LOVE

How do I even begin to understand love?

I have learned a lot about love over my lifetime, but it has been different watching my kids experience love. When my heart hurts and is happy, it’s only my heart… well, I take that back as soon as I write it. When my heart hurts or is happy, it affects my parents more than I previously thought it would. I know this because as I watch my children love, and deeply feel all the emotions around it, my heart is much more involved than I ever planned.

I’m grateful that my children have all dated people who have treated them well. Of course they have their disagreements, but they have been good people who treat my girls like gold. As a parent of many girls, it’s something I worry about and pray for. Both Sydney and Kinley are married to fine young men and I’m proud to call them family.

We celebrated Kinley’s wedding on May 6th and it was a beautiful event! Hopefully I can share some more images soon. It was a wonderful day to remember!

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Moving on, I haven’t had any time to blog. I’ve been so busy with school! I just finished up my Summer block classes. I took Psychology and Health. Health was pretty easy online, even on a block schedule, but Psychology went really fast! I studied around 5 hours average on most days, and I still only earned average on quizzes and tests. I loved learning about Psychology, but I really wanted the ability to digest it more slowly. Seven weeks was a lot for heavy reading and without any class discussion. In the end I actually passed my classes, I’m always shocked. I’ve never been a great student, as I constantly find random fun things to do instead of focusing on my studying. But now I work really hard and I still don’t get straight A’s. In the end I pulled an A- in Health and a B+ in Psychology. For me and situation (block class, having kids home from school etc.) I am completely happy with my results.

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This week I spoke for United Way to the campaign managers of the fundraisers within each company. Because it is summer, I brought Brighton and Halle because they were bored at home. I like my kids to get a chance to see what I work on, if possible.

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This week I went up to Trucco for a breakfast that was put together for all the landscaping guys. I haven’t talked much about business on my blog for a long time, but now we have five companies. RBM, Alpine Cleaning and Restoration, Trucco Landscaping, 5 Star Pest Control, and DoubleTake Carpet Cleaning. Jon is continually building and I support our businesses by supporting him and working in the community to create great relationships. We are a great team this way and it fits both of our strengths.

As I spend time in each of our companies, I see few differences between the people working – but mostly I see similarities.

I see good men and women working hard to support their families. Through exhaustion, long hours, heat, and adversity – I see leadership and devotion to support the people they love. It is a beautiful thing and it drives me to never give up and to keep pushing with them.

When you see sadness and despair on the news, remember that there is a lot more good than bad. There are great mothers and fathers fighting for their families, and this is more important than the craziness we can’t control.

And if your spouse is ornery and tired at the end of the day, try to have compassion for the hard work they do, both inside and outside of the home. In the end, it’s all for the same purpose, to support those we love.

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Maybe I can get a little caught up on my blog now that I’m out of school for the rest of summer. I sure have a lot to say and I love being able to look back and read the things I felt important to remember. Have a great night!

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Hi, I’m Janae.

As a Mother of six daughters and one son, our family life has always been busy and looks something like organized chaos! My mission is to share bits and pieces of this story, in hopes that it will encourage you to find your voice and share it with others. We all have a message that can bless the world around us, and the first step is to figure out what to say. I found my passions through reading and writing on my first blog, and I hope you'll be inspired to do the same - as you laugh, reflect and learn with me. I'm happy you're here!

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