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September 18th, 2014

“Mommy, Austin is such a gentleman. He always cleans stuff up and puts up chairs for Oceane and me.”

Claire’s class has a regular practice of writing little notes to each other to “fill each other’s buckets”. She does hers on the back of old pictures of herself. Makes me think of movie stars autographing photos and passing them out.

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September 6th, 2014

Today my girl is learning a new lesson. She and her friend have been playing for two weeks in her bedroom, and ignoring my requests that they clean their mess before moving on to a new activity, going to school, or continuing play. In fact, after I said they needed to clean the bedroom before doing anything else at all, they just chose a new place to play – the basement – where they created a whole new disaster that they refused to clean.

Right now Claire is cleaning her bedroom. I am sitting on the bed, not lifting a finger to help. Some will say I’m being too tough, others will ask what has taken me so long to get here. I know, I’ve heard it all. People have been especially eager to advise me in the right way to parent as of late.

What I am hoping is that a lesson will be learned…if Claire does not want to clean a two-person mess, she will need to be more proactive about encouraging her guests to join her in cleaning as they go. Claire walks away from her messes as much as the next guy (or four next guys ;) ), and since she is the only one who still plays with toys, it gets overwhelming fast.

Today I am not feeling well, and laying on a bed watching someone else tidy is kind of working for me. I’m looking forward to enforcing this lesson more in the future.

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September 3rd, 2014

I was surprised by the darkness outside when I finally got out of bed at 6:30 this morning. That change happened abruptly! I’m quite sure the sun was up already when I got up at the same time yesterday.

It was a gloomy, rainy morning, but I seem to be falling into the school year routine, finally. Wake up, Bible study, dress, chores, pack lunches, kids up and fed and dressed and out the door, then finish off the chores before heading to the gym. It gets smoother every day, and I am starting to be able to maintain a clean home; something I’ve truly never been able to do. Not even before we had children.

I know it helps that the kids are gone all day now – no noon-hour messes – and that Jon doesn’t work from our bedroom closet anymore (no coffee break and lunchtime messes). Is it selfish to say I am really enjoying this time allotted to me to fit in what needs to be done without interruption? I love my family, but I somehow love them more when they walk into a home that is clean and organized and has a relaxed “sit anywhere you want without having to move crap out of the way” atmosphere.

Yes, in this craziest of weeks so far this year, I am feeling calm and peaceful and in control.

It is delicious.

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September 2nd, 2014

Josh’s bedroom window looks across a walkway to the side of a neighbouring condo, right at eavestrough height. There is a water pipe right in the middle of the line of sight, that runs from the roof to the ground, to carry any extra precipitation safely to the ground.

As this pipe curves in from the roof to the side of the building, it creates a small protected perch for a bird to huddle in, out of rain, snow and wind, and the birds all know it is there.

Every time I am in Josh’s room, I peek out the window to see what the vacancy status is on this small perch. Some evenings, there are birds lined up and waiting to occupy this space. They wait on the roof, and attempt to cling to the stucco wall to be closer, should the current occupant decide to leave. It’s funny to watch – they put on quite a show!

My favourite view is late at night, when I check on my sleeping boy, to see a bird perched and protected in this special place, curled up and fast asleep with its head in its wing. Such a simple, calming and beautiful sight. I feel like the vision coaxes me into sleepiness and helps my heart and brain forget the busy-ness of the day as I get ready to sleep.

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August 17th, 2014

Full day Friday taking care of E and finishing up the back to school shopping!

Full day yesterday keeping some friends’ awesome kidlets busy.

Full day today with church and then children’s ministry lunching and planning for the year.

Tonight we got the kids cleaned up and into bed at a reasonable time. I hard-boiled some eggs and cut the tags off new lunch bags. I prepared bento-inspired lunch containers, made ready to be filled with exciting lunches for the first away-from-home school lunching that is happening tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the first day of school, and the first day of a new jam-packed year. I will be working on career development through volunteering, and will be keeping the household running smoothly; hopefully getting some home improvement projects completed as well. Jon will be switching careers and jobs and working toward his accounting designation in addition to trumpeting with a symphony and continuing his work on the elementary kids’ school parent council – this year as President. Oh yes, and leading our church’s A/V team.

There will be a bible study group and rock climbing and youth group and fitness and children’s events and another school council and women’s events and men’s events and so much more.

What a full and amazing life we have been given! I’m so excited to watch all the wonderful unfold over the next 10.5 months. :D

Here’s to a new school year! Here we go!!!!

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August 11th, 2014

Today I pulled all of the clothes out of the bags from our vacation and laid them into piles so the kids could put them away.

“I’m never wearing that shirt again,” I heard Daniel say from the couch above me.

“This one?” I asked, as I motioned toward a blue patterned button up dress shirt with a collar and short sleeves.

