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IT WILL ALL COME OUT IN THE WASH

If someone told you how much time you would spend doing laundry after having children, you would have laughed in total disbelief. Life as a mother teaches you many things, and one of them is how to wash lots of incredibly dirty, smelly laundry. You can hate doing laundry or enjoy it. Since you have to do it anyway, why not choose to love it?

Remember all the mothers in the world who have no source of clean water in their homes, let alone an automatic machine to do the work for them. Having access to a washer and dryer is a true luxury that most mothers in the world do not enjoy. if you have that luxury, don't forget to be grateful you do.

Dirty clothes are the proof that some robust living and growing is going on around your house. A child in perfectly clean clothes is a freak of nature. Children are experimenting and growing all the time and that requires lots of mess, dirt and sticky stuff. As an aside, if you never get around to getting y…
Lost and Found

Apparently my get out of life free card is in the lost and found. I was talking to a friend at church who says she has been waiting for 14 years for her's to arrive. Good grief. You've got to be kidding. I say we all take a personal day from our life. Really. How important do we think we are? The world will not miss us for a day. Especially if in that day we enjoy the world, or at least our little corner of it.

I remember a snowstorm we had in Calgary back in the spring of 1998. I believe it was St. Patricks Day. Russ and I were living in a basement suite in the neighbourhood of Rundle. We woke up that morning to a ridiculous amount of snow. Yet, somehow I convinced myself they needed me at work. They would not survive without me. What was I thinking? It was a bank and I dealt with foreclosures, repos and bankrupcies. All things that would happily wait for another day. I chalk that one up to sheer stubborness on my part.

I no longer think that…
Baby, it's cold outside!

It's offically too darn cold. We are at a very windy and icy -51'C here in Edmonton today. Is that sick or what? There oughta be a law. A get out of life free card for a day like today. But it continues. We stand on the verge of getting ready for the day's music class. Jauntily dauning scarves, hats, parkas, boots, mitts, a hopeful spirit and dashing out into the blizzard,all for the sake of normality. Let me be the first to say....Normality ain't what it used to be.

Enough said. Case closed. I must go freeze myself silly now.
It's been almost two weeks since we have had Sylvia in our home. It has been a joy and a challenge. I have a new found respect for my friends and family who have more than two underfoot! In ways it feels like a constant sacrifice of time and personal desire, yet at other moments both those traits seem fulfilled...as if time is going to fast and you can't imagine doing anything else with your life.

Sylvia has grown and changed so dramatically in her short stay with our family. We have been advised that she will be going back to her Mom's home on Friday. I sincerely hope that her Mom can manage her depression and provide the love and care that little Sylvia needs. I know her Mom loves her and so hopefully she will make the right choices in the end.

Russ really loves this little girl. He has a soft spot for this stage of life and really shines as a Father when he has a baby in his arms. I imagine he will miss Sylvia terribly, yet isn't she lucky to have had a m…