Wednesday, May 18


Can you hear the singing...Happy Birthday to my blog, Happy Birthday to my blog.....
I can not believe it has been 365 days/12 months/1 year since I first sat my duff down at this here computer and began to pour out my soul, tell my stories and share my life with the world. 
I have been thinking for the last few days what I would write on this day, and as always the best I could come up with is to share more of myself. 

Here are a few of the things I have learned over the last year:

No matter what your situation, you have something to offer the world. I was very hesitant to begin writing, I always planned on this being for my children, a way for them to get to know me when they see me more as a person and not the *roll your eyes* mom. But more and more people started reading and it became bigger than I ever imagined.  I always love hearing from people who liked something I shared, and it never ceases to amaze me when people tell me they read my blog. I hope that never gets old. I love it when people relate to me, and are touched by my words. 

I have learned that wearing a helmet is very important when riding ATV's and Motorcycles. I hope all my family has learned this as well!!

I have learned that the people appreciate authenticity. It is not always easy to be honest, and let's face it, not everyone is 100% of the time. But the more real one can be, others find comfort in that. It is easy to pretend being a mom of 4 is a piece of cake if that's what I chose to portray; I can write whatever I want to. But the fact of the matter is my laundry is still piled up on the floor most days, I sometimes wear my PJ's all day, my kids do eat KD once in a while and although this will come as a total surprise to all, I do yell occasionally! I do not sing all of my instructions to the children with nauseatingly choreographed dances to delight them. Shocking I know. 

I have learned that friends matter. Period! Everyone needs friends. And everyone needs good friends. 

Take care of your body, you only get one. Unless of course you can pay to have extra body parts shipped in from overseas, then in that case, go ahead and trash away. But for the rest of us, you need to take care of yourself. Exercise matters! Good food matters! Sleep matters! I love having PG in my life, but I would love to have not had to lose my health and independence to have meet him. He has brought me back to a full and active life, and for that he will forever be dear to me... take care of yourself.

Listen to your inner voice, it is not there because it has nothing better to do with its time. If something does not feel right, then do not do it! 

I have learned that gratitude makes you a much happier person. I love having a reason to look for things to be grateful for. When I first started my blog, I actually would find it a struggle to come up with three things to be grateful for. And now, it is normally the easiest part of my writing. I am always finding little things here and there to remember to write. Being grateful is contagious too, people love being around happy people, and when you are grateful people notice. 

I have learned how vital it is for me to laugh. I love laughing. It clears my head, warms my soul, and fixes anything that has gone wrong in my day. Laughing is easier then crying and I have never gotten a headache from laughing. 

And lastly, I have learned how much I love life. I am so very excited to see where this next year takes me. I look forward to growth and change. I love trying new things, and I hope this next year is full of new things!

Thank you to everyone who has come along on this journey with me. I am forever grateful. 

And just like with any good birthday party, I have presents....

Only these presents are for you, my dear readers. I have gotten a few of my favorite things and I want to share them with you. 
I have an Anthropologie mug with a J on it (obviously).
A set of 4 Anthropologie napkins.
2 packages of my favorite candy (chocolate covered pistachio's from Italy).
Jamie Oliver's cookbook Food Revolution (the book that changed my life and the way I look at food).
And 5 CD's of my favorite songs that I have used on Music Monday's.  Yup! A J is for Joelle mixtape. How grade 7 is that?  

All you have to do is write a comment. Tell me what you have liked over the last year, what you didn't like. What songs you love and are listening to right now. Anything will do really - post somewhere that you read (help a girl out). And I will draw the names and contact you with my Birthday gift to you for supporting me through this whole year!

Thank you again, for your time, my heart is so very full it is spewing over. 

Best wishes and thanks for coming over to my party...I'm going to go clean up now. 



I am grateful for Monika who sent me my dessert gum!!!!!! What perfect timing Mon, for my party and everything!!!

I am grateful for Renae. For her kind and listening ear, who always tells me what I need to hear, and seldom what I want to hear. 

I am grateful for my physio appointment today. It was wonderful to catch up with PG. I have missed you my friend!

I am grateful for all the people who read my blog. As of (11:58 pm) I have had 16,100 visits from 371 cities in the world. Amazing, and humbling.

I am grateful for my children and their health. 

I am grateful for Drew's support through this crazy blog thing.

I am grateful so very very grateful!!

Sunday with baby swell face.

Sunday English Sam's daughter Lara (lovingly called LaLa by me) spent the day in the hospital with the puffiest face I have ever seen.
She is really allergic to mosquito bites, when she gets them, this is what happens with in hours...

So we spent most of the afternoon waiting to see a doctor to tell Sam that LaLa is allergic...gasp, I know. We needed a doctor to tell us that.

Poor little girl.

During one part she was pretending to barf in a K basin. It was really funny because she had seen some guy throwing up in one an hour before, and then out of no where she started to copy what she had seen him do. very entertaining!

This little girl was so happy all day through needles, long wait times, and awful smells

She is such a ray of sunshine to me. She is my most favorite British 2 year old in the whole world!


I am praying for rain for the community of Slave Lake. 
My family is from Slave Lake. I actually still have family there. And I hope this fire will end  and that the families will be able to rebuild their lives soon.