Tuesday, December 20, 2011

the *joy* alert: december 20

In about 40 hours we leave Quebec to head out on the long 18-hour trip to Indianapolis.  The air is thick with excitement around here.  It's the first time in 10 years that we'll be home for Christmas.

There is much to do around here before we actually roll out of town.  Sam has two more big exams.  The boys still have a couple days of school and some more gifts they hope to finish and wrap.

On the schedule for me tonight after the kids head to bed is Lemon Poppy-seed Bread for the boys' teachers and soup-in-a-jar presents for the neighbors.  I'm looking forward to loads of good Christmas tunes, a few (?) cups of coffee, and whipping up a big mess!

*Joy* Alert: Looking forward with anticipation is pure joy!

This month, I am joining my friend,Sarah Jane, in writing daily about things that bring joy during this lovely, peaceful holiday season. 
joy in the season
I saw a GAP ad the other day that I shamelessly "borrowed" for my titles this coming month. Ironically, if I can stay out of the GAP and other such places, I will most definitely be more alert to what brings REAL, lasting joy.

the *joy* alert: december 19

Sam was all gung-ho last year about learning Spanish.  And then he had the unfortunate experience of getting a mediocre (he would say this word is too kind) teacher who did not teach the kids Spanish.  I don't understand how that happens, but it does sometimes.  This year, though, his teacher is wonderful.  And he is so grateful.  So grateful, in fact, that he wrote her this note.  When he told me that he needed to do it (on a particular night last week), I thought maybe it was something the whole class had decided together to do.  No, he just wanted to do it.  I'm so glad that I asked him if I could read it.  I was so touched by his words and his desire to thank her.

I'll translate the best I can.  Notice that he did not write to her in Spanish! :)

Dear Marina (yes, the students in Quebec address their teachers by their first name....shudder!)
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate having you for a teacher.  Last year I was rather discouraged by the quality of my Spanish class, but you've given back to me the desire to learn this language.  I always look forward to going to your class.  You are energetic, interesting, kind, and I can see that you love your work.  Thank you very much for the experience that you are giving me and I hope you have a great Christmas vacation. 

*Joy* Alert: "14" has been a difficult age for me.  It's hard sometimes watching Sam navigate his way through this critical and often traumatic stage, but the journey is peppered with beautiful moments of JOY!

This month, I am joining my friend,Sarah Jane, in writing daily about things that bring joy during this lovely, peaceful holiday season. 
joy in the season
I saw a GAP ad the other day that I shamelessly "borrowed" for my titles this coming month. Ironically, if I can stay out of the GAP and other such places, I will most definitely be more alert to what brings REAL, lasting joy.