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The Other Top 3 Things a Child Needs

"In the little world in which children have their existence...there is nothing so firmly perceived and so finely felt, as injustice.  It may be only a small injustice that the child be exposed to; but the child is small, and its world is small."  These words written by Charles Dickens over a century ago are still as true today.  Only in today's society most of the injustices done to children are cloaked behind well meaning gestures and loving parents.  No longer are children eating dinner with their parents around a table or playing outside until the crickets start chirping.  Parents are too busy making sure that children are doing all the things their peers are doing.  And making sure they have all the things their peers have.  Or unknowingly checking their cells phones to make sure they themselves aren't missing out on something.  Almost all parents love their children unconditionally and would die for them in an instant if necessary, but are you willing to give them these:

 

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Children Do Grow Up

Children grow more quickly than any young mother or father can ever realize.  When they are babies and you're caring for them night and day it almost seems as if you are in the Twilight Zone and a full night's sleep is eons away.  The grown children in the picture are mine.  I wouldn't trade a moment, but I would spend more quality time with them if I could.  Quality Time can take on many different themes.  Adventurous-Bold-Cuddle Time-Snuggle Time-Reading-Listening.  Paying attention to what your loved ones are saying.  Taking in every detail.  Making sure you praise more than you criticize.  The basic need of every individual is to feel unconditional love by those that are closest to them. 

Take time today to do something with your family.  Visit your parents.  Build a snowman with your kids.  Take a walk with your spouse.  Because when it comes down to it ---- what is more important?

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Kittens Are Like That

Every spring the promise of new life surrounds us.  First we notice little green shoots from dormant plants.  Or we see reddish buds bursting forth from bare trees.  But in a country barn you'll find the cutest and cuddliest new life. Last winter a stray striped kitten showed up at our back door.  We named "him" Terrence.  "He" was very shy at first, but soon became friendly.  Kittens are like that.

This spring before we could take Terrence to the vet "he" started look like "he" was really putting on weight.  Finally, my 21-year-old son, who happens to be a farmer said, "Mom, I hate to break this to you, but Terrence is a female and is going

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Cabin Fever

What is the exact meaning of "cabin fever?'  The term cabin fever was first recorded in 1838.  It's meaning somewhat describes one with claustrophobia (fear of closed in spaces).  Cabin fever occurs after being shut up in doors for an extended period of time.  People who suffer from cabin fever may become irritable, distrustful of others, and have an overwhelming urge to go outside even in inclement weather. 

But does the term cabin fever take on a new definition in the 21st century? 

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A Real Country Christmas
In real life country Christmas decorations you don't have to add work boots and cats and homemade wine to make the picture more interesting.  It's just the way we live. Real Country Christmases have a little rust, dust, and trust. (There's...

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