Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebrate Turn #20

Each week Ruth Ayres extends an invitation to share and celebrate events, big or small, from our week. 

Today I celebrate turns...

which also happens to be my one little word this year.

I celebrate the the two year anniversary of this space, my blog.  My first official post was in April of 2013, but I did not start writing regularly until July.  When I think about how this space has turned my teaching life around, I am amazed.  The connections I have made, the lessons I have learned, and the confidence I now have as a person who writes, are all wrapped up in this little space.  

Unfortunately, this space can steal much of my time and control many of my thoughts.  Because of that, I decided I needed to unplug for awhile.  I spent a few weeks away from social media so that I could take my turn.  I finally got into a routine of walking and eating better which was the reason for choosing my OLW.  Read that story here.  I feel better, and the best part is - I do not feel guilty.  

This was also the year for life turns.  I have written before that both of my kids graduated this year.  Last week my daughter officially received her teaching license and will be teaching third grade this fall, and my son registered for classes at our local university.  It has been a proud parent week!

When fall arrives, it will be another time for turns as they each discover their new paths and try to find their way.  It is not easy as a parent to stand back and watch or to let them go, but I guess that is why we give them roots and wings - to make it on their own, but to remember from where they came.

Where am I headed
along this path 
called life
finding my way
one day at a time

Today I celebrate turns.

Have a great July 4th weekend and may you find many celebrations along the way.


  1. Wonderful news about your children!
    God is so good.
    He delights in you!
    EnJOY your summer resting and walking with our wonderful Creator!

  2. This sounds like what I did, too. I needed to unplug and move my thoughts away from tech! Glad you are back celebrating your turns :-) Hope all is well!

  3. I love the way you connected all this with 'turns', Leigh Anne. It is a turning into different paths when your children move into their own lives, isn't it? You remind me of that song from "Fiddler On The Roof" "Turnaround":

  4. Happy Blogiversary! I think it's great that you unplugged for a little while to take a TURN for yourself. So exciting about your kids! Congrats. :-)

  5. Life is about finding balance, isn't it? Part of that wisdom is knowing when to turn away from something or turn towards something. It is powerful to find our story through our words. It is what connects us. I am glad you took the risk!

  6. Happy Blog Birthday!!! I'm so glad you are here and blogging! Your voice is one I value so much!! Good job finding some time for yourself too. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  7. So good to hear your voice. I have seen it grow stronger over two years, blogging beside you. I love that you are taking this break and not feeling guilty about it! See you when you plug back in!

  8. You're always with me at the grocery store when I pick up milk and check the expiration date! And so fun, to have met in person at All Write. Love these words in your poem - twisting, turning, tumbling - reminds me of the Pixar movie, Inside Out, which we saw yesterday. So fun that your daughter is beginning her teaching career. I loved my three years in third grade!

  9. Your post reminds me of Eclesiaties 3. There is truly a time for everything. The trick, I think, is to savor the time. Sounds like you are master at that trick.

  10. This is simply a lovely post. The way you used your OLW at each turn was lovely. It's great to read your writing again!

  11. Happy two years! And lots of happiness for you whichever way your life turns. Sometimes the best yet is just around the corner!

  12. Your proud parent moment reassures me that everything is going to be ok. I am kind of in a worrying parent mode when my middle one plans to move to independent life. I have to remember roots and wings. Thank you.