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Meal train

Here is a fantastic tool for those of you who love to bless new mums by organising friends to bring meals for the first few weeks after the baby is born.

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Just a Mum?

I can’t remember where I found this article but I love it!


A woman, renewing her driver’s license at the Motor Registration office,
was asked by the counter clerk to state her occupation.

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

‘What I mean is,’ explained the counter clerk,
‘do you have a job or are you just a ..?’

‘Of course I have a job,’ snapped the woman.

‘I’m a Mum.’

‘We don’t list ‘Mum’ as an occupation,
‘Housewife’ covers it,’
Said the clerk emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Medicare office.

The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
‘Official Interrogator’ or ‘Town Registrar.’

‘What is your occupation?’ she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know.
The words simply popped out.
‘I’m a Research Associate in the field of
Child Development and Human Relations.’

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and
looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written,
in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

‘Might I ask,’ said the clerk with new interest,
‘just what you do in your field?’

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice,
I heard myself reply,
‘I have a continuing program of research,
(what mother doesn’t)
In the laboratory and in the field,
(normally I would have said indoors and out).
I’m working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family)
and already have four credits (all daughters).
Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,
(any mother care to disagree?)
and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).
But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are
more of a satisfaction rather than just money.’

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk’s voice as she
completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career,
I was greeted by my lab assistants — ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model,
(a 6 month old baby) in the child development program,
testing out a new vocal pattern.
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than ‘just another Mum.’ Motherhood!

What a glorious career!
Especially when there’s a title on the door.

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Finding a more peaceful way of life.


As Christmas is  getting closer and close, I can feel a sense of panic rising at all that’s left to do! I hate leaving shopping to the last minute and this year I do seem to be getting into it later than normal! So when I came across this article by Joyce Meyer on Finding a more peaceful way of life , I thought it would be good to share it with the rest of you  frazzled parents!

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Caffiene in Pregnancy

One thing I remember as very confusing when I was pregnant with my boys was how much caffiene was safe. With Andrew I swapped to decaffinated coffee and tea but continued drinking diet coke! This was also helped by the fact that the mere wiff of a coffee cup would make me extremely nauseous. I nearly killed my work colleagues at the time when they bought a new coffee machine for the office! The current guidelines, as reported on, is that you do not need to give up caffiene, but you should stick with 200mg Caffiene  per day. 200mg is equivalent to two mugs of tea or two cups of instant coffee. However, don’t be like me and forget the other sources of caffiene that add to your daily amount such as Caffeine is in coffee, teas (including green tea), cola, some energy drinks and chocolate (FSA n.d,a).

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Average couple has four rows a day during December!

Average couple has four rows a day during December!

That’s the statistic quoted in this article by Care for the Family on the pressures couple face over the festive season! Hopefully by following some of the advice they give we can all aim to be below average on this one!

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Surviving the early days as new parents

Surviving the early days as new parents

Check out this great article form Care for the family on surviving those early days as a new parent.

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Starting Christmas right

I don’t know about you but I love Christmas. Although I look at my diary for the next 3 weeks and my head is spinning at the number of carol concerts, dance displays and Christmas events that need at least attending, if not planning for, I wouldn’t change it. The mince pies, the carol singing and the smell of mulled wine always lifts my spirits however weary I get and watching children singing carols will always bring a tear to my eye! But somehow, amongst the festivities and Christmas tradition we can often lose sight of what Christmas really means, and I always wonder when we hit Christmas day, whether I have actually missed something. So last year I  followed a Youversion bible plan called “Rediscovering the Christmas season” As well as following the Christmas story in the bible in detail, it also looked at many of the traditions we follow at this time of year and put a new twist on them. It really helped me focus on the important things, leading up to the big day. This year I am getting the whole family involved as they have a bible Christmas plan for the whole family called “Countdown to Christmas.” We are going to try to get up a few minutes earlier in the morning so we can all read together over the breakfast table. Yes, it may be chaotic and we may not manage them all but I am trusting by Christmas day that my family will have a great sense of what is Christmas is really about

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