Seventeen blessings that make growing older worth the effort!!...and 2 more blessings since this picture was taken!

Wouldn't it be wonderful if your family were the envy of all your neighborhood? Not because your family had the biggest house, the fanciest car or the very best interior decorator.

The reason isn't that you are the parents of the most beautiful children, you have a "to die for spouse" and you command a 6 figure income.

The fact of the matter is, you don't own a fancy house, your car is a CarMax reject, and your interior decorator is the local Goodwill Store.

Is all of that important? No! What is important is that your family is "The Happiest Family on the Block"!

I will be sharing our secrets that worked with our 6 children, 6 sons and daughters-in-laws and 19 grandchildren! I will share secrets and ideas that we did do and wished we hadn't, things we didn't do, but wished we had, AND things we did do and are glad we got something right!! Hindsight is 20/20 you know!

The "happy family" revolves around:


Raising children





Hobbies- cooking, sewing, crafts, decorating

Making money


Being friends with your grown up children

Being the best grandparents you can be

Etc, etc, etc

Grab a cup of coffee, sit down, relax and let's visit!

My Darling Grandaughter

My Darling Grandaughter

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Chapter Ten - DADS!

"The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."

Dad, today is your's!

I know there are many times you come in your front door after a hard day at work, looking for that peace and comfort of being at HOME. You want to tell your wife about the problems you have had with your boss and co-workers. You want her sympathy and comfort. What meets you? Total chaos! The house looks as if it was turned upside down, the baby is screaming, your wife looks as if she hasn't brushed her hair for a's spit-up is on her shoulder. What are you going to do? Now is your chance to shine or to blow it totally! You can start in by criticising the looks of the house, asking her what she has done all day and when in the world is dinner going to be ready!! "I am starving!"

OR, you can give her a hug and kiss, ask her how her day was and then listen while she cries on your shoulder about everything that went wrong! You can take the baby and let him/her spit-up on your expensive, new suit and quiet the little munchkin down. If you have more than one child, you can play with them, entertaining them while your wife prepares dinner for all. Do your part in picking up toys, sweeping the floor and helping with the dishes. There will be time, after you help her get them settled in bed, for you to tell her about your day. She will be able to be receptive to you then.

By pitching in, being the strong one, putting her needs before your own, you have brought peace and order to your home and made your wife the "happiest woman on the block". You have shown your love to her in a real, tangible way and she will thank you for it!


Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Welcome to blogging! I can't wait to have more then just a few minutes so I can read all your postings!! Take care and thanks in advance for sharing all your tips!

Cottage Dreamers said...

I'm here via your daughter's lovely blog and just finished reading every post you've written. They are wonderful! I'm a stay at home wife and mom to five so far and I LOVE hearing what women who've been there done that have to say about family matters! I look forward to following you!
☺ Celeste

Grace said...

Your daughter sent me your way from her blog.

Such good advice you are giving, although difficult to consistently apply. We are past those days as our children are teens and one in his twenties, but I remember it well.

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

Welcome to blogging! Just came over from your daughter's site and I have to say, I am excited to see more of what you have to offer. Parenting is such a difficult job and we appreciate all the advice you can give!

Cheryl said...

Welcome to blogland! I was pointed this way from your sweet daughters blog.
We don't have small children anymore, but you're sharing some good advice here.
I am so very lucky to have a wonderful hubby. Enjoyed your post for today.

Sharon's New Life said...

I'm your latest follower after still catching up on Follow Friday... hope you'll check out my blog at and say hello.

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters
I am blessed!