Tuesday, August 27, 2013

BKA Blog Guest Post!

Check out my guest post on the BKA Blog! It's fun to be included as part of the BKA Writer's Series! I've included the first few paragraphs here, just to wet your appetite. You'll have to follow the link to the BKA Blog to read the rest. ENJOY!

The Blessing (and Challenge) of Working from Home

"When you work from home, all kinds of things can be distracting. Whether it’s the kids who need you, the constantly ringing phone vying for your attention, Facebook pop-ups luring you into the tangled web of social media, or the laundry buzzer reminding you that you've already reset it 3 times, trying to work at home can be a challenge.
"The problem becomes even worse when you aren't in the mood to work, or have a personality that is easily distracted. And . . . that pretty much describes me. 

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"I love working from home because I can choose my own hours and work around my always-hectic schedule. But as I said before, working from home can be very challenging because. . .  well, because you choose your own hours and can work around your always-hectic schedule!" 
<continued on the BKA Blog . . . Read the full post at the following link:>

ENJOY!! And Happy Tuesday! ~JS~

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Best Blog Post Award: "To Moms of One or Two Children" by Sarah Short

This woman has such a gift with words. . . what a perfect answer for those who wonder how to get through it all when they are struggling as a new parent! I wish I had been able to think of something this clever to say when I was asked "How do you do it all?" by other mothers again and again as I was raising my crew! :)

 My short-and-true-but-not-nearly-as-helpful answer was: "I just. . . do it. . . I don't have any other choice!" :) 

Read Sarah's answer to this frequently asked question by clicking on the title below:

by Sarah Short, author of www.shortstopblog.com 

My comment on her post:

Sarah, Thank you for your beautiful post! 

I have seven wonderful and amazing children who are growing up right before my eyes, so I've "been there, done that." When #6 was born and my oldest was only 10, I thought, "What in the world have I done? This is crazy!! We. Are. Completely. Insane." But just like you said, I grew into it, and God helped me through. And I even found room in my heart for one more. 

Today, my oldest is 21 and my youngest is 8 and it is a completely different world. Not an overwhelming, bone-numbing physical strain like before, but a fierce emotional time with teenagers finding their way, and young adults trying to learn how to make it on their own. I am so grateful to the women in my life who were such amazing, supportive examples. 

You are so right that it is important to find YOUR OWN WAY as a parent and not worry about what other people think. When I discovered that, and truly began to live it, that's when true peace came and overwhelming happiness in whatever stage of parenting I was in.