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May, 2007

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THE WORD - "MOTHER"

One semester when I was attending graduate school, the professor announced to our class, "I want you to stand in a circle and say the word 'Mother,' one at a time." It seemed silly at the time and allowed us an opportunity to moan and groan a little, but I learned a great deal from that exercise.

My professor's goal was to point out how one word - the same word - can be expressed several ways, contingent upon our perception. What I discovered that day was that our connotation associated with the word "Mother" varies like the spring flowers.

Some said, "Mother" with an expression of love and adoration, revealing fond memories and appreciation. However, some voiced, "Mother" with obvious anger, resentment, and frustration, revealing a rather negative association.

As we can attest, not all relationships are perfect, but thank goodness for all mothers. After all, they're responsible for manufacturing every single person on this planet. Pretty awesome accomplishment, I'd say.

Mothers come in all shapes, shades, and sizes - each with a unique personality style and flair! Some are trendy. Some are conservative. Some moms are bosses and wouldn't walk out the door without wearing a suit, pantyhose, high heels, and carrying a briefcase.

Other moms prefer jeans most days, and wouldn't walk out the door without carrying an ample supple of toys - eager to experience fun everywhere she goes!

Some moms are into sweats and sports, and carry around athletic gear - on the lookout for physical action! Other moms may be into sweats too, but solely for the purpose of relaxing, watching TV, reading a magazine, or lounging in a hammock. Others prefer high fashion, glamour, opera, books, and perhaps classical music.

Some moms are married, some are single. Some moms are grandmoms; some are step-moms. Some gave birth, some signed papers.

Each mom, nonetheless, is a very special mom who has a very unique personality style - for a very special child who has a unique personality style - and for a very special reason. Make no mistake, each child has been given a gift - and that special gift is a "Mother."

Regardless of what the word "Mother" means to you, take advantage of this time and let your mom - or a mom you care about - know how much you appreciate her. To the moms who have messed up royally - and to the moms who deserve "Mother of the Year" awards - we wouldn't be here without you.

So thanks - and Happy "Mother's" Day!

(Excerpt from award-winning "Personality Insights for Moms.")

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A great Mother's Day gift!

D-I-S-C PERSONALITY CHARACTERIZING:

QUESTIONS:
"Ds" ask "WHAT?"
"Is" ask "WHO?"
"Ss" ask "HOW?"
"Cs" ask "WHY?"

MOTTO:
"Ds" - "Go for it!"
"Is" - "Lighten Up!"
"Ss" - "All for one...one for all."
"Cs" - "If something can go wrong, it will."

FAVORITE SONG:
"Ds" - "I Did It My Way"
"Is" - "Don't Worry, Be Happy!"
"Ss" - "Lean On Me"
"Cs" - "Tell Me Why"

FAVORITE MAGAZINE:
"Ds" - Money
"Is" - People
"Ss" - Us or Parents Magazine
"Cs" - Consumer Reports

Happy Mother's Day to all personality styles!

Excerpt from the award-winning book, "Personality Insights for Moms."
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Coming Soon: "Personality Insights for Couples" to be released - Fall, 2007. Find out why opposites attract -- and then attack!
 
Strawberry pie

STRAWBERRY PIE

~ 1 qt. fresh strawberries - hulled
~ 1 container strawberry glaze (sugar free)
~ 1 sml. pkg. vanilla pudding (instant sugar free/fat free)
~ 2 cups milk (skim)
~ 1 prepared graham cracker crust
~ Whipped topping

Mix pudding according to directions. Pour into graham cracker crust. Let set in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes. In the meantime, mix glaze and strawberries. Spoon on top of pudding. Refrigerate 2- 3 hours. Add whipped topping when serving.

This is my husband's very favorite dessert. (He's been known to eat the entire pie by himself within hours.) (Being 6'4" helps.) This dessert is low fat, low sugar, easy and tasty.

I've also used miniature graham cracker crusts for individual servings. Enjoy!

 
Mother Child
QUESTIONS:
  1. Did you hear about the mom who was trying to teach good table manners to her daughter?
  2. A mom walked into the pet shop and said, "I'd like to get a frog for my son."
  3. Why was the Egyptian girl worried?
ANSWERS:
  1. She told her, "A well mannered girl never crumbles her bread or rolls in her soup."
  2. "Sorry", said the pet owner. "We don't do exchanges."
  3. Because her Daddy was a Mummy!
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MOTHER'S DAY HISTORY:

In 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.

Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessmen, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother's Day. It was successful and by 1911 Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson made the official announcement in 1914 proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May. And it's been breakfast in bed ever since! (Ri-i-i-i-ight.)

If you know a mom -- any mom -- give her a hug and tell her what a great job she's done.

ENJOY THIS SPECIAL DAY!

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13

Create a new beginning for your life today.

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New "A Cup of Comfort - Devotionals for Mothers" Daily Inspiration for Christian Moms - Just released! ($12.95)

Read Susan's devotional in this book, "Different Strokes for Different Folks...and That's Okay!"

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