Thursday, June 14, 2012

Okay, lets see if I can make this work at long last...

Here is the picture of KC holding her new favourite treat a Cows Tail. This was at Hanna, AB.

Of course we brushed our teeth after our snacks.  These little toothbrushes were so cool.
As i mentioned earlier there was a lot of rain, thunder and lighting.....and it got pretty scary at times. The only thing I could do was to keep reminding myself about the fun waiting for me.

The last part of the trip was a bit of a pain with a flat tire, that i had to fix, then my choke got stuck so I had to try and fix that in the rain.  Then last but not least my wipers broke down at 10:30 at night in the pouring rain on a gravel road. Kids, now that had me afraid because I was afraid of getting hit, I was afraid of wildlife sneaking up on me and I wasn't sure how i was gonna fix things with no tools.  I had to sit down and tell myself to put my worries aside and just focus on how to make things work so I could get to my scrap booking friends. Well I did, and I finally got there.  Sorry, it was to dark for more pictures.

We had a great time, and I shared with everyone about the thing that made my heart sing this last year. I shared with them about our times together, I explained to them about KC and the journey.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Well technicalndifficulties continue but.....

Hi kids! and visiting adults

Well no replacement cable ewas tuo be found todayeM so..I will just use my words. Oh, and I am going to apologize for grammer, punctuation errors and spelling. i am doing this on my

One of the things I want to talk with you about is facing our fears, it is really hard to do but you find the reward once you have done it.t Since Friday I have had to face my fears on a few occasions anwd i atm going to pointt them out...and then tell you what the reward was.

Friday was a bad day....I was six hours late leaving Saskatoon, . By the time Kale's Cow (now called KC) and i left i was tired. so we jumped in the car knowing that it wasgonna mean driving in the dark in a strange area.  So KC and I made our first stop at Rosetown, where KeC I got some drinks.

 KC is holding the Rockstar webought, I know KC is too young to be tdrinking that stuff....but it was a great photo and ur first. As we leave Rosetown....the heavy rain started by the tme we got to Kinderaley there was lighting andthunder.  Now I like a good storm but not when I am driving, so a little fearful...but i remind myself of the fun at Scrapbook your Heart retreat. We stopped for  gas wand KC and I figured out how to get her photo with the giant cactus. This is close to Hanna AB.
Cow's Tales
I also introduced KC to a new treat that she just loves! do I

Finally i got to the part that was the most scary to me....driving in the dark, in heavy rain, on gravel roads, in fog. i told myelf that i could do it, just to travel slow and trust my instincts.  Eventually I got to the camp and my friends were very happy to see me. They knew my fears and were wondering if I decided to not come.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

technical glitches

Good Morning Grade 5's

Well i made it to Chicago tonight but seem to have forgotten my tablet cord for charging. i have lots and lots to share with you from the weekend and Kales Cpw had a blast too.

Will try to buy a cord tomotrow.
Love and miss you all

Thursday, June 7, 2012

An Adventure Shared

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the beginning of a great that's not true this adventure began in September when Mrs. Proll invited me into her Grade 5 room to share the art of Scrapbooking and Journaling with her students.  Somewhere along the line "her students" became  MY KIDS.  Each of these kids are so special to me right from the quiet shy person who never spoke about their feelings who hugged me on my last day and whispered I love you Dawn........To my warm loving kids that raced to hug me and share their latest accomplishment or trouble.  These are MY Kids, and MY new friend Mrs. Proll and we had a wonderful year of adventures and fun.  We learned about scrapbooking - we learned that there are never any mistakes......there were creative alterations and making it your own.   We learned how to take photos and to watch for Blue Speedo's thank you Allison Orthner  for letting me steal your term.

Probably the biggest lesson that I wanted to teach the kids was about paying things forward. I am so incredibly proud to tell you that these kids got it and it a HUGE way. There were plenty of events during the year when we shared our lunch parties with another class or gave another class some of our cupcakes. We made cards of thanks for the school to use, We made Christmas cards for every single student and staff person in the school....that took us 5 weeks but they totally rocked it out.  Throughout the year My Kids slipped me notes of  love and thanks into my purse, hand or even pocket........those were huge and made my heart swell with pride to know that they understood you did't have to spend money to pay it forward you just used what you had.

