The Women Living Well Book Club – Chapters 11 & 12 {Motherhood & Technology}

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Hooray!  We are at the half-way point. We have completed the first half of the book  Women Living Well – on Your Walk with God and Your Marriage.  Now we are up to the section titled: “Your Parenting.” Let’s Discuss Chapter 11 – A Mother’s Influence In Chapter 14, I write about the influence of a mother. Abraham Lincoln reportedly said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” The Statue of Liberty was said to be modeled after the sculptor’s mother.  When Super Bowl football players look into the camera – they don’t say […]

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I Was Contacted To Have My Own Reality Show

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So this production company contacted me to have my own reality show.  Okay – you can scrape yourself up off the floor now from laughing because trust me – that’s what I did too! Back in October, I got an email and I returned the call.  The company said they were interested in a documentary.   That caught my attention and I was very interested.  We talked multiple times on the phone as they interviewed me and learned more about my life. (I first verified that this production company was respectable with 2 people in show business).  They wanted to know about my marriage, faith, […]

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How is Media Affecting Us? (Final Media Monday)

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  Today the 8 week series titled Media Mondays comes to an end. The question I sought to answer in this series was: How is social media and this digital world of ipads, iphones and ipods affecting our relationship with God, our marriages, our parenting, our homemaking, our friendships and our health? 8 weeks ago – we started here with these thoughts:  Tim Challies, the author of The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion, writes: “Our lives have become saturated with sounds and images flashing in front of our eyes, blaring into our ears…At work we spend forty […]

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Media and Our Health

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Let me be honest…either I’m getting old and my metabolism hit the brakes this year or blogging is causing turbo weight gain!!!  Here’s the deal – I started blogging 3 years ago and in those 3 years of blogging I have put on 20 pounds!  I can only conclude that blogging is not physically healthy – nor is hanging out on Facebook and twitter all evening long! Years back I shared my struggles with my weight.  Some of you may look at my pictures and videos and think I have a screw loose for worrying about my weight…but I come from […]

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Social Media and Our Friendships

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I LOVE social media because I love to be social!   I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know many of my friends in new ways through their daily status updates, links to things they find interesting, verses they post, pictures from their daily life and interaction in my comments.  I have connected with strangers on Facebook and Twitter, and those strangers – turned friends – have become real life meaningful friendships off-line!  I  LOVE that!  To be honest, it has nearly eliminated all my phone time in the home.  If I have something to say to a friend, I hop onto Facebook […]

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Media and Your Homemaking – Times Have Changed!

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  Do you remember when women used to have to butcher and pluck their own chickens?  Me neither!!! All my life chicken has come in a plastic wrapped package – ready for seasoning and the oven!  Or even better – I can buy rotisserie chickens cooked and ready to serve!  It’s wonderful!  But our great grandmothers did it a bit differently! My grandmother explained to me,  a chicken in a box used to be delivered by a local farmer to her mother.  Her mother would put the chicken between her legs (and for anyone who is squeemish skip this next phrase), twist […]

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Media and Our Parenting ~ Part 2

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Yesterday we discussed areas where children are using media heavily – this includes cell phones, texting,  the internet, facebook, twitter, youtube, iPods, video games and the television.  All of these media outlets or amoral – they are neither good nor bad – it’s the use of them that determines their morality.   This is the lesson our children must learn.  As moms, we must train our children to recognize the good use and the harmful use of media.  How you may ask?  Here’s a few of my thoughts – please add to them in the comments section: 1. Boundaries.  When the item comes into […]

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Media and Our Parenting-Part 1~ Link-Up

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It’s Media Monday!  So far in our series, we have explored Media and Our Walk with God and Media and Our Marriages. Today we are going to focus on the effects of Media on Our Parenting. We can walk into any gym or field of a child’s athletic game and find half the parents staring at their phones~texting, tweeting, facebooking. I’ll admit – I’m guilty too. I take my iPad to my son’s Karate class and I fit right in. All the parents are distant and distracted. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen a child on the ground […]

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5 Ways Media Could Be Affecting Your Marriage

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Keith and I were in Hilton Head, SC  7 years ago.  We had left our son with my parents to “get away” and enjoy each other BUT the Blackberry got in the way.  He spent quite a bit of time on it – so I decided one day at lunch to take his picture – since it was becoming a memory!  You will notice in the first picture – two sandwiches and in the second, only one.  I am guessing that many of you have experienced this – your husband may be close in proximity but his mind is distant because of technology. I remember when […]

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iPad, iPod, iPhone or The Great I AM?

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As I embark on this 8 week series titled “Media Mondays“, I have committed to logging my hours on the computer.  For the next 8 weeks, I want to live consciously.  I want to be aware of how many hours I spend each day on the computer and what in the world am I doing on here?  lol!   I have a goal of no more than 3 hours a day on-line, which includes drafting my blog posts, social media such as Twitter, Facebook and blog hopping, watching Youtubes or answering emails.   As I step back and look at the media saturated world we live in, I see a commonality.  […]

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The Social Media Revolution

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Think of all the changes our generation has faced with the onslaught of the social media revolution. Maps are out – GPS is in. CDs are out – ipods and itunes are in. Phones with a cord attached to the wall are out – cell phones are in. Catalogs are out – spam to your email inbox are in. Handwritten letters are out – email is in. Classifieds are out – eBay is in. Travel Agents are out – travelocity is in. VCRs are out – DVDs are in. Encyclopedias are out – Wikipedia is in. Our world is changing […]

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Media Mondays ~ How is Media Affecting Us?

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Today is the beginning of a new 8 week series titled Media Mondays.  I want to answer the question: How is social media and this digital world of ipads, iphones and ipods affecting our relationship with God, our marriages, our parenting, our homemaking, our friendships and our health? I have been reading Tim Challies, the author of The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion, who writes: “Our lives have become saturated with sounds and images flashing in front of our eyes, blaring into our ears…At work we spend forty hours staring at computer screens. at home we […]

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