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Exhausting days

August 3, 2015

There are some seasons of life that are exhausting.

I have heard it said that the days are long and the years are short with young kids.

Don’t be afraid to ask parents of young kids, especially if they have kids with special needs, if they need to talk, or have a break. You have no idea the encouragement it could make to someone who may be hanging by a thread.


Reflections on the summer

September 7, 2014

The summer of 2014 was an unusual one, in many respects.

After a long, extremely cold winter, the weather gurus were calling for a hot summer.  They missed the boat.  There was one day that hit 30 degrees Celcius in June.  July and August were cooler and wetter than normal.

The days have slipped away.  And they are becoming shorter.  Last night, it was pretty dark by 8:30.  When it is cloudy, it can be very dark by 8:00.  The same thing has happened in the mornings.  Before long, it will be going to work and coming home in the dark.

It was a short summer, as school went untll almost the end of June, and school started in our area on September 2.

The last few days of August were nice and hot.

For the past several years, we have had passes to a local water park and Canada’s Wonderland.  We didn’t get to either one as much as we have in prior years.  LIfe has been busy this year, for a number of reasons.

We have had a foster child for just over a year, and he has been attending camps, activities, and visits with his family.

Reid has transitioned to kindergarten.  He has a modified day, as he gets picked up about halfway through the day.  He needs his sleep, and that helps him (and us).

Tate has moved into third grade in French immersion.  His teacher is impressed with him and his insights.

Activities will ramp up over the next few weeks.  This weekend has been quiet.  Hockey starts again in a couple of weeks. 

September brings a return to routine, and an opportunity to think about what things we like in our lives, and what behaviours and attitudes maybe should change.  In many ways, it is a more appropriate time for resolutions for change than January is.

It is important to be busy.  However, it is more important not to be too busy.  We need to leave margins, or space around the edges of our lives, so that we have room for things that come up, or go wrong.

Think about it ….. how often does an opportunity come up for something that we have to decline because we are too busy?


September 1, 2013

What happened to the summer?

Wow, it flew by.

Tate spent a few days at camp last week.  We headed on a camping trip for a couple of days.

After a few busy days, routine will start again on Tuesday.

It’s been a busy summer, but it is nice to return to routine.

Going out for supper

April 7, 2013

As we are busy with kids, it is important to remember to spend time with each of them individually.

Since of our two has special needs, it is an extra challenge.  It is too easy to let the additional needs of the one sweep over the whole family dynamic.

Tonight we had an opportunity to do something a bit different.

I won a gift certificate for a new local restaurant a couple of months ago in a Facebook giveaway. We talked about going for supper there tonight, and decided to take our older one and leave the younger one with a sitter.

It was nice to go and have a relatively quiet meal.

As an aside, I would offer two pieces of advice – one for parents of special needs kids, and one for those around those parents.

For the parents, spend time alone with all your kids.  Don’t forget all your kids need your time

For those around them, offer to help create opportunities to make it happen.  Offer to spend some time with kids to free up time for the other ones.  And don’t forget the parents need to spend time with each other

Just one week before Christmas

December 17, 2012

Where has the year gone?

It’s hard to believe that this is the last week of school before the end of the year.

There has been lots of progress this year.

Tate adjusted to a new school.  He was a bit hesitant, but has done really well.  He takes the easy path to avoid challenges, which is not overly surprising.  He has made new friends, and one of them is on his hockey team.  I think that has taken some of the sting of kind of losing track of his best friend of the last two years, even though they live down the street.

Reid has really flourished in the programs he has been attending this fall.  He has gained a few more words, sounds, and signs.  It is really important to pay attention to what he is saying and pointing at.

If he is trying to get our attention, he gets in our face, grabs it, and turns it toward him.  He can be trying to point to something on my right, be standing on my left, and try to pull my face to him to point toward what he is looking at.

He has become very expressive, especially if we are driving.  Tonight we were driving along, and he was saying “Dadden!!!! Daddy!!!!! mmmmm!!! mooo!!!!!”  I’m not sure exactly what he pointing to, but I’m pretty sure that he was trying to point out all of the Christmas lights.

It has been a busy year, and it is winding down.  Only a few days left before Christmas, and a few more before the arrival of 2013.

Happy Reformation Day!!

October 31, 2012

October 31 is a day celebrated for many reasons, most famously for Halloween, or All Saints Eve.

I was unaware until I was much older that I realized that October 31 was the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of the church in Wittenburg.

Luther’s protest against the church’s sale of indulgences was a key event that triggered the Reformation.

This day is much more famous for celebrating Halloween.

For several years, our church has hosted an alternative event.  This year, we joined with another church in a community close to us.

It was different, as it is a smaller facility.

As well, we are still feeling some of the after effects of Hurricane Sandy, which caused a great deal of damage in the Eastern US.  We are just getting a great deal of rain.  The rain forced everyone to be inside.

At the end of it, fun was had by all.



October 8, 2012

On Saturday afternoon, we had a major shift in our world.

OK, that’s probably overly dramatic.


Back into the routine

September 11, 2012

Things are getting pretty much back to normal – whatever that is.

Reid started at preschool today, for two and half hours on Tuesday and Thursday.

It will be an opportunity for him to socialize with more kids his age.  It provides another place to meet with the developmental service workers, as well.

He actually is a good little helper.  He’ll put dishes and other things in the sink, sometimes even things he shouldn’t.  Tonight I found a flashlight in  the water with the dishes!!!!

Part of getting back into the routine is resuming regular meetings.  We had a meeting at the church going over policies and procedures to ensure that children remain safe and protected.  It is unfortunate that some of these steps need to be taken, but in the litigious environment we live in, and the risk of harming children, it is important to protect them.

Our regular weekly children’s program goes into full swing.

And before we know it, it will be Christmas.

It’s the weekend!!

June 9, 2012

Yeah!! It’s Saturday.

After a busy week, we have a really busy weekend.

Tate has his soccer pictures this morning.  Instead of a game.  Something new from the company doing pictures.  They’re doing a team picture, rather than a composite.


Frustrating days

March 6, 2012

The last couple of days have been somewhat frustrating.  No major problems, just frustrating.

We were supposed to get some insulation in our attic on Monday, to take advantage of some government grants and save some heating and cooling costs.  The contractor showed up, and didn’t like the way something was wired.  Fair enough.  A bit of an aggravation to fix, but no big deal.  After the kids were in bed, I spent about an hour trying to get things together.  And, not finished at the end of it.  Another trip to the hardware store.

Day 2.  I got up and got the box in place, but still have some things to get together.

The next job was plunging a toilet.  Never a fun time.  This job really went crappy.  As I plunge away, the water starts to move.  Around the bottom of the bowl.  The seal failed.  Oh, crap.

IT STINKS, says Tate.  Really.

Of course, we had to leave in about five minutes for the kids’ program at church.  I mop up the mess, and pull out the shop vac to clean up the rest of the mess.

It could be a whole lot worse.  At least it was mostly water.

Hopefully the rest of the week is a bit better.

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