Thanksgiving Remembered

I know I’ve already posted a guest blog this week, but I just can’t help but share the email I received from MOAT friend Ruth Meek today. You know I love sharing tidbits on which our country was founded. So, for those that might not know, or for some of us who might have forgotten … here’s how and upon whom our Thanksgiving holiday was founded.  Thanks Ruth! … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay Let’s remember that the purpose of our special American holiday is to be thankful, not just full! Below is a copy of Lincloln’s Proclamation.  It was written while there were still two years remaining in the civil war.  I believe it is worth reading to your families, even with the halting, old language.  The striking similarites and differences in our country’s

Table Talk – Parenting Teen Job Description by Kathleen Fischer

Our Job as the Parents of Teens When our kid is furious with us for actually calling that other parent to see if they’ll be at         home for the party at their place on Friday night. . . When we are stunned to see the conversation our child has on her text messages. . . When he swears under his breath as he walks away from us, or she rolls her eyes in disgust at our suggestion, deep in our hearts, we wonder, where did they get          that sense of entitlement? It’s a good time to remember . . . The three primary jobs of the parent of teens are: Bringing them safely across the finish line; Developing in them a sense of decency; Getting out of their lives. When we keep these jobs in mind, many answers to day-to-day hassles are clearer. For example,

Tuesday’s Tasty Tips by Jane Jarrell

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Jane is sharing a few pumpkin recipes for those who might be looking for a little variation from the good old pumpkin pie.  I hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much Jane. We certainly are thankful for you. … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Cake: 1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix 1 egg ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted Filling: 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin pie filling 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened 3 eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 (16-ounce) box confectioners’ sugar ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 13 x 9 baking pan. Using an electric mixer, combine cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well.  Pat into the bottom of prepared pan and set aside.  Still using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until

A Little Laugh Can Lighten the Load

heard on the street “A warrant is out for his arrest?!” MOAT mom Jennifer could barely believe her eyes as she stared at the text. I thought nothing much about her comment, assuming she was referring to one of the many people she and her family help throughout the day. … Apparently, no such luck. After a few, “okay”s, she sat down. Our little gathered group couldn’t help but ask the obvious… what’s up? Poor girl took a deep breath and started out, “That was my son.” (gasp! from the crowd) … “I just can’t believe it.” (A quick character study of today’s player: the girl boarders on sainthood. Mother of five. Servant of many. She’s purposeful, encouraging, selfless, bubbly … Okay, I might spit on her if she wasn’t
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