Saturday, May 9, 2015


Discover. Play. Build.

Ruth Ayres has a link-up on weekends where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every week.

We have had an exchange student with us for almost ten months now. He is from South Korea. This week a package came from his parents that included stamps for each of us that have our name on them. They are beautiful. They also sent me a handmade purse. These were unexpected and exciting gifts. Our time with their son has been easy so we don't need gifts, but we certainly appreciate them. The name seals are fascinating. If you haven't heard of them before, here is a great post by Shahan Cheong that explains about them.

Here is what mine looks like:

Beyond gifts, I'm also celebrating warm weather. It is so wonderful to be able to go outside with bare feet or sandals and short sleeves. We will still have some cool days and rain coming as we usually do in spring, but the severe cold is past. Flowers are starting to bloom and green is everywhere. It makes my heart smile.

I am celebrating the staff at my school. We have had a difficult year, but we are making it and we are doing it with laughter. There have been times with complaining, I won't lie, but we have also found ways to laugh about the difficulties.

Yesterday I had time to breathe (my one little word). My husband is out of town, my daughter was at work, and our exchange student was out with friends. I had the house to myself. I read, walked the dog, and caught up on blogging tasks for Rich in Color. It was a relaxing evening. I enjoyed doing those things, but I also liked that I didn't feel the least bit guilty about not focusing on anyone else.

Tonight we are going to our first Roller Derby and I'm really looking forward to that. I just read the book Roller Girl yesterday and it seems like a bout is in order. I love when books lead to something fun in real life. 

Have a wonderful week!


  1. A moment to breathe and unexpected gifts, laughter with friends and looking forward to tomorrow: sometimes this is enough to be happy, nothing grand or miraculous needed.

  2. What a gorgeous gift! So lovely that you had that time for you. Sounds peaceful and productive.

  3. A moment to breathe - and the strength to enjoy it - that is something to celebrate!!!!

  4. A moment to breathe - and the strength to enjoy it - that is something to celebrate!!!!

  5. Time spent focusing on your own thoughts is precious indeed. Aren't we always worried about not "focusing on someone else"? Glad you had a guilt free and a very productive evening.

  6. Having time to yourself - that's a special gift!

  7. A couple of friends have hosted a few foreign exchange students over the years. It's great to hear you having such a positive experience with it!