“Yes, that one,” he replied.

“Why not?”

“Well,” he started, and kind of hesitated for a bit. “When we were at the Y in Winnipeg, there was this boy in the bathroom that was with his friend, and he said, ‘If you had that haircut and those glasses and you wore that shirt, I would call you a nerd.’”

I looked at him with my eyes wide. “He said that to you???”

“Not to me, but behind me.”

“And he was talking about you?”

“Yes.”

“What did you say?” I asked eagerly, as this whole scenario has totally caught me off guard.

“Nothing. I washed my hands and I left.”

“How old were these kids?” The questions were swirling, swirling in my head, and my mouth was trying to pick the right ones to allow through.

“My age,” Daniel replied.

I turned to Josh. “Were you there too?”

“Yes,” Josh said quietly.

“Did you say anything?” I prodded, still in shock that kids could be so mean to other kids that they didn’t even know.

“No. But I gave them the death glare on our way out the door.”

Oh, my Josh.

I told Daniel that he can wear that shirt all he wants, and that he should, because he looks great in it. I assured him that kids around here don’t really care about each others’ clothes. I didn’t realize until now though, that he won’t be going to school with “kids around here” anymore.

And how my heart breaks at the realization that he is entering junior high school, and kids are so so mean, and everything matters there. All I can do is pray every day that his experience is nothing like his father’s and better than mine, and that he finds at least one good, close friend there, so they can walk together through all that is to come.

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July 22nd, 2014

This evening, my step-grandma asked us out to eat dinner with her. We met up at Boston Pizza, and she invited more family that I have never met before.

It was a good evening; I got wings which I have been craving for so very long, and they were super yummy! It was fun to meet my stepdad’s cousins and aunt and uncle (?) and they complimented me on my kids’ behavior and invited us to come and visit them at their acreage in Alberta anytime (amazing to me since I had to take one child out of the restaurant due to a bit of a meltdown on his part).

Fun time, and a very nice treat. :D

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July 21st, 2014

Y-M-C-A!!!

I am so in love with the YMCA.

Since we are in Winnipeg for about a month, I was kind of sad that I would not be able to attend fitness classes. I had a plan to just workout myself at my parents’ house, with a DVD or on their treadmill, but the truth is, I am just not good at pushing myself in the fitness department.

So…I looked up where the closest Y is located and I packed up my kiddies and away we went to check it out. It is fabulous!!!

They looked at our Calgary memberships, called our home Y, and set us up with temporary memberships for the location here. And they even said when Jon gets here that he just needs to come in and he can get one too because they already checked out all the rest of us. Love it!

I don’t mind swimming here (probably because Winnipeg summers are HOT!) and also, there is an amazing play structure that the kids can climb all over, slide down, hang from stuff and expend their energy. And on top of that, there is occasionally a bouncy castle set up in the gym with basket ball hoops inside, and slides on the outside. I’m so glad we came, and I can’t wait to try out the fitness classes. I think my kids are fine to stay home now under Daniel’s responsible watch, but since my parents live in the country and the Y is in the city…I’m a little hesitant to leave them. We’ll see how things are over the next few days. I’m sure my hesitancy will vanish as summer pushes on. ;)

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July 20th, 2014

I’m alone on the front porch. The sun beats down on my legs, but my face is sheathed in shade. Wind rustles the trees, transforming their song to that of the ocean waves.

The birds chatter and sing; unfazed by the wind and by my presence.

I can’t look upon myself, but I feel timeworn and weary from the path I’ve trod; experienced in things I wish I wasn’t, and heavy-hearted by the effort.

I recall myself, sitting in this exact spot twenty years prior. The same birdsong, the same wind, the same ocean of trees. Oh, how little that young girl really knew – so confident in her strength to weather the next years of her life, and not truly knowing the journey or the difficulty to come.

Oh, she knew there’d be something, and her heart had sighed at the unknown then; hesitant to continue ahead, yet knowing there was no turning back. Such an easy time that was. I smile at her naivety, and shake my head.

The sun caresses my face now, and it’s time to go. I slowly make my way down, down the rickety stairs, and duck to slide into the back seat of the car.

And as we pull away, I turn to look just one more time, so I can remember.

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July 19th, 2014

I care so deeply for people and I sometimes just don’t want to.

Sometimes there is a huge struggle within me where one part is screaming that I care too much and that I need to walk away, while the other part is rooted in place with its arms folded, caring too much and refusing to budge.

I know it’s my calling, to care. But with caring comes so much hurt.

Heartache.

Rejection.

People are afraid of love. They are afraid to love and they don’t want to be loved.

To know that heartache lies ahead and still charge forward…eyes, arms, and heart wide open…filled with sorrow for what is to come, yet not straying from the path…not to the left nor the right…

It’s living.

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