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Tamara L. McFadden
Seattle Washington
Mother, Wife and Believer in Jesus Christ!
Interests: There is nothing better than sitting on a porch on a warm summer night in a really great chair or swing, eating good food, and reading a great book, or better yet talking and laughing with people you love. To me that is Heaven! I love to travel and see how the world lives. I love meeting new people and hearing their story. Everyone has a great story! I love being with my family. I love to laugh really really hard. You know...the kind of laugh where you can't breathe. I love talking in an accent when I make dinner for my family. I always start out with a British accent, but quickly move over to an Italian accent and end up with a Hispanic accent with a touch of Irish. My kids act bothered, but I can always make them laugh in the end. I really love good food and cute aprons. I have many memories of my mother and grandmother in an apron making delicious food. Food=happiness! I love embarrassing and awkward moments. They give you something to laugh and talk about for the rest of your life! I love being a mother. I can't think of anything else I would want to do. I get to raise all these wonderful people to love and serve God and do remarkable things. What a great job! I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Knowing where I came from, who I am, why I am here and where I am going, gives me confidence, gives me peace and makes me happy. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I love everything it has to offer me and others. I am so blessed to have the knowledge of a loving Father in Heaven who hears and answers my prayers. A Savior that sacrificed so much to show me the way and provide the Gift of the Atonement so that I can return home with my family and friends. The knowledge that a young boy named Joseph Smith questioned what church he should join and asked his Heavenly Father in faith and saw a vision of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ and because of that miraculous vision, he helped restore the Gospel on the earth again and translate the Book of Mormon, another Testament of Jesus Christ. The scriptures help me to hear my Heavenly Father's voice. I love reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which is another Testament of Jesus Christ visiting the people in the America's after he was crucified and resurrected. I love that there is a living prophet on the earth today who still speaks to God and helps guide and direct our lives just like the ancient prophets in the Bible. I love quiet moments...because they rarely happen! I am blessed...
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Over the past week I have been trying to wrap my brain around the outcome of the Presidential Election. I have so much to say about it. I have written and rewritten this post. I wanted to vent all of my frustrations, so I wrote, read it, and then deleted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at The Porch Sitter
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I struggle with Hanging On to things that I should probably Let Go of. I’m not sure whether this is my personality or my gender…or both. I am amazed that my husband can just move forward no matter the situation or circumstance. Every day we are faced with the challenge... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at The Porch Sitter
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I get many phone calls this time of year from overwhelmed friends and loved ones that sometimes echo my own inner most feelings about the To Do’s of the Christmas Season. How do you stay focused and choose to do the most important and the most meaningful things during the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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I’m sitting in a pile of laundry right now…well, make that multiple piles of laundry. With 8 people living in this place you can imagine the GIANT pile stacked before me. But to say that it’s a GIANT pile really doesn’t do it justice. This is not my favorite assignment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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We all go through highs and lows. Life is ever-changing and just when you think you have a handle on things, something shifts and you find yourself having to make adjustments…such is life! Sometimes though, the lows seem to linger and we get stuck in a rut. I found myself... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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This single word Mother... means a great deal to all of us. No matter what our situations or circumstances, we all have one thing in common…we all have a mother. Most would agree that being a mother is the hardest job on the planet. Whether you have one child or... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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I took a little break from the blog. In all honesty I have struggled to write anything for a couple of weeks now. I took a trip to Brazil to plant trees in the Amazon and after spending a few weeks away in the rain forest, I struggled to get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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Every mother knows what it’s like to hear tiny footsteps coming down the hall in the middle of the night and within seconds get startled when they see two eyes staring at them through the darkness of the night. “I had a bad dream,” they will usually say and then... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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This past week I received multiple phone calls from friends and loved ones who needed to be talked away from the edge of the cliff. Many of you are familiar with that edge. At one time or another we have all made our way up the mountain of expectations as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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What kind of stories do you tell about your childhood? Summertime was the best and greatest time to be alive! I can remember waking up and after doing a few chores for my mom I began to hunt for every quarter in the house, I absolutely love quarters and I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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I grew up in a simpler time. A time when phones had cords on them that required you to stay in a limited area as you carried on your conversations. Televisions were large, cube-like boxes that had only 13 stations and changing the channel meant you had to get up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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I woke up this morning ready to send out another post, but last night when I was writing I had a difficult time putting my thoughts and words together. Frustrated, I closed my computer and hoped to be able to pull it together this morning. Then a prompting came…we all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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In the past I have asked the question, “Why me?” When challenges have come or trials seem to linger longer than expected I have to admit I haven’t always understood why. We all know something about struggle. Most of us would be able to tell story after story of difficulties... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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Snowed in…One of my dreams is to be totally snowed in. My wish came true this past week. We had some major storms move through the east and it caused some harsh conditions, and as a result, everything shut down…including the schools. You remember how it was to get an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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When we hear this phrase, most of us think of the people living around us. With the exception of some living out in the middle of nowhere, most of us have neighbors. Some of those neighbors are lovable, and some of those neighbors…not so lovable. When my husband and I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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Many years ago in my early 20’s I went through a difficult trial. The experience alone was hard enough, but toward the end of the trial I learned that people were talking about my experience and saying things that weren’t true. I had only shared my experience with my family... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at The Porch Sitter
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About this time every one is looking forward instead of back. It is the time of year when we begin to think of things we can change, improvements we can make in our lives…in a sense we get to start anew. ‘New Year Resolutions’…we’ve all made those lists. Let’s just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at The Porch Sitter
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Stille Nacht by Mannheim Steamroller [Click to Listen while you Read this Post] I grew up in a home full of traditions. There were just certain things we did and no matter how many years passed by we did not stray away from those traditions. One of my favorite traditions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2010 at The Porch Sitter
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We are blessed to have a perfect daughter with special needs. Her name is Belle. She was born with a neurological condition. This condition causes her to have Grand mal seizures, learning disabilities and vision impairment. She is 10 years old now and since she was 8 months old we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at The Porch Sitter
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Everyday we find ourselves in situations where we have to make judgments. Our lives are filled daily with choices and decision-making, and it can be tricky to exercise good judgment in a world full of chaos and conflicting opinions. We judge what kind of friends we will associate with, where... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at The Porch Sitter
Tamara L. McFadden is now following Haylee Young
Nov 20, 2010
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In a world where we are bombarded by THINGS…. Things that we think we need, things we think we want, things we believe will make our lives easier, more fulfilling and more fun… in a culture where you buy something and two hours later the new version comes out and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at The Porch Sitter
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Is this really the most wonderful time of the year? If I’m not careful, I start to get a lot of anxiety right about now. The day after Halloween I walk down the aisles of the grocery store and hear Christmas music playing and see all of the Christmas decorations... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2010 at The Porch Sitter
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Why does it feel like when you're taking a ride on the sinking Titanic… everyone else looks like they’re on the Love Boat? Most of us would say that we have taken a few trips on the Titanic. Each of us probably feels that we have had our fair share... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at The Porch Sitter
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Last Friday night was a hard night. All of my children had plans for me. I was the only one without a plan. My husband works late most nights, so I was a one-woman show. One needed to go to a football game. One needed to go to a school... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at The Porch Sitter