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“Broken! Busted! Everybody has something to repair. Before buying new, let Mighty Putty fix it for you.” Billy Mays

My almost brand new front loading washing machine went on the fritz last week.  Thank goodness I have a hubby who is really good at taking things apart and figuring out how to repair them.  These machines are like cars now-a-days . . . requiring expensive technicians and parts to repair.  And of course we didn’t buy an extended warranty.  So after much research, and discovering that this model has had LOTS of issues with this exact same problem, he ordered a part for $75 on e-Bay.  It came this week, he installed it, and it solved the problem  My machine is operational again!  Yay for Handyman Husbands!  And NO Mighty Putty required!  (I processed this in Lightroom and Photoshop.  It’s B&W theme this week in the 365  Challenge. I am in the lower left of the photo – my hand and the top of my head.)

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“Though motherhood is the most important of all the professions requiring more knowledge than any other department in human affairs there was no attention given to preparation for this office.” ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a Mom and a Wife.  In fact, I never had career aspirations like my sisters.  I wanted to get married and have babies.  So I did, two weeks after HS Grad.  Two years later my baby girl was born, and three years later arrived my son.  I have held several different jobs over the years but being a Mother is by far the most rewarding thing I have done in my life.  It was a HUGE learning curve though . . . and back in the day we kind of did it by the seat of our pants . . . with a bit of help from our parents, and listening to intuition about what was right and what was wrong.  Today, I see new parents in such a tizzy over how to raise the little ones.  Information Overload!  They are so worried about doing it “right” . . . with the advent of the internet it is so easy to look for the “answers” and there are many, many differing opinions!  I would love to see new parents slow down, take a deep breath, and go with the flow.  Turn off the information overload and pay attention to what is right in front of you . . . learn to listen and act, not react and panic, or live in fear about what might happen.  And let the little ones learn by doing, making mistakes, falling down and getting back up with encouragement to succeed rather than taking care of everything for them.  Oh what a wise Mom I would have been if only I’d known then what I know now!

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