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What if life had a rewind button?   What if you could go back and do it all again?   Would you do it differently than you did?   Would you change some things and leave others the same?   Have you thought about how your life would be different if you had made different choices?   If you could go back and have someone sit you down and impart one or several pieces of wisdom, would you have them do it?   If so what would you want them to tell you about? Think about these questions; think how you would answer them.   You are in a very unique situation, no matter what age you are; you probably have regrets as well as successes.   Share your regrets, your successes and your wisdom with a teen, even if they don’t seem to be interested or they act as if they know it all already, they want to hear what you have to say!   They desperately want to know that you care.   Take some time to write them a letter, take them to lunch, give them your ear, they want to know that adults are listening, a


I live in a house with five kids, a dog and a cat.   All of my children were blessed (or maybe it’s cursed) with one of the Director’s genes in particular, this gene makes me crazy.   It’s called the “rough, hard, break it, destructive” gene.   The dog and the cat are particularly sturdy animals; they have to be in order to survive our house.   Therefore, they too were endowed with a “rough, hard, break it, destructive” gene. Yesterday, I tried to perform a very simple task; it should have taken no longer than a few minutes.   I wanted to download an audio book to my NOOK for The Middle Child, she has a concussion and needs to be resting, doing quiet tasks.   Normally the longest part of this undertaking is finding the book you want to listen to.   Not so in this case.   I found the books, downloaded them to the computer in record time.   However, when I went to connect my NOOK to the computer no dice!   UUGGHH!   OK, try again, and again and again!   Repeated attempts before bell

Decoration Day ~ Memorial Day, Who are You Thinking of this Weekend?

I dedicate this post to my Grandfather and to the Organized Child’s Godfather, thank you for your love and dedication to this country! I have not written in quite awhile because my life has gotten rather hectic and sometimes overwhelming.   But on this eve of Memorial Day, I feel compelled to write something.   Friday night we took a friend to the Magic Kingdom .   He hadn’t been in awhile and he will be leaving for the seminary soon, so we thought it would be fun to go.   We mostly rode rides and saw things he had never done before, one being the Hall of Presidents . I love the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot; it does a great job of telling the story of the United States in a short half hour presentation.   So, I figured I haven’t been to the Hall of Presidents since I was a kid, I’ll bet it will be a lot like the American Adventure Pavilion , let go see it.   I have never subjected my children to the almost half hour presentation because truth be told I HA

Match! Can I Get a Match Here?!

I’m not a big fan of Barbie dolls.   While my daughter has a couple of them (given to her as gifts), I personally think the unrealistic bodies of Barbie dolls, all the extreme accessories (houses, sports cars, RVs, spas etc.), and the immodest clothing can be damaging to a little girls self-esteem and create unrealistic views about life.   I did like the pregnant Midge doll , Barbie’s friend, which was reintroduced with a pregnant tummy and newborn baby.   While I’m not sure how Mattel feels about this and I know this doll created a lot of controversy, I looked at the doll as a pro-life and pro-mommy endorsement.   With that said I don’t want you to think I’m down on little girls playing with dolls, fantasizing about growing up or role playing.   I just feel that little girls need positive and more realistic role models.  Get Real Gabi: pitching for soccer.  I am a much bigger fan of Get Real Girl dolls.   “The dolls are made to look like real girls, to act like real gi

HELP! The Water is Encircling Me, Pulling Me Down!

Sometimes I feel like God is on hiatus, taking a break, especially from all of my complaining and “HELP ME NOW” prayers.   Do you ever feel like that?   Do you wonder where He is and what He’s doing while you are barely hanging on, ready to drown, at any moment?   I do!   A lot lately!   I feel like Job and I are long lost relatives. Song lyrics describing how I feel have been spinning around in my head lately.   Like Steven Curtis Chapman’s Cinderella opening lyrics (emphasis mine), She spins and she sways To whatever song plays Without a care in the world And I'm sitting here wearing The weight of the world on my shoulders It's been a long day And there's still work to do She's pulling at me Saying "Dad, I need you There's a ball at the castle And I've been invited And I need to practice my dancing Oh, please, Daddy, please?" And, Jars of Clay Flood, Rain, rain on my face It hasn't stopped raining for days My world is a flood S

Valentine's Day Part 4

Back to my dilemma, this year I guess it’s a case of bad timing.   Valentine’s Day came at the wrong time or maybe it’s the fight that came at the wrong time.   Either way I’m not feeling overly lovey or connected and I don’t feel like giving a mushy card!   So, what to do?   Well, after some long thought and reading some more stuff on the subject of “act-as-if” I’ve learned, and have come to realize that I don’t act “act-as-if” in most aspects of my life.   Like the speaker and author Mike Robbins says “ although I understand the concept of "acting as if" … about how we have the power to create our own reality, in certain areas of my life - especially the ones that are most important to me or the ones where I feel the most cynical and resigned, I often pay "lip service" to acting as if, while simply hoping things will get better, worrying that they won't, or allowing the outcome to determine how optimistic or pessimistic my outlook and approach will be. This