Why Looking Like A Mess May Make You A Better Mother

Picture this: hair pulled back in a bun…possibly soaking wet…and no makeup. I have just described how I look 85% of the time.

Who am I trying to impress? I have already snagged my handsome husband…..I could care less about what other people think about me. I may generally look like a hot mess but you will never see my kids that way!

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Why I Owe My Marriage To The Lord

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary.

I love my husband more than anything in this world but like other couples we have had our issues. It’s easy for couples to have a “perfect” marriage on Facebook or Instagram. However, there is no such thing as a perfect marriage. Couples disagree, fight, argue and sometimes just don’t like each other.

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The Loveland Castle

Castles are amazing to me. What would it have been like to live in something so big and extravagant? What’s even more amazing is that the Loveland Castle in Loveland, Ohio was built by one man! One man! That is insane!

Day 2 of the 2015 Thompson Family Vacation was spent at the castle.

I remember the first time I visited the castle as a child. I hope our visit today leaves a lasting impression on the kids like it did me when I was their age.

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A Night At The Cincinnati Museum Center

Okay so maybe we didn’t stay the night at the Cincinnati Museum Center but wouldn’t that be awesome? I can see it now….the kids would be walking around with Ben Stiller as the museum exhibits came to life. Wouldn’t that be something?

Day 1 of the 2015 Thompson Family Vacation was spent at the Cincinnati Museum Center. This was the first time my husband and kids had been there. I had went twice as a child and absolutely loved it! Continue reading

My First Love….My Daddy

Father’s Day.

The day we celebrate dads and stepdads. Not everyone has the luxury of having their biological father raise them. This is why stepdads and stepmoms are important too.

I was blessed to have my dad in my life. I grew up a daddy’s girl.  Wherever my dad was….I was right there! If he was out working on his ’66 Ford Mustang (which I LOVED) or working a side job…I wanted to be by his side. To me my daddy hung the moon. There’s a saying that says daddy’s are their sons first hero and their daughters first love. This was definitely true for me.

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Being Mary in a Stress Filled Martha World

Busy…busy…busy. The word that every woman knows. I’ve gotten to the point where it is hard for me to sit still because I am constantly busy. From work to the various (and I mean quite a few) organizations that I am either apart of or head-up, to taking care of the kids to just trying to be a mediocre (I’m really not too good at it) house wife.

Sometimes I get so busy and forget about the most important things to me…..my family and my faith. I am constantly volunteering or helping others that I don’t always get to just sit down and enjoy time with my family. I am a planner…which usually has me stressed out even more.

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The “Abe Lincoln Rock”

Ohh who doesn’t just love Abraham Lincoln? He was such an amazing man (can you tell he’s my favorite president of all time). It also helps that he was from Kentucky. All Kentuckians love when someone famous or someone of importance is from Kentucky too (don’t lie you know you do).

Well did you know that little ole Owsley County has a life-sized statue of Abraham Lincoln?

Guess what? Until about a year ago I didn’t either. This is a gem for our county and hardly anyone knows about it!

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Father’s Day Freebie

Father’s Day is such a special day. It’s a day devoted to telling all the great fathers just how awesome they are.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21 this year. For those moms who just can’t quite figure out what to get your husbands from the kids….I have a treat for you! I have created a Father’s Day freebie for moms to make a very special gift with the kiddos to give to dad next weekend.

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Splashing (FREE) Fun

With a family of six, free activities are ALWAYS the best! We love to be able to get the kids out of the house. We have to make our oldest daughter have “electronic free” days. I’m sure there are other moms out there that have the same struggle.

It’s summertime and it gets soooo hot. Unfortunately we don’t have a pool at home. Any water activity we can find is great and the kids have a blast. For all those near the Beattyville, Kentucky area do I have a treat for you. There is a FREE splash park at Happy Top! Everyone loves the word free….if you say you don’t you may be fibbing.

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Nightly Random Bible Readings

My husband and I have a nightly routine that includes reading our devotional and “random Bible readings.” Reading the Bible is important for everyone but also very important for couples. Getting closer to God on a personal level can help you in your relationships. Since my husband and I started going to church our marriage is better than it was when we started dating.

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My Experience As A “Mother”

I am the oldest of six kids. Yep….six! My parents divorced when my sister and I were little. We were the result of “puppy love.” My parents were married at a very young age…we won’t go into how old (young) they were. After getting divorced they both got remarried (this is where the other four siblings come in). My mom blessed us with two little brothers, and my dad blessed us with another brother and a younger sister.

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Welcome To The Southern Pearl

I had been throwing around the idea of starting a blog for a long time now. A few years ago I wanted to start one but the idea got thrown to the side. Then a few months ago the idea popped back into my head. I was torn and scared…obviously! What if I started a blog and no one read it? What if I was terrible at it? What if? What if? What if? Then finally I decided no more “what ifs” I was going to start one! My husband has been very supportive and even came up with the name The Southern Pearl. How awesome is that?

How did my husband come up with The Southern Pearl? Since before I can remember I have been obsessed with pearls! I have been accused of being an old woman at heart. I believe my Granny Vern is the cause of my love for pearls. I share her love for gotti jewelry but most definitely the love of pearls. I even have younger cousins who I have gotten to love pearls as well. You will very rarely see me with any other earrings besides my pearls.

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