All in a days work.

Day 6. Thanks so much for your cheers through this blogging marathon! 

A snapshot of family life.

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Today was ‘take our kids to work’ day. Jessica chose me to go to work with me and also invited her friend Priya to join us.

The aim was to understand the workplace, careers, education, choices.

My aim was to dispel the myth that I drink coffee, do lunch and write blogs all day.

I mean I do those things… and a little more.

Our workday began at 8.45am and I gave the girls there ‘to do’ list.

This list consisted of:

Take out recycling, clean kitchen, vacuum up and downstairs, clean all bathrooms, tidy bedrooms, put clothes away, put load of laundry in, turn off all lights downstairs (it bugs me…)

This list needed to be completed by 10am when we would meet to discuss our plans for the day.

Jessica’s first question at around 9.05am was ‘how do you expect me to do all this AND get ready?’

Yep.

‘Not forgetting clean the mirrors.’

‘Mom, you make you’re own Windex? I didn’t know that’ Jess says in wonder, iPhone poking from the top of her leggings.

‘One more thing’ I added ‘can you put the beef in the crockpot. You will need to find out how to do this, what you’d like to cook with it and for how long’.

‘But that’s not on the list mom.’

‘No you’ll find a lot gets added to the list as the day progresses Jess’

Oh I was having fun.

At 10am. Jessica declared she would join Phil next year.

We discussed how our day would look; the girls then spent an hour researching questions for a blog. It seemed it wasn’t as easy as just ‘sitting down and writing.’

We moved onto lunchtime at the Hope Centre. Our introduction of ‘the table’ at 11.30 saw many visitors enjoying lunch provided by the members of the congregation.

The girls sorted and organized donated clothes.

‘Why do people donate stained, dirty clothes mom, can’t they wash them first?’

Good point.

My funniest moment came when a man walked into the Hope Centre declaring in an authoritative tone ‘I’m looking for Jessica Collins’

I jumped up, ‘Who needs to know?’ (…this is not the movies Michelle.)

Jessica at that moment was lounging on the sofa with her friend.

‘I’m from Rutland Middle School’ he declared.

‘Oh right we’re just in recess Sir’ I said. My 14 year truanting self resurrected for a moment.

‘So, Jessica what have you been doing today.’

‘Well, she’s been organizing the donated clothi…’

‘Maybe Jessica could tell me’

‘Ah yes…’ I responded.

He proceeded to chat to Jess, took a couple of pics of her next to clothes rails and off he went.

‘Recess over’ I said nervously.

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I had a great day with them, I asked what they had learned from joining me in my workplace, their response:

* That the house is always tidy for a reason.

* How to make Windex.

* How to cook beef in a crockpot.

* That writing takes time.

* To stop judging people who look, smell, sound different.

* To open our eyes to those in need around us.

* To quote: You work hard, you have a routine. You’re not JUST a stay at home Mom.

* That we are clean, fed, privileged and not touched by poverty and we’re going to try not to be judgmental and we will donate clothes (washed and good quality)

I asked them a few quick fire questions:

How do you feel about poverty?

It’s always about third world but we see poverty here in Kelowna. There are lots of people on the streets, people are overlooked all the time.

What makes you angry?

Sassy, disrespectful, unkind people.

What concerns you?

Worry for friends and their choices. Worry about doing well, getting good grades.

What makes you happy?

Kind people, friends, eggnog, Miss. Vickies, friends, summer, friends, sleepovers, friends, skiing, friends. (There appears to be a theme.)

Finally, what are your thoughts about social media?

People think social media is negative. We don’t feel see it like that and we know to be careful. It’s where all our friends are.

‘In his book Hurt 2.0, which explores today’s teenagers, Dr. Chap Clark observes that the underlying force behind social networking is the drive for community. The high level of involvement of young people in social networking “might appear to adults to be an expression of adolescent narcissism, but … that is hardly the case,” Clark says, noting that online expression “is the currency of intimacy” for many young people today’. Do you agree? Read the rest of the article here.

To allow someone into my daily routine and space was challenging. But gave us all insight into one another’s worlds. There’s something powerful in that.

Cheering you hard workers today! Any other (Canadian) readers take their kids to work today?

See you tomorrow,

Love, Michelle xo

NaBloPoMo November 2013

A chat with my blogging Muse.

 

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You haven’t written for a couple of weeks Michelle. 

I know, I know. Hmmm. I have many excuses… Lots of half finished pieces, thoughts whirring and so many ideas dancing, but to translate that into a coherent post is another matter. I write when I’m inspired, but I have to allow Inspiration time to flow and to direct my thoughts. My words.

What happened to your Friday faves?

I am inundated with some wonderful writers in my inbox. The last few weeks have been thoughtful and respectful pieces on depression, suicide in the body of Christ and our understanding of mental health in the church – highlighted by the death of Matthew Warren. We continue to pray for the Warren family.

As this is an area so close to my heart and prayers, writing about the ‘fave things’ I had enjoyed that week seemed a little shallow.

Remind Me of your passions, maybe  new blog posts will emerge from  them.

Oh where do I start.

* I help run our church Hope Centre every week. Those who visit have found a place of community, friends and free flowing coffee. I love to feed people, but more than that to see hungry people being fed. We also give away quality, donated clothes; it’s awesome to see people kitted out. Last week I gave a super expensive sleeping bag to a friend of mine who was sleeping on the street.(Thanks youth department lost and found – sorry parent whose teen lost your sleeping bag.) Yes! I’ll blog some Hope Centre stories soon.

*My passion is to see our church and community introduced to a new place of healing and freedom in Christ. Wholeness. There is no doubt that this is where our calling and vision lie. Last week, Phil and I went down to New Life church to visit the Eyes and Wings Prophetic conference. God shone light on our future with words around transformation, overcoming, creativity and presence through Charles Stock, Stacey Campbell and James Goll as they prayed and declared prophetic destiny over us. We spent today reading through and absorbing our words, then took time to pray over the city.

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I have no doubt I will continue to write stories of healing and freedom and encountering God.

Any more areas of passion?

Teenagers! You do know I have worked intermittently with teens for many years and have received training and qualifications in this area? Oh yes.

So all that expertise really helps now that you have your own teens right?

(insert own nervous loud laughter here)

Wrong.

But.

I am reading the best book on parenting teens I have ever read.  I will summarize each chapter for the many parents of teens (or soon to be) who read here.  Such great nuggets of truth and lights on moments. Sound good? Look out for those posts!

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‘my very own teens’

All this talk about writing, how is your writing degree?

Ironically, that would be another reason I haven’t posted my musings as often.

I am mid assignment. I am currently writing a screenplay on the life of John Harper. More to come on that as I am nowhere near complete.

Narrative, dialogue, outlines, treatments – it’s all new to me.

There are a trillion writing facts/quotes, here are a few for this week:

‘Tolstoy had thirteen kids and wrote War and Peace.’

 Someone asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or when struck by inspiration. ‘I write when inspiration strikes he replied. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.’

‘I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.’― Madeleine L’Engle

Finally, you love your camera, have you any new photos to share?

I didn’t take this shot, but it really does deserve a post of its own. Don’t you think?  It was taken of my Mom singing at her friends wedding.

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It made us laugh out loud.

A lot.

Still does.

Even right now.

Hope you find something to inspiring on here over the weeks to come.

For you today I pray you know that:

‘God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever’
Psalm 100:5

Lots of love,

Michelle xoxo