A mother’s day message and some exciting news

by Mary Ann on May 5, 2011

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Happy Mother’s Day

As you know, on Monday I report about where my Spark Station went traveling and what was in it, what we did, and how the children responded. This gives me an opportunity to do some research for you and also have fun with children myself.

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The Shumways

Now I have a new and wonderful offering for you. On most Fridays we will have a guest blogger. I work

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The Fackrel’s

with some of the best people. They are homeschooling their children, coaching and mentoring or working with other peoples children. They are vitally interested in families and how to help them.

I am very excited about this new development on the site. We will be able to learn about topics that I cannot address. It will broaden your understanding, as well as mine. You will get to meet many wonderful parents who, just like you, are doing the very best for their families that they can.

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The Garrett’s

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The Jarvis Family

Many of these guest bloggers will be parents who have been learning about and practicing The Five Rules of Engagement and who have been creating a magical learning space in their homes. You are going to get so many helps and ideas with creating and using a magical learning space yourself. Just wonderful!

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The Martineau’s

One final bit of exciting news; WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!! for the free ticket to the LDS Holistic Living Conference to be held in Salt Lake City on June 25. All those who entered an experience they have had with their family were entered into a drawing. The lucky ticket winner is KAREN SCHROEDER. Congratulations Karen. I will make sure that the ticket comes to you ASAP.

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The Norton’s

Now a final word from me for the week, a Mother’s Day message. Sunday is Mother’s Day. I used to hate Mother’s Day. Really, I hated it. I would sit in church and hear stories about mom’s who never yelled, always said the right things, attended every baseball game, loved camping, were so affectionate and nurturing…

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The Felt’s

you have heard it all. I was not that mom.

I wanted to be that mom but I wasn’t. I frequently said or did the wrong thing. I wasn’t always nurturing, comforting or there. I had already yelled so I was out of that competition. And baseball, yuck, I hated baseball.

It took me many years to learn how to stop yelling; to learn to hug more often, to go to sports events, and to just be quiet and listen. I had to learn a lot of things that I hadn’t know when I started out. I just always thought that you picked a good man, had a passel of kids and it all worked out. It never occurred to me that you had to have some type of plan, that you had to learn new skills, that things don’t always work out the way you think they should. It was a jolting experience for me and sometimes unnerving.

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The Jone’s Family

I have frequently joked with my family that NOTHING turned out how I thought it would. That happens to be more truth and less joke.

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The Rambert’s

However, I do not hate Mother’s Day anymore. I embrace it. I love Mother’s Day. It is a day that I celebrate the fact that I am a mom. I have a family and we are OK. My children love me very much, despite all my lacks. My husband is happy with how things turned out. In fact, I do not think that he would trade me in for any other model. : )

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The Spencer’s

I may not be the mom that gets talked about in church.

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The Jones Family

But I am the mom who raised this family of healthy, happy, kind, good people. I am content with that.

Happy Mothers Day to all you mom’s who sit in church and feel less than. STOP IT. Take my word for it that it is wasted energy. Just celebrate the fact that you are a mother, that you are doing the best you can, that you do have good desires in your heart for your family and that yes, in the end, it will all be OK.

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The Palmer’s

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TheJoyfulPalmer May 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Happy Mother’s Day, mom. You’re the best! Totally and seriously. I love you so much. I’m honored to be your daughter, and so grateful for everything you’ve taught me, and are still teaching me. We’ll be over on Sunday to eat a yummy dinner and mess up your house. Thanks! JP


Mary Ann May 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

This is why I LOVE Mother’s Day, because I can believe you! : )


Jenny May 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm

My mother is the most amazing mother in the world. Truly amazing. This blog is beautiful, Mom. Good job. Luv u.


Mary Ann May 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm

People will think I set you all up to do this! : ) Really, this is the point of my message that it really will turn out in the end even though we aren’t sure in the moment. L love you Jen.


Marie May 9, 2011 at 5:35 am

I love you mom and in fact you did turn out to be one of those mother talked about in church. When I teach in Relief Society I almost always talk about something I learned from you. You taught me how to never give up…how to REALLY pray….how to learn to love the Lord…..how to accept when I may need to change something about myself and do it…and many more needful and wonderful things. I could have never asked for a better mother!!!!!


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