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Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures

By melanie jean juneau, published on Jun 19, 2018

Imagine this scene.

Eight children sprawl limply on chairs, a Chesterfield and on the rug surrounded by pillows, comforters, and favourite stuffed toys. Everyone is moaning on and off with fever, lethargy, and itchy spots that are driving them crazy.

I dole out acetaminophen, rotate who gets an oatmeal bath (that brings temporary relief), continue the never-ending task of dabbing calamine lotion on chicken pox spots and in between these nursing chores, I scramble to fetch drinks and light snacks from the kitchen.

That was what my house looked... (more)

Tags: family humour, chicken pox, ceative thinking

Ingenuity And Creativity Are Birthed In Boredom

By melanie jean juneau, published on May 22, 2018

Relax, bored kids never stay bored for long.

Children thrive when they are given ample unscheduled play time. Free time to explore, use their imaginations to amuse themselves and even time to be bored because boredom is the birthplace of creativity and ingenuity.

Surrounded by babies and toddlers, I was not always free to run outside to solve every obstacle my kids faced as they played.

At first, I scrambled to help my kids with every problem with a newborn in my arms and perhaps a toddler wrapped around one of my legs. Finally, I realized that the best... (more)


Prenatal Memories

By melanie jean juneau, published on Apr 9, 2018

Most of my nine children were able to verbalize their womb and birth experiences if my husband and I posed questions before they were three and a half or four years old because most children can no longer remember after that age.

Science Confirms

The scientific community is beginning to research the phenomenon of preverbal memories. For example, see the study, Evidence of Learning and Memory in Fetuses Six Weeks Prior to Birth. The implications of similar scientific research for the pro-life movement is obvious; scientists are discovering that an unborn baby is not... (more)

Tags: prenatal memories, scientific evidence, ancient hebrew wisdom

Imagination is Better Than Mere Knowledge

By melanie jean juneau, published on Mar 15, 2018

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

Any... (more)

Tags: imagination, knowledge, einstein, intelligence

A True Story: The Baby and the Dog Food

By melanie jean juneau, published on Mar 7, 2018

Our second youngest child, Daniel, has always been pleasant and easy-going, even as a baby. His eyes are still twinkling and a slight smile graces his face. Most troubles seem to just roll off his back and his small smile often changes into a mischievous grin as he sits back on the fringes of our family stage and observes the emotional drama of his six sisters unfold. Daniel had learned a lot from observing his sisters.

One year, a high school religion teacher noticed Daniel's deep grasp of the feminine mind. During class discussions, after a few male students stumbled out vague answers... (more)

Tags: funny baby story, family humour, dog food, baby eats dog food

Prenatal Memories

By melanie jean juneau, published on Jan 13, 2018

A young child, who knows enough words to communicate, can describe their prenatal memories and their birth from their own unique perspective, not as an observer. Most of my nine children were able to verbalize their womb and birth experiences if my husband and I posed questions before they were three and a half or four years old because most children can no longer remember after that age.

Although my claims about prenatal memories might strike many modern readers as fanciful stories exaggerated by a proud mother, the truth is even the ancient Hebrews understood that prenatal infants... (more)

Tags: children, prenatal memories

During Christmas, I Found Joy in My Deepest Wounds

By melanie jean juneau, published on Jan 3, 2018

“In my deepest wounds, I saw your glory and it dazzled me.”- Saint Augustine.

Most people assume they will automatically feel cheerful during Christmas. Not only does the Church celebrate the birth of our Saviour with joy, secular society also promotes the idea that everybody is happy during this season, bombarding us with images in the media of lighthearted people giving gifts and enjoying each other’s company. In fact, there is so much pressure on people to be in good spirits during Christmas, many sink even deeper into depression when they are unable to force themselves to even crack... (more)

Tags: depression, the christmas spirit, real joy not happiness

A Near-Death-Experience

By melanie jean juneau, published on Nov 29, 2017

Exactly three years ago, I finally became cognizant of how thin the line between life and death really is when I nearly lost one of my daughters as she struggled to give birth. During labour, she almost bled out when she lost a litre of blood in mere seconds after an emergency C-section, the result of a series of unforeseen complications, a one-in-ten-thousand chance.

Life is Precarious

Of course, in a large teaching hospital with an excellent Maternity Ward, an emergency team of no less than ten people descended on her in the recovery room, whipped off the sheets and even her... (more)

Tags: life and death, giving birth

Learn to Dance With the Angels

By melanie jean juneau, published on Nov 29, 2017

Is joy at the heart of your life?

Most of us are deaf to God's invitation to join His glorious, cosmic dance. Yet, life in Christ is all about surrender, letting go of control, not labouring in our own puny strength to the point of exhaustion. In fact, once we have been purified and transformed, life in Christ is child’s play, a dance of joy.

Dancing demands a freed person, one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers. I praise the dance. O man, learn to dance, or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you. Saint Augustine Listen to the Children... (more)

Tags: dancing, joy, childlike freedom

Secrets to Great Marriage: Humility and a Sense of Humour

By melanie jean juneau, published on Nov 8, 2017

Surprisingly, my husband and I have become one in reality, deeply in tune with each other’s spirits even though we are still opposites in personality. Our tangible joy is inexplicable through secular eyes because from all outward appearances our life together has been a tough journey through poverty, raising nine kids, facing overwhelming chores on a small family farm and dealing with long-term, clinical depression.

How did our marriage survive never mind thrive?


I have always managed to keep our difficulties in perspective through humour. One of my jokes is on... (more)

Tags: tips for a successful marriage

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