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May 25, 2011
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Another Fun Retreat for Mothers

On May 20th and 21st another one hundred deliberate mothers gathered at our home to “sharpen their saws”.  What fun we had thinking, planning and being inspired to be better at the world’s most important career… Motherhood!  The event was planned and organized by our sensational Saren Loosli and her terrific co-partner April Perry through the incredible outreach of the Internet and their website at PowerofMoms.com. 

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On Friday about fifty mothers gathered for the afternoon to be instructed by the “guru of organization” and co-founder April.  She did a session called Mind Organization for Moms which was soaked in like sunshine after a long, cold and dark winter. She is amazing in her abilities to teach Mothers to organize their papers, they computer files and their homes in order to survive the inevitable.

 

On Saturday all 100 mothers fit pretty nicely into the great room where Saren and April directed a program filled with great ideas…many of which came from the astute mothers in the audience.

 

Saren allowed Dad/Richard and I to be part of the training on creating family systems and she did an amazing job of keeping her parents on task and of organizing and making things run smoothly as well as presenting great ideas herself. She’s quite a woman as many of you know (no prejudice intended)! 

 

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Among the Saturday morning presenters was wonderful DeAnne Flynn, well-known author and speaker on Motherhood…..

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As well as the delightful and inspiring Utah Young Mother of the Year, Emi Dalton Edgley. Find Emi in the upper right of the collage below which is a compilation of our wonderful day together!

 

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An outstanding presentation was also given by one of the Power of Moms anchors, amazing Allyson Reynolds (below right).  Each presented a stimulating and moving message for these mothers seeking career training!  That cute girl to the left, our baby Charity was the outstanding event coordinator as well as talking about the sometimes wacky parenting ideas she grew up with. It’s so fun to see these book-end daughters working together.

 

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During the lunch breaks the moms divided into eight groups and talked about their major mothering concerns in two different sessions:

 

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At one point in the training a wild cowboy alias “Tex” came galloping up on his horse and his giant ten gallon hat. The audience watched as he dismounted, tied the horse to the stone planter in the front of the house and ran into the great room to teach the group about the importance of serendipity in their lives. It was a fun surprise and an indelible image.  Thanks to Emi who saved my flowers in the planter from being an afternoon snack for Duffy the horse until I got there to rescue the flowers! I was so surprised that I forgot the camera. Shucks!

Saren and April calculated from registration forms that the 100 mothers there represented 493 children. Babes in arms (and car seats) won’t remember being there that day but very possibly what their mothers learned will be with them as they grow up for a very long time.

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Warm congratulations to Saren and April!  After spending about 30 hours a week for the past two years, this idea whose time has come is really taking off! Ah the Power of Moms!

May 19, 2011
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Kids’ Summer Deals Will Make Your Summer Sizzle

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May 15, 2011
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Time Out for Women

  

This weekend our daughter Shawni and I were privileged to spend some time in Oklahoma City where we spoke together at something called Time Out for Women. Since we co-authored a book last year called A Mother’s Book of Secrets and Richard and I have just done a new book called 5 Spiritual Solutions to Everyday Parenting Challenges, we have had this opportunity to speak at TOFW several times.  We never ceased to be amazed at the goodness, not only of the performers, presenters and staff but of the audiences which range in size from 1000 to 4000.  These events are sponsored by the Deseret Book Compnay and we feel truly humble to be included on this roster of excellent talent.

On Friday night there were delightful talks by Virginia Pearce, and Emily Watts and we were electrified with the music of darling Macy Robison who has a spectacular voice and an accompanist to match…the multi-talented Whitney Johnson. Together they touched the hearts of everyone in the audience as Macy sang and talked about her multitude of difficult life-experiences. We were grateful that Macy brought her baby so that Shawni who is a baby nut, could get her "baby fix" for the weekend.

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Shawni was immediately recognized by a cute self-proclaimed  "blog stocker" and many other young moms who have been faithfully following her blog at 71toes.blogspot.com.

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We have done almost every TOFW with the amazing woman below. This is Mariama Kallon who faced unspeakable terror at the hands of the rebels in Sierra Leone during the war. After seeing her parents killed and her sister’s legs chopped off, she somehow escaped and, to make a long incredible story short, found the Mormon religion which she says was her salvation. She ended up as a missionary on Temple Square in Salt Lake City and has become a beacon of faith and hope for thousands. Her contagious giggle mixed with her gripping stories of an unshakeable belief and powerful strength propels us into a world of wonder whenever we hear her.

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We look forward to doing our other TOFW assignments in Richmond VA in September, Logan, UT in October and Phoenix AZ in November. What an honor to be associated with these thoroughly good people!

May 7, 2011
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A Mother’s Day Gift to You!

Our daughter Saren has a wonderful website for moms at PowerofMoms.com. Sbe is offering a podcast series that I (Linda) did with our three Eyre mothers and we want to share them with you for Mother’s Day.  Until Sunday night  this is a free gift to you! To see how to get these free podcasts see the information below.  Sorry to be so late to post this. Many of you will be too busy celebrating Mother’s Day to be looking at the Internet so this is a last minute deal!  I been away from the Internet for a couple of days. Wow! You don’t realize how much you need the Internet until you’re away from it for a while!

Happy Mother’s Day to our ValuesParenting Family!

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Below is the information posted at Power of Moms.

We just added a wonderful new series of 10 podcasts featuring NYTimes best setting author, Linda Eyre and her three daughters to our website.  This podcast series costs $10.  But we’d like to offer it as a free Mother’s Day gift over the Mother’s Day weekend.  

Click HERE to learn more about the podcasts and register for your free access to the whole series.  This free offer ends at the close of Mother’s Day this Sunday.  So if you want the podcasts, sign up now before you forget!

Feel free to share this gift! Simply forward this email to any moms you know who’d enjoy this fabulous podcast series and they can click through this email (using the link above) to set up their free access.   

May 4, 2011
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Fun Weekend with the American Mothers

The American Mothers Organization which has been around for a very long time had their National convention in Salt Lake City this weekend.  What a wonderful surprise we had when our daughter Shawni Pothier who was there as the Arizona Young Mother of the Year was named the National Young Mother of the Year! 

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Interestingly I represented Utah as the Young Mother of the Year for American Mothers exactly 30 years ago. When I figured that out, I suddenly felt…..very old!

The woman who is the new National Mother of the Year is fascinating and accomplished woman from the District of Columbia named Ernestine Allen. She is a leader in her church, has been a teacher for 20 years, organized a support group for parents who have lost children because her youngest son was murdered, counsels women at half way houses who are coming out of prison and supports unwed mothers. That woman is a mother to thousands! What a privilege and great learning experience it will be for Shawni to be working with her this year!

On Saturday night after the closing banquet she and Ernestine were ushered into a hotel room upstairs for a half hour TV show with a delightful host!  It will air on BYUTV nationwide on May 18th.

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That was a weekend to remember! To view Shawni’s delightful blog for more details and a little inspiration for your career as a mother go to 71toes.blogspot.com. 

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