Friday, May 27, 2016

Sharing Stories in Person: CELEBRATE This Week: 141



I'm glad you are here to celebrate! 

Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details hereCelebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. 

Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.


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I love getting to work alongside teachers and coaches as we figure out how to teach writers even better than the day before. I'm fortunate to spend my days with teachers who open their classroom doors to me year after year. In addition, I've been blessed with the privilege to work with educators across the country. I started the week with the Missouri Reading Initiative. They're passion and curiosity was contagious and the days flew by.


elsie is one of the trainers for MRI and an amazing hostess. She and her husband spoiled me as their house guest. I tried to savor as many moments as possible. elsie made me her famous grilled cheese and a perfect cup of coffee. We had taco night with the other trainers and went out for Korean food served in hot stone bowls. We tried to sit outside as much as possible (but storms rolled through) and we stayed up and talked. 

I love getting to share stories with elsie through blogging and in person.


Speaking of sharing stories in person -- who is planning to attend the All-Write 2016 Summer Conference? I can't wait for our paths to cross!




Friday, May 20, 2016

I See Change {CELEBRATE This Week: 140}


I'm glad you are here to celebrate! 

Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details hereCelebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. 

Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.

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The 2015-2016 school year is over for my kids. The are officially in grades: 5, 6, 7 and 9. This makes me officially a momma to big kids. I'm not sure when it happened. I know that's what everyone says. 

I'm celebrating that they are growing up. There are less meltdowns and more moments of security. There are less pounding fists and stomping feet and more using words and walking away to calm down. There are less arguments and more doing the right thing.

There is more laughter.

If we use laughter to gauge our growth, then we have broken the scale. These kids have developed remarkable humor. Not a single one has the same sense of humor, but they each have developed their own humor and wit and sauciness and goofiness. 

I love it. 

It is easy to believe the lie that they aren't healing, that things aren't ever going to be okay, that maybe their history of hard will be a stumbling block for-always.

I gather up old photos, and I see change. I see survivors. I see courage. I see healing.

I celebrate that I get to be their forever mom.

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I'm looking forward to reading your celebrations!




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Be Careful Not to Miss the Growth of Your Student Writers

May is busy. There isn’t time to do the things already on the schedule, let alone any space to think about the things that don’t have a mandate or a deadline or a requirement attached. 

But if we pause, just long enough to take a deep breath and to sit and breathe again, then we’d remember May is what we are hoping for each August. It is the possibility of growth that  keeps us starting again with each fresh school year.

Tweet: "May is what we are hoping for each August." Don't miss the chance to see growth in student writers. http://bit.ly/1XnbifE 

We became teachers to see this growth. If we’re not careful, we’ll be so busy at the end of the school year that we just might miss it. We might miss the growth.

And if we miss the growth, we miss the celebration, and we miss the reason we start all over each fall. 

May isn’t going to stop being busy, but we can choose to collect the growth in our students.

I’ve put together a Google form for you to use to collect a little data about your students as writers. Remember to save a copy to your drive so you are able to collect and use students’ responses. With the new Google forms, the results are automatically graphed to make seeing the whole picture a little easier. You can delve into individual responses to see specifics for each student.


(This is ideal for grades 3 and up. I’d love to hear how primary teachers adapt this kind of data collection for their students. Please share your ideas in the comments.)

Google form to use for data collection with your student writers.

Once you’ve collected data from your students, you can use it to answer the following reflective practice questions.
  1. Note the perceptions students have of themselves as writers. Positive self-confidence is built through a steady diet of solid feedback, celebrating success and nudging growth. How has your feedback influenced the responses to the first two questions?
  2. Consider any trends in the data about writing process. What stage of the writing process do you support students in the most? What stage of the writing process would you like to be more intentional about teaching to students in the future?
  3. Looking at the categories of writing, what does the data show you about your focus on types of writing? To what type of writing would you like to expand your focus?
  4. Consider the responses regarding writing notebooks. Then consider your own use of writing notebooks, as well as the amount that you share your notebook with students. How does your notebook use compare to students’ responses about notebooks?
  5. Take note of your most popular lessons. Why do you think these lessons were so “sticky”?
  6. Do a variety of mentor texts resonate with your students? How much of an impact did mentor texts play in your writing instruction?
  7. The final question asks students to write a reflection about their learning. Prepare to settle in and linger over their answers. Take note of the primary feelings students have about writing workshop as well as why they feel this way. If their feelings are not positive, consider ways to help shift mindsets about writing.
With the use of technology, it is more convenient than ever to collect student data. Even if you are in a classroom with a single teacher computer, you can still have students take turns to complete the online survey. Once you have collected the data, plan to spend an hour reflecting on your writing instruction with the above guiding questions.

