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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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Being Kind...To Myself

Today I was thinking about the fact that I can't sew a button. On anything. Before I got too down on myself, I thought of something I can do. I can decorate my house and make it cozy as can be. I can't parallel park to save my life. I can, however, teach little children to read. I can't crochet a pretty blanket, but I can make the best pot of homemade turkey soup around. I can't sing. At all. I can twirl a baton like a Miss America contestant. 

The older I get, the less time I want to waste wallowing in negativity. I want to embrace what I can do and what I love doing. I want to be kind to myself. And celebrate the talents of those who can sew, park, crochet, and sing. 

Happy Monday, my friends!


  1. You can write a beautiful blog, and raise great kids and make me smile!

    1. You are so kind! Thanks for always making me smile!

  2. I agree with above - you have raised a great family and are a lovely blogger to follow!

  3. Look how much we have in common!!! I can't sew but I can teach children to read just like you... better yet -- We can both remember what we can do and forget about all the rest. I know that's why I love it here -- you blog space so much. You celebrate and encourage all of us who read here to be the best at what we can be. And just so you know -- I've learned so much from you.

  4. Yes, all of this. I often need to remind myself that if someone spoke to my children the way that I sometimes think about myself I would go mama bear on them. I am also a child of God and full of my own goodness. What a lovely reminder from you today.

  5. Great reminder! If we ever meet, I'll do all the singing, and you can do all the cooking, k? :) And after I parallel park, you can show me some baton twirling. We all have our "can and can't" do lists, don't we! But yes, let's concentrate on what we CAN do and find joy in the everyday!

  6. Well, I can relate--although I can sew a button, smiles. I can't parallel park either, smiles. Thank you for keeping it real.

  7. If we lived closer I'd let you decorate my house (which I'm hopeless at) and I could sew your buttons and crochet :) xx Susan

  8. .........and from this side of the computer, it seems you can do so much more than most.

  9. You CAN do so many things that deserve celebrating, so let us all celebrate and be positive about the things we can do.

  10. Let's add to your list of can dos, you are such a great encourager to many women, especially here in blogland, one being myself!
    Have a great day!

  11. That is a lovely, encouraging and positive quote you have there!!

  12. I can't sing worth a darn and like to plant myself in pews close to someone who can so I can hear their lovely voice sing in church. Billie Jo you have so many talents, thats what so great about the variety of people in this world. Everyone has such different skills, abilities and talents so it's good that you can see the positive side of what you CAN do then share them on your wonderful blog.
    I love seeing all your decorations and cute school room and all the amazing things you post!
    Your awesome Billie Jo!!


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