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When life hands me lemons

When life hands you lemons you’re supposed to make lemonade, right?

That is what I’ve been made to believe, but that just doesn’t work in my life.

If life hands me lemons, they will sit in the bowl until they rot, most likely.

I don’t see myself as a pessimist, but a realist. I know how I’d like for things to go, but I’m also aware of how things most likely will.

Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I’d prefer to be the person who takes punches and always gets back up, but I’m not. So far, life has shown me that I can’t always win. I can’t always squeeze those lemons and make lemonade. But, what I have learned is that it is okay to push things to the side. I don’t always have to attempt a swing at a curve ball.

Being a wife and a mother who works full time can be rough. Not only am I trying to succeed for my own benefit, but I am trying to lead by example.

I want my kids to see me ‘roll with the punches’ and come out on top, SWINGING every time, but it is unrealistic to paint that picture for them.

I want to paint a picture where they know it is okay to set that lemon aside and focus on what they were doing; give that lemon your attention WHEN YOU CAN.

As women and mothers we are idealized to be invincible, bulletproof and always succeeding. Although we all want to believe we are those things, we need to recognize that we are human and we can’t predict what life is going to throw our way.

I never want my children to feel like they’re failing because they couldn’t fit that lemonade into their schedules.

If I hide my setbacks, I am setting them back.



Local Program Offered to Support Children in Homes of Family and Friends

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – The Kinship Permanency Incentive (KPI) program was created to support children in the homes of family and friends who have committed to caring for them when birth parents cannot.

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Children In Competitive Sports – Be A Parent First

Our weekends are full of sports. If we aren’t attending our own children’s sports we are most likely fighting the weather in one way shape or form watching our nephews. The kids were able to play baseball together this summer and their dads coached the teams. Once they moved in to the All-Star teams the whole dynamic changed. We went from family hangouts to listening to belligerent parents, sometimes coaches, and every so often we’d see a kid lose his/her cool on the field. My heart hurt for those children, so passionate about their sport. Feeling every ounce of their loss in their bones, sometimes bringing them to tears.

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Losing a Limb

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, my last living grandparent died and with her went an entire limb of my family tree. I’ve been struggling with the impact of losing my grandmother, which is a mixture of grief, regret, fear of mortality, and gratitude. Read more

MARS DOMINATES THE SUMMER SKIES: AN Experience to Share with Your Kids

(Wilmont, Ohio) – During the coming weeks, Mars once again will dominate the evening sky.

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I Love You Anyway

Earlier this month I attended my cousin Emily’s wedding. The event was special in a multitude of ways, but the phrase that has been echoing in my head ever since is one spoken by my Uncle Jack, one of the wisest men I know: I love you anyway.

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Picnic by the Pond – Scavenger Hunt – Fishing

Free to the public. The Picnic by the Pond series invites community members to come to the NJC Picnic Shelter located on Conservation Drive and have a family picnic at 6. This picnic is family based and not provided. At 7PM staff will invite members to go fishing (limited supplies available so bring your own if you have it) or go off on a family scavenger hunt with the list provided. Guests can do both if time is available, This is a great event that allows time to slow down, take in the tranquility of the NJC and spend quality family time on the trails or at the pond. No registration is needed – just a commitment from you to come. Invite other families and make this night out special without the headache of cleaning up around the house to have others over. This event will be canceled if the weather is inclement. Call the office for questions. 330.339.7976

Children’s Day

The Village welcomes children of all ages to take part in a day of 18th century fun! From 11:00am – 3:00pm, the young, and young at heart, can enjoy traditional activities and crafts.

Vintage Canton

Vintage Canton is a sophisticated downtown gathering, offering distinctive center city charm alongside live music, vibrant art exhibits and, of course, quality local wine and wine from around the world! Happening Thursday, May 24, from 4:30-9:30pm.

The event gives guests the chance to relax and unwind while enjoying wines from local wineries, delicacies from downtown and Greater Canton eateries and memorable live music. This year, Vintage Canton will continue to bring you the very best wines from area wineries and abroad and will offer several quality craft beers in the Beer Garden.

Guests will also be able to enjoy small tasting plates for nominal charge from downtown restaurants and Stark County favorites.

Chocolate Tour

Chocolate lovers, unite! Come experience the best of Amish country while sampling delicious gourmet chocolate at the 2018 Chocolate Tour. Hosted by the Best of Amish Country, the Chocolate Tour takes place on Friday, May 18 or Saturday, May 19 and winds through beautiful Holmes, Wayne, and Tuscarawas counties.

Ticket sales end on Apr 30 at 6 PM

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