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Patti Davis’ Honors Nancy Reagan-Reminder for Parents

Patti Davis, known for her tumultuous relationship with her mother, shared lovely words at Nancy Reagan’s funeral. “I choose to remember my mother framed by the window of a New York hotel room as I told her that I’d been involved in a complicated relationship for two years and had been cruelly tossed aside. I was 19. I felt older and more wounded than any 19 year-old should feel. I needed a mother and I came to mine. Holding out a fragile hope that she would keep me from crumbling beyond recognition. She did. She didn’t judge me. She wasn’t punishing or accusatory. She was tender and understanding and loving.”

These are eloquent words of wisdom. Our children can make life decisions that will cause much pain to themselves and those who love them. Nancy Reagan, in her wisdom, knew about timing. Her child hurt and she knew to hold her daughter and not judge her.

Posted in attitude, encouragement, inspiration, parenting by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Chad Hymas Reminds Us to Put Family First

ChadHymasChad Hymas was our speaker this past weekend for the Carolinas Chapter of the National Speakers Association meeting. Chad’s presentation was amazing and inspiring – truly from the heart of a champion. Because of Chad’s physical condition, he had to wake up at 4 AM to be ready for our 9 AM meeting. Chad’s passion for his faith, family and sharing his message touched our hearts. Here is an excerpt from Chad’s bio:

The Wall Street Journal calls Chad Hymas “one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world!” Chad inspires, motivates, and moves audiences,creating an        experience that touches hearts for a lifetime. He is one of the youngest ever to receive the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) and to be inducted intothe prestigious National Speaker Hall Of Fame. In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad’s life changed in an instant when a 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck, leaving him a quadriplegic. But Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day – he became an example of what is possible. Chad is a best-selling author, president of his own Communications Company, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., and is a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. In 2003, Chad set a world record by wheeling his chair from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (513 miles).

Posted in family, parenting, Speaking engagement by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Parenting; The 24-Hour Job That Never Ends

  On July the 7th, 1988, my mother said, “Tomorrow you will become a mother;  from that day forward, your life is not your own.”  Boy, was she right!  Then twenty-two months later, another child was born…and then there were two.  I quickly learned some valuable info being a parent.  No doubt that parenting  is the 24-hour job that never ends. The following is a humorous story from my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls.”

Oyster Shells and Oyster Roasts; a Southern TraditionOn July the 7th, 1988, my mother said, “Tomorrow you will become a mother;  from that day forward, your life is not your own.”  Boy, was she right!  Then twenty-two months later, another child was born…and then there were two.  I quickly learned some valuable info being a parent.  No doubt that parenting  is the 24-hour job that never ends. The following is a humorous story from my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls.”

     The rule is that oyster roasts can only be celebrated during “R” months.  Professional oyster roast folks will be accessorized with a glove, knife and appetite.  It is not uncommon to see engraved knives and monogrammed gloves. We do love our oyster roasts.

One of the greatest challenges is to open the oyster shell.   They can be the most stubborn shell to pry open.  The shell is protecting the growing delicacy that is on the inside.

Posted in children, family, parenting, Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Momma’s Ten Commandments

I thought my mother wrote the Ten Commandments.I have been hearing an eternity of talk about the Ten Commandments recently.  All of this  took me back to my Third Grade Sunday School teacher, Miss Peggy Seabrook coupled with what I learned at home.

Every Sunday morning, my Sunday School class would be greeted with Miss Peggy’s famous chant, “Good Monin’, Good Monin’, Good Monin’!”  It could be 115 degrees, 20 below zero or a spring flood; she always filled our ears with the sound of sunshine.  Make no mistake.  In her class we memorized, we recited, and even had Bible drills.  The first lesson every year was the same:  The Ten Commandments.

I starting thinking of all of the “thou shalts and the thou shalt nots” and it dawned on me that I actually thought my parents wrote the Ten Commandments.  Not until I was in Miss Peggy Seabrook’s class did I realize these rules were actually in the Bible.  It wasn’t my mother’s rules, it was Moses receiving instruction from God.

Posted in attitude, family, funny, humor, memories, parenting, relationships by Jane Jenkins Herlong.