Invite your colleagues or an instructional coach to join you in analyzing your data. You will be able to pinpoint celebrations and begin to make plans to make your writing instruction even better.

If we aren't already Email Pals, you can snag my weekly newsletter and a link to the data collection tool by completing the form below. (Plus I'll send you a bonus PDF version if you want to collect data via paper/pencil.)

I'd love to hear how this goes with your students. Please leave a comment and let me know what you're realizing about your writing instruction.

Friday, May 13, 2016

We've reached 500+ Email Pals! {CELEBRATE This Week: 139}


I'm glad you are here to celebrate! 

Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details hereCelebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. 

Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.

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Wow! Over 500 Email Pals!
It is beyond what I could even imagine.
I love getting to help make teaching writers manageable + enjoyable. 
It's such a dream come true!
To celebrate and help me say thank you in a big way, 
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I love to celebrate the ordinary. However, from time to time, it is good to celebrate the extraordinary. I'm so glad we have this space to celebrate each week. Looking forward to celebrating with you this week.



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Enjoy the BEST YEAR EVER with a Mantra

For years I've claimed a OLW (One Little Word), but mantras also seem to attach themselves to me. (You can see some of my past mantras here...and long, long ago here, here, here, and here.) 
Lately it's been this:
{Be faithful in small things}
As the school year speeds to a close, I'd like to invite you to pause and claim a small mantra. I do my best thinking in my notebook. If you do too, then grab your notebook and jot down a few wisps that come to mind.
  1. What are some of the important things about the work you do?
  2. How do you wish you felt at the end of most days?
  3. If you had a magic wand, what is one thing you would change?
  4. What is virtue would you like more of in your life?
I'm a firm believer in never extending a writing assignment to another that I haven't done myself. So here are my answers...
  1. ​Making connections; empowering others to write; making others smile; lifting stress; breaking down big processes into manageable steps
  2. Peaceful; joyful; relaxed
  3. Feeling like I don't get enough done
  4. Peace; contentment
It's not surprising how my current mantra found me. When we slow down and jot a few reflective thoughts on paper, we make space for positive changes in our lives. You are not too busy to reflect. You are not too busy to claim a mantra. In fact, this might just be the thing that makes the end of this school year the best one yet!
Take time to choose the path you will walk these final weeks of the school year. I'd love for you to share your mantra with me and others. Just leave a comment below.

I've fancied up my Why I Write mantra (inspired by Jeff Goins). I shared it with all of my Email Pals (I love to share goodies like this). If we aren't Email Pals yet, today is a good time to sign up. Just fill out the form below and I'll send you the printable version of the Why I Write mantra.

Don't forget to share your mantra in the comments. I can't wait to read them!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Learning to Treasure {CELEBRATE This Week: 138}



I'm glad you are here to celebrate! 

Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details hereCelebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. 

Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.

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I don't know what to celebrate. I've started this post three times. That's not like me. I started to write about Hannah and high school next year. I deleted the 73 words and decided it's not time to think about that yet.

I started to write about the grey skies that are still wrapping around us. I deleted the 19 words and decided I don't have the grit in my soul to write the grey with joy.


I began a list.


  1. Hannah won a county-wide writing contest. 
  2. Sam finished reading Bird.
  3. Andy promised me dinner out with some friends.
I decided this wasn't fair either. There is a wisp of a celebration right in front of my nose and I'm having a hard time weaving it into something real.

This happens sometimes. We are distracted and the celebrations wave from a distance. We are grey and the celebrations sleep. We are tired and the celebrations slip through our fingers.

Instead of hurrying-up, I'm choosing to slow down. I'm going to linger.

Treasure.
Treasure.
Treasure.

It's my word of the year, and I'm not sure I'm living it. Google defines treasure as a quantity of valuable objects. Treasure is about abundance. If I'm choosing to live treasure, then I'm choosing to embrace an abundance of valuable moments. It's not only about digging one celebration out of the mire, but about claiming another celebration and another and another.

If I live treasure, then I collect an abundance of celebrations. 

My kids are growing up. We are ready to flip the page on this school year, and they will be headed into 9th grade, 7th grade, 6th grade, and 5th grade. They are working their ways out of childhood and into adolescence. Time is marching. 

