New things

Lots of new things are happening around here these days.

The girls rapidly earned hard shoes for Irish dance and have been stomping around nicely for about a month now.  They now attend both soft and hard shoe classes.  It has been a real occasion for them to rise to…they are the only true children in the hard shoe class.  The next youngest member is 13 or 14.  They are working hard and I am very, very proud of them.  Eventually, I think we will have to purchase a portable dance floor so that they don’t have to go to the plywood floor in the basement to practice on. :)  Someday, someday.

This wee one is trying food, but doesn’t like it one bit yet.  Someday, I hope she will take it better.  But for now, I am content nursing her.

She has also decided to sprout some brand-new teeth and a brand new crawl, all in the same week.  I won’t deny, this sudden leap forward is making my heart ache.  I am so happy for her progress, but wish so much that she could just be mine forever.  Alas. :)

We’ve changed everything about school and educating the girls.  I am beyond thrilled about it.  Soon, it will mean a whole new blog.  I’m working on getting it started.  I can’t wait to show you when it’s ready.  :)

A new Yoga for Congo Women event is coming up in October.  I really hope that you will join me.  This will be our third year in Denver.  I can hardly believe it.  This year, we are changing and simplifying a lot of things, and I feel a real thrill about it.  Everything will be simpler and smaller, but I think more meaningful.  Please plan to join me?  It literally means an entirely new life to her.

All of these things and more mean a brand-new courage for me.  Courage to stand up and be who I really am without worrying so much about what everyone else thinks.  I think I’m finally ready.

13 Responses

  1. Can’t wait to see you!!! :) I’m so excited for the girls and everything they’re doing!! And SO proud of you!!

    September 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

  2. Liesel

    I’m glad you feel you can stand up and be who you really are. Unless you have some deep dark secret you are ready to reveal, I can’t imagine why you would have ANYTHING to worry about! Well, even if you have a deep dark secret I will still like you :-). There are always going to people naysayers of course, but we just have to try to ignore them.

    P.S. I’m excited for the yoga event! I’m still sorry I missed it last year.

    September 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

  3. Viv

    Hi there! I love your blog. You have such a beautiful, inspiring way of writing that I often find myself reading your blog several times a day!”Honey, are you reading that blog again?” has even become one of my husband’s most-asked sentences :)

    Anyways, I was just wondering if you would like or plan on having more kids? I have four girls (7, 5, 5, and 2) and I’m not sure if i’ll have any more kids. (My last pregnancy was quite traumatic.)

    Have a great day!
    -Viv

    September 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

    • Ann

      Hello, Viv! I am so happy to hear from you! It means the world that you read my blog. Thank you!

      It is funny you ask this question. I have wavered back and forth on making it the topic of a blog post. I do understand traumatic pregnancies…there have been many things that I haven’t written about my own. It can be completely life-altering and very difficult. I have enough high-risk problems that I am not able to have any more. It has been really hard for me, as I would give anything to have more children. However, I find that the knowledge that I can’t have any more makes each one I do have so much more precious and incredible to me. If you aren’t able to have any more, I am sure you will experience something very similar.

      You have twins…that must have been such a wonderful challenge! Bless your heart! How amazing! :)

      Love,
      Ann

      September 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

  4. Debbie Domenici

    Ann,

    You really do inspire me by all that you are able to accomplish, do and give to your family. I don’t know how you are able to do all of it. You are a wonderful example to all of us. I can’t wait to attend another yoga event. We miss and love you guys so much! We need a get together!

    October 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm

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