Friday, December 31

Ode to Kelly and Dawson

Ode to Kelly:

My sister in law Kelly for the past three years has been taking a Chinese Medicine course in Calgary with the end goal of being a Registered Acupuncturist and Doctor of Chinese Medicine.  She has been working her butt off to achieve her goal and we’ve been so proud of her as she has been preparing/studying/sacrificing (even missing my birthday party) for her provincial exam which has only a 50% pass rate.  A lot of people from her class deferred the exam until they were done their fourth year of the program out of fear, but not our Kelly.  She bravely took it head on this fall and I’m happy to report that she passed and is now a Registered Acupuncturist and is now preparing to go to China to work at a hospital there in a few months for some additional practical experience.

My dearest Kelly... we are so very proud of you!  You inspire me to go back to school and try something new; even if I’m afraid.  You are the best friend a girl could ever have!  Thank you for loving our children so much, and of course thank you for getting a job at Anthropologie... I know it will be short lived now that you are a Doctor, but I love you just the same.

Ode to my Brother Dawson:

My friend, I have no words to describe how much I truly love you.  I could thank you from now until the end of time for how good you are to our children and how dear a friend you are to Drew and I, and it still wouldn’t scratch the surface.  The quality time you spend with each of our boys telling them stories and reassuring them and making them feel special is something that I could never give them, because I’m their mom.  And although I love them too (of course) you, Sir, are magical in their eyes.  When I watch you sit and talk with Seth about how one day he will be as big as you (or bigger) and I watch his face light up with joy because he believes with 100% confidence that what you say is true, it warms my heart.  I love you so much that I needed to just take a moment and let others know how special you are.  There is a light in you that is undeniable and warming to all who have the opportunity to be around you.  I am grateful that I am numbered among the lucky few.  One day I hope to repay the love you show to my children to yours (wink wink).

All my love always to you both,



I am grateful Ethan's birthday was so enjoyable!  He loved his hockey net and he and his friends played outside for hours and hours.

I am grateful for my Drew's family that came to have pizza and wish Ethan a Happy Birthday.

I am grateful for a new and exciting year and all that it will bring.

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