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ANOUNCEMENT!! I have begun an important new blog: FranPitre.com October 19, 2011

This is BIG!

Dear Twinning Attitude followers,

Please do me the honor of going to:

FranPitre.com

my new blog in which I provide information, advice, tips, resources and solutions for other moms of multiples!

Please check it out and give me your feedback … FranPitre.com will be the site in which I will blog from here on because I have a true desire to help support and assist other moms of twins (or more) with challenges they may have, to provide answers to questions, and solutions to problems … many of which I’ve probably experienced for myself over the years while being the mom of three sets of twins!

Thank you so much!!

~ fran

 

UPDATE: Amy’s (TRUE) Miracle! November 27, 2010

Filed under: News and info to share!,Update!,Well-wishes! — twinningattitude @ 12:17 pm

A couple of months ago, Twinning Attitude! posted an appeal for prayer and support for Amy and Shannon Trahan. Amy was in the depths of her battle with Choriocarcinoma, a rare reproductive system form of cancer. I’ve been receiving updates on Amy and her preemie baby girl Anna from her wonderful nurse, Kim. Kim recently expressed how miraculous Amy’s continuing recovery, as well as how baby Anna’s growth and well-being, are going! Amy, now able to do her own blogging, posted the below comment on her blog: Amy’s Miracle, about 3 weeks ago:

The last weeks have been a big adjustment. I got released from the hospital on the 15th a day before my princess Amanda’s 16th birthday. I have been more thankful then ever for all the support I have had from the community. God, our church, family, and friends. All the love has helped me so much in my recovery. I have been admitted to the hospital for the next few days for a big round of Chemo. My numbers are looking good so I should be released soon. I am so excited to see baby Anna. She is doing so good. What a beautiful baby. My legs are getting stronger and I am able to walk without a walker … this has been big for me. I love you all and can’t wait for the day I can share my testimony with everyone. God is great!

Love,  Amy M. Trahan


Amy, we’re SO RELIEVED and HAPPY for you and your family. God truly is GREAT! We look forward to hearing your testimony with everyone!

Please visit: amysmiracle.com for further updates on this amazing lady’s battle and ongoing victory!

 

Please pray for four lives that ended too soon September 27, 2010

Filed under: Let's talk about ...,News and info to share! — twinningattitude @ 9:46 pm

Early Sunday morning, September 26, 2010, a truck carrying four teenagers from Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma, Louisiana crashed and took the lives of all four passengers. The teens (two boys, two girls) were nearly home while returning from the LSU football game in Baton Rouge Saturday night. The entire high school and community of Houma is struck and terribly saddened by the loss of these four young lives. Although it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it is suspected that alcohol may have been involved, or it may have simply been a case of the driver falling asleep at the wheel.

Grief counselors and other sources of support have converged on Vandebilt to assist the peers and families of the four lost teens.

Online article:  http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20100926/BREAKING/100929403

Although parents do their best to aid their children in the grief process, they often look for additional assistance and guidance. Being a faith community, it’s important that Vandebilt turn to the basis of their foundation for guidance. Mass has been said today in several neighboring Catholic parishes, as well as at Vandebilt itself. Many parish pastors, priests, nuns and lay ministers will most certainly a source of consolation and counsel.

Vandebilt Catholic High School, Houma, Louisiana (the high school I'm proud to call my alma mater)


http://www.vandebiltcatholic.org/home.html

Coping with the deaths of friends and family is overwhelmingly difficult for adults, but children and teens perceive this experience differently than grown-ups. I recall having a very unsettling, disturbing experience for weeks following the tragic death of a classmate just before the start of our senior year. The year after our graduation, we lost another classmate. It doesn’t make sense at all to reason about the deaths of young people so tragically just as their lives are beginning. We all remember the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy, and most recently, the tornado-caused disaster at Enterprise High School that took eight young lives. So much is senseless about these events, but in some cases, as perhaps in this Houma tragedy, the reality and deadliness of driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while overly tired are bitter lessons and realities to face.

Although Christians take comfort in knowing that there is a glorious, eternal life awaiting after death, coming to terms and facing their own mortality is very traumatizing for teens, and all the while they’re grieving the loss of a close friend or perhaps sibling.

What is your experience with the loss of a peer? Did you lose a classmate tragically (either to illness or injury) while in your teens? Has your own child experienced the loss of a friend?

As parents, we want desperately to comfort, reassure and give hope to our suffering child. Catholic/Christian resources and sources of counsel can be especially helpful at this time. Allowing and encouraging your child to grieve, to experience the seven stages of grief will be the most healthy, healing path to wellness and wholeness once again.

Please visit: http://www.recover-from-grief.com/7-stages-of-grief.html

Although there are many resources to help parents and their children deal and cope with grief, one source of resources is Solace Tree, where you’ll find many sources for assistance and comfort as you and your child experience the painful, confusing stages of grief and loss.

