in long lines to purchase their tickets. Even the “odds of winning” aren’t a deterrent to the most loyal of players…the 1 in 176 millionth of a chance of winning. Really? I wonder how someone convinces themselves that THEY are the one who WILL win the jackpot with those kind of odds. If you would like to finish reading this post click here: WriteWhereYouAre
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Posted in Amazing, anger, compassion, emotions, encouragement, excitement, friendship, Heart, life, loneliness, love, mental and physical health, observations, of connections, pain and misery, relationships, surprise, tagged acceptance, adulthood, compassion, embrace, emotions, excitement, Heart, hug, hurt, joy, lady, loneliness, love, pain, reassurance, relationships, sadness, teen, unconditional, worthy on March 26, 2009|
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Tonight was a lesson in making someone feel loved and cherished. A young lady who has been missing from our community for personal reasons returned for a brief reunion with the people who truly care about her; I think it surprised her. It was emotional; she was embraced and verbally told that she was loved; that she was missed, and that everyone hoped to see her again soon. This is a young woman who needs to understand how much she is loved…because she struggles with that. She has been in pain and because of that…she has put herself through more than she needed to in her journey to adulthood.
Some people struggle with understanding love and accepting love in their life. Whether they don’t feel worthy of being loved or they just dont feel love for themselves in the first place; it is a difficult position to be in. Everyone needs love in their lives. They need to give it and they need to receive it. It needs to be unconditional…without strings attached.
It was a moving moment to see this young female teen enter into a room full of people and be moved to tears by the response of those people. I actually felt as though she was a sponge and was able to the first time in her life realize how much others care for her and accept it! If only everyone who is sad, lonely, angry, or hurt could feel the same kind of reassurance in their life that they are deserving of love. Do you know someone who needs a compassionate hug or a reassuring word?
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Posted in birthday, Celebration, children, comfort, culture, emotions, entertainment, excitement, family, fathers, Frustration, Impact, kids, life, mental and physical health, mom, mother, observations, opinion, parenting, relationships, respect, responsibility, stress, Teen Pregnancy, teens, values, tagged birthday, Celebration, chaperone, children, hormones, movies, parental guidance, parenting, pregnancy, responsibility, society, supervision, teens on March 24, 2009|
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This weekend was certainly an eye-opener for me regarding teen activities when parents aren’t around. I work with youth all of the time, I am the parent of 6 children-three of which are adults and three are under the age of 18. I took my younger three children, plus 3 ten year old girls to the movies with my husband to celebrate the 10th birthday of my youngest child. I took them to a family movie-a PG movie. It should have been safe right? Wrong!
The movie was fine…don’t get me wrong here…the problem was a couple of audience members. We were seated in the back of the small theater because of the size of our group…there were 8 of us. We were spread out because the teens didnt want to sit with mom and dad (of course) and the girls didn’t want to sit with the teen boys (of course) and so we took up the end seats of three rows. A group of three teens approached my teen boys, who happened to be in the last row in the back, and asked them if they would mind moving down to the end the line. They did move with no fuss. There were two girls and a boy; no parental guidance, I might add.
As the movie began, so did the engines of one of those girls and the boy. Right from the get go, it was obvious why they wanted my sons to move farther down the line and to the inside wall of the theater. They were not interested in the movie shall we say. They were there for one reason only…even though they had a chaperone…a female of about the same age. What age is that, you may ask? Well, they appeared to be all of about 12 or 13…at the most 14 years of age. Understand what I am saying here…they were approximately two to four years older than the birthday girl and her friends. (more…)
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Posted in accomplishments, anti-abortion, birth, birthday, children, courage, Dreams, emotions, excitement, family, Fear, goals, grandchildren, joy, kids, life, love, mom, mother, observations, pain and misery, parenting, power, respect, support, values on February 4, 2009|
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Last night was amazing, my daughter gave birth to her third child; without medication. She was powerful and strong. She did not make a peep during the natural labor until the last five minutes when she was in push labor. It is not that she didn’t feel the pain…she did…she just refused to let it dominate her birthing experience. It is natural to be fearful, in pain, stressed, and overwhelmed…but, I did not see that with her. I saw focus and I saw joy and excitement …she was about to meet her child for the first time.
The pregnancy was a bit difficult. Many pregnancies and deliveries are. Sometimes they are traumatic; mothers go through much to bring children into the world. Often, I think that not enough recognition is given to a woman during this time. It is still a miracle and because it has become safer for both mother and child…people forget that things can and do go wrong. It can be a stressful time for both mothers and fathers. Men also sacrifice alot for their children but pregancy and delivery is the beginning of the parenting experience. Fathers need to be encouraged during this time to bond with both the mother and the child during the pregnancy because that is very important to both of the parents…and eventually to the child. It is a strengthening time for the whole family…or it should be anyway!
I watched my daughter, I prayed for her…and i was in awe. I dont believe that i could have done it. This was her largest child. It is also her last pregnancy. I told someone, who was there, that if it wasn’t for the baby trying to come early for the last 2 months; she would make being pregnant and delivering look easy. I know it was a difficult time for her and her family as she is not used to being inactive. It took a team of people to help bring this little one into the world. Her mother -in -law was amazing and she sacrificed much of her time helping; as I live over an hour away. It was greatly appreciated to know that she was giving her care, that i could not provide on a daily basis.
Women have internal strength and personal power that they are often unaware that they possess, until they are tested and pushed beyond what they think they can endure. Men are pretty amazing as well. I watched my son in law as he went pale and struggled while my daughter was plunged into pain…it was a testament to his love for her to see him as he physically went through stress and misery right along with her. Men see and experience things differently than women do. It does not mean they aren’t feeling and being moved…they just show it and express it in different ways. Both men and women have conflicting and complementing skills, strengths, knowledge and for that I also greatful. We are made by God to be each other’s support and strength, and sometimes sounding board.
I love my daughter and I love my daughter in law. I am thankful for their sacrifice to bring my grandchildren into the world. Mothers are amazing…they deserve respect for many things…not the least of which, is the effort it takes to bring a child into the world. I love my mother and I appreciate her and her sacrifice for me and my siblings. I dont think that we can say it enough to our parents that we understand and appreciate them.
Anytime something new is about to be accomplished or born there are great challenges, difficulties, or resistence. It is in the struggle that value is born…the very thing which we are striving to give birth to, or that which we are trying to accomplish, is pitted against the challenges. Is your struggle worth the effort it will take bringing it to life and nurturing it until it is fully formed? I believe it is…whether it is giving physical birth to a child, a dream, a career, or any other goal! What is important enough to you, to overcome the obstacles in your way?
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