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Romelle Blanton is an Outside-the-Beltway 30-something mother-of-six, whose children range in age from 5 to 20 years old. She was born and raised in the South by Yankee parents. This Christian, Stay-at-Home mom home-schools her children and teaches Sunday School. Her life is representative of so many families who are struggling to make ends meet in the current economy. She enjoys eating, sleeping and finishing entire sentences. Her views will surprise you, as they aren't what you might expect from a conservative woman living in the buckle of the Bible Belt.

If you have something mommy or child-related that you would like covered on Miss A, please email Romelle at romelleblanton@ymail.com.

give the gift of honesty this holiday season

Holiday Letter

One of the best things about the Christmas season is the Holiday letter. I look forward to seeing which one of my friends will finally go up and over the top this year. They are full of staggering accomplishments and shameless bragging. I am surprised they don’t end with “Merry Christmas and top that if you can. ”

Just once I would like to read one full of honesty and all the things we would be reluctant to share. So, in the spirit of sharing and openness, here is my Holiday letter:

Dear friends and family and people that I send cards to because they send one to me,

I have almost made it through another year. I have kept the kids alive with a lot of help from their respective guardian angels. (Go team! ). They were fed, washed, rested and somewhat educated most of the year. This is an improvement over last year. My husband is still speaking to me, even after three months of being at home during a lay-off. His time at home, 24/7, has helped us hone our fighting skills and taught our children so much about marital communication.

I have started a new exercise plan that consists of sitting on my exercise ball while playing mah jong on the computer. If you are wondering, yes, I do feel the burn. And if you ever need anyone to find two matching anything for you, I’m your girl.

I have also started writing a blog this year for Ask Miss A. This has been very fun and rewarding for me personally. I’m sure it would be even better if I learn to type correctly and to use all the features on WordPerfect. One of these days, I hope to be able to insert a picture without the help of my husband.

I was honored to be asked to join several groups this year. Among them are the prestigious, “Join this group or One million baby seals will Die.” And the influential, “I go out of my way to Step on a Crunchy Leaf” group. Due to my very busy mah jong schedule, I was unable to accept these invites, but it is so nice to be asked.

Thanks to all of you who have made such a year possible. Here’s to being adequate and content in 2010!

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