Saturday, February 1, 2014

Celebration Saturday

Thank you to Ruth Ayres for creating this space to share our celebrations.  Please check her blog for other celebrations.


I am so grateful for this celebration community.  Even on those weeks where it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, I find myself looking for the positive things every day.  I keep a mental tab for my weekly post, which helps me focus on the good things in my life.

This week I am celebrating:

G's smile.  G is a boy in my room who would much rather be roping a steer at the rodeo than doing anything else.  School is hard!  But that boy has grit.  And he's discovered that he is a writer.  (Can you tell my heart is singing?)  When I walked into Music class to pick the kids up on Friday morning, he waved a paper in my face, while he grinned ear to ear.  It was a story about fishing with his dad.  He whispered, "I wrote a poem about this yesterday,"  as he bounced on his tiptoes.  I told him I couldn't wait to see it, but when we got back to the room, we both forgot as we got started on our next task.  He didn't forget though.  As the bell rang at 3:15, time for the kids to get on the bus, he ran up to my desk, and breathlessly said, "Here it is."  It was his poem about fishing with his dad.  He tried to suppress his smile, but the twinkle in his eye gave him away.  I returned his smile, clasped his notebook close to my heart, and told him I'd read it right away.  He scurried for the bus.  Once the room was quiet, I settled down to read G's poem.  Now, it was my turn to smile.  

Chocolate covered strawberries for dessert Friday night.  There's nothing more to say about that.  

Nerdultion...I've done well this week with writing and adding movement to my day.  I graduated from physical therapy and decided to join their wellness program.  It's taken me a long time to realize how important it is to take care of myself.  Now I've got a place to go to workout and I can still walk outside when it isn't a bazillion degrees below zero.

Last and best...all three kids are home this weekend.  It's Annie's (my youngest daughter) 19th birthday.  I had a rough time bringing Annie into the world.  Bedrest at 22 weeks and then she was born 6 weeks early. She spent 2 weeks in the NICU and weighed less than 5 pounds when we brought her home.  Now, I look at the beautiful young woman that she's become.  I am amazed at her strength and tenacity.  She makes me smile every day and I am so very proud to be her mom.  (Actually, I'm pretty proud to be a mom to all 3 of my kids).  
The weekend will be filled with fun and chocolate cake.  What more could you want?







12 comments:

  1. Oh! I loved reading about G's poem...how you wrote it, how you are with G, his excitement,...

    ...and it looks like an amazing weekend ahead for you...

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  2. Each of your celebrations could have filled the post by themselves. Together they create a grand celebration. May your weekend be filled with many sweet moments and a lot of laughter. Happy Birthday to your daughter.

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  3. First of all, Happy Birthday to your daughter! I LOVE that poem. Good for G! It made me want to go fishing and I don't fish. :) And finally...chocolate covered strawberries?!?! Now, I'm craving them...even though it's 6:51AM. Thank you for sharing your celebrations!!

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  4. i agree with Terge. Each of these is worthy of a week of celebration. Your story of G is WHY we need to keep teaching poetry and a weekend of chocolate and family love is WHY you will have a smile on your face Monday morning.

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  5. Me too Julie-what a wonderful week, and now weekend! Always lovely to celebrate with your kids on someone's birthday with chocolate cake! Love the fishing poem by your young student, and that he was so excited-that's worth a big 'hurrah' too! Have a fabulous weekend!

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  6. Happy Birthday, Annie - I hope you got to share some of mom's glorious strawberries. I loved the story about G., it's moments like that that make our days as teachers, right?!

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  7. Beautiful moments. As Terge and others have said each moment could have been a post. Writers like G give back the most. Strawberries and chocolate are two of the best things in the world. And Annie, so lovely! Our own kids are such blessings. Be proud and enjoy the cake!

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  8. Great celebrations! Your rodeo boy's poem is priceless, the chocolate-covered strawberries look divine, and your beautiful daughter's picture joyful. What a wonderful week you had!

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  9. You have balance in your celebrations:) Enjoy your family this weekend!

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  10. Loved G discovering the writer within! How gratifying for you to have been part of that!

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  11. Love the poem and that G wanted to share it with you. Chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate cake, a birthday, and all your kids home. Sounds like paradise! I contacted Kevin about the Poetry Box Project. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Love your celebrations this week. Your proud student and his proud teacher brought a tear to my eye. Your daughter is beautiful. Hope the celebration with the family was special.

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