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Saturday, March 1, 2014


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I'm glad you are here to celebrate! For more information, check out the CELEBRATE This Week page. Please use #celebratelu to share.

I'm celebrating sunshine! It's been impossible to miss this week and even though it's cold, the sun is warm and bright and chases away the grey

I traveled to the WRITE TO LEARN conference this week. Since there wasn't a close airport, I decided to drive instead of fly. A few weeks ago, my friend Heidi volunteered to travel with me so I could make it home for school on Friday. (We arrived home at 2:00 am and I went to school yesterday then crashed last night. This is the reason Celebrate was up late today. Oops!)

Heidi and I had a great time, filling the car with all kinds of conversation and laughter. I was blessed by her friendship. 

I found this little friend in my mailbox at school from a friend. It's a reminder that life isn't something we travel alone. On the card was written, "I'm glad we are part of the same flock."

It's been a week when I've realized the true blessing of friendship. (Thank you everyone who commented on Sam's book review -- he felt your encouragement!) I'm sure this topic of friendship is going to influence some of my 40 stories.

There were a great group of teachers in my preconference session at WRITE TO LEARN, and we wrote, talked, and celebrated together. A group of Elsie's friends sat at the front table. Their energy filled the room and was contagious.

Chris Lehman was also leading a preconference session in a room the floor below me. We were able to squeeze in a few chats over lunch and at the end of the conference. I'm grateful for the professional connections I have and the way conversations naturally happen when you are around people with similar beliefs and convictions. I admire Chris's conviction to keep reading genuine and real -- not contrived and "worksheet-ed."

Looking forward to celebrating together!


  1. Love that little sheep! A good reminder that we don't travel life alone. Still heartsick I couldn't attend your session. Glad you made it home safely considering the late hour.

  2. Sounds like a very nice week, Ruth, so much to celebrate! Your conference, and traveling with a friend. There is nothing nicer than extended talk on road trips! Hope that sun stays a while longer-we have sleety snow today, but I'm happy it's Saturday! The sheep is so thoughtful, lovely surprise for you!

  3. What a lot of celebrations! I love "we are all part of the same flock" sheep gift! What a lovely way of saying thank you! Your writing conference sounded wonderful - and sharing it with someone else makes it even better! Hope you get some sleep this weekend!

  4. We had sunshine here in Portland, Ore. yesterday and it felt exhilarating! It made me feel bubbly and springy and that the world was for the taking. Now it's gray and rainy, lol. But at least we had that seemingly perfect moment in time!

  5. I'm with Adrienne - I love the "we are all part of the same flock" gift! Your conference sounded great. I also love the picture of you with Chris Lehman. I saw him speak for the first time at NCTE, and I thought he was wonderful! I visited your link for the 40 stories. Amazing!

  6. I am glad that you had a great professional development opportunity this week!

  7. Nothing like being around positive/good people of like spirit. Precious lamb says it all. The aunt that was my third mother but really my first loved lambs. Keep her close. Have a blessed March and spring!

  8. Sounds like you had a great conference. I miss going to my school librarian conferences. They were alway so fun.

  9. This celebration post rings of authenticity. Authentic connections. And I can't forget about the sunshine, glorious sunshine!

  10. I love that little sheep! I too am happy for the sunshine. The temps haven't gotten much better, but the sunshine sure makes a difference.


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