May 17 2013
I never realized that becoming a mother I had actually applied for a customer service job that was 24/7!Â Itâ€™s an exhausting, rewarding job!Â I donâ€™t know about you, but having a small brood to care for is an amazing job! Â One that requires a great deal of on the job training.Â One of the best gifts of the job is being able to listen to other mothers and learn from their experiences and know-hows.
Apr 23 2013
I have three children. Â Three healthy children. Â I count my blessings regularly (and then pray for patience in the next breath).
All three were delivered in the hospital with a doctor. Â My first delivery was an induction and wound up being not at all what I had imagined. Â
My second delivery left me breathless, blissful (yes, very sore) but excited to do it again. Â In fact I said, “I’d pay to do that again”. Â My third was similar; a wonderful experience. Â I have no complaints about my hospital care nor the care from my doctors. Â I look back with fond memories of my experiences delivering babies. Â That adventure has been painful, wonderful and rewarding. Â Â
When I learned that I was pregnant again I was flooded with the questions that I can only assume, in my experiences, are + READ MORE
Apr 18 2013
This month, our Been There Done That squad answers the question:
How did you prepare your child for leaving them with another caregiver (nanny, daycare, grandparent) for the first time, when you returned to work or school?Â
We went to play groups where he could be with me or with kids. When he started to want to be with kids more than he wanted to be with me I started to work at the odd job. Once he got to the point he told me to “go away” when we arrived at the babysitter’s place I took a small regular job. I am only away from him for about 9-10hrs/week for work, because it is a small amount he loves his time apart and loves his time with me. My goal was to not lose his trust or make him feel ignored if we could afford to do it.
Over 3 years ago, a group of my friends and dance colleagues went on a cultural and dance trip to Guinea, West Africa.
While they were there, they wanted to find out how they could help the people in the small village of Kubian.
They responded with,Â “help us build a school.”
Up until this point, there was no opportunity for their children to get an education without leaving their community.
On October 5th, 2012, the new school opened.
But, in a community with little economic prosperity, it isn’t currently viable for the village to keep the school running on their own.
Just $10 covers the costs for a child for an entire month…covering costs for a classroom, teacher’s salaries, school supplies, a school uniform, nutritious lunches and much needed medical supplies!
From a personal standpoint, I feel very committed to help keep this school running.Â It was an incredible gift provided to those children when the school was built.
It breaks my heart toÂ consider how devastating it would be to take that gift away from them.
If you believe children deserve the chance to create a brigher future for themselves, please consider donating $10 to the school!
Mar 19 2013
This summer will mark two years for my family here in Kamloops. We moved here from the United States when my children were one month and two and a half years old. My husband loves his job and I love staying at home with my precious munchkins. We stay busy with lessons, play-dates and activity in our church. Itâ€™s a good life.
Itâ€™s distressing to feel uneasy about a life that seems, well, easy. Weâ€™re healthy. Weâ€™re provided for. I get my husband at home instead of dealing with half-time travel (which is why we left our previous job). On paper, I have everything I could + READ MORE