The Great Divorce

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Much to think about in this quote. Can you think of ways that this idea applies to your experiences?

“Son, ‘he said,’ ye cannot in your present state understand eternity…That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory. And of some sinful pleasure they say, “Let me have but this and I’ll take the consequences”: little dreaming how damnation will spread back and back into their past and contaminate the pleasure of the sin. Both processes begin even before death. The good man’s past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven: the bad man’s past already conforms to his badness and is filled only with dreariness. And that is why…the Blessed will say “We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven, : and the Lost, “We were always in Hell.” And both will speak truly.”

C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

More Food Ideas

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Are food ideas helpful to you? This was a very tasty lunch today, so I thought I’d share.

Green Chili Omelette:
10 eggs, whisked together
2 small cans chopped green chili’s
1/2 cup grated cheddar or pepper jack cheese
2 Tbs sliced green onions
1 diced tomato

Cook bacon; then set it aside but leave a few tablespoons of the drippings in your skillet.

Add the eggs. Spoon green chili’s evenly over the eggs, cover with a lid and cook for 3-5 minutes. Then add cheese, onions and tomatoes. Cover again until eggs are cooked through.

Avocado is diced and sprinkled with smoked paprika and Real salt.

Bacon is Hormel Natural Choice, (no preservatives) available at WalMart.

I hope you are well and enjoying your cooking journey as much as you possibly can!

Love,

Jacque

Mmmmm!

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It’s a little honey, coconut oil and blueberries…

Followed by warm oatmeal…

Then stirred and topped with milk.

How are your breakfasts going? Don’t forget that your kids need healthy fats in their diet!

Avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, olives, high quality eggs and fish and butter. {The trouble starts when you add a lot of sugar to that fat, so I’m not recommending that!}

Be well!

Love,

Jacque

You Can Fly

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“Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.”    Victor Hugo

You are resilient and brave and up to facing the challenges in your life.

Be strong.

Love, love, love,

Jacque

You’re Doing It!

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Funny, isn’t it, that society isn’t sending you {Mama} messages that what you are doing in your every day life is exactly what the world needs most? There should be capes for people like you who are elbow deep in taking care of the needs of the next generation day in and day out, not to mention: All. Those. Sleepless. Nights.

We hear about tragedies and war and crazy weather and shootings and chaos here and abroad…but almost never do we hear about the people who are making all of the daily living happen, or even making it possible at all! And sadly, that also means that there isn’t a lot of attention or adulation for the great work you are doing at home. So I wonder if you at times wonder if you should be doing something else, something that seems to count more socially or give you more of a sense of accomplishment by paying you or promoting you? To that I ask: if you aren’t present to fill the mothering role for your children, who will be?

On a broader scale I would ask: Do we as a society need more gun control? More laws, or restrictions and tighter controls? Do we need broader media coverage or more options for jobs or greater representation for women?

To these questions and many like them, I would say, what we really need is more of you.

I think that you are the secret weapon we need to make the biggest positive impact on the future socially, spiritually and even economically!

When I read a scary news story about someone who has been in the criminal justice system since they were a teen and now are on trial for murder, or see enraged young people who are completely out of control and looking back, we can see that they have been screaming for help, I think– that person badly needed something they didn’t get. Whether that was kindness, good food to eat, a safe place to live or in some cases medical care, there were deep holes in the fabric of their upbringing.

So, if you have given a child a safe space in your home and in your heart, the time to be carefree and childlike; fed and clothed them and given them a smile and affection, then today you have positively impacted the world. And if you are doing the jobs of both mother and father by yourself, I pray that God will bless you and strengthen you!

Today, you have contributed to a safer, brighter future for your family and community.

You have elevated happiness and learning and endless possibilities for you, your children and for society.

You have stretched yourself, finding needed patience and courage, and come out stronger.

Yes, just by doing the normal everyday parenting things, I believe that you are making the difference we need the most.

Thank you!!!

Love,

Jacque

P.S. An awesome quote by a psychological performance expert, Steve Siebold:

“Over the past 34 years, I conducted interviews with  more than 1,200 parents. While the focus of my interactions with them was to study how they handed down their beliefs about money to their kids, one thing always stood out: the closest, most successful, best behaved and smartest kids are the ones whose parents made it a priority to really be involved in every aspect of their children’s lives.
Mothers, fathers and children sat down to eat dinner together, or simply have together time every day. They talked about their days, discussed any big wins, their struggles and whatever else was on anyone’s mind.
I also talked to a few children of various ages in my studies, and all across the board deep down there were only two things they wanted from their parents: love and attention. The ones who got it typically were more fulfilled and stayed out of trouble.
The bottom line: get involved in every way you possibly can. You are a parent and it’s your responsibility. The more involved you become in your children’s lives, the better off they’re going to be and the safer our schools will be.”