Saturday, December 20, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I was in the city on Monday. People were out & about: shopping, sight seeing, working, having coffee. There was small evidences of Christmas, trees in red pots lining the streets, an occasional wreath on a building. Events unfolded during the day that I think have shaken everyone in Sydney. A gunman holding hostages in a cafe for 16 hours ending with the tragic deaths of 2 innocent people. My heart breaks for the families of those involved & for the people who were held, who's live are forever changed.
It has been heartening to see the response in the aftermath. An outpouring of grief & support with the spontaneous laying of flowers in Martin Place, the hashtag #Illridewithyou bringing people together.
This is an unusual thing in Sydney but I'm reminded that there are parts or the world where fear, hatred & violence are everywhere. I pray that people will be resilient & continue to have hope. That they can love & support one another, show kindness and forgiveness.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The final ten on ten for the year! Ten photos over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. I'm joining in with Rebekah.
I started the day with coffee (as always), then I was in and out doing nothing in particular but feeling quite productive.
This is what my tenth looked like.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
09-What's something that you read today that made an impression on you?
Today was my last day of work for the year. My job is in a school working as a learning support teacher in a year 3 class. Although I am there specifically for one child I work with others too, either in small groups or generally helping out in whole class activities. It was lovely to receive a combined card from the group, each child expressing thanks for how I had helped them (it made me tear up a little). There were some beautiful comments: "you're cool and nice", "we have learnt so much from you" "you have been such a help" "thanks for helping me find solutions to my problems" "you're a lovely teacher and I am very lucky that you have taught me"
All I want to do in my job is to make a difference to the children's lives at school, especially those who find learning difficult. I feel incredibly blessed to receive these words of affirmation and thanks. I think my favourite comment that I read today was "Thank you for making me a better person". Such a lovely thing to say.
I'm using journalling prompts from here
Friday, December 5, 2014
04 What is the last thing you do at night?
There's something so lovely about slipping between the sheets at the end of the day, especially in a freshly made bed. I'm very grateful that I fall asleep easily. Usually a cup of tea (something herbal) and a few pages of a book is enough to send me into a peaceful slumber. Last night was different. We had Charlie's presentation night and arrived home at about 10pm. We have a bit of a tradition of buying McDonalds sundaes on the way home. David and I opted to skip the sundaes and go for a glass of wine and a plate of yummy things. So, with James already in bed, Charlie, Nick and his girlfriend Lizzy and David and I enjoyed a late but lovely conversation, gathered together in our lounge rooom. Exhausted, I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
I'm using some journalling prompts from here
Monday, December 1, 2014
Occasionally I feel a little lost for words over here on my blog. For the month of December, I've been inspired to follow some journalling prompts that I found over at life:captured . There's one for each day of December, I think I'll try and do a few of them over the next few weeks.
01 Describe a moment from today that you want to remember always...
Today was an ordinary day with no moments that really stood out as ones I want to remember always. However, I noticed the feelings that fill my early routine.
My mornings are a bit of a whirlwind: all of us busily getting ready. I love the bustle of my family organising themselves for the day. It's different at this time of year, everything is winding down. A sense of anticipation fills each of us in different ways as the end of the school and working year arrives with all that brings. My heart is full as I see my boys becoming happy and confident young men. All three so different in their interests and abilities and so loved.