Aug 31, 2012

{this moment: rolling}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to see.

"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves." Maria Edgeworth


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Aug 27, 2012

Something To Be Thankful For

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It's Monday. Time to find the Magic in the Mundane. Lately the magic hasn't been easy to find. I have to search... I have to look really hard. I have to scrutinize, evaluate and then put my conclusions into words that sound good.

It's challenging.

But would this practice be as meaningful if the magic of the mundane was always easy to find?

What will this week's posting be? It could be just a photo... unfortunately I haven't taken many photos this week. It could be just a few words... well I've already done that and I haven't come up with much.

After much contemplation I realized that life, in general, is somewhat mundane. The day in and day out of needs and routines can be tiresome BUT it's life... my life.

I am alive. I am healthy. I am happily married. I have two amazing daughters. I have a wonderful family whom I can see whenever I wish. Even though it's been tough going back to work, I do have a good job. I live in a beautiful city and I can escape to the lake every weekend. My city is peaceful. My life is peaceful. I have clean water to drink and healthy food to eat. I have clothing. I have access to free, quality medical care. I have a roof over my head and a cozy home. I have an awesome dog and a cute little rabbit. I can read my bible without fear of persecution. I can go out wherever I want, whenever I want. I can sit in my yard and feel safe doing so. I can do and be whatever I want to be.

There's always something that I can be thankful for. Now that is magical.

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Aug 26, 2012

Websites I've Been Loving....

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I love the world-wide web. There are so many great websites and blogs to be discovered! Some recent discoveries inspired me to share some of my favourite spaces and places which I've encountered over the past week.
Gluten free donuts - These are my recent obsession. I pretty much make them weekly. They don't last long, as they are delicious (and addictive).


Make Jen's Day - A blog FULL of happy, giving, kind and positive moments! I always feel happier after reading the extraordinary ways that people make this world a better and kinder place.

Natural Pod - A Canadian company that carries children's toys and furniture which are made of natural materials. As a proud Canadian, I love supporting businesses from my home country and I simply adore toys made of natural materials. I just started a wish list for my girls... and the Fairy Door is a MUST. 

Teacher Tom - One of my favourite early childhood bloggers. He has such inspiring ideas and reflective postings!

Elevating Child Care - Peaceful parenting. When I first discovered this resource I felt overwhelmed... even a little guilty. Peaceful parenting? Is it real? Is it obtainable? I love Janet's suggestions and advice. I also love that she is open to questions from parents who may be struggling with raising their own children.

I love these websites... check them out if you have a chance. Do you have any current favourite websites that you would like to share?

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Aug 24, 2012

{this moment: swing set}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to see.

"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves." Maria Edgeworth



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Aug 22, 2012

No Wheat!

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"Leave me alone!" she screamed at the top of her lungs. I walked away from her but she followed me and continued to scream, "Get back here," she grabbed onto my arm and pulled on it... "I said, get back here!"

I wiggled out of her grasp and locked myself in the bathroom while telling her that I needed to go pee. She pounded on the locked door, demanding that I open it. She has been screaming and flailing and yelling nonsense at me for over an hour. While she's having these fits, her eyes glaze over and there's no way of talking to her or getting through to her. I felt broken. Where did my sweet little girl go? What is wrong with her? What is wrong with me? This must be MY fault! My four year old has been having these fits on a daily basis for a few months now... what is going on?

I wracked my brain and finally had an epiphany. That evening I told my husband my observations; within an hour of my daughter eating wheat, she would have a temper tantrum. Over a month ago she had a series of allergy tests and the doctor indicated she appeared to have an allergy to wheat. We hadn't noticed any rashes or diarrhea, so he said to continue to feed it to her and not to worry about it. However, over a month later, I was beginning to think that maybe an allergic reaction could manifest itself in the way a child behaves.

I "Googled" wheat allergy and child behaviour. I was stunned by how many links I found which indicated that wheat allergies can lead to tantrums and behavioural issues in young children.

That was all we needed.