I want to treasure these moments just like I've treasured the moments that have gone before. Parenting takes endurance. It is through finding an abundance of celebrations that I will learn to live treasure.

So here's to finding one moment then another and gripping them, then looking closely enough to find all of the other glimmers of grace and raw beauty and unexpected joy. This is how I will learn to treasure the rocky year we are living.

I can't wait to read your celebrations. You give me abundance and it fuels me!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Start Planning for an End-of-the-Year Writing Celebration

(Note: This is similar to a previous note that went out to my Email Pals.)

It's not too soon to begin planning for your final writing celebration of the school year. Writing celebrations offer positive energy for student writers, so it is worthwhile to end the year with one. This way students will carry self-confidence and good memories of writing with them throughout the summer and into the following school year.

Primary Writing Celebrations

For the youngest writers, I prefer to have a BEST BOOK EVER celebration! It just so happens that I enjoy launching writing workshop with an invitation to write the BEST BOOK EVER. Check it out...I'm sure you can use it as a springboard for planning an end-of-the-year BEST BOOK EVER celebration. 

If you would like a Celebration Prep Guide, click here to receive a lesson list and timeline to prepare for a Best Book Ever celebration or complete the form below.



Intermediate Writing Celebrations

For older writers, I invite them to complete an end of the year writing reflection and create an anthology.  Students consider four categories and select a project from the school year that meets the following categories.

  • My Favorite...
  • I Learned the Most by Writing...
  • Most Meaningful...
  • I Wish I Had More Time...

Students may select a different piece for each category, or the same piece might fit more than one category. For example, "My Favorite" and "Most Meaningful" might be the same writing project.

If you would like the Year-End Reflection, just complete the form below.

Students can collect their final projects (or print fresh copies if they have their work on a device) to compile an anthology. The reflection will serve as the opening pages to the anthology.

This isn't a project to rush. Plan to spend 5-7 days for students to complete a thoughtful reflection and a meaningful anthology. Depending on time and the students, you may invite them to add different parts to make their anthologies complete. Consider including:
  • A fancy cover
  • Table of Contents
  • Dedication
  • Introduction
  • Back cover with an author bio

The Formal Celebration

During the formal celebration, I prefer to give students an opportunity to share what they have learned as writers throughout the year. Primary students share the BEST BOOK EVER. Older students share the title of the project they selected for one category, their rationale for selection, and the writing project.
With a little forethought, you will put together a stellar final writing celebration. As always, I love to hear from you. Leave a comment and let me know:

  • When will you start preparing for your end of the year writing celebration?
  • What questions or thoughts do you have about an end of the year writing celebration?
Please share pics and comments from your writing celebrations with me on Twitter. Just tag @ruth_ayres.

Friday, April 29, 2016

This is my Story. This is my Psalm. {CELEBRATE This Week: 137}


I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details hereCelebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.

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Last week I delivered the message at my church. It was part of the This is my Story. This is my Psalm. sermon series. It was a privilege and an honor to get to speak about faith and adoption in my home church. 

I was also thrilled to have my friends, Jasmine and Becca, there to encourage me. They are giants of faith and have helped me heal in many ways. Before them I thought I was a really terrible friend. They've shown me so much truth about friendship, and I hope someday it will be the topic of a book. 

If you want to hear my story and my psalm, you can listen here. Just select the link under my name. I claim Psalm 150 -- the last chapter in the book-- as my Psalm. It is a Psalm of pure praise and has the verse: Let everything that has breath praise His name. I tell the stories of our adoptions -- Sam from birth; Hannah and Stephanie from kindergarten and a preschool for children ages 2, 3, and 4 with anger issues; and Jordan, a child I didn't even know we had until we were told to go find him. 

Also, this was delivered without notes. God wanted me to trust Him completely with the words. He is a good Good.

Celebrate with me by sharing your link here.




Friday, April 22, 2016

No homework! {CELEBRATE This Week: 136}

I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details hereCelebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.

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The best thing about state standardized testing is no homework.

I'm not a proponent of homework. Kids are in school for hours; there is no reason they should bring work home. Nothing good comes from homework. My kids are not more responsible because they complete a worksheet. They are not more prepared for the world because they are chained to their iPads completing a writing project that has been assigned, but not explained. They are not better off (except they stay out of detention) because they've completed menial tasks for a teacher.

Homework is the instigator of arguments, fits and lies. It is not pleasant. It does not show my kids that I care about their eduction. It is not a pleasant experience.

