Thursday, April 21

Seasons of my life

I did not post anything on my blog yesterday. Mostly because I could not stomach the idea of writing one more thing about Nora and her rain of terror this is still in full force and I have begun reading behavior modification books.... God, grant me the serenity...

Honesty I have been feeling a tad picked on by the parental universe this week, I was starting to feel down about all this. About my inability to parent my daughter the way I want, the way I am reacting/responding to her actions, how I just want to scream into my pillow....

Then today I received a letter from a reader. I don't know this woman, but she wrote me a sweet little letter and shared with me that she had read my entire blog! My own mother does not even read my blog, and a total stranger has read it all??
Her last sentence was this...You are engaging and honest and brave and we are listening and laughing and crying right along side of you,  so keep going!!

To you my new dear friend, I thank you. It gave me such a boost and lifted my spirits, you will never know what your words and the timing of them meant to me. You are too kind.

So tonight I am going to pretend that olive oil was not dumped on my floors, that Nora did not spill her entire potty full of pee on my floor, and that orange juice was not spilled on my floors either. I am just going to have a relaxing night and put paraffin wax on my feet, do a facial, whilst possibly main lining Valium.


I am grateful for superhero Keira who sat with my children so I could help my friends with their house. THANK YOU!!!

I am grateful for the warmer weather, I wore shorts today!

I am grateful for the seasons of my life. I have decided the seasons of my life will be categorized by what I happen to be sweeping off the floor 10 times a day. 
Here they are: Sand season, snow season, and dead grass and leaves season. I am presently in the dead grass/leaves season. 

I am grateful our birthday dinner for our friend went so well, and by well I mean no one got food poisoning.
Deans Birthday Dinner. He turned 40! (32)

We even got him his little sea critter salad. I tried an Octopus. 

 Bruschetta home made (it was amazing) and prosciutto wrapped Asparagus

Deans Birthday Cake. He did not even share. I put the cake (this is number 4  of 4 attempts) in front of him and he grabbed the largest serving spoon there was and started devouring it. It was delightful to watch.

This is him still not sharing with the rest of us. The cake was pretty amazing if I do say so myself!

I am grateful today my dear friend Tasha left on her trip to Europe, I am feeling so excited for her, and a bit nervous too. I am really going to miss her. I am grateful she came into the city earlier this week so we could go out for dinner for her Birthday and I could say good bye.

You are so beautiful, and I wish you all the best on your trip. I wish you rest, love, adventure, good books, sun and wonderful food. I hope you have an amazing time, and I can't wait to hear all about it. I will miss you!

This is what she was staring at, on the roof of the West Edmonton mall. Kind of beautiful. 



Anonymous said...

Just XO

Anonymous said...

My lovely Joelle - please send your phone number! I shed a little tear for "children past" - my own! To say "been there, bought the t-shirt" sounds cliche - I have a whole cupboard full! I would love to meet this amazing little being that is causing her equally amazing Mommy such strife! I've had a few like her, some at 2 - some a lot older.I'm still not the parent I dreamed I'd be - but alas, it was only a dream wasn't it? God's plan was much different! I continue to love you, Karla