Saturday, November 30, 2013

Why I'm Thankful for a Cold

I'm joining with Ruth Ayres and lots of other bloggers in this week's celebration link-up.   Ruth has been inspiring me lately in her book, Celebrating Writers, and her blog, Ruth Ayres Writes to consciously make a decision to celebrate successes and blessings daily.  Here are my celebrations from this week:

1.  Parent Teacher Conferences

I was attempting (in vain) to fight off a tremendous cold as I met with the parents of my students on Monday and Tuesday, but the parents I met with were more than patient with what was left of my voice.  I loved having the opportunity to share my students' growth and learning from the last 50+ days of first grade.  I'm making a goal to share more of these celebrations with parents in the future with positive notes and phone calls.

2. Reading Time

Unfortunately, the cold didn't go away and our plans for two family Thanksgivings quickly changed into pizza and hanging out on the couch for a few days.  Last week, I had tweeted that I thought I was being a bit ambitious with my reading plans for the break, but at the end of the day on Wednesday, I was wishing I had brought more home from the library.  So far, I'm up to 6 novels.  After a long, busy stretch without much time to read, reading through the stack of titles I've been looking forward to felt like sinking into a soft feather bed.

3.  Family Time

I have loved having this time at home, even if Mommy hasn't been much fun this week.  Listening to my daughter singing through her repertoire of nursery rhymes always makes me smile.  She's growing up too fast--she'll be two in a couple of weeks--but we are cherishing every day with her at this stage.

What are you celebrating this week?

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