Category Archives: Boys

Be Untrainable (a post for my three boys) 

    Boys, there are some thing that I never want the world or anyone in the world to train out of you.  I watched all of you complete a triathlon on Sunday. Personally, I love how sports and being active can teach us about life.  I feel this to be particularly true about volleyball and Triathlon.  


                        OC- 5 years old 


    Volleyball will teach you how to deal with failures when they happen and get over them quickly.  It teaches you how to always work as a team and how to be a contributing team player, no matter the role assigned to you.  Volleyball will take you through a life full of emotions in only one match.  But oh, Triathlon, this teaches us even more about life.  


               CC – 8th birthday day 

    Triathlon teaches us so much about ourselