It’s my husband’s birthday today so I’m taking the time to write this quick post to (a) pay tribute to this man whom God has blessed me with, and (b) encourage the wives out there to find ways to honor their husbands.

My husband and I as singles in love. :) Happy birthday, Honey! This one's for you!

My husband and I as singles in love. :) Happy birthday, Honey! This one’s for you!

“Why?” you may ask. “Why should we wives honor our husbands?”

Because God encourages us to do so:

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In another version, it says:

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If we sincerely love our spouses (or anyone else, for that matter), we must do our best to “hold on to what is good,” and “anticipate” or even “outdo” each other in showing honor.

I know it may be difficult for a lot of us to do this (present company included). Many times, when husbands and wives are faced with the “daily grind” and the oh-so-many tasks we face as married persons who work (or not), raise and care for children, etc., it may be easier to just “go with the flow” and forget to say uplifting and encouraging words to each other.

On the contrary, what could be the norm are hurried exchanges about the kids and/or work and the chores, or maybe even shouting speaking-with-raised-voices matches caused by exhaustion and the inability to connect with each other on a deeper level.

Believe me, I know. I’m guilty of this. (Please tell me I’m not the only one?) [click to continue…]

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on September 24, 2014 · 1 comment · Catholic, Family

Yesterday, September 15, was the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. It was indeed a sorrowful day for me, because I had yet another ‘mommy meltdown.’ *sighs*

This parenting thing is truly challenging, and — in the spirit of keeping it real here and in the hope of giving you some encouragement — I just want you to know that, if you’re facing a difficult day and feel like throwing in the towel, (1) don’t do it and (2) know that you are not alone.

It may actually surprise you but I’d like to believe that even Our Blessed Mother herself must have had difficult days. (Of course, compared to me, she might have handled things A LOT better. I don’t think she ever became a “monster mama,” do you?!)

Still, life as the mother of Jesus — the Son of God Himself — must have been very challenging, to say the least. The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is there to remind us of that.

That’s why I shared a bit about what we can learn from Mama Mary, particularly as Our Lady of Sorrows, in my monthly post on CatholicMom.com.

I’m going to head on over there right now, to remind myself of what I wrote! Care to join me? Just click on the image below — and if you want, come back here so we can “talk” to each other about the lessons we can learn from Mary in the comments! :)

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Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on September 16, 2014 · 0 comments · Catholic, Family, God, Parenting, Truly Rich Reflections

“I’ve been working from home fulltime for almost a year now. Prior to giving birth to our youngest child last year, I was already working from home part-time, reporting to the office only twice a week.

I count myself truly blessed to have the current set-up I have now — balancing freelance writing/editing jobs, and PR and social media-related tasks (all from the comfort of our small but cozy apartment) while being a hands-on, household helper-less mom to our three kids, two of whom I homeschool. I know many moms would love to be able to stay/work at home while dedicating most of their time to their children, but can’t do so for one reason or another. I know they’d probably trade places with me if they could.”

Indeed, being a homeschooling WAHM without a helper/yaya (something that may be considered “strange” in our country!) has its own set of challenges. Read about how I “manage” things (or try to, ha, ha!), and get tips on “how to make a living while making a home” on Make It Blissful. Then come back here, and let’s talk about what “It Takes a Village” means for you! :)

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Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on September 14, 2014 · 1 comment · Family, Homeschooling, Truly Rich Tips, WAHM Tips

One fine morning, a few weeks ago, I took our youngest child with me to a quaint neighborhood cafe for her very first photo shoot. She was to “model” a line of organic clothing, namely Kate Quinn Organics — a U.S. brand that features products made from certified organic cotton grown using sustainable farming practices.

Locally, the brand is available at A.Ka Shop, which is an online boutique of eco-friendly baby and toddler clothes. I love how soft the Kate Quinn onesie and blanket we got from A.Ka are — plus, they look oh-so-stylish too!

Below is a peek at how Anne looks in the onesie (Photo credits to Martine. Please forgive my “wet hair” look! :) Ha, ha!).

Screen shot taken from MakeItBlissful.com :)

Screen shot taken from MakeItBlissful.com :)

To view more photos, and to find out more about Kate Quinn Organics and A.Ka Shop, do head over to the full feature on Make It Blissful!

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on September 12, 2014 · 1 comment · I Recommend

All homeschooling moms would probably agree with me when I say that teaching our children can be quite challenging at times. One thing I’ve learned over the years (which are not that many yet, I know) is that I need to be more flexible with my methods.

For example, my two older kids love making up their own stories. However, one of them doesn’t like to write (meaning practice writing) and the other is still learning how to write. This should not stop us, though, from documenting their thoughts and made-up stories. Usually, I try to write down their stories for them, or type them up on the computer. Sometimes, I let them make videos or audio recordings of themselves.

It was only recently though that I thought of helping my son set up a blog. I was actually inspired by fellow homeschooler Carissa’s son, who — at 7 years old — has his own blog. I thought that it would be a good way for our son to express his thoughts and get into the habit of writing, without having to convince him to physically write. (Am I the only homeschooling mom who struggles with getting handwriting practice done?! Please, please tell me that I’m not!) [click to continue…]

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on September 4, 2014 · 0 comments · Homeschooling, I Recommend