Saturday, May 31, 2008

1 year

Well, I knew that our lilacs are just coming out and that's when I started this blog so I looked back and sure enough, my first post was May 30.  So, how is it going?

Well, I had a few goals... to model writing for my youngest daughter was one goal.  I can't say that I modeled effectively.  My writing was pretty sporadic.  But Kaylin does see the benefit of good writing and has asked to continue with our writing at home even though she is in public school.  So, that's good.  I have been disappointed at the lack of writing instruction in all of Emily's public school classes.  It's so important and so neglected.  Sigh...

I also wanted a place to write down my thoughts, just for me.  Well, that has been harder for me to accomplish.  I have only shared this blog IRL with a couple of people and that's just because some photos wouldn't go through their email and they could at least see them here.  So even tho nobody I know IRL is reading this, I am still so aware of offending people, or letting people see too much.  So my writing has been generic, to say the least.  I think the problem is I lean towards criticism.  It's the ugly reality I try to hide/ work on/ avoid.  I always hear, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."  So, I don't say anything at all... I just think it.  Ugh...

I also want to use this space to support and receive support from the international adoption community.  As our process goes on and on,  I know that support will be critical for my sanity.  

So, new goals for the next year.

1) model writing for my daughter
2) be more authentic/ open up more
3) visit more adoption blogs and comment on them - try to find a community of support

That's it.  Not hard.  Just do it.  


Life in Fitzville said...

Well, you commented on my blog... so that's one step towards one goal!

You and my husband could have a long conversation on the lack of writing instruction that goes on in public schools! He is an English teacher in a private school, and his main focus is always writing. He runs a whole online writing community for his students, which he continues through the summer, and he encourages our own kids to join in.

Our oldest is taking AP English at our own public school next year, and just received her summer reading requirements. The first book is "The Writing Life" by Annie Dillard. My husband was so happy to see this, as she is one of his favorites.

Keep writing, I enjoy your blog. I will pray for progress in Haiti for your two.

Rebekah Hubley said...


I love reading your blog!!!!!!! Keep it up, I visit often...


BSC said...

Thanks for the encouragement. Needless to say, I enjoy both of your blogs. Your zest for life comes through loud and clear.