EXPRESS MARRIAGE TRENDS

Sophy on her wedding day in traditional attireWith Valentine day approaching people are looking for love and romance for a form relationships. So couples celebrate established meaningful, love fulfilling a family bond. Others also ready to settle down prepare and advertise for love in new ways using social media, Facebook post and was married six days later. The marriage took place quite quickly than the normal traditional longer process of a family searching and taking years for the marriage to be finalised. CHIDIMMA AMEDU, did exactly that advertising for love and marriage on Facebook. He found a beautiful wife who said, ‘he is the most handsome man I’ve ever met and I liked him instantly.” Those who use Facebook come across pretty strange posts in their time. But this time however the random friends requests, being added to groups you did not ask to join, and tags allows “friends” to marry. Others clog up timeline with posts or photos you don’t necessarily want. But a Nigerian man took it to a whole new level posted unusual advert. Chidimma Amedu put up a post on 30 December, asking women interested in being his wife to reply, he told the BBC.Chidimma Amedu on his wedding day

The proposal

“Am of age to and I am ready to say I do and am wasting no time. “Send in your applications – the most qualified will be married on January 6, 2018. Application closes 12 midnight 31/12/2017 he posted. He followed up with subsequent posts. ‘Am serious about this oh and don’t say you did not see it on time Good luck.’ He received a couple of responses, but one from Sophy Ijeoma is someone special who caught his attention. She wrote in her reply “Am interested, just DM me… lols,” her post read. At first, she thought it was a joke and she simply replied to keep thread flowing. A direct message from him to her inbox, followed by a Facebook call, would change her life’s trajectory. Chidimma placed the advert initially as a joke but became optimistic when Sophy said she was interested. So two days after their first conversation, he travelled some 500km (300 miles) from his home in the northern city of Abuja, to Enugu in the east where she lived. She had been waiting for him outside a retail store and in true fairy-tale style, “it was love at first sight”, she recalled. “He is the most handsome man I’ve ever met and I liked him instantly.”The couple on their wedding day in Igbo attire

After 2 hours of awkward conversation, he asked her to go to meet an uncle who incidentally is also resident in Enugu. So he asked what was going through her mind at the time, she said she thought it was all a bit of a joke but was excited about it and thought Chidimma was also quite an interesting character. “We got to the uncle’s house and he said: ‘Uncle, meet the woman I want to marry.'” Like Chidimma his family don’t seem to hang about when it comes to getting things done because uncle gave his approval. The couple are friends on Facebook for over a year but never spoken to each other before the advert. Getting family backing for your choice of spouse is an essential part of Igbo culture. Whereas picking your future wife from dozens of respondents to a Facebook marriage advert and marrying her in six days is decidedly not. At this point in their day-old relationship, it was beginning to dawn on Sophy that this fellow was not playing, but how do you commit to marrying someone you only just me. She would not comment on whether they had even shared as much as a kiss at that point, but maintained she was captivated by how focused, determined her new fiancé was. “When I saw him for the first time, I definitely found him attractive, but what I didn’t know was how serious he was about marrying me. “It was after we met the uncle and his wife, I realised that this could actually happen and I wanted it.”A family member felicitate with the couple

The engagement

It was now her turn to worry about how she was going to get the approval of her family to marry a guy she had just met on Facebook. But they had momentum going for them. Having met and fallen in love at first sight, or first message, if you like, and getting Chidimma’s uncle’s approval, couple decided to complete the cycle by visiting Sophy’s family the same day. Approval from the family is essential in Igbo tradition and Sophy recounted how she relayed information to her mother. Her dad passed away, and her mum said she did not have a final word in terms of giving approval for her to be married, so up to Sophy’s elder brother to give his blessings. It appears the odds firmly in their favour as Sophy’s brother gave his blessings too. So after a few questions from her brother it became official. Chidimma and Sophy were engaged to be married in six days.The happy couple cutting their cake

On the rebound?