My husband and I decided to eliminate wheat for two months and see if there were any changes in my daughter's behaviour. Within a couple days, our sweet little girl returned. No more epic temper tantrums. No more screaming and yelling. It's been over six months since we made these dietary changes and our daughter is once again the happy child we knew. She has an occasional fit... that's typical to see in children... the difference is, the fit is short and we can at least talk her through it.

Over two weeks ago, I started reading the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.



I was stunned by the information the book shared....

  • Over the past fifty years, wheat has been genetically modified. 
  • The genetic changes made to wheat have not been clinically "tested" on human beings.
  • Elimination of wheat from one's diet could lead to positive health affects such as weight loss, alleviation of type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as improvement of intestinal issues.

So, I have joined my daughter and I have eliminated wheat from my diet as well. I am not doing gluten-free cooking... just wheat-free. It's been two weeks and the biggest change I've noticed is how well I've been sleeping at night. It's a deep, heavy sleep. A type of sleep I don't recall having for years! I have also noticed that I never feel "sickeningly full" after eating.

I want to live completely wheat-free for at least eight weeks and see how much of an impact that this "diet" has on my overall health and well-being. In the meantime, I've found the motivation to create delicious wheat-free foods for the entire family to enjoy.


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Aug 20, 2012

Sunrise or Sunset?

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Sunrise or sunset?

I am a sunset kind of person.

A sunset is a glorious end to the day. Whether the day was good or bad, the sunset brings it to an end... the bad day is improved and the good day is enhanced by the beauty of a sunset. As the soft palette of colours washes across the sky, you bask in the warmth of knowing that you have lived another day. And when the sun dips below the horizon and the first stars appear, you can expect and dream about tomorrow... a new day with its own shades of red, orange, pink and yellow.


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Aug 19, 2012

Rejected (With a Capital R)

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Rejected.
I have been wanting to get my Masters of Education. It's been an ambition of mine for a long time. This past week I found out that I was rejected by the graduate school I applied to. Rejected? Rejected! Rejected.

Rejection.
Through this experience I discovered that I don't handle rejection very well. I always thought that if you work hard enough and are dedicated and diligent, you can get anything you want. With a 3.99 out of 4.0 average, I thought I would get into graduate school with no problems... but then I found out that wasn't the case. Their Faculty of Graduate Studies would not acknowledge my Human Service Administration degree as a valid degree. All the hard work, all those years of missed engagements, sacrifices, and late nights... wasted. I could apply for a Masters of Leadership and get in, but I want (and need) a Masters of Education. My degree is "useless".

Heart-broken.
Tears. Shock. Disbelief. This was my dream. This was part of my life plan. This was going to help my family. Now what? I've failed.

Questioning.
Over the past six months, while waiting to find out if I was going to be accepted into graduate school, I was contemplating my life's ambitions. Do I truly want to go to school for three more years to get my Masters? Maybe I'm too old for school. Maybe I just want to do this because I feel like it's the only direction my life can take right now. Maybe this really isn't my dream.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford

Realization.
Through this rejection, my raw feelings have shown me that this IS what I want. I do want to go to graduate school. My motives are sincere... I truly want to pursue this dream.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they may stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalm 37:23-24

Graduate school seems like the next "logical" direction for my life but I now know that my passion for Early Childhood Education is what drives me. I want to educate future childcare professionals. I want to motivate and inspire others to be as passionate about this career as I am.

What Next?
I've stumbled... but what now?

I'm in the process of enrolling in some BEd courses. I need 12 credits and then I can reapply to the Masters program. I've stumbled but I'm on my feet again and I'm steadily walking and doing what I need to do to move on.

Life is never "easy". Sometimes we may look at others and think everything seems so simple for them but everyone has their challenges, setbacks, and disappointments. We may not be aware of their challenges simply because we may not know the full story or all the details of their journey.

So this is where I am right now. This is what my days have been consumed with. I am picking myself up and moving on. Most importantly, I'm excited to see where this path will take me.


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Aug 17, 2012

{this moment: father and daughter}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to see.

"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves." Maria Edgeworth


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Aug 15, 2012

Postcard 100 - The Last One

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100 postcards... 100 invitations to send a message. What message would you share if you had a chance to have your voice heard... anonymously? 

This is it... the LAST postcard. If you would like to look through the other postcards, feel free to visit the Postcards page.

