Take Care of Mom

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Want the secret to keeping a marriage alive?

I rarely watch The Today Show, but hubby was home sick yesterday so we had on the television.  In the segment “The truth about marriage, pregnancy, and kids” Ian Today Show Moms logoKerner, contributor to BabyCenter.com, asserts that the secret to keeping a marriage alive is that “Great couples are ultimately great individuals.”  He goes on to give an example that he and his wife make an effort to each pursue their own interests.  The concept itself is easy to grasp, sure, but so hard to execute, don’t you think?  My kids are 6, 3, and 2 and my day is pretty much consumed with taking care of my family and running my Mary Kay business.  Back when my kids were really little, I could not even remember what my interests were!  If I had to fill out a profile about myself and list my interests or hobbies, I had to make something up!  Not because I am not an interesting person, but because it is easy to lose that person in the midst of raising a family.  I have had to make a concentrated effort to carve out time for me.

So, will you join me this week in doing one thing just for yourself?  I would love to hear from you what it is!  I am going to commit to finishing that book I have been talking about, The Help, just in time for my book club meeting!

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May 11, 2010 Posted by | Marriage | , , , , | Leave a comment

Feed your mind in a book club

The Help, by Kathryn StockettToday is an especially exasperating day.  The 3-year old and 2-year old have been fighting constantly, and I am done with it!  I cannot wait for naptime so I can dive into our church book club’s latest pick, The Help, by Kathyrn Stockett.  Set in 1962 in Mississippi, it is the story of how the paths of three women cross when they come together for a “clandestine project that will put them all at risk” as they suffocate within the lines that define their town and their times.

Are you in a book club now?  What have you read recently?  I highly suggest joining a book club.  First, it prompts you to read things other than kids’ books!  I have expanded my bookshelf and read books I would not have otherwise.  Secondly, it takes your enjoyment of a book to the next level when you can discuss it with other women and hear their opinions and personal stories.  Thirdly, it gets you out of the house!

Don’t know of a book club in your town, church or school?  Start one!  Or check out Oprah’s Book Club.  I hate to be cliche but she really does do the best job at creating a dynamic reading community online.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Books | , | Leave a comment