Tuesday, December 27, 2011

SOLS: This Christmas

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This Christmas our family enjoyed time together celebrating the joy of Jesus' birth.
     Yet this Christmas was a little different than in years past.
This Christmas was also about our two one-and-a-half year old daughters.
     
This Christmas we cherished the magic of Santa Claus.
      Letters written, cookies shared, reindeer food sprinkled outside.
This Christmas we continued old traditions shared from our families,
      and began new traditions that will continue for Christmases to come.
This Christmas we delighted in observing the excitement and wonder of our girls,
     memories of pure happiness and joy captured in our hearts and minds forever.

However, this Christmas there was one little surprise for me under the tree.
     This Christmas I was in awe and in absolute disbelief.

This Christmas I unwrapped a gift just for me with no expectations.
     I opened the plain brown box and inside was a book.
This Christmas I was given a gift that was no ordinary book. 
     It was of a book of my slices. A 'published' compilation of my words.
This Christmas I felt like a kid again - a reminder that I believe in
     the magic, the thoughtfulness, the excitement. 



Thank you Mom and Dad
for sharing the magic and excitement of Christmas! 

 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

SOLS: I am Lucky

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Me.
I won.
I am lucky.

Actually, I've thought about this a lot this weekend after winning a whopping $500 gift card to a local bookstore from Walden Pond Press on Twitter.  (That's another slice!)

I always used to say, "I'm not lucky."  But after winning such a glorious, fantastic, stupendous prize, I realized I am lucky in more ways than one.

I don't need to "win" to be lucky.

I have a wonderful husband that adores and supports me (and now is encouraging my "Twitter" use after winning).

I have beautiful, smart, and funny twin daughters who I love and adore more and more each and every day.

I have a loving family and supportive friends who I know I can always count on to be there for me to help out or just listen.

I have my health, my heart, my mind, and my spirit all in a good place.

I don't need to "win" to be lucky.

I am lucky.
I won.
Me.


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"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:
the presence of a happy family
all wrapped up in each other."

-Burton Hillis 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

SOLS: Another New Year

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It's that time of year again.  But, how can it be?  Where do the days weeks months go?
Almost the middle of December with 2012 hiding around the corner.  It's . . .

Another new year . . .

A new year of hopes and dreams.
     A new year of making a difference.
          A new year of breathing in the joy of life.

A new year of putting myself first.
     A new year of committing to exercise.
          A new year of eating right.


A new year of learning more.
     A new year of writing more.

          A new year of reading more.

A new year of treasuring time.
     A new year of time with my husband.
          A new year of time with my daughters.
         
A fresh start.
     A clean slate.
          A new beginning.

It's another new year . . .


What are your new year hopes and dreams?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

SOLS: Letter to a Lonely Friend

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Dearest Friend,

I just have to say it:  I'm sorry. I'm really, really sorry.  It's been too long.

I haven't been there for you and I can give you a million-and-one excuses as to why . . . but do you really want to hear about it now?  I'm thinking it's too late.

I'm sure you don't want to hear about how busy I am a school: Teaching kids. Encouraging them to read.  Wanting them to L.O.V.E. reading.  Searching for books they will adore and recommend.  Solving problems.  Planning targeted interventions to meet the needs of struggling readers.  Wanting more time for the students to write and blog. Laughing and learning together every day. Enjoying each and every student.

There are so many stories to tell, but why would you want to hear about them now?

I'm also loving being a mom.  It's still crazy to say that.  Yes, I'm a mom . . . of twins.  It's the hardest job in the world, but the BEST!  I wouldn't change it for anything. The joy and laughter these little ones bring me daily is mind blowing. I can't get enough of them.  I could write about them all day, every day!  But, you wouldn't know that, would you?

I can only say this one more time.  I'm sorry.

Tomorrow is another day. A fresh start like a blank page in your book.

Thank you for your openness.
Your understanding that life can be busy.
Your willingness to listen again.

I promise to share my stories with you.

All my writing love,
Michelle


My writing journal . . . waiting to hold my stories.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Reader Button!

I love stumbling upon new techy what-cha-ma-call-its. Ok.  It may not be new to the world, but it's new to me!  I hope you find it helpful as well!

I read many blogs.  Thank you to GoogleReader for sharing new posts every day! (Another great creation!)  There are probably hundreds of blogs that I've retracted from reading because the blog page itself wasn't visually pleasing to my eyes.

Too much.
Busy, busy.
Buttons all over.
Advertisements.
Hate the font.
Small print.
Dreadful colors.

I'm sure I missed out on valuable learning and thinking because I didn't read the blog.

Guess what?  No more!

I discovered the "Reader" button in the address bar in Safari. (Click to enlarge. See purple Reader button.)



Click on the link to the blog.  Click on the "Reader" button and it's easy on the eyes!  It brings forward just the blog post, darkens the background noise, and is perfect for your reading pleasure! You can also zoom in, zoom out, email, and print!  Without all the "extras" on the page!


Go ahead! Try it out on my post. Click that "Reader" button!

Now, doesn't that just make life a little happier? :)
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Side note:  I'm now noticing that my favorite little "Reader" button is not showing up on some blogs.   Thoughts?