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5 Things I’ve learned about motherhood

If you didn’t have a Mother, you can still be a pretty good one. Use your past pains to become a passionate Mother.

Motherhood begins after you give birth. Which also means that you don’t have to give birth to be a mother and you don’t need a certificate, or legal document to be someone’s mother. The motherless often find mothers in unexpected ways…and so do the childless.

No matter how much you love and adore your children you will hide from them. You are human. It doesn’t make you the worst mother on the planet…but maybe it make you the third? Just kidding.

Potty training is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. There will be many adventures in potty training, many. Oh, and its true when they say your child won’t go to college in diapers. But you will have many days where it feels like they will—-and you won’t even care! So, never say never. Be prepared to be humbled.

It is important. It is easy. It is hard. It is complicated and no woman who takes this on is ever just a mother.

What have you learned about motherhood?

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Why I {heart} Magic Cabin catalog

I am addicted to the Magic Cabin catalog. It is just screams innocent childhood to me for some reason. I get the warm and fuzzies just looking at it, although I must admit I liked it better when they had an illustrated catalog (instead of a photographed one).

Currently on my shopping list are:

Anyone else with a Magic Cabin shopping addiction? What is on your wish list?

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Expecting or Expectant?

I was blessed to be able to carry our last four children.  As extraordinary as that is, I know it is not what makes you a mother or what makes you a parent. I’ve said that before.  But it doesn’t change the fact that I’ve cherished that opportunity to experience what it is like to have a child growing within you.  In some ways I’ve felt what its like to have that child all to yourself for 9 months.

The early days of a  pregnancy is like a secret promise within, no one on the outside knows you are expecting unless you tell them.

In  later months a pregnancy is more visually obvious, but though someone can place their hand on your belly, they might not feel that precious kick or subtle flutter that says, “I’m here, Mama”.  But the expecting mother feels every last one.

A woman on an adoption journey is not often recognized as expecting, yet she is expectant.

I am expectant of when I will get the infamous calls.

The first one to say that we are matched and another one to let us know our child has been born.

I am expectant of meeting our child’s birth mother. I pray for her nightly and my heart aches for her in ways I never thought possible.  Who knew you could pray so fiercely for someone you don’t know?

I am expectant of seeing God’s plan for our family through this adoption.   From where I currently sit I can see nothing, and it is easy to give myself over to fear of the unknown, restlessness, and anxiety.

In a pregnancy you are given the date of when you can expect to cross the finish line.

Adoption feels like an unspecified race with no visible finish line.

Am I running a relay, sprint or marathon? It is really anyone’s guess at this point.

But I am expectant.  Expectant of God’s blessings and promises.
Are you? 

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Random Readings

A geeky Momma’s blog finally gave up the goods on how to embed tweets within your blog and the links from the tweet will work! Gotta love that! Gotta try that don’t you think? Here is one of my recent tweets:

I must be nearing that time of the month because I’m all woe is me and pitty party drama.less than a minute ago via TweetDeckKarin Katherine

Heart of the Matter is hosting a Not-back-to-School Blog Hop and I’m overdosing on posts about curriculum and curriculum planning. If you homeschool you should be joining in the blog hop.

Hood Mama Mel likes to lick insects.  Why isn’t she homeschooling with that sense of adventure she has?

Darcy is giving it up with her Blogging Pet Peeves, and thankfully I think I haven’t done anything to get on her bad side.

Read any good blog posts lately?

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Expand your vocabulary

Did you know that the average person knows 10,000 words, yet only uses less than half of them when speaking or writing? In many cases this amounts to only two thousand words.

“…a fine vocabulary can add clarity, wit, and even drama to what we say and write.”
excerpt: Small Change: Little Things make a big difference by Susan Terkel and Larry Terkel.

Here are two interesting words I recently learned:

\AF-ter-klap\ , noun;
1. An unexpected, often unpleasant sequel to a matter that had been considered closed.

Many people who voted for Obama are now bewailing its afterclap on their daily lives.


\sar-TOR-ee-uhl\ , adjective;

1.Of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring.

2.Of or relating to clothing, or style or manner of dress.

3.[Anatomy] Of or relating to the sartorius muscle.

She was well known in social circles for her sartorial expression.

PTA meetings in Beverly Hills are well known for their sartorial splendor!

She wished her husband’s sartorial style wasn’t limited to Hawaiian shirts.

Have you heard them before? If not, maybe you want to take them for a test drive this week and see how you do?

Would you consider joining me in learning a
word of the day? You can sign up for a free emailed word of the day and then participate with me on my Tumblr or Facebook page.

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