Last year Chidimma was engaged to another woman and the wedding was scheduled for December, but then that relationship fell apart in March leaving him dejected. As December approached, the disappointment of not being able to fulfil his dream of getting married made him put up the post, he said. In wedding it was a blend of old and new “I had the desire to get married, had date in mind, but no bride, decided to place an advert as a joke, but I was open and up for it.”  Asked whether she knew about earlier engagement and her thoughts on how this seemingly rushed marriage might be seen as a rebound, Sophy dismissed any suggestions that her relationship was not well thought through. “I don’t care about that when you see what you want, you go for it.” They are friends on Facebook for more than a year, but had never met or spoken to each other until the advert. Am interested just DM me… lols” was all it took for the union to be formed. Sophy admitted her friends were sceptical about the whole thing, while some are still in disbelief, but as she said: “When you see the one, you will know he is the one.” And they got married on 6 January in a traditional Igbo ceremony, and posted photos of wedding day on Facebook of course to the amusement of the social media community. Chidimma put up a post saying people may have thought he had been joking but clearly wasn’t. And as expected there was mixed reactions, but mainly a lot of support for the couple. They hope to have a church wedding in April and honeymoon somewhere nice.

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GOD’S IMAGE IN MANKIND

coloBible in Colossians 3:9-10 says put on new self in the image of God. The image of God is physical features of mankind. Isaiah saw God like a man sitting on the throne in heaven. God also reveals himself physically visibly to people all over the world including the 70 elders of Israel who ate and dined with God and Moses on the mountain. Jesus said, when you see Him you see the Father God in visible form.  Therefore mankind is made in the image of God according to Genesis. This means God is not an invisible blob too large to be contained by the universe as some think. Mankind has both God’s physical features and the God like qualities of God. As a result God’s human shape is replicated in diverse shapes, forms, and sizes not to make clones of any particular kind. God does not favour any variety of humans above another. As far as God is concerned, the standard for being like HIM is to do what Jesus says by drawing close to God. Those who draw near to God, in return God draws near to them and reveals HIMSELF to them more. Like any friendship or any marriage agreement God is in Covenant with mankind so deeply loves people and wants to have personal relationship with each one.world_pulse_2

This implies, God is the Ultimate standard all varieties of people are to look up to no matter where they live, look like, sound like or what they do in life. God wants all mankind to maintain HIS physical image and live according to God’s expectations.  This means each person is to aim to be more like Jesus who came to dwell among mankind to demonstrate the love of God on earth. Therefore rather than focus on turning people into another person each person is focus on looking more like Jesus. Unfortunately, so much time and resources are invested into turning humans into the clones of other human beings. It seems trying to be like a famous ‘idol’ makes some people think they will gain more confidence. Sadly this is never-ending until they stop looking outside themselves they need confidence in God. Some are have a false sense of self-esteem so go to extra lengths by surgery to imitate and mimic Barbie and others they want to look like. This opens doors for others to capitalise on their insecurities and opportunists fuel this insecurities to cause damage to people.22280731_135895917137860_4145777591179018240_n

Many live with irreparable scars as a result of superficial vanity of never-ending search of perfection. So search for mirage of unattainable perfection turning them into more into Frankenstein. As a result air brushed models create false dolled up superficial images imposed on society. Some whites turn themselves into black using chemicals and tablets to look as they want to fit into black community. Young people become susceptible to these false images and peer pressure creates unhealthy eating patterns to maintain false self-identity. Kim Kardashian recently took off the make up and posted her natural self-image. Her followers complained until she reposted the image they prefer of her. Another famous supermodel Cindy Crawford was told she looked so glamorous and really good on a recent cover of a magazine she replied, “she wished she looked so in real life. Many famous people are airbrushed and wear size zero because the industry prefers a certain image only. This has spilled over into work where people employed based on their looks, shapes and sizes. This unhealthy practice is now even now forced on children wanting to dress like their idols and bullying those who prefer to remain in their image.1bd58822a39ca112a1bd634289f33330--black-women-beauty-black-women-art

The Bible says, do not lie to one another, seeing you have put off the old self with its practices and put on the new self renewed in knowledge after image of the Creator. It is unGodly to force people to conform to the image of others deemed superior to damage their skin with carcinogenic chemicals used to bleach the skin. Others are banned from keeping natural look seen as unfit due to the highlighted phenomenon of colourism. Others deliberately choose white babies in vitro conception although both People catfish the image of others pretending to be somebody else they are not due to insecurity to be revealed. There is ” white” person on earth because everyone has shades of melanin from albinism to black. So those misled by adverts,   like cargo cult of skin color abandon their natural look to imitate preferred image seen as more beautiful. The natural look movement is fighting back by encouraging people to celebrate God’s image in them. This global trend promotes an acceptance of self-image and appreciation of natural beauty. This helps to overcome propaganda that started during slavery and colonialism banning people from wearing the cultural costumes, wearing natural hair styles, speaking mother tongues and eating organic healthy native foods.

