My brilliant blog pal Mrs. 4444, has come up with another treasure -
An opportunity to post a favourite post from the previous week? Rather difficult for me as my track record these days is barely one post a week. Please bear with me then, as I dust off my archives for what was on my mind a year ago this weekend.
This is a combination post, and it's a wonderful reminder of the power of the blog. For those new here, I contemplated a major life shift this time last year- moving from SAHM to full time career woman after being at home for almost 5 years. And I made that leap, armed with the confidence of my family - and that of my online family. The support that I received on this blog, the comments and encouragement, helped make my decision that much easier.
I am now at a really good place. It hasn't been easy - far from it - I think I've faced a couple of the biggest challenges of my career ever, all while balancing life at home with two active kids and a husband with a busy career of his own. But the fact that I can sit here and say, "Yeah, it was absolutely the right decision" is an EXCELLENT thing.
Ready or Not:(originally posted Sep. 2/09)
It's happening. It's really happening.
But somehow I knew, even back when I first got the phone call and my interest was tweaked.
Despite all the hee-ing, haw-ing, the self-doubt, the tears about whether it was time, I knew if I went in for the interview, I would get it.
And I did.
In a few short weeks, I will wake up from my almost 5 year "nap" (um, yeah, right...) and step into my new reality.
As the kids bug me about when their next playdate is, about the excitement of seeing their friends again, about getting on with their lives, I KNOW that they are more than ready.
Me? I'm scared. I'm terrified.
But mostly, I'm excited.
Friday Fragment (originally posted Sep. 4/09)
I took the kids to see "Bedtime Stories" again, but this time in the open air at our nearby soccer field.
It was the last of a series that ran in our community for the first time this summer. We met up with good friends, set up our lawn chairs, got out the popcorn, and enjoyed the film under the bright moonlight. It was fun to see the kids chattering way, little G giggling with her BFF, while stuffing her face full of popcorn. The boy intensely playing with his DS, but at least interactively with his friend (and BFF's big brother), cracking up at the game and at the movie every so often.
As the evening cooled down, and the girlie started to get tired, she climbed up on my lap for a snuggle. At first I was hit by a tinge of sadness. After all, I'm not anything if not melancholy.
This would be the last carefree summer with the kids. No more hanging out, at friends' pools, popping over for impromptu coffees with other moms in the neighbourhood, shuffling the kids off to the library for programs or just to catch a few moments with the magazines and books. At least not during the day. Oh I know, your heart bleeds. But it has been a very special time for our family.
Nothing lasts forever. Then I realized that it's not entirely true. The sadness faded away and was replaced by the loving cuddle of a little girl who was nestling her tired sweet face into the warmth of her mother's embrace. Her mother embracing the Now.
This, this is what I cherish, this love that I have for my kids, my husband, my family.
And this love, it ain't ever going away.
Enjoy the last blast of summer.