What do you do when you feel cranky? Do you recognize it quickly or are you oblivious until you lose your cool? I've heard a lot about people being cranky the last few days. Covid-19 fatigue is one of the things that comes up. I've felt it, although I have no specific reason I can… Continue reading Cranky
What do you need today? Not "What do you want?", we all have a lot of those... I want the sun to shine, I want the kids to get up on time, I want someone to make supper... but what do you actually need? We all have basic needs for food, shelter, clothing and purpose.… Continue reading See a need. Fill a need.
If you had told us last year that masks would be a normal part of life this fall we would have found it inconceivable that such a drastic change could take place. Yet here we are. Masks used to be something you only saw on medical professionals or contractors doing dirty work. When I traveled… Continue reading Masks
Well it's that time of year when students are headed back to school! But for the first time ever, everybody is headed to something new! Even if your child has attended the same school for several years, this year will be like no other. Almost everything will be different. The crowded hallways and busy chatter,… Continue reading The New School
All of us desire connection. We don't always recognize that connection is what we are looking for, but we seek it none the less. For some it is a connection with their history or ancestry. An opportunity to be rooted in the past. For most, it is the desire to be seen and known in… Continue reading Connection
What do you fill your day with? It seems in the summer at our house there is a lot of empty time. I wrestle with letting kids sleep until noon but acknowledge that if I make them get up there isn't really anything for them to do. All they want to do is watch TV… Continue reading Time
What does summer mean to you? For many it means slowing down to an easier pace. Lazy mornings, fun afternoons, endless evenings on the deck. I remember the summers of my childhood being idyllic! Long days of playing outside with friends. Popsicles in the backyard, sprinklers, bare feet and bicycles. Drinking from the garden hose… Continue reading Summer begins
All of us are on a journey. That journey is the process of getting from where we are... to where we are going. Or from who we are to who we are becoming. The journey doesn't end in this life. No one arrives at perfection. Some people enjoy a road with twists and turns, excitement… Continue reading The Journey
My kids use the word Meh to describe that blah feeling... It's kind of how today feels You know those days... you just feel irritated by the smallest things... But you don't have any feelings about most things... a comic from one of my favourites Nathan Pyle It is perfectly summed up by Nathan Pyle… Continue reading Meh
It seems this season there have been a lot of things that have caused people disappointment and stress. missed graduationscancelled holidaysre-imagined wedding planslonely hospital tripsmodified birth planslay-offsunexpected job terminationsdisrupted placementsinterrupted connections All these things have resulted in grieving and pain for many. I have listened to the stories and shared in the sorrow and pain… Continue reading Empathy
I don't know how you feel about Math but I used to like it! I used to be quite good at it. Math makes sense to me! My brain works with numbers. I like the simplicity of knowing that if you put the numbers in the right place in the equation or formula and follow… Continue reading Learning
res·pite/ˈrespət,rēˈspīt/nouna short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant. When you step into being a Foster Parent one of the supports they offer you is respite. The idea is that you can access 48 hours every month where the kids in your care spend time with another family or care provider so… Continue reading Respite
As we enter week five of being home with kids and the restrictions keep getting tighter I have heard a lot about what we have taken for granted. stocked grocery shelveskids at schoolfamily occasionscoffee with friendsplaying in the parkhair cutsmanicures/pedicuresdinner outtravelhealthsportsmovies in the theatrethe list continues... When you look at these things you realize just… Continue reading Taken for granted
There have been some big interruptions lately! Jobs interrupted. School interrupted. Occasions interrupted. Sports interrupted. Routines interrupted. How are you dealing with it? What keeps you grounded in the midst of all the change and interruption? Do you live in a place of fear of what's next? Do you withdraw to avoid the next change?… Continue reading Interruptions
This week I pondered on a few things as I worked in my sewing room. I share with you my thoughts...