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It is important to understand the pressures put on people to promote the cosmetic industry to the detriment of health. Many developed incurable skin conditions by bleaching their skins, pumping industrial chemicals into their body to alter their body shapes and tanning under radiation or Sun rays to look darker. It is an irony the whites are doing liposuction to bulk up certain body parts while the blacks are whitening their skin to turn look lighter. These extremes cost money and time that could have been used wisely. God could have easily created clones on earth to look exclusively like one particular shape, colour, size or sound. Yet God chose to create diversity and variety of HIMSELF to manifest HIS GLORY and wonders through HIS creation. It is complete ignorance to look at another person resentfully to condemn them as inferior based on colourism and false preferences. Celebrate and love you image in God. You did not purchase your original image, colour, shape or size or who are yourself from a supermarket. It is God’s decision to create perfect just as you are in HIS IMAGE. Have confidence in God’s image of you and believe you are equally as beautiful as what you see in others. It is an insult to God to project insecurities and racism on others created by God through no fault of their own as God naturally made them.

 

THE LONDON FIRE OF 1666

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London fire of 1666 that happened 351 years ago on Sunday 2 September, is well known all over the world. Songs sang about the fire as written was sung as follows: London is burning, London is burning, Fetch the engines, Fetch the engines, Fire fire, fire, fire, pour on water, pour on water. London is burning, London is burning, fire fire, fire, fire, pour on water, pour on water. This song was sang continuously and repeatedly as long as the time allowed and was permitted. It was a miracle fewer people died so the official toll was six although in the aftermath of the fire more people died later from related causes. Such as homelessness, displacement, lynchings, and blaming Catholics for starting the fire. Despite the fact that the fire started from a baker’s oven and could have been averted, delay of order to contain and curb the fire caused it to inflame beyond human control.  The most interesting thing about the London fire is that, often most living history books on the fire do not mention the prophetic warnings issued before the fire occurred. This warning is documented in: Theological Works of the Reverend Charles Leslie, 1832, available from https://books.google.co.uk as recorded in a book on Theology.1666-2016-london-fire-babylon-the-great-burning
Solomon Eccles, a Quaker preacher and prophet, went naked through Bartholomew fair the year before the fire of London with a pan of fire upon his head, warning people to repent or fire will destroy the city of London. Charles’s next, sharper message in 1665 warned of the risk of fire from the narrowness of streets and authorised both imprisonment of recalcitrant builders and demolition of crowded buildings. Like the fire of Sodom and Gomorrah and modern fire of Grenfell Tower among other fires globally, often these warning signs are then ignored and the messengers mocked and ridiculed by the very people whose lives would be saved from the fire. Time and time again history records tragedy that could be averted yet somehow people ignore it take things for granted. In His Mercy and Grace, Almighty God sends such advance warnings repeatedly until time runs out. The purpose of allowing fires is mostly to shake awaken mankind from their slumber of sleep of indifference and debauchery. When all avenues of communication fails, due to break down of the relationship between God and mankind, it forces God’s Hands to take extreme measures to compel people to comply or be beaten into submission for their own good. And this also prevents a worse and bigger relentless disaster.    maxresdefault
Left to human devices, the status quo was alright as far as people are concerned. However, from God’s perspective life has taken a turn not pleasing to God. Often some people think God is archaic and draconian so no longer relevant in modern sophisticated society. The irony is that, whether mankind heeds God’s warning signs or not God does exactly as HE says. Once again, the New Year has started and to some it is business as usual. However, the trends and challenges faced globally are all part of God’s Sat Nav warning systems of the directions making is heading in general. There are numerous warnings and the Bible clearly speaks of action God is taking to enforce changes if mankind refuses to change or submit to God’s Authority’s and Rule. It is not a choice of whether one believes in God or not, but rather imminent global storms, thunders, floods, fires, hailstorm, meteorites among ammunitions used by God to force people to rethink their choices and actions in life.london-1666.jpg
These warnings signs are clearly written in Revelations in the Bible yet most people unaware of the connection between daily life occurrences, weather impact and future eternal life. Every action by all the people on earth are meticulously documented by God in the Book of Life. Take a look at storm patterns and weather charts, earthquakes, volcanoes in the world and definitely things are alarmingly different. Consequences of mankind’s ‘evil inventions’ as God calls them distorted nature and has brought about irreparable damage to earth. Global toxic waste polutions among chem trails destroy natural weather patterns, food chain and carbon cycles essential for food remedies for good health. The pursuit of happiness as, ” lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” is extended into seeking adventure at all cost even if the environment is destroyed. So unpredictable storms, floods, sand dunes, rapid coastal erosions, ice mcap melting are all assigned as “the acts of God” of God. Although God is not responsible for the root causes of the damages and the destruction it accurate and correct to say God put actions in place by laws of nature violated implodes800px-Keeling-fire-engine-illustrationkeeling-fire-engineMoLFireEngineEdit_install 
Therefore, whether religious or not “God Corrects those HE LOVES.  It seems harsh to say, burnt down places, floods, tsunamis destroying expensive homes and the nuclear tragedy suffered as a result is “love.” But the alternative of not taking notice to reflect eventually culminates into worse disaster than London fire or Sodom and Gomorrah. This is because these places are rebuilt and restored even better than before and exist today. Despite the destructions life continues fairly normally like any place on earth. However, the difference unfolding now is the end time warnings taking place now will continue until some parts have no relief so cannot be rebuilt. Tragically, it is not only physical suffering material loss, famines, droughts, poverty, wars, death, it is fulfilment of the warnings of God’s Wrath in the Bible. Sadly, these Biblical messages and warnings often mocked as religious fundamentalism so ignored. Yet unless people begin to listen and reconnect with God there is perpetual unquenchable hellfire and damnation without reprieve or second chance to rebuild. Only God knows exact days of unfolding WRATH so worth taking life seriously to be God’s Chosen Children. All people are God’s creatures but all are not God’s Children who will live in God’s Kingdom through KING JESUS eternal Reign. Know difference and be saved from total annihilation and subsequent hell fire in Jesus Name.

