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Occupation and Industry?

Occupation-IndustryHow does any mom answer this question?  Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or you work outside the home, you’re always and forever a mom!

I was filling out some forms recently when I came across a field to enter my occupation.  I wanted to enter “Professional Mom.”  In the past, I might have joked about being a “Domestic Goddess,” but seriously all that the role of a Mom encompasses should not be ridiculed.  There are many occupations a Mom fulfills such as comforter, nurturer, diaper-changer, baby feeder (this was my job the summer of 7th grade at a neighbor’s who had infant twins), nurse, chauffeur, advocate, meal planner, Room Mom, cheerleader (even at sporting events when it’s 50 degrees and raining) healer of hurt bodies and hearts, playmate, confidante . . . . this is just the tip of the iceberg –- not nearly enough room on the form to describe the occupation of a Mom, so I guess Professional Mom will have to suffice.  Even though I work part-time at home now that my kids are older, I still feel like my “Mom” role is my true vocation.  It’s an ever-changing, ever-evolving role that has taught me more about myself and life than I could ever have imagined.

And when it comes to the question of industry?  I’d like to fill in the blank with “LIFE,” specifically the Department of Raising Children (to be compassionate, responsible and generous adults who will make the world a better place).  Unfortunately, all that won’t fit on the form.

I just want to acknowledge Moms for all they selflessly do for their kids and families.  We may never know how far-reaching our love is, but we always know it’s the most important thing!

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Books Help

Bookshelf  You may think you will never have time to read again, but I’m here to tell you, “Don’t give up!” When my boys started napping regularly (yes, it will eventually happen!), I would grab a book and try to read a little on most days – even if it was only 15 or 20 minutes! I might have even popped some popcorn for a “healthy” snack. Who am I kidding — nap time is chocolate time!  Sometimes it was a childcare book, but most often it was an entertaining or inspirational story – a little escape from reality and sometimes even more energizing than sleep.  Don’t be afraid to give yourself permission to curl up for a few minutes with a book or something else you like to do.  If you end up falling asleep, that’s ok — time for you to rest and relax is important, too!  Believe me, your babies will not notice if the dusting or vacuuming has been done.  My boys are almost 21 and they STILL don’t notice if the dusting or vacuuming has been done – just sayin’.

I believe continuous learning is a great thing!
Below are some of my favorites with links if you want to learn more:

Andy Andrews:
The Traveler’s Gift – Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success
The Noticer – Thought provoking and inspirational!

Vicki & Tom Dau:
The Marriage Alphabet –  Click HERE for your free e-book! OR purchase a copy HERE as a gift for an engaged or married couple. Contains basic truths that we need to be reminded of often to be successful in marriage and all relationships. 
Out of the River (by Vicki Dau) – A Parable of Empowerment, Freedom and Truth

Matthew Kelly:
The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic – Click HERE to get your free copy.
Let God take your spiritual life to the next level or help reinvigorate your parish

Jan Karon:
The Mitford Series
 – Sweet, heart-warming, real-life stories about an unlikely family

Joyce Meyer:
Trusting God Day by Day – Short reflections are a perfect way to start your day

Erica Bauermeister:
The School of Essential Ingredients – A delicious slice of life that you will enjoy from beginning to end

Paul Coutinho, SJ:
How Big Is Your God?
Just as You Are
Will challenge you to grow stronger and deeper in your faith and in your relationship with God—a God whose love knows no bounds.

Connie and Alan Higley:  
Reference Guide for Essential Oils – Packed full of valuable information, this guide includes individual sections for the following: Science & Application, Single Oils, Oil Blends, Personal Care Products, Supplements, and a Personal Guide which is alphabetized by health condition.  I use this book almost every day! Click HERE to learn more.

Richard Paul Evans:
The Walk (Part 1)
Miles to Go – The Walk (Part 2)
The Road to Grace – The Walk (Part 3)
A Step of Faith – The Walk (Part 4)
The Walk (Part 5 – Coming Soon)
An unforgettable series about hope, healing, and the meaning of life.
The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me (for Women) – worth reading at least once for the financial health of your family.

Janet Evanovich:
Stephanie Plum Series
 – May make you laugh out loud – I don’t advise reading these in bed while hubby is sleeping.

Earlene Fowler– Great mysteries with a touch of quilting and ranch life

Mary Lou Quinlan:
The God Box – a new way to give your concerns to God

Dorothea Benton Frank:
Shem Creek
Isle of Palms
Porch Lights
The Land of Mango Sunsets
Stories about women from all walks of life and how their experiences make them stronger

Sara Gruen:
Water for Elephants – My favorite ending to a story ever!

Lorna Landvik:
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons – Do you know of ANY housewives that actually eat bon bons?

Anita Diamant:
The Red Tent – a biblical, fictional story of traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood, told in the voice of Dinah, daughter of Jacob.

Dr. Kevin Leman:
Have a New Kid by Friday
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
A Chicken’s Guide to Talking Turkey with Your Kids About Sex
Adolescence Isn’t Terminal

Mike Linderman:
The Teen Whisperer (I know it’s hard to imagine, but, yes, your babies will be teenagers some day!)

Emilie Richards:
Wedding Ring
Endless Chain

J. K. Rowling:
Harry Potter series (I started reading these because my boys were and I was hooked – I would actually sneak their books while they were sleeping and of course I stayed up way too late!)

Kathryn Stockett:
The Help – I liked the movie, but the book was even better!

Ron Hall & Denver Moore w/Lynn Vincent:
Same Kind of Different As Me – An incredible and memorable story

Jeannette Walls:
The Glass Castle
Half-Broke Horses
The Silver Star
Inspirational stories about overcoming hardships and abuse and learning to thrive

Susan Wiggs:
Her women’s fiction is real and true – she captures stories of the heart.

Larry Winget:
Your Kids Are Your Own Fault – Parenting is a tough job, and it’s easy to get discouraged.  Be persistent and check out these guidelines to help you raise your children to become responsible, independent, successful, generous adults.

Jacqueline Winspear:
Maisie Dobbs, A Novel
If you like mysteries, check this series out!

Dr. James Dobson:
The Strong-Willed Child – Almost every family has at least one – hang in there!