makea plan www.janeanesworld.com
This post was inspired by Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey. In Boston, five men were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel below the ocean to do a nearly impossible job that would help clean the once dirtiest harbor in America. Join From Left to Write on February 19th as we discuss Trapped Under the Sea As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

In life we make plans, grand, beautiful and wonderful plans. Sometimes our plans  knock the socks of those who hear our plans or who watch us as we are carrying out those plans. Then, all of a sudden, something goes wrong, our plans get messed up and we are left lost and wondering what to do. This book reminded me of marriage and the ups and downs of married life. When my husband and I decided to marry about 25 years ago, I told him what I wanted. 
 
Janeane:     We are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after.
 
Darren:        What if we don’t?
 
Janeane:     There is no what if, we are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after. That is it.
 
 
Over the course of our married life, we have had ups and downs. The church girl in me, says that we have had peaks and valley experiences. We married when I was 23 (for one whole month) and he was 28 (for one whole day). We built a life together. We purchased a home, graduated from college, law school and grad school. We had children, and saw one of those children go from kindergarten to her freshman year at one of the most prestigious colleges in the country. We had grand plans and looking from the beginning of the marriage to this very day, by all measures, we have succeeded. 

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The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus Xtreme has come to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and all I can say is WOW!!!! Have you ever taken your children some place that kept them on the edge of their seats with their mouths hanging open for 2 hours? Last night my children and I went to the circus and it was an incredible thing. This was our second time going to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus and believe me, the second time was even better than the first.
We rode to the show on the circus and saw another family on the way as well. I didn’t know the family and was not close enough to see them talk, but you could tell by the way the two children were jumping up and down in their seats that they were definitely going to the circus. Before I give you all the details about how incredible the show was, let me assure you that there are still tickets available for the upcoming shows.
Friday February 13, 2015 7:00pm Friday February 13, 2015 7:00pm
Saturday February 14, 2015 11:00am Saturday February 14, 2015 11:00am
Saturday February 14, 2015 7:00pm Saturday February 14, 2015 7:00pm
Sunday February 14, 2015 11:00am Sunday February 14, 2015 11:00am
Sunday February 14, 2015 3:00pm Sunday February 14, 2015 3:00pm
Sunday February 15, 2015 7:00pm Sunday February 15, 2015 7:00pm
Monday February 16, 2015 7:00pm Monday February 16, 2015 7:00pm

The name of this year’s performance is Circus Xtreme. There really needs to be a name that says, “Oh my goodness this really is the greatest show on earth!” But, puts it in one word. It was incredible, breath-taking and at several points made my heart literally jump inside my chest.
The excitement starts when you walk in and see the iconic Ringling Brothers sign at the edge of the stadium. You know that great and wonderful things are going to come from that hallway! The excitement starts when you walk in and see the iconic Ringling Brothers sign at the edge of the stadium. You know that great and wonderful things are going to come from that hallway!

The high wire walkers did some stunts all those feet in the air that I would not attempt on the ground. It was scary to think about doing but so beautiful to watch.

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Find-a-way-to-show-your[1]  

You can find serenity in learning how to show your children love. Children are funny. No matter what we do for them, no matter what sacrifices we make for their benefit, if we deny them a cookie before dinner, they feel unloved. We must find ways to show our children love in ways they understand and appreciate. Recently I asked one of my young daughters what was her favorite thing about me. For the few seconds while I waited for her response my mind wandered. I thought bout the myriad of things she and I did together over the course of her life. I thought about the countless things I have done to make her happy. The answer she gave never crossed my mind. Her response was, “What I love most is that Miss Pam gives you books for us to read.” More »

 

serve the family www.janeanesworld.com

 

It is fantastic to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by celebrating the service your children do for the family. In January of each year attention turns to thoughts of Martin Luther King Jr and  community service. Conversations take place in real life and in cyberspace about the importance of being of service to others. Mothers happily share stories of the wonderful service projects their children create or complete.

This year, we are teaching my children the importance of service by explaining that service should be a way of life. We want our children to realize that service should be something they do everyday and not something they do just for special occasions or because it is a certain time of year.  We have been stressing this idea specifically with our twelve-year-old son. More »

you and your children not friends www.janeanesworld.com

 

You can find serenity in looking at the parent/child relationship and realizing that you are not friends. Almost every parent has experienced the wrath of a child. That awful moment when a child tells you either:

  • I am mad at you
  • I hate you
  • I like my other parent better
  • You are mean
  • You are not my friend

The first time you hear one of those statements, it really hurts. More »

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