YOU LOOK LIKE CHRISTMAS

Best-Christmas-Greeting-Card“Christmas is usually a noisy party: we could use a bit of silence, to hear the voice of Love.” Christmas is you, when you decide to be born again each day and let God into your soul. Christmas pine is you when you resist vigorous winds and difficulties of life because of Jesus Christ the hope of Glory in you. HOL033-G-01Christmas decorations are you, when your virtuous colours adorn your life. The Christmas bell is you, when you call, gather and seek to unite. You are a Christmas light, when you illuminate with your life the path of others with kindness, patience, joy and generosity. The Christmas angels are you, when you sing to the world a message of peace, justice and love.efdffd5e29e003a571e7cac928d871ef The Christmas star is you, when you lead someone to meet the Lord. You are also the wise men, when you give the best you have no matter who. Christmas music is you when you conquer the harmony within you. The Christmas gift is you when you are truly friend and brother of every human being. The Christmas card is you when kindness is written in your hands. The Christmas greeting is you when you forgive and restablish peace, even when you suffer. 6365-inspirational-christmas-quotesThe Christmas dinner is you, when you sated bread and hope to the poor man who is by your side. You are Christmas night when humble and conscious, you receive in silent night the Saviour Jesus of the world without noise or great celebrations; you are a smile of trust and tenderness, in the inner peace of perennial Christmas that establishes God’s Kingdom within you. A very Merry Christmas for all those who look like Christmas.