Towards the end of the May we had a difficult conversation with the kids as I explained that I had cancer and would not be able to finish out the year as I had hoped.  There were some tears, there were lots of questions and the biggest of these was "Are you gonna die?"  I am pleased to say that I am no where near being ready to die. We told the kids I had to get more sick in order to get better. Through out the remaining few weeks of my visits the kids came to me on their own time asked more questios, offered to do things to help, and they gave me hugs and told me of the prays that they were offering for me.  I am so blessed to have this amazing group of 30 kids......wait you say there are only 20 in the photo......well your right the school had to do some re-organiztion mid year and 10 of my kids ended up in a different class., but they are just as big a part of my heart as they were before.

I want to tell you about each of my kids.....but today I am going to start with one very special  young lady.......her name is Kale (photo by KMP photography).  I could spend all day on telling you about her but on my last day with the class she gave me a very, very special gift.  She gave me her very own Beanie Baby Cow that was one of her very special possessions. When I went to give it back to her....she told me that I had given her a journal to put her thoughts and feelings into, and she wanted me to have her cow to give me courage on my trip to Chicago. What an amazing gift......not the cute cuddly cow but that she understood the concept of doing what you can for someone else with what you have - paying it forward. Thank you Kale.

So I have been thinking about how I could share my journey to recovery with the kids. I want them to know the world is not always fun and games but that bad things happening does not mean your world comes to an end.  So Kale's Cow is coming with me on my journey!.......starting tomorrow Kale's Cow is going to travel with me and I am going to share the next couple of weeks with them. So every few days I will post what Kale's Cow has been doing with me.....

I am so excited to share Canadian geography, US geography and life experiences with them.

Now, I have been wanting to share with the kids the photos that they took with my DSLR (a treat that was earned on the last day) so for those of you from other parts of my life your welcome to continue viewing but truthfully these are for the kids by the kids .......and these photos tell you more about the kids than I ever could.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Years!

I want to take a moment to wish friends and family an amazing and wonderful year in 2012.

Like so many others I have chosen not to make any resolutions this year. It is my firm belief that by doing so I set my self up for failure and that is something I do not need help in doing. I don't want to feel the feeling of defeat and frustration or the incredible shame I feel in myself when I fail.

So I am going to like many of my creative friends adopt a word - a word that will guide my life and help me celebrate my 50th year of life. There are millions of great words to choose from, such as :
Joy, Happiness, Peace, Nurture, Fitness, Laughter, Savor, Harmony, Tranquility, Serenity, Calm, Foster, Cultivate, Develop, Support and Encourage.

For 2012 I have chosen the word Change. Many of you heard me say that the winds of change were blowing for me in 2010 and 2011 - in that case I was responding to the will and force of the world surrounding me. In 2012 I am going to be the one altering, modifying, Transforming, Amending, and perhaps Revolutionizing MY LIFE. The decision to take CHANGE into my own life after 50 years of rolling with it and adapting is scary. I know that I can do this, and I will reach new Highs, and new Lows as I make this journey. What I hope is that my choice to change will leave a positive impact on those around me. I will make some people unhappy in the short term...........but I hope that in the long run they will see that changes I made .......will make their lives better.

One of the changes that I am going to be making has to do with my "kids" that I volunteer with at an inner city school. Late in November 10 were moved to another class and that teacher does not have the time to let me share scrapbooking with his class. Its cool those kids will have new and fun experiences...........but in December when I went to wish them a Merry Xmas I was literally knocked off my feet with their hugs, and tears begging me to let them scrap. To get their teacher to continue it. I left the class room heartbroken because at the time I could not think of a way for them to take part and continue the creative journalling, or the scrapbooking.

So after much thought I have decided to gear my blog towards the kids, inviting them to check in and learn new things and be stimulated to continue their creativity. I have been putting together scrap packs together to give after the holiday break so that they will have some supplies of their own and that they will be able to meet with me at noon hours on Tuesday to get new supplies from the generous donations that my peeps have donated, and if they desire a chance to share their work. So I hope that this will allow those kids to continue to express their creativity and the thoughts that run through their precious minds.

I am going to resume sharing my own work as means of sharing my art, and perhaps invoking someone else to a creative inspiration.

Change is a wonderful thing - especially if you can make life better for just one small child.

Happy New Year to Every One!