Saturday, March 11, 2017

Inspired by Abstinence

As a child I remember hearing the story of when my Grandma, who was known as the best wine maker on the "harvesting" tour, decided to quit making wine when one of her kids got into the wine cellar.
"Why are my feet so far away from the floor?" they asked. In part I would say this resulted in the whole family , including my Dad being abstainers. Mom didn't drink either so this meant I grew up in a home where alcohol was never a part. Well except for the "rum" balls at Christmas and the occasional "orange brandy" cake....have to say I would love to sample either of those again! Hint, hint - Mom ;) As a young adult I too felt led to be a complete abstainer as Sarah Bessey eventually decides in her blog article that "inspired" me to convert my rather lengthy facebook post into a blog entry on my long forgotten blog.

Who knew that my future husband would be an abstainer as well - after seeing the damages of alcoholism in his family. I will admit it took awhile for me to be comfortable around others who were drinking even a glass of wine with their meal. It no longer bothers me. I will say it makes it "more" comfortable for me to have those I'm with who are drinking to just accept and respect my abstinence and to not worry about whether I'm having a good time or not. I will admit that thinking about attending my school reunions has always made me a bit nervous but have to say I have amazing highschool friends who just accept me and my husband in our "non-drinker" status. And I've always stayed to the end and had a great time. ((Hugs)) to you all! In some ways I feel more of an acceptance of my abstinence there than I do in church circles - strange I know.

l thought Sarah's blog article was worth passing on. Our journeys were different but ended the same. We all have unique journeys with alcohol. I just hope yours isn't one that's leading you on a possible destructive path. As my Dad (aka Wally) has always said "it is a slippery slope" I hope your slope is in the right direction. For those of you that it is you never know, you might be the fortunate recipient of a "regifting" from our ever growing wine cellar one day...ha...ha! Don't know why people can't think about giving dark chocolate as a gift instead of the customary bottle of! Or if you ever feel led to one day give it up completely for one reason or another please know you are not alone. I agree with Sarah Bessy - there are a wide variety of teas out there or maybe I can help to introduce you to my latest personal bubbly favourite....homemade kombucha!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Push from Pressure

By now I'm sure that my few followers must have figured out that I've been captured once again by the "Twins". But nothing like a push from another pesky sibling called "Pressure"! If my blog is going on a list of "blogs to follow" on the Heritage Christian Online Newsletter I better get my act together!

I still feel like I am at the beginning and so I will take the time to tell you a little about my educational background.
When I look back over my years of education - graduating from high school in 100 Mile House - starting post secondary studies at Douglas College and finishing with a Bachelor of Education at Simon Fraser University - I am amazed at how God totally directed my schooling in light of where I find myself today.

Soon to begin my third year with HCOS as a Learning Services Consultant I cannot be more thankful for my choices of undergrad studies: Psychology, Biology, and Education with a focus in Learning Disabilities. Combining almost 20 years experience including a few years as a full time classroom teacher, multiple job shares in Learning Assistance , Special Ed and regular classes together with various tutoring jobs over the years I feel that many mysteries and frustrations along the way are finally starting to make sense.

I once heard Susan Wise Bauer give the advice to just "keep turning the page" in a story with a complicated plot line and confusing characters because you will be rewarded with an awesome read by persevering through a challenging book when it all makes sense two thirds of the way through. In many ways I wish I could turn back the pages of time in order to help some of the students I worked with years ago by using some of the cutting edge strategies that are beginning to change the way we are helping students with learning challenges today. But "no regrets" is another phrase floating around out there that I'm determined to remember and to just do my best reaching the kids that I encounter now.

As a homeschool Mom of three myself I can't think of a better job than to come along side other homeschool moms and their HCOS support teachers to uncover the gifts of their children by helping them understand the learning needs of their child. For years I approached learning challenges through tutoring but over the past several years I am very excited to have taken a dive into the trail blazing...or should I say "pathway building" world of neuroscience and braintraining!

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Terrible Twins

First of all I want to say I love twins, as does my daughter and sons or any "multiple" for that matter. In fact of late we have had the privilege to get to know some in a more personal way and love them dearly .....but these twins are of a different nature.....