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THE DRY BONES COME ALIVE

valley-of-dry-bones-300x225Vision of Ezekiel in Ezekiel 37:1-14 in Valley of Dry Bones reveals Mighty miracles of God restoring dead back to life Supernaturally. The Valley of Dry Bones shows The Hand of the LORD on Ezekiel brought out by Spirit of LORD set in middle of valley. This significant miracle is representative of restoration from lowest moments in life as the Lilly of Valley Jesus is LORD even in graves. Ezekiel 37 Valley of Dry Bones Prophecy to dead bones says to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what Sovereign LORD says to the bones living breath enter bones to live again.23-john-roddam-spencer-stanhope-the-vision-of-ezekiel-valley-of-the-dry-bones.jpgMiracles happen in Bible showing Jesus bringing back dead alive. Lazarus died 4 days, like others alive today resurrected from death after 3 months in mortuary Nigerian pastor working with Reinhard Bonke. It well-known all over the world many people raised from death through God’s Mighty power in Jesus Name. As end time Prophecy predicts dead people will be raised by Trumpet Call of God. In line with Joel’s Prophecy God reveals in Visions and dream God’s secrets to HIS prophets. In the vision seen by Ezekiel, God assured Ezekiel that no matter how dead the situation is HIS people will be regenerated alive again resurrected. 

the-prophet-ezekielWith God all things are possible in the Valley of Dry Bones because The Hand of the Lord was  Ezekiel. God brought him out by Spirit of the LORD to set him in middle of a valley full of bones to test his faith. God led him back and forth among a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones very dry. God asked him “Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know. God said, “Prophesy to the bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear word of the LORD! The Sovereign LORD says to the bones God will make breath enter you and you will come to life. God will attach tendons to you, make flesh come on you cover you with skin God will put breath in you, you will come to life, you will know I AM LORD God ALMIGHTY.

IMG_20171220_165333Supernaturally Ezekiel prophesied as he was commanded. As prophesying, there was noise, rattling sound wind so bones came together bone to bone. He looked, and saw tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then God said, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man and say, ‘The Sovereign LORD days: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into slain to come alive. So prophesied and commanded me breath entered them; they came to life, stood on their feet as a vast army. God said: “Son of man these bones are people of Israel who say our bones are dried up our hope is gone so cut off so prophesy say to them: ‘The Sovereign LORD says to My people I will open your graves to bring you from them to bring you back to land of Israel as God did in 1948 and previous years from slavery in Egypt. moses_picGod says to My people know I AM LORD God so will open your graves and bring you from them. God will put HIS Spirit in you and you will live and settle you in your own land again. Then you will know LORD God has spoken and done it declares the Lord. The New Jerusalem is Second resurrection preparation that is taking place revealed visions confirms the word is forevermore. A New heaven will be experienced in Rapture as Jesus gets ready to come for Believers. Jesus is interceding daily with saints for God to have mercy on HIS creation and shorten evil days or none on earth will survive. the-new-shambhalaGod showed open heavens with Moses pleading with God to save and deliver humanity. God sent Moses to Pharaoh in Egypt to deliver God’s people with help of Angels. Moses in vision is reminding God of Trumpet Calls warning all people on earth with eager expectation of the Rapture of the resurrected dead living in Christ to have hope. Only God knows the exact day or time but twice in vision repeated second time, dead arose alive. Those in white linen in previous dream seen in the book of life begin walked in a long procession. Each one was saying, ” The Trumpet Calls” The Trumpet Calls, The Trumpet Calls was what they said repeatedly while matching on. I turned to people next to me asking them do you understand The Trumpet Call of God? It means Jesus will appear in clouds for all those whose names are found written in people of Book of life.”  Shopping in Oxford Street (file picture)The whole world goes through turmoil daily at the crossroads pursued by the ‘Pharaohs’ against God’s people. There is a tendency to look at the natural events to be tempted to lose confidence in God. However God is reminding His Children that no matter what enemy throws at them God is still in Control on Throne. It may seem sometimes as if God does not even care about humanity. But the truth is God cares deeply so working behind scenes to allow people to hear Gospel. It is reason God delays Rapture to ensure many people hear about Trumpet Call.OXYGEN Volume 10Today when you hear the voice of God do not harden your heart like Pharaoh to be destroyed and perish. God is still so gracious and merciful so will forgive all who turn to God in repentance. Do not gain the whole world to lose your soul. The material possessions of this world including land, resources and material things cannot be compared with LOVE OF GOD WHICH PASSES ALL HUMAN UNDERSTANDING. Do earn a living and be as rich as you can be but must never forget your Creator and maker God. So fear God who destroys the body and the soul but restores back life eternally as seen in the Ezekiel valley of dry bones. When the Trumpet sounds the dead in Christ will first come alive joined by the living in the rapture meet Jesus in the clouds and be taken into heaven before Armageddon battle starts to destroy God haters. Be sure to belong to God, have confidence in God and Trust God in Jesus Name. God Loves you so receive God’s gift of eternal life in Christ.

