Precious Moment- Feel Good Blog Post

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This morning I was up early and hustling to get out of the house in time to make a 7:30 a.m. Flight to Dallas. I was right on schedule, and about to head down the stairs and out the door when I heard the thump of little feet and a jubilant "Mama!" behind me.

There stood my three-year-old daughter, eyes still puffy from sleep. I was surprised, of the two of them, my son is the morning person. Like me, Cassie enjoys her rest.

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Teaching Little Ones to Give

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I ran into a friend at the coffee shop this morning.

Susanne, with kids in tow, was telling me about an effort she has become involved in that focuses on providing children’s books to individual children, communities, and facilities in the wake of disaster (i.e. Joplin, MO) or simply in need. It’s called Building A Bookshelf and with the mantra “A book for every child” serves children all over the country.

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Balance – Holy Grail of the Busy Mom

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I am a problem solver, always have been. I mean this in the sense that I am compelled to fix things, identify alternatives, find work-arounds. The more impossible the situation the higher my “fixer” intensity level. There are problems to be solved every day. I attack them with gusto, each solution more creative than the next. It exhilarates me.

 

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Mommy Guilt

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I've been coming across a great deal of stories, blogs, and blog posts about something called mommy guilt. For those of you not familiar with the term, it refers to the emotional repercussions that come about after any instance in which a woman feels that she has fallen short, under-delivered, or outright failed in her attempts to be a good mom.  

Of course I can relate. Who can't? Show me a mom and I'll show you someone who can think of a dozen experiences wherein she disappointed her children and herself.  

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Thank You Jeannette Lee

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I’m a third generation “working mom.” (Third generation with a job outside the home.  We all know that every mom works.) My grandmother worked for years at a bank and my mom worked at Hallmark here in Kansas City. During her career she was fortunate enough to work for a true pioneer in terms of working women, Jeannette Lee.

Jeannette started as an artist at Hallmark in 1939 after graduating from what is now UMKC.  She intended to work only a few years, expecting (as was common at the time) to eventually leave and have a family.  But it didn’t take long for her to decide that she could successfully manage a corporate career and family, and in 1946 she was named director of Hallmark’s creative art department. 

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Out of the mouths of babes . .

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My three-year-old daughter discovered her water gun under the kitchen sink last night. Of course I was trying to accomplish multiple things at the time—grill the burgers, clear away my work things, set the table, make the salad, load the lunch dishes into the dishwasher, etc. So I told her she’d have to wait to get the toy out until we were headed to the pool.  I turned to get something from the fridge, and when I turned back around—you guessed it- she was holding the water gun in her cute little hands.

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