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Hi all. First of all, from Diesel 10 and Wreck it Ralph, we want to wish you a Happy Halloween! 🙂

Little Tyke and Little J as Diesel 10 and Wreck it Ralph.

Little Tyke and Little J as Diesel 10 and Wreck it Ralph.

I also want to wish good luck to anyone participating like me in National Novel-Writing Month as of midnight tonight.

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You can find more details about it at http://www.nanowrimo.org – lots of games, challenges, local meetups and write-ins, swag for your FB and Twitter etc. … you can participate as much or as little as you want, but ultimately at its core it’s the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in a month. It doesn’t have to be a work of high literature, or even that good – the point is to release your creativity, set down and WRITE. I have yet to ‘win’ – which everyone who reaches the 50k benchmark does – but it’s always a fun challenge for myself. And maybe this will be my year! 🙂 If you’re interested, it’s not too late – hustle on over and see if you can find me over there. I’d love to exchange moral support and war stories!

 



{October 15, 2013}   Thanks-Giving

The bad news over the last 3 weeks is that I have been far too busy to blog. The good news is, a lot of what has kept me busy the last few weeks has been good stuff – family and friends, busy-ness professionally etc. But I have struggled to see that. The work I try to do on mindfulness and gratitude has been a bit of a failure. Instead of seeing ‘look, I worked every day last week, which means professional contacts, professional fulfillment and yes, money,’ for example, I saw ‘OMG when am I ever going to get my marking done and clean my house?’. And then, along comes Thanksgiving weekend. And there is nothing like fun and uninterrupted time with one’s family on beautiful fall days to remind you that even – and perhaps especially – in the midst of the crazy, there are so many blessings to be found.

So – at the risk of sounding like one of those obnoxious folks bragging about how wonderful their life is in the midst of others who might be struggling – I would like to take the time to practice some thankfulness and awareness that there are two sides to everything … and that perhaps Thanksgiving (even a bit belatedly) is a good time to look at the brighter one. So – despite my grumbling at times the last few weeks – I am thankful for …

  • Babysitters! And family who enjoy sharing in the freedom of sitters!
  • My family and friends – never before in my life have I felt so surrounded by loving and supportive people, and been so aware of it. It brings me great joy.
  • Especially my little foursome here – we’ve all of us had some cranky, tired, and some ‘just get us through the day’ moments over the last three busy, sick, tired weeks, (illness, new teachers, changing schedules with me working etc.) but I also realize a lot of it is a sign of new growth, new learning, new phases, and we have all been growing TOGETHER as a team … and that’s a cool feeling. And I am thankful that we are a family of strong people with minds of our own, even our littlest ones.
  • Fulfilling work! I am so happy being reminded each and every week why I do what I do at my church, how helpful eLearning is to my students, and even the supply teaching river has been flowing a bit more fully this year (a HUGE part of the busy-ness). It’s been busy, but it has been fun, challenging, aggravating, wonderful, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
  • Health. Between all of us, we have spent two of the last three weeks ill, and it is absolutely amazing to have finally shaken off the bug and to have a home full of healthy people again.
  • The lessons of patience. There is a particular, and very important, phonecall I have been expecting for a week now, and am still waiting. And while I perhaps dislike the suspense, I realize time passing might be a good thing, to teach me patience and to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone.
  • Special occasions. Thanksgiving is such a wonderful and inspiring holiday, and with Halloween and two of my three boys’ birthdays coming up, and the Holidays not far behind, here begins a few of the happiest months of my year … cheer in the cold of fall and winter.

Whether you are in a time of peace and comfort, or struggling at this moment – or perhaps, as so often in life, a blessed and difficult mix of both – what are YOU thankful for?



{November 2, 2012}   November

First of all, belatedly, I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Halloween yesterday! Our little vampire and little pumpkin sure did! 🙂

My Little Men

Now November is upon us and even though the weather is getting chilly, there are so many things happening. First of all, it’s National Novel Writing Month, which you can learn about over at http://www.nanowrimo.org – I am participating this year and seem to be off to a decent start for day one – 1691 words.