MOTHER/SON RELATIONSHIP

Mother son relationship is profound extending into lifetime adulthood and beyond into eternity. Here re some tips on how to develop and nurture healthy, strong relationship with your son! As a mother you’re always getting advice on how to raise your kids. If you have a son, you might be warned against coddling him and told to “cut the apron strings.” But what does it really mean to have a good mother-son relationship? Sure, you don’t want to be one of those moms who hovers and panics at the site of tears or a small cut, but you want your little boy to know you will always be there for him. Here are some tips on how to build and maintain a healthy, strong relationship with your son.

How Can You Build a Strong Bond?
Here are five steps you can take to develop a healthy relationship with your little boy:

  1. Teach Your Son Important Life Skills
    It’s important for you to teach your child how to grow into an independent adult. Perhaps your son can cook and clean with you every once in a while, or maybe you can help him sew the eye back onto his favorite stuffed animal. Not only will this allow you to bond in a unique way, but it will help your son gain confidence. He’ll be sure to thank you when he has to teach his college roommate how to do laundry.
  2. Spend Quality Time Together Doing the Things He Loves
    Whether your son loves to play video games, build with Legos or go bike riding, make an effort to do his favorite things together. He’ll appreciate the fact that you took an interest in his interests!
  3. Help Him Build Strong Relationships With Others
    Your son’s relationship with you will have a major impact on his relationships with all the other important people in his life. Nurture his relationship with his father, encourage friendships with boys and girls, schedule time for grandparents and older relatives and provide opportunities for mentors. Here are some tips on How to Nurture the Dad-Bond.
  4. Respect and Trust Each Other
    Your relationship with your little boy will play a major role in his emotional development. By forming a bond built upon mutual trust and respect, you can teach your son to also respect himself, as well as others.
  5. Be Human
    By being open about your mistakes and downfalls, you can reinforce the idea that no one’s perfect. This will help your son feel more comfortable in his own skin.

Can You Nurture This Relationship Over Time?
Like all mothers, you will encounter lots of trials and tribulations during your parenting journey. But by continuing to build and nurture your relationship with your son, you can handle any obstacles that come your way together. Here are four steps you should take to maintain a strong bond:

  1. Continue to Make Time to Talk One-on-One
    Be honest with your son as much as you staying age appropriate. And be sure to listen and really listen when he talks to you. It’s important that he knows he can come to you with his problems and concerns.
  2. Build Up Independence
    As your child gets older, you need to learn when to let go and allow him to take on the world on his own. Every kid needs a chance to make his own mistakes and learn life lessons.
  3. Know When to Stay Out of It
    When it comes to certain topics, like relationships, be careful that you don’t come off as overbearing. If you give too many opinions or unwanted advice, you risk the possibility that your son will feel the urge to rebel against you. But if he comes to you in this situation, be sure to be as tactful as possible. Try to remember that anyone your son cares for must have some redeeming qualities, and it’s your job to try to see the good he sees in his significant other.
  4. Avoid Battle of Wills (Especially During the Teenage Years)
    There’s no one more hardheaded than a teenage boy who’s determined to have his way. But that doesn’t mean you should let your son walk all over you. Just do your best to avoid getting into arguments or yelling matches, as they are never the best solution. Instead, try to have levelheaded conversations in which each person listens to the other’s point of view. Lay out why and how you came to a decision that may have upset him, but feel confident that you made the right call. With a balance of freedom, boundaries, rules and independence, you’ll show your son that you care for his safety but respect his ability to make some decisions for himself.

Do you have more tips on how to foster a healthy mother-son relationship? Tell us in the comments below!

Kit Arbuckle writes for numerous publications specializing on topics such as parenting, health and education. She has two teenage sons that inspire her every day.