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Monday Mottoes #140

Many are the thoughts and ruminations when it comes to Mother’s Day. For some, it’s a happy celebration, for others, bittersweet with the consideration of their own struggle to conceive or their own mother’s passing…. For many, it’s a realization that there are no days off, even Mother’s Day, lol. Which brings us to today’s…

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Mindful Mentoring

It’s been a wild past 24 hours. All sorts of mayhem, trials and tribulations as I face a major public address and as my husband heads away for a couple of days with a great young guy that he’s mentoring. I don’t even know if mentoring is the proper term. These days, young adults have…

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Spur-of-the-Moment Whim: Bangs

You know you’re getting older when you’ve lost your mind. Maybe you forget things, misplace things, lose your train of thought. I might be there in more ways than one. All that to say, I’ve recently had a birthday and so today I hovered between an old lady haircut… and bangs. Are you catching this…

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Transgender Issues to Cause Homeschool Boom?

I received a text today from a friend concerned about local high schools going transgender in their restrooms and locker rooms. If this legislation is aimed at engendering greater understanding, it’s doing exactly the opposite, this mom reports. Apparently, a huge number of parents are considering homeschooling. They’ve had enough. And they’re all starting to…

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How Did the Kids Fare While Home Alone?

This was the first time we left the kids for a couple of days on their own. Before, they’ve stayed with family friends, or maybe we left them for a few hours overnight, but this time, it was really two-and-a-half days. Never mind that we were sequestered on a mountain with bears and turkeys—our thoughts…

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A Stop at Campaign Headquarters

A funny thing happened on our way to our power walk. Petya and I got started a little later, and by nine o’clock in the morning, we found ourselves near the campaign headquarters of a certain candidate. “Let’s go inside,” I suggested. “Pick up some bumper stickers or something.” “Bumper stickers?” he laughed. “You would…

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Terrorism, Tunnels and Biden’s Blunders

Joe Biden needs to sit down and be quiet. On Monday, he rebuked Israel, the only Middle Eastern democracy, just after they had been hit by a terror attack in Jerusalem. Apparently, that’s his friendly face. Earlier in the day, Israel had uncovered yet another terrorist tunnel from Gaza into Israel. This is particularly significant,…

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More Wisdom Teeth to Go

Our teens love any kind of takeout food. Apparently, they love takeout teeth, too. Petya had his wisdom teeth removed, then Pasha, now it’s time for Mashenka, who turns 18 in another month. Straight down the birth line. So today’s her day. We drove most of the night in order that she could be in…

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Blog Post from Benedetto

Four teens. That would make anyone shrink back in fear. A happening career. International travel. A mother-in-law in a nursing home. A huge network of friends. Outside interests. Homeschooling… in multiple homes. Lots of volunteerism. Many languages. Yep, that’s my wife. Right now, she sleeps about two hours a night. This morning, she asked me…

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The Good in Good Friday: Jesus!

Isaiah 53: 1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should…