Help: I’ve got 5 Older Sisters

When you live with five older sisters you might as well have six mothers. The school bus was not scheduled to pull up for another twenty minutes....more

Need a Smile?

You will smile inspite of yourself at theses  humourous BIRD MEMES.  A BIT TOO MUCH?  GREAT CAMOUFLAUGE...more

Happiness Depends on Perception

Even on bleak days, there are certain facts that I stand on. I am alive, healthy, not living on the street but in a large old, quirky house, with acres of gardens, trees and meadows. I am still married after almost 35 years with 9 healthy, successful adult kids and 5 grandkids.  I am loved by my family and God, even if I drive them crazy with my eccentricity. I have a computer, two hands with all my fingers to type...more

Honouring Great Writers…and Old Friends

I have not figured what is going on but seven  long time blogging friends who happen to be great Catholic writers all clicked on my blog today.That fact reminded me that even though I created an award for Catholic writers, I only gave it out to 3 people! SOO, I am passing on this award to connect with old, neglected friends by honouring their commitment to writing about the truth, articulately but also with love....more

Listen to the Children: Mutual Respect

No matter what our occupation, we tend to think that our work, our agenda is important. It is almost in our nature to let ambition and drive push other people to the fringes of our awareness while we toil in an isolated bubble of self-importance. There are many methods that can shake us out of this selfish obsession but for me as a mother, it was my children.“Mum, mum! Come see what I made!”“Can you read me a book?”“I tried and tried but it just won’t stay together.”...more

Surprise!

Create with Joy surprised me with a 'Friend of the Week' recongition . Iin response, I am adding a surprise of my own; hilarious story with a touch of self-deprecating humour  so I don’t get too puffed up,Friend Of The Week –Melanie Jean Juneau – The Mother Of Nine9...more

Raising children is not a default chore

  Raising children is not a default chore for women who were unsuccessful in the world of power and wealth, politics or business. The Joy of Mothering &...more

Life Lessons from a 90 year old

I rarely repost but this list is a treasure trove of common sense . These 45 Life lessons were on Stumble Upon1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.3. Life is too short not to enjoy it....more

Discovering the Fountain of Youth (through Mothering!)

Advertisers have tapped into a universal craving to stop the relentless ravages of time in the human body by pushing countless gimmicks to keep us youthful. These products may sometimes keep us healthy, but the secret fountain of youth is not a thing to buy but rather an attitude, an inner way of living.Youth is not found in a bottle of vitamins or in a jar of face cream....more

Nan is 100 years old!!

My 61 year-old husband’s grandmother is turning 100 in a couple of weeks!!  Hard to feel old when your grandma is still alive. Trust me; you don’t get to be that old by being a shrinking violet. Nan is a rosary praying, fast car driving woman to be reckoned with. She stubbornly lived alone in a big house till her mid nineties when she broke her hip one too many times. She even bought a sports car at 90 years old  and proceeded to get speeding tickets in the next couple of years till they finally took away her licence....more