Even for the compliant children in the house, homework only zaps them of precious free time. Instead of crocheting head warmers for her online business, Hannah sits for hours at the kitchen table plugging and chugging math problems. Instead of heading into the skatepark, Sam waits for everyone else to finish their work. (Sam has mastered taking advantage of "golden moments" in school to complete his work.)

This week we've had a few homework free days. That means --
  • A walk through the yard discovering a new little turtle-friend.
  • Researching turtles to find out what they eat and where they live.
  • This led to a venn diagram to compare and contrast amphibians and reptiles.
  • Making dessert together in the kitchen.
  • Bike rides.
  • A family game of pig on the trampoline.
  • A card game (or two or three).
  • Reading books together -- like the old days.
  • We weren't rushed.
There is nothing good that comes from homework. Children are in school for hours. They work hard. There is no reason to send them home with more work. For the ones who do the homework, the consequences may even be greater than for the children who don't complete their homework.

So where is the celebration in all of this? 

I celebrate tenacity. Children who hold on to their creativity in the midst of all the demands placed on them by school. I celebrate perseverance. I celebrate families who are able to work through the grumble of homework and find time to do enjoyable things together. And I celebrate state testing, because for a couple of weeks there is no homework.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

JUMP IN! {CELEBRATE This Week: 135}


I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details hereCelebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.


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I am so excited to share with you my very first eBook! It might be my favorite thing I've ever written. Not just because it is memory of my friend, Nate, but also because it is a collection of the most important things I know about how to help others write well. It's my secrets to teaching kids to know their stories matter and to use their voices to make the world a better place. I'm excited to share it because it will make teaching writers more manageable and enjoyable.

It's about so much more than teaching writers, though. It's about how sharing stories changes people -- forever. 

I hope you'll take a minute to JUMP IN. Just go here, share your email address with me, and get your copy of JUMP IN: Great Teaching Begins in the Pool. (You can also fill out the form at the bottom of this email.)

I've been imagining you reading this, snuggled under your favorite blanket on your couch, rocking in a chair on your front porch, or maybe with your morning cup of coffee in your spot on the kitchen table. It's a short read that I put my whole heart into.

Then, if the story touches you, will you share it with THREE people who you think would enjoy it? 

Simply send them this link: http://bit.ly/ayresebook. (You can just copy and paste it into an email or text message.)

I'd also like to give a heartfelt thanks to those who were my first readers. Their feedback was critical to the final product. I am grateful and humble for their time and responses. Thank you -- 

Amy Rudd, Angela Faulhaber, Carol Varsalona, Carol Wilcox, Christy Rush-Levine, Erin McGurk, Jen Vincent, Jennifer Laffin, Karen Terlecky, Leanne Carpenter, Leigh Anne Eck, Linda Baie, Lisa Corbett, Mary Helen Gensch, Mary Lynch, Michelle Haseltine, Mona Goodman, Ramona Behnke, Ruth Metcalfe, Shaina Schoof, Tam Hess, Tammy Shultz, Tara Smith, Teresa Bunner, and Terje Akke.


As always, share your celebrations below!



Friday, April 8, 2016

April Snow Brings...{CELEBRATE This Week: 134}


I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details hereCelebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.

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It was a fuzzy sweater and butterfly rain boots kind of day.
I posted this shot on Instagram on the last day of March. The caption read, "It was a fuzzy sweater and butterfly rain boots kind of day. This might be my favorite kind of day."

And it is true, I do love a good grey day. 

We've had a Spring Break filled with grey days and now that the calendar has turned to April, I wonder if it is still truth that I love a good grey day. It is snowing as I write this. The same childhood rhyme that has played in my mind for a lifetime repeats, with a slight twist.

April snow brings...

I pause and consider how to end the line.

April snow brings dinner with friends. I laughed so much with Becca and Lee, and they reminded me how much fun Andy and I have with friends.

April snow brings shopping with the girls. I tried on a pair of shoes that prompted Stephanie to say, "Mom, I think you should ask yourself how often you will really wear those shoes before you buy them."

They are completely adorable and totally frivolous. The black and white gingham next to a butterfly pattern made them perfectly eclectic and the heel was the height I quit wearing once I started teaching.

Hannah said, "What would you wear them with?"

I laughed and said to both of the girls, "The truth is, girls, there are many reasons to buy a pair of shoes."

I decided it was time for the lesson my Grandma Myers taught me and my mom reinforced. "Sometimes, girls, you build an outfit around a perfect pair of shoes. You start at the toe and build up."

Stephanie lifted her eyebrows. "You mean you only wear them with one outfit?"

