Leadership

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Chaorder


Yes, that wonderful, wacky state of affairs that permeates my life - chaorder. Everyday the morning starts off with dragging myself from this wonderful place in my dreams. I have to get up. I have to get up. I don't want to get up. I have to get up.

I'm not the only one like this. There are currently no morning people living in this house. However, once up, we are off and running. Get the kids dressed, grab them something to eat, quick get out the door, "You're going to be late!!!" I yell down the hall. Hurry, hurry, hurry.

I get to work and slowly sip on my Tim's while I turn on my email. Oh my gosh, look at all that red... Ok, so I'll get started reading them but then comes the mass invasion, one after the other people enter my office, 'hi', 'how are you today','what's up' and my personal favourite 'whoa, are you ok?' So, it's almost 1030 and I haven't finished reading the emails. Check the voice mail. More interruptions. Crisis in the parking lot. Staff meeting, I'll check the emails later.

This is a normal day. There is usually very little difference from one day to the next. And it's amazing that anything ever gets done when what seems like chaos and disorder is the main course. However, there is a kind of order in the chaos - chaorder. Not only do things get done, a lot of things get done.

However, in all of this, some things get left out. I've been wanting to phone my friend, Linda, however, by the time the chaorder is over it's too late to call her. She's tucked away in dreamland by the time I get my boys settled down in the evening - the time difference is three hours.

I'll have to settle for trying to remember during tomorrow's chaorder. I've found that if I program my phone to beep and remind me to do something, I'll get it done.

With God's help, I make it through. Rather than calm down the chaos, I've taken to turning it into a sense of order. Sometimes it's just the thing to do - just go with the flow, allowing yourself to be blown by the wind wherever it takes you.


The answer my friend is blowing in the wind!


grace...Kathie










Monday, May 14, 2007

Mother's Day Musings!

Full of noise and chaos, children squealing with laughter, crying over owies, loud footsteps on the laminate floor - this was Mother's Day. We asked the longest living mother of the family what she wanted to do, and she said, have all the family over for dinner. So we did. Ed made a wonderful turkey dinner, the only ones missing were son-in-law Mike who had to work and Derek - who had the audacity to be in Hawaii during this celebration. Thank goodness the rain held off and we could send the children outside to play.

I love when my children bring me homemade Mother's Day gifts. Evan made me a wonderful picture of a butterfly with painted hand prints with a heart warming poem to go with it. Nathan made me a booklet with his picture in it and an acronym of the word Mother that he made up.


I'm dismayed that my daughter Sheena is no longer making her own cards with beautiful hand written sentiments. But with three small children to look after under four, her days no longer contain enough hours to do everything she needs. Hopefully, when her children are older, she'll take up that beautiful craft again.


My brother Terry always likes to write a little verse in all the cards he sends. He's a real character who likes to laugh and always has a questionable joke for me, being careful not to tell me anything too extreme!



Everyone is so different - for these occasions, I just am happy to know that my family love me and want to spend time with me. I have no need for anything really, but I'll always take a gift certificate for knitting supplies or books!


Anway, a new book I'm reading - Withering Heights by Dorothy Cannell - an amusing and light murder mystery. Just what I've needed this last few days.


grace...kathie











Friday, May 11, 2007

Women in Leadership

Well, I've registered for another course at TWU. It's a communications course Women, Communication and Leadership. Read about the course and syllabus at this link:




The instructor is from the UK and I'm excited - I had to get permission to take the course as I didn't have one of the prereq's, however, she was more than happy to have me in the class. Let's just hope I can keep up with it. It is an intensive course over one week in August, I'll have to do some reading and writing before hand to keep up with it. It will be very interesting.


I'm also off to Guelph in June to attend Write! Canada - a Christian Writer's Conference put on by the Word Guild (www.thewordguild.com). I'm really looking forward to this conference. I've never been before - I want to learn more about writing and the industry. It will be a great opportunity to network.


What I'd really like to do is get my book going. I'm finding it hard to get the time to get into it - I really have to enter a different place in my head! But it's time to get down to business. I've got the first five or six chapters done for a children's book - Seekers of the Truth - not sure if will end up being one, two or three stories, we'll see what path it takes.


Nathan and I are going to work on some stories this summer together. It will be our project for our holildays - kind of a bonding thing. He's so good with words and I really want to encourage him with it.


Evan loves to draw and colour - so we're going to do some crafts with him this year and get his creative juices going that way - not that it takes much effort to do so!


Lots of fun things in store this summer. I can't wait!


grace...Kathie


ps. Paul, you can peek at my hair in the new photo, but I'll post it here so you can enlarge it better to see!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

My Articles Won!


I am so delighted. My editor from the Salvationist.ca sent me a note saying that they entered three of my articles to the Canadian Christian Press Awards and my articles won. You can read about it on http://www.salvationist.ca/2007/canadian-church-press-awards-of-merit/ and read the entry for May 7th. I was really tickled pink!

I've been doing a lot of contemplating lately about what I need to challenge me. Sometimes I think I need to do something different with my life. A move, or a change, perhaps. Then I think, no way, I'm not leaving here - I love what I'm doing. But I know that at some point we may be asked to do something different. What that will be I don't know.

However, I do know that sometimes we get sidetracked from our path with many temptations. One of the ways the enemy likes to sidetrack us is with pride. Yes, pride. I spoke about pride last Sunday at our service - that's because God has really spoken to me about the subject. I hate that! The path He has before us is for "us" not for others. And their path is not ours. What will be, will be God's will.

So, in light of all of these revelations, I'm going to get back on track. I did get sidetracked, I wandered off the path. However, even that wandering, in and of itself, becomes a part of the path that I follow, till it leads to growth in character and maturity in the Spirit.

grace...Kathie