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Aug 13, 2012

A Trip To The Market

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She placed her hand in mine and we walked side-by-side. She looked up at me and chattered about the things that mean the most to her... her grandparents, her sister, the lake and her Webkinz pets. Occasionally her rambling sentiments would be interrupted by a bird she sees, a bus or a plane in the sky.

We're going to the market. Daddy is at home with her sister... it's just the two of us. She mischievously conveys that she really doesn't know what balloon animal she'll ask for this time. Ugh... I really dislike waiting in the long line for a balloon animal that often pops within minutes of receiving it. 

"The balloon animal lady may not be there." I tell her.

She looks disappointed.

We arrive at the market and she excitedly drags me from table to table. She tries to convince me that I need a new wallet, that I need a framed picture and that I should buy some cheese (even though she's allergic and won't have any... "because if you were allergic to something that I liked it would be okay for me to still have it right?"). My child astounds me with the things she says sometimes. We bump into some friends. She acts shy but the minute we go our separate ways she can't stop talking about her "best friend in the whole world". 

We stop at a fruit vendor. I tell her that she can choose whatever fruit she likes. She decides on a container of plums for $4.00. I give her a $5.00 bill and encourage her to work through the math while the vendor returns with the change.

"$1.00!" she declares. The vendor is charmed and gives her an apricot for free. She's stunned and really doesn't understand why he gave her a free apricot and said she was sweet. She says thank you and we move along.

Two bracelets from the bracelet lady, some more math.... a pack of beef jerky, some cherry tomatoes and a bag of kettle corn. We watch the man who makes the kettle corn and she laughs and giggles as the kettle full of fresh popcorn gets tipped into another gigantic pot.

She pulls me through the crowds and spots a table of honey. She's eyeing the honey sticks... I show her the sign and encourage her to read it... 3 for $1. She wants 4 instead of 3 (because she's 4-years-old) but I tell her only 3 while reminding her of all the other things that we already bought. She selects 3 of the same flavour and the lady tells her it's $1.00. I hold out a hand full of change and tell her to select the dollar to give to the lady. She swiftly whips up the one dollar coin and says, "Here's a loonie!" 

We walk home, hand-in-hand and we gather at the kitchen table to savour our treats.

Enjoying a honey stick.
I was delighted that such a simple outing turned into a wonderful learning opportunity. Numeracy, early literacy, citizenship and community awareness... these are all objectives my daughter will be working towards when she starts her homeschooling program next month! In addition, we had a lovely time at the market... it was a beautiful day and a wonderful moment shared between the two of us. We purchased some delicious treats and guess what... the balloon lady wasn't even there! Now THAT is kind of magical.


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Aug 12, 2012

Photo Flop

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Yesterday we went to my parent's lake lot. Everyone was busy working on a project so I thought it was the opportune time to take a photo of us girls. It's been ages since I got a photo of my daughters and I together. I was excited. Wouldn't it be sweet? I already started making plans for the "perfect photo". I could change my Twitter avatar... maybe use it as my {this moment} picture for the week... and I could make copies for the Grandmas!

Enter reality-check. A busy 1-year-old and a silly 4 1/2-year-old makes for a long photo session and multiple retakes. Here's the photos from our session.


Stop while you're ahead. Yup. That's what I should have done. Aside from the poor perspective, (and the odd look on my oldest daughter's face) this was the "best" picture of the three of us.


"Hey Baby! Look at the camera!"


"Hello... girls... we're trying to take a photo here! 
Yes Baby... that's your sister's chin."


"Okay, let's say cheese (and take a picture right at that moment)."


"Hey, Baby... get your fingers out of your mouth!"


"Hey, Baby... get your fingers out of MY mouth!" 
(Speaking of mouths... just what is my oldest daughter doing?!)


Well, I guess this will have to do. We love each other and we're having fun. Yup, this is what happens when us girls try to take a picture together.


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Aug 10, 2012

{this moment: treats}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to see.