"To start, and then you get creative. There are lots of things in my closet these will match," I walked to a different mirror and admired the shoes again.

"Seriously, Mom, you really need to ask yourself how often you will wear them."

Instead, I asked myself how much I will enjoy wearing them. The answer landed me a new pair of shoes.
 

April snow brings slogging through the middle.  I've been writing thousands of words each day this week. In addition, I'm moving computers...and platforms. I finally bought a MacBook Pro. I am in awe by how fast and friendly it is.

I'm remembering the middle doesn't have to shackle me. I think the middle is the hardest part. I win when I open my computer. I win when I write a sentence. I win when I say the words out loud, "I am a writer." It is this sequence that then releases me and I'm able to move through the muck of the middle.

April snow brings hope. I know there is sunshine waiting to break through. April snow reminds me the grey days are still some of my favorite.

I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share your link below.


Friday, April 1, 2016

Soul Restoration {CELEBRATE This Week: 133}

I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details hereCelebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.


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If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this picture earlier in the week. It was accompanied by the following conversation.

Mom: What's the book club assignment?
Sam: Everyone brings their own book.
Mom: The we decide as a group?
Sam: No. Then everyone reads their own books all snuggled under a blanket. Then the last few minutes we share...and eat cookies. You bring the cookies.
Mom: Then we swap books?
Sam: I don't think you understand. Book club is for people who like reading. We don't need to tell each other what to read. We all have piles of books. It's just time to read together and talk about your book. Get it?
Mom: Got it.
Same: Good. I would hate to make someone not want to read because they have to read something they didn't pick. There's enough of that in school.

(Sometimes the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.)

Sam decided Tuesday evening was book club. I had so much to do. "I'm not sure right now is a good time," I said.

"You signed up," he replied. "Get your book and meet me on the couch."

I sighed and looked at the sink full of soapy bubbles. One popped and another and another. It seemed frivolous to read in the early evening. I had so much to do.

"Mom! Are you coming? It's starting!"

I squeezed the dish rag and clenched my teeth. There's no reason to stress, I repeated the words in my mind, hoping I can believe them. I stretch out on the couch and Sam brings me a quilt. "Scoot over," he says.

I can't believe we still fit on the couch. He opens his book and begins reading. I'm enamored by him. He gave up video games for book club tonight. I almost forget that that I have so much to do.

"You need to read too, Mom," he said, giving me a sideways smile.

I kiss the top of his head and open my book. I turn pages and breathe in and out and tension leaves my muscles. I didn't know I was tense.

This simple action feels like a luxury. I am reading next to my son and it feels like he's just given me an extravagant gift.

Self-restoration doesn't have to be complicated. We simply say YES! in the middle of too much to do.

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Guys! I can't believe how quickly so many of you volunteered to help me out with my new ebook. I'm so excited about this project! It is become infinitely better because of your help. My email pals will get the ebook before anyone else, so if you haven't signed up for my newsletter, right now is a good time! The ebook will be ready next week.

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This Sunday at 8:00 EST, Christy Rush-Levine and I will host the Teach and Celebrate Writers chat. I hope you will join us. Please note: lurking is acceptable. I'd encourage you to say hello at the beginning of the chat, but then feel free to just lurk. I'm always so blessed by #TandCwriters; I know you will be too.


Friday, March 25, 2016

Forever Matters + I Need Some Help {CELEBRATE This Week: 132}

I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details hereCelebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.


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Jordan turned 11 last week! It was the 4th birthday we've celebrated together. We are over halfway to celebrating more birthdays together than without one another. Time together...it makes a difference. I know it's important how we spend our time together, and it's important how much time we spend together. Sometimes I forget all of those moment pile together to make forever. 

Forever matters. Four birthdays seem like forever to our little man. I'm grateful to get to be his momma. Here's his birthday photo, which actually is a perfect capture of who he is right now. 



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I'm very excited to be rounding the final bend of creating a FREE ebook for my email pals! I'm looking for 20 people who are willing to read and give feedback on it. If you are interested, please let me know in the comments of this post and I'll send you a PDF of it. I'd like to know your thoughts by April 4. (Just for reference, most of my blog posts are around 500 words and the ebook is 1000 words. It's a speedy read.) You guys! I am overwhelmed by your responses to help me...thank you! There are now 20 readers. I'll be sharing the ebook with my email pals, so if you haven't subscribed to my newsletter yet, then please join below.

The first page of the FREE ebook I'm working on.

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As always, I'm glad you are here to celebrate. Happy Easter!

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