Thirty odd years ago, I never could have imagined myself as a mother. I was a 23-year old student at the University of Regina on the Canadian prairies. Having just graduated with an Honours Degree in English Literature, I considered continuing my studies as a graduate student. In fact, I didn’t foresee any changes to…… Continue reading Becoming a Mother Inspite of Myself
Great, Great, Grandma Turner Just Turned 99
It is hard to feel old when your Grandmother is still alive. My husband is 61, yet is mother and grandmother are alive and well. Nan bought her last sports car at age 90! She always dressed with flair, a mother of six who worked when most stayed at home. She still lived alone till two…… Continue reading Great, Great, Grandma Turner Just Turned 99
Advocating For Large Families
A prompt on a health website asked, “Are you an advocate for any cause?” I sputtered to my self, “I am not an advocate for anything or anybody!” Immediately after that statement, a new idea popped into my mind, “Hey, wait a minute. I stand up for large families in modern society!” In my experience…… Continue reading Advocating For Large Families
My Ceiling is My Children’s Floor
funzug.com Whimsical, philosophical thoughts from a mother of nine. The only thing that could kill a mother of a large family is trying to pair all the socks. Raising children is not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of power and wealth. The existence of a joyful mother of…… Continue reading My Ceiling is My Children’s Floor
The Altar of Success
I want to yell out as loudly as I can that raising children is definitely not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power and wealth. To all people, raised in a Western capitalist society Since preschool, society has pushed you to excel, to rise above your peers. You…… Continue reading The Altar of Success
First! Transformed Instantly into a Mother
Daily Prompt: First! Tell us about your first day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever. TRANSFORMED When I gave birth to a baby, I was reborn as well. Pain was instantly forgotten Fear of inadequacy…… Continue reading First! Transformed Instantly into a Mother
Friendship Friday – Holiday Fun at Christmas: A Magical Time for Nine Kids
Welcome to Friendship Friday! As the end of the year approaches, so do our favorite end-year Holidays! That’s the focus of this week’s discussion at Friendship Friday! What is your favorite Holiday and why? How will you celebrate that Holiday this year? Share a favorite holiday tradition – old or new! It was still…… Continue reading Friendship Friday – Holiday Fun at Christmas: A Magical Time for Nine Kids
Who Needs a Teddy Bear When You’ve Got a Teddy Baby?
A newborn can see clearly for about 8″, just far enough to focus intently on his mother’s face. It is almost as if the initiative to bond comes from the baby first, especially when I consider the fierce hand grip that they are born with. To ensure an infant is fed, he is born with an…… Continue reading Who Needs a Teddy Bear When You’ve Got a Teddy Baby?
Top Ten Tips For Parents
My Philosophy : Advice from a relatively sane, joyful mother of nine children. 1.Focus on the joy of parenting, not on the activities you are giving up to raise a family. 2.Treat little children like people, albeit little people, with respect for their feelings, likes, dislikes and personalities.Listen to your children, even as babies. Read…… Continue reading Top Ten Tips For Parents
The Joke Is On US
My maiden name is Myers. Question: How many Myers Women does it take to drive a car in my mum’s home town? Answer: Three. “Three?”, you gasp, “But how is that possible!” Ah, well, quite possible when all three women either refuse to drive, are reluctant drivers or simply cannot drive a car at all.…… Continue reading The Joke Is On US
Wordless Wednesday- A Wedding
with or without words a daughter’s wedding in August with my nine kids, kids in law, a fiancé, boyfriend and friend of the family
Au Revoir, Adios, Ta,Ta, Bye For Now, See You Soon
I am off to the cottage for a week with ALL nine adult kids, in-laws and baby grandchildren. Two hours further north into the Canadian Shield, without any internet reception. So it is old-fashioned books, swimming, campfires, fishing scrabble, delicious meals and unending hours of crocheting to finish a cotton bed cover for my daughter’s wedding in…… Continue reading Au Revoir, Adios, Ta,Ta, Bye For Now, See You Soon
The WordPress Family Award
The WordPress Family Award This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I start this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a…… Continue reading The WordPress Family Award
“Quit Trying to Dismember Me!”
The school bus was not scheduled to pull up for another twenty minutes but six-year old Rebecca, my youngest child, was pulling the kitchen door open, hoping for some free time before school. As the door open, I looked up. Before I could comment, Mara , one of her many older sisters, whipped around and…… Continue reading “Quit Trying to Dismember Me!”
10 Tips for Parents from Mother of Nine9
As a mother of nine kids, people often ask me, “How on earth did you manage without any help? ” So I present a list of my top ten tips for a happy family life . 1. Focus on the joy of parenting, not on everything we are giving up to raise a family 2. Mothers, remember, we have one…… Continue reading 10 Tips for Parents from Mother of Nine9
180 Degrees: Changing, Again and Again and Again!
Daily Prompt: 180 Degrees Tell us about a time you did a 180 — changed your views on something, reversed a decision, or acted in a way you ordinarily don’t Most of us like amusing variety, a change in the boring humdrum routine of work and simply living but almost no one likes a gut wrenching…… Continue reading 180 Degrees: Changing, Again and Again and Again!
Tips for Survival
Useful for every Mum, Dad, Uncle, Aunt, Grandma, Grandpa and Godparent, House guest, Friend….
Comedy of Errors: Locked in With the CHICKENS
Murphy’s Law says, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Write about a time everything did — fiction encouraged here, too If mothers are the heart of the family, why was I not missed after spending four hours locked in the chicken coop? I have always heard that the mother is the heart of…… Continue reading Comedy of Errors: Locked in With the CHICKENS
Interviewed by IBILLIONLOVESTORIES.COM
Sat, 02/23/2013 – 20:26 — Paul Cody Imagine Sharing and Cherishing the LOVE of 9 children raised on a Hobby Farm in southern Ontario, Canada ! When people look at Melanie Jean Juneau their eyebrows shoot up, their mouths drop open and they sputter, ”YOU had 9 children?? This is because she is 5’ 1” and weigh…… Continue reading Interviewed by IBILLIONLOVESTORIES.COM
None of Us Are ‘Normal”
Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself. Most men think in straight logical lines. They shake…… Continue reading None of Us Are ‘Normal”