"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves." Maria Edgeworth


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Aug 8, 2012

Postcard 96

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Aug 6, 2012

The Storms of Life

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I've been back at work for over three weeks now. The adjustment has been harder than I anticipated. Every day I come home famished, thirsty and exhausted. I have about an hour and a half with my girls before it's their bedtime. I miss them like crazy and it feels like I have no energy to do anything but work and sleep. My house is a disaster, the dog is blowing his coat so everything is covered with hair, and I haven't exercised for a couple weeks.

This past week I stewed over my Magic of the Mundane posting. I just can't think of anything that's magical. I'm too tired to write. I'm too overwhelmed to think. It's so challenging to think of joyful things when you feel you're barely able to keep functioning from day to day.

Last week I wrote "sometimes it's hard finding the magic in the mundane. Life may be bearing down on you... imposing circumstances you can't control. Sometimes you have to let go, relinquish control and let it unfold."

I should be able to practice what I preach... I'm such a hypocrite.

I sulked. I griped. I grumbled.

This past Saturday we went to the lake. As we were driving home, we saw a huge storm developing on the horizon. We had to keep driving... right into the storm. There was no way to avoid it... we would be stuck in it whether we stopped the car or kept on driving. Eventually the storm was behind us and we got home safe and sound.

I knew going back to work would be challenging, but I got into my "car" and drove into the storm. Eventually the storm will be behind me and it will be an easy drive until another storm appears.

I guess my magic this week is the faith I have in knowing that eventually this storm will pass. There's also magic in knowing that my storm is really a small shower compared to the storms other people in this world are facing. Knowing this grounds me, humbles me, and makes me thankful for all that I have.  

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Aug 5, 2012

Life Lesson: How (Not) To Break A Fast

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As I look back on my life I see many life lessons. Most make sense but some are ridiculous, comical and make me shake my head.

Welcome to a new series of postings... life lessons. I hope you enjoy these snippets from my life and please feel free to link up or comment and share some life lessons of your own.


Life Lesson: How (Not) To Break A Fast

I was excited. It was my senior year in high school and I had a new-found sense of social awareness. I suddenly realized that I could have a profound impact on the world around me. Climate change, animal rights, the environment, world peace... I could solve all these issues with passion and motivation.

Naturally, when my best friend asked me to participate in the 30 Hour Famine, I jumped at the opportunity. I would collect pledges and then not eat for 30 hours... 30 hours wasn't very long. I could do this!

We started the fast on a Friday at 8 am and we decided to make a "party" of it and have movies and a sleepover at my apartment. Needless to say, making a "party" of our fast was not the best idea. We watched movies and talked about the snacks we were missing... licorice, popcorn, chocolate bars and pop. Every movie we rented had at least a few scenes with food in it. We talked about food and we discussed at great lengths what we were craving and missing the most. 

By 2 pm Saturday we were practically running to the mall to break our fast. (You can sense where this is going, can't you)?

We scoured the food court and then selected the items we craved the most. 

I stood in line and then blurted out my order when it was my turn: an assorted meats submarine sandwich, a bag of ketchup chips and a medium chocolate milkshake. I really wanted an order of poutine, but I decided to take it easy... maybe I would come back and order poutine for supper. I sat at a table with my friends and we scarfed down our food. After some hugs and saying our goodbyes, we went our separate ways. 

I began my walk home feeling stuffed and satisfied. 

Then I felt it... a bit of a bubble deep in my gut. My walk quickened. 

The bubble slowly built into a grumble. I was jogging now. 

The grumble turned into a rumble. My jog turned into a sprint. 

Oh. My. God. I'm going to crap my pants!

I got to my apartment building and felt like I was trapped in the scene of a horror movie as I tried to put my key into the keyhole. I ran up the stairs of my building (all the while squeezing my butt cheeks together, hoping that no poop would escape).

I threw open the door of my apartment, I tore my pants off whilst stumbling/running to the bathroom.

Explosive poop... 30 hours of explosive poop. 

I spent pretty much the rest of my weekend on the toilet and never did go back to the mall for poutine.

Life Lesson Learned: 
Don't break a fast with a meat sub, ketchup chips and a milkshake.



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Aug 3, 2012

{this moment: farmer baby}

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Inspired by SouleMama

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to see.

"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves." Maria Edgeworth


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Aug 1, 2012

Postcard 91

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