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An Interview with Educator/Momma/Writer Ruth Ayres Celebrating #EnticingWriters + Giveaway!

I love sharing book titles with close friends, so I'm happy you are here! I want to share a book that you must add to your to-be-read list.

Ruth Ayres has a brand new book titled Enticing Hard-To-Reach Writerspublished by Stenhouse Publishers. It's another must read from Ruth. There are many professional development books available to learn about mastering our craft of teaching.  
However, there are only a few that make a true impact-- and this is one book that weaves raw truth, research, practical ideas, and story all in one {cute} little package. 


In Enticing Hard-To-Reach Writers, Ruth allows her worlds to collide during the creation:  "In this book, I entwine my three story lines as educator, momma, and writer." (p. 6)And she does this in an amazing way through sharing stories of her family, adoption, children living in hard places -- and doing their best  -- and healing. She shares how we can use research to understand how to reach our writers, especially those that…

{out of practice} #sol17

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a day goes by ... my notebook awaits with empty blank pages

a week goes by ...  i write nothing more than a grocery list

a month goes by ... i'm out of practice and it's just hard to write


time goes by quickly ... i must try to slow down time


a day goes by ... i notice moments to cherish in my notebook

a week goes by ... i collect memories and practice the craft of writing

a month goes by ... i write with ease with continued practice


{for my mom} #sol17

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Today is my Mom's birthday.

And I can't wish her a happy day.

There's a reason ... and it's not what you are thinking.

My Mom is one of the most giving people I know. Right now she is volunteering on amission trip in Guatemalafor the week, and communication is limited. I sent her an email and a text this morning not knowing when or if she will receive them ... so today I'm honoring my Mom!

My Mom is a truly amazing person. She really is! My Mom has always been so giving and thoughtful of others, but since her "official" retirement, she gives and gives and gives even more.

I hope one day to be like her and be giving in so many ways.

My Mom gives of her time.
She volunteers time with her church, hospice care, her care receivers, and tutoring students from local schools.
She spent many, many hours at the Center for H…

{It's just not the same} #sol17

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Last night as I sat watching my girls tumble at gymnastics, I picked up my pen and notebook. I started with these words: What to write? And this is what spilled on the page ... straight from my heart.


What to write ...

I wonder, think, ponder.

My words are hard to find today.

There are many celebrations and joys to share, but the darkness of frustration and loneliness hide them temporarily.

What to write?

I question, grumble, sigh.

My words are bubbling to the surface.

My closest colleague, thinking partner, and dearest friend and I were separated this school year. Two new positions in two different schools.

What to write!

My words boil with disappointment.

I feel the longing to turn and talk, the divide between us, the sadness fills my heart.

This teammate was the one who consistently pushed me in my learning and helped me outgrow my brain. Ever…

{fall getaway} #sol17

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A long weekend getaway is needed every now and again.
Quiet days slowed enough to hear only my breathing.
Time to just be together as a family and make memories.
No email. No internet. Disconnected. Just time. And books. And outdoors.
And us.
The crisp fall air enticing the colors to begin to glow.
Outdoor events filled our time from hiking to ATVing to boating
Nightly star gazing, stories by the campfire in the stillness of the country.
Squeezing in longer moments to read and close my eyes
And nap.



{book bonds} #sol17

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Books have created an amazing bond between us.

It's that special time we get to sit, side-by-side, snuggled in close with a book shared between the three of us.

The story, the characters, the laughs, maybe even a few tears.

The information, the interesting facts, the surprises, the I-didn't-know-that!

Favorite authors, amazing illustrators, continued reading in a series, brand new titles.

We read and reread. Some titles again and again and again.

My daughter P.'s goal is to checkout a book from her library at school that I haven't read yet that she thinks I will love as much as her. Her book choices are always exciting. And stretches me from my reading zone.

My daughter M. can't wait to find that next book that will either make me laugh silly or sob cry tears. She's more about the extreme emotions. Always checking my r…

{change is...} #sol17

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Change is ...

How would you finish that thought?

There are so many different ways to think about change. Change can be necessary. It can be healthy.  Change can be positive or it can be negative. Change can be lonely. It can be a personal choice or a decision that has been made for you. Change impacts our thoughts, our emotions, our present and our future.

It's only been a little over a month. Five and a half weeks. Forty-two days to be exact.

All that time in a new school in a new role. Learning quickly that a new school means new rules. I'm learning all about the school's culture, new administration, new expectations, new colleagues' and teachers' names, new personalities, and new students. All new students.

Time spent building trust, rapport, and relationships. Differentiating for teachers and teams. Being responsive to …