Visit: http://www.solacetree.org/bookstore

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16

 


 

 

Heavenly Father, please welcome your children into your warm, loving arms where they shall spend eternity in glory praising your name. For the sorrowful friends and family members left behind, please also wrap them in your arms where you can comfort and remind them of your promise the of eternal life, where they will one day be reunited with their loved ones.

Amen.


 

Thank you Double Up Books! September 14, 2010

Filed under: Announcement!,News and info to share!,Thank you! — twinningattitude @ 9:14 am

Welcome Double Up Books – The Premier Bookstore for Twins, Triplets & More … as the latest source to carry TWINS x 3!

Double Up Books specializes in books about twins and multiples for both parents and children. They’re the right place for the best selection of twins books, triplet books & more…

Double Up Books is a full-service twins bookstore featuring books about parenting and raising twins, twin and multiples pregnancy, breastfeeding twins and multiples, childproofing for twins, twin and multiples psychology, twin baby memory books and more!  They also sell a handpicked selection of parenting, family, relationships, home life and children’s books too!

Please visit: http://www.doubleupbooks.com

to browse, shop and check out all the amazing books and products for families of multiples!

 

Amy’s Miracle September 13, 2010

Filed under: News and info to share!,Well-wishes! — twinningattitude @ 2:36 pm

Amy kisses Anna

Meet Amy, a 33-year-old Jacksonville mom of three beautiful children who I heard about through a mutual friend. In early 2010, Amy and her husband Shannon discovered that they were going to have twins to add to their already 2 children, Amanda and Shannon, Jr. During her sixth month of pregnancy, something went terribly wrong. She was hospitalized because of severe, painful coughing, and the doctors soon discovered that, while pregnant, Amy had developed a very rare form of cancer called Choriocarcinoma. Because her illness became immediately life-threatening, both babies were delivered. Although she lost one of the babies, baby Anna (born at just 2 lbs.) survived and has presently reached approximately 4 lbs. Amy is still very ill and in the hospital being treated for her illness, and until recently was on life support.

Please go to Amy’s blog, read her story, and reach into your heart to help support this amazing family with a donation of any amount.

This family needs our prayers and support for many months to come. Let’s be there for them.

Visit: http://amysmiracle.com

Thank you, and God bless you all!

 

Queen of Peace Catholic Radio in Jacksonville, Florida! August 5, 2010

Filed under: Exciting Events!,News and info to share! — twinningattitude @ 10:15 pm

Tomorrow, Friday, August 6th from 5-6 pm, I’ve been graciously invited to sit down and chat for one hour on WQOP’s Friday Live Radio Show, which regularly features and spotlights local guests and ministries! If you’re interested in listening, please check out:

Queen of Peace Radio AM 146o WQOP and AM 1600 WZNZ, Jacksonville, FL

Please call the station between 5-6 pm ET and share your comments on the book TWINS x 3, as we will be discussing various aspects of the book in detail, and we’d love your personal comments!

Queen of Peace Radio is a warm, familiar Catholic listening source here in Jacksonville, featuring informational and inspiration programs daily. The station director, Mr. Tom Moran, and all of the WQOP staff members and personalities, are well-known for their trusted voice and giving spirit throughout our large Catholic community made up of dozens of local parishes throughout the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Please give a couple minutes of your time tomorrow with your TWINS x 3 comments, and also please consider making a donation that will greatly support this wonderful station and its cherished programming.

The call-in phone number is 904-241-3311

and/or visit their website and listen LIVE at http://www.qopradio.com

 

A Priceless Guide for all new moms! July 9, 2010

Filed under: News and info to share!,Reviews ... — twinningattitude @ 12:53 pm

… and also for new dads and new grandparents, too!

translated and edited by Gea Meijering

For those moms out there like me that had wished our baby had come with written instructions, here they are! Gea Meijering’s “The First 8 Days of Being a Mom” is the book every new mom should keep at easy reach from her last trimester through that first, frightening, uncertain, mysterious week following delivery. Instead of wondering, guessing and running to the phone to call your health professional, open The First 8 Days and you’ll probably find the answer, instructions, solution, and reassurance you’re looking for. As a mom of three sets of twins, I would have LOVED to have this manual at my fingertips following EACH delivery!

Originally published in the Netherlands, The First 8 Days was recently edited and translated into English by author Gea Meijering.  Thanks Gea!

This day-by-day manual includes:

• Newborn care

• Maternal care and recovery

• ‘How-to’ pictures and illustrations

• Explanations in plain English

• Room to add special memories

“ The First 8 Days of Being a Mom is a wonderful,  practical guide for new moms. It’s an invaluable resource to tell you what is normal, what to expect and what to do for and your baby’s first 8 days together.”

~ Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, authors of  “Your Best Birth”


Please visit: http://www.thefirst8days.com

or more information and to order you own copy today!

Also makes a GREAT baby shower gift!