30 Days and Nights of Literary Abandon.

It is also Movember, when many men grow their mustaches out to their wives’ disgust … and yet we can’t complain, as it is for a tremendously good cause in raising awareness of men’s cancers. Check it out at http://ca.movember.com.

It is also National Adoption Month – which we always remember easily as it was also the month Little Tyke was born. 🙂 Do you want to know something else really special? We learned he’d been born on Miracle Children’s Day. True story. But this is a great time of year to celebrate that families are made in all different ways and it doesn’t matter if you share DNA, or look like each other, whether you got to know each other over 9 months of gestation, 9 days or 9 years after birth … to quote Mrs. Doubtfire, “But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever.” Much love to my family, both by birth and by choice, and ALL families out there!

My amazing family.



{October 28, 2012}   Personal Update

So my last few entries have been either blog-housekeeping or at least somewhat political in nature; I haven’t done an update on how life is going for us in actually a very long time, and while a big part of that is that in some ways it feels like pretty routine (although of course in a spectacular, I love my family and wouldn’t trade a moment of it kind of way), another part is we’ve just been so busy living it. But the reality is, ‘routine’ has changed for us over the last couple of months, life is exciting for us, although of course at times tiring and frustrating, and it’s worth sharing.

Probably the single biggest change is Little Tyke’s in school – junior kindergarten/pre-kindergarten, every morning. He is absolutely loving it and while we of course are having moments of adjusting to new learnings and routines, we’re doing it and thriving, I think. Even the struggles are teachable moments for both LT and us, his parents, and we are making the most of all of it. Having another adult who also happens to be a really trained professional (teacher) in LT’s life is great too, in terms of giving us feedback on how he’s doing and helping us focus on his strengths, and on the things we need to support him in. AND – he has yet to go in his class’s calm down chair two months into school, when we were told most parents could expect to hear their little one spent some time their in September. So yay LT!

Little J is growing up too with the full sentences, the potty training beginning, and the loss of his soother/pacifier/seuss/whatever you call it. He can definitely have a mind of his own, but hey – anyone who knows me knows I consider this a positive in the big picture! 🙂 He thinks he’s his brother’s age, wants to do everything LT does, and gosh darn it is pretty close to be honest with you lol. He still eats like a horse, and his new favourite words of late are ‘What’s that?’ – which I think is phenomenal. Love the curiosity. Keep on growin’, little dude (although maybe be kind and don’t outgrow your brother for at least a few more years?).

A and I are good too. He’s enjoying work, which is keeping him busy, and the last few nice days of running before the torrential rain we’re expecting this week. We’ll see how Halloween goes! Supply teaching for me has been particularly slow this fall, but that’s more than made up for by the feeling I’ve really been helping out my online students, and just how rewarding the church year has felt so far to me. A great group of kids and a great team, both of staff and volunteers, make it a real pleasure to be working there. We had a huge project that came to fruition last night in the form of a benefit concert, which I think both the minister and I, along with everyone else involved, were more than a bit anxious about and invested in the turnout, and if I do say so myself it ended up being a really amazing experience of music and desserts, good work and socializing. It was a really fulfilling and important moment both to me, but more importantly my worship community, which meant a lot.

Otherwise we’re livin’ la vida family. We met a friend of ours and her two daughters today to basically do some shopping, lunching and playing (it was supposed to be Pumpkin Patching, but the rain began today), and we’re making plans for tomorrow to get pumpkins, Halloween costumes and all that arranged. Next week will be busy with online teaching (oh … and my own online course that I’ve been taking for professional development as a teacher this semester), church, Halloween, and hopefully some more supply work, but hey – it keeps me out of trouble and thinking on my toes. Can’t complain about that … much. 😉

Hope all is well where you and yours are, and that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween weekend (as I’m sure this weekend is when everyone is having their parties etc.). Talk atcha in the new week. Peace and love! – Sar XO.



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