It wasn't until a friend of mine called them out and named them that I realized I had really let them take over. They are in the same camp as Thing 1 and Thing 2 of The Cat in the Hat ....reaking havoc not with my house but with my mind...whispering thoughts of "later" and "better" into each ear. Just when I think I've successfully conquered the one who likes to lurk over my computer and whisper "a little later" in one ear when I begin to write a new blog entry ... he summons his partner to come in full force to discourage me with an "it could be a bit better"... even after I've thoughtfully written, carefully edited and reviewed etc and am gathering the courage to press the Publish Post button.

I knew I wanted to start a blog ...I have been blessed in so many ways...and if something I can pass on to others will inspire you and possibly lead to life changing knowledge through this high tech, far-reaching medium I want to do that. But what I didn't realize at the time I started is that "blogging" would be great therapy in my breaking free of the terrible twins called "Procrastination and Perfection." Do they lurk in your house too? And wait.... did I say they didn't reak havoc with my house....oops!

A Thought to Think: My husband probably gave me the best phrase to tell "Perfection" as he recognized that I will probably always see how something could be different , better, more creative and therefore be tempted to delay it or fail to finish it. He encouraged me to say...

"I know I could add, or change or do something different but it's GOOD ENOUGH so just do it ...

1.....2......3.......PUBLISH POST

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Value in a Story

Inspiration often comes in the form of a story for me. I have a mom who is a gifted speaker/teacher who often passes on valuable truths through the telling of a personal story from her life. And for years I have enjoyed hearing the stories of my heritage that continue to inspire me till this day. So I thought it might be appropriate to tell a bit about story... so you know where I am coming....what I've gone through... and where I'm going.

Of course this is a monumental task so I will take it one blog entry at a time. And no won't be able to check on a certain day for another chapter of my story because this blog is going to be purely random. Why set myself up being late with my blog entry on a certain day? And at the same time the labels will keep it all organized. I love it!

I'm not even going to start with this entry except to say that if you have stories of your life that you are keeping to yourself I will encourage you to share them. If you can't find it in you to write them down than tell them again and again as they did in the past because although you may get teased for repeating the same story it will be only those that you repeated that will be remembered when you are no longer around.

I will probably start my first entry before I came on the scene and the only reason I am able to do this is that while the pages of the journal I gave my Grandma remained empty I took the time to sit by her worn out red plush chair to listen to her tell the stories of her childhood ....her sitting on the ground, eating her meal off a large banana leaf in a far off country......

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cozi Up and Start to Fly!

Each new year I always look for some new way to help me to be more organized.. This year it has come in the format of Cozi at It is an online calendar, list keeper that helps all the members of the family stay up to date with everyone's appointments etc. as well as a very simple format to jot down special moments with a photo in a Family Journal. I would highly recommend it to start your new year off! It was a recent link that was added to Fly Lady which I would also recommend to any of you who are the creative unorganized type who would like to make little steps towards changing.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Inspirational Start

Searching, sorting, stressing has been a part of my creative random ways for years. Stacks of books, piles of papers and slips of inspiration that I could never throw away because I might use it one day...or maybe finish it.....or want to share it to inspire someone else. After years of frustration and taking small steps to make my home and life more streamlined, I was hit with the realization of how a blog was designed especially for me. Do you know of another endeavour that once started is never meant to be finished.? A place where you can record precious ideas, thoughts, recipes and not have to search for it when you need it? A place where you can't really be late?

We all go through times in our life when we need encouragement: a word, a thought , an idea that will spark us to try something new... to change... to improve. My hope and prayer through this blog is to "Inspire" you... to inspire the parent who is teaching their child at home or the parent who finds themselves advocating for their child who attends inspire you to persevere through times when you need more than just your own strength to rely on ...and to inspire you to take small steps towards doing something you think would make you or someone you know a better person.

I could not begin this bog without saying thank you to a special person who has inspired me with her blog Notes From the Cookie Jar at ....thanks Karen!