A Letter to My Children

In the spirit of summer repeats, I’m posting a blog I wrote for the Family Legacy Center this spring.  I promise to get back to producing original material as soon as I get out of my writing funk!  Grrrr.

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As I disclosed in my earlier guest post for the Family Legacy Center, I write my children letters each year on their birthdays.  I then file them away for my kids to read when they’re older.  Several people have asked me what I write in these letters and I don’t have an easy answer.  Each child and each birthday is different.  I mix the good with the bad, the funny with the sad, and try to paint a picture of Barrett, Hunter, Audrey and Camden for each year of their childhood.  If one day I’m not there to tell them what they were like at seven, ten or thirteen, they’ll have those birthday letters.

Recently I saw an article on the Huffington Post about a letter that a 73 year-old grandfather wrote to his grandchildren to pass along accumulated bits of wisdom.  The guidance aspect of his letter got me thinking.  What kind of sage advice would I like to pass on to my children, and their children?  Continue reading

MY Forsyth Book Review: Carry On Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Carry On Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

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Glennon Doyle Melton is a very popular blogger who inspires readers with her uniquely honest voice.  I discovered her about a year ago after I launched my own blog.  As with anyone who is new to the creatively diverse community of blogging, I found myself on her site, Mommastery.com.   Everyone who I networked with insisted that I check her out, because she’s a blogging rock star.

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An Update from the Road, Days 23-32

It’s been two weeks since I posted a road trip update and I have no excuse for the delay.  I’ve just had trouble getting motivated!  I can’t blame a lack of time either, because we’ve been home for a week.  When I last checked in here (I’ve been posting rather consistently at Road Warrior Momma) we were having the time of our lives in Bar Harbor.  I miss it, but I have more places to tell you about.

After Bar Harbor, we drove north to Canada.  Moncton, New Brunswick was our home base for our Canadian exploration.  Driving through New Brunswick was pleasant.  The countryside is beautiful, although somewhat desolate.  Moncton is nice, much smaller than I had imagined.  We stayed on the outskirts of the city, about five miles from downtown.  On our first night we had a late dinner because we were very confused about what time it was (long story that you can read about here).  We were also a bit surprised by the significant surcharge that was added to our check by the Canadian government.  After inquiring, our server told us, “We have lots of things to pay for in Canada.”  Okay.

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July’s New Chick Lit Releases

July is almost half over, can you believe it?  But there’s still time to pick up one of these great new reads:

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After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid – July 1, 2014.  Lauren and Ryan are a couple who’ve been together for over a decade, but sadly, the magic is gone.  Despite their shared history, they don’t feel the love for each other that they once did.  To save their marriage, they decide to break-up for a year and see if they can find their way back together….to read about the other great books, click on over to Chick Lit Plus.