Birthday Boys, The Difficulty of Motherhood, and One Cool Chick

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keyboardCan you believe it?  I’m actually doing a 7 Quick Takes!

Now, if you’re new to the site, you might think, “Yeah, so what?”

But, if you were a regular reader of Many Little Blessings, you’ll know that I used to do a 7 Quick Takes every single week.  In fact, I think I did them every week for a few years.  And then, I just stopped.  Sure, I would throw one out there from time to time, but I was pretty much just not doing them.

It wasn’t so much that I didn’t want to write them or that people didn’t like them.  In past reader surveys, readers often said that they enjoyed them and it gave them a chance to know me better.

Do you ever have a week when you get to the end of it, and you just don’t think you’ve done anything and you have no interesting things to say?  I’ve had a whole lot of those.  I think I could probably blame too much social media.  I’ve been kind of going through the motions.

I’m going to attempt to get back to 7 Quick Takes as both a way to get back to being a little more personal, as well as to remind myself to live my life a little more intentionally.  Just going through the motions stinks.

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I’m not sure how this managed to happen, but these boys who were once four and six years old…

Four and Six Years Old

They turned 13 and 15 during July.

Looking at this picture and some of the others that I considered adding to this post made my heart hurt.  That’s one of the things that I suppose you never can prepare for before you become a parent.  It’s hard to imagine loving people so much that it hurts.

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It was actually not too long ago, either Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, when one of the kids inquired, as we drove around town, about what was the hardest part of being a parent.  They then wondered aloud if it was being annoyed by your own children.

Eric and I laughed.  The kids then expected a cheeky answer from me as I began to talk.  You know, because that’s how I roll and we like to joke around.

I told them that I thought the hardest part was seeing them sad or disappointed or hurt.  I told them that those situations just broke my heart, because I wanted only good things for them.

If you’re a parent, this answer will probably ring true.  My kids were pretty taken by surprise though.  Some of them may have even teared up because they were touched.

I said that a second difficult thing was watching them being nervous to try something new or something that made them nervous.  I told them that sometimes, it feels like my part of my heart has been taken away, and that they’re taking it with them.  That may have even pushed a couple of them past just tearing up.

For as much as we like to joke around, I was glad that I had taken the time to give them a very serious answer.  Everyone needs to hear from time to time how very much they are loved.

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In July, we also managed to get all of Jack and Molly’s 4-H projects completed, even some that not only were completed in July but started in July as well.  The county fair ended with the two of them earning six blue ribbons between the two of them.

Of all of the pictures that Jack took for his photography project, this was my favorite:


What a cool chick.

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Did you subscribe to the relaunched podcast yet?  You can subscribe to the Real Life at Home Podcast here on iTunes.

Real Life At Home Podcast

The first new episode should be available this weekend!  

If you’re not on iTunes, you’ll be able to catch it here on the blog though too.

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I have already loved the Paper Mate InkJoy pens, but this week, I picked up some that are retractable InkJoy instead of the ones with caps.  New favorite pen alert!  Here’s an affiliate link where you can pick them up, but you can pick them up at any of the big box stores too.  That’s a really good price on Amazon right now though.

inkjoy pens

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If you’ve been around my sites for a while, it will probably be no surprise that my favorite is the pretty blue pen.

I just love blue.

This post is linked to 7 Quick Takes and Weekly Wrap Up.

Angie Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home, the combined home of the former sites Many Little Blessings, The Homeschool Classroom, Catholic Printables Online, and Catholic Mothers Online.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBooksloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.
Angie Kauffman
Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBookspodcastsloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.


  1. says

    Watching the ages of my children creep up makes me very nostalgic for earlier days. Even more so when my oldest stands next to me and I can see up his nose. (He got really tall really fast.)
    What a marvelous discussion you had with your kids. They do need to hear the serious sides of us sometimes.
    Your son’s photo is gorgeous! We don’t have 4-Hers, but we never miss seeing their displays at the fair.

    • Angie Kauffman says

      My oldest is taller than me too. Sometimes, he has been kissing me on the forehead. He does it to remind me that he’s taller than me. 😉

      Thanks so much for the compliment on my son’s picture. I appreciate it! :)

  2. says

    Oh my goodness…Inkjoy! I am in love with those pens… I have them hidden so no one else uses them. Love them. Thanks for shaing that new podcast – just added it to my ipod :)