Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Family Ever After

Family Ever After: Simple Ways to Achieve Perfect Happiness in an Imperfect Family Women frustrated with their marriage and their family will find the help they need to achieve greater happiness and success in their family in the new book, Family Ever After: Simple Ways to Achieve Extraordinary Happiness with Your Ordinary Family by stay-at-home mom, blogger, and ordinary family leader Michelle H. Packard. Family Ever After uses the fairytale concept that once you find your prince charming life is happily ever after. Michelle H. Packard knows this concept, while romantic, is not realistic, and she provides a practical, poignant, funny, and moving exploration of the simple ways you can help find greater happiness and satisfaction in your marriage and family. Packard says, “While the idea of happy ever after is distorted, you can, in fact, achieve a Family Ever After.” Family Ever After brings time-tested and well-researched principles to family life to help you learn specific ways to improve your marriage and your family, whether that family is ordinary or extraordinary. Using real-world examples of best practices and helping woman readjust their media-driven perception of what happily ever after means, Family Ever After gives readers a pragmatic, helpful, and entertaining exploration of:
  • How happiness in marriage and family life requires a more educated, real-world perspective
  • How proper prioritization and defining what’s important in marriage and family is key to success;
  • Why conflict is part of an ordinary family experience and how to peacefully resolve it;
  • How to cultivate a sense of humor;
  • How to develop a thoughtful and sincere habit of complimenting each member of your family;
  • How to improve family relationships with extended family members; and
  • Learning how to love a family member in the way they understand and accept that love
More than another how-to-have-a-perfect-family book, Family Ever After helps you gain the understanding and the practical skills of what makes ordinary families successful. Family Ever After is an essential and beautiful resource for all women who want to put more happiness in theirs and their family’s life.  
  Praise "Family Ever After is a must-read for every happily married Cinderella who wonders why she’s still holding the broom." --Rachelle J. Christensen, award-winning author of Wrong Number and Caller ID "Michelle is open enough to have given readers an intimate look into her life and those close to her, allowing us to learn from both painful and sweet experiences. Her self-reflective style and meaningful insights, if applied, would clearly make a profound impact in the lives of readers." --Shawn Edgington Ph.D.  

Every time I gaze through my front windows, I feel a tinge of guilt as I see the dust and sticks that remain in my hanging flower baskets. This is a deep guilt that extends through many years of failed flower baskets. I love flowers—really, really love flowers—but it has become apparent that I do not love my flowers enough. The interesting thing about my flowers is that when I planted them they were good; the soil was good and the climate was right. They had everything they needed to be healthy, happy, and beautiful. I saved up my money to buy my flowers and I enjoyed planning how they would look in their lovely pots. I was very diligent in my upkeep, being sure to water them, fertilize them, and give them little breaks needed from the heat of the western desert sun. Over time I would miss a day here and a day there, knowing they would be fine. As the summer got busier I began to fully neglect my flowers, they would wither and I would water them in hopes of revival. For the first month or so, the water would rejuvenate their withered frames, but each time I neglected them, they came back weaker than the time before. As the summer winds and storms came, my once beautiful flowers could not combat and eventually they were lost to the elements.
I soon realized how our families are so similar to my beloved flowers.
In the beginning it was easy and enjoyable to nourish our growing family. We had the money, the time, and the motivation. Over time it became more difficult to show our effort, enthusiasm, and love. The more we neglected family life and tried to revive it, the weaker it became. As our blue skies darkened and a storm breached our marriage, we were on the verge of what some would consider a marital “deal breaker.” 

michelle  Author Michelle Packard Michelle Packard is a mother to her four very human and totally fabulous kids. Her oldest, Ella is always in charge and leads the pack with creativity and curiosity, Daniel follows with loyalty and loves tenderly, Julia is a doll and always buzzing over something beautiful, and Jackson could hunt down the last sharpie on earth to create art on your bathroom wall. She has been married ten years and is quite taken with her guy. Date night is her favorite and she dreams of weekend getaways with her man. She loves creating beauty through floral design, but apparently has no gift with living flowers (They end of upside down and pressed in books). She finds parties alluring. They beckon her to invite people over, spend way too much time preparing food for murder mystery dinners, and totally enjoy friends and family. Michelle holds a bachelors degree in Home and Family Science from Brigham Young University. She has spent a great deal of time working with children and young adults and finds her greatest joy is happy families.
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