Featured Blog Posts – November 2011 Archive (3)

Who Can I Blame?

Another parent here started a discussion looking for advice regarding her new young daughter-in-law's accusation that it was all the mom's fault her son joined the Marines.  Only married for a short time, first deployment hits, it's no surprise that in her panic and fear the young woman wants to blame somebody.  A dad popped into the discussion and said that his wife blamed him for all of their kids joining dangerous careers, said, I think, in…


Added by 1~17smom (Julie) on November 29, 2011 at 8:27pm — 13 Comments

Giving Thanks and a Message from Afghanistan

Just as it is today, the United States of America was facing dark and troubling times in January of 1941 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress to deliver his state of the Union address. It was in that speech that FDR summed up four basic rights which every citizen of the U.S. enjoys:


1.) Freedom of Speech,

2.) Freedom of Worship,

3.) Freedom from Want, and

4.) Freedom from Fear.


Each of those…


Added by Double Dad on November 24, 2011 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

This Thanksgiving, I Will Remember the 80/20 Rule

My son is in Afghanistan.  He'll be there through Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, possibly his 21st birthday and his first wedding anniversary.  At times, I feel a terrible sense of loss, since our family celebrates every holiday with joy and abandon, and every holiday is just one more excuse for a family party, for one of us to polish up our home, open our front door, and invite the whole family in, with whatever hangers-on there are at the moment. And…


Added by 1~17smom (Julie) on November 22, 2011 at 10:36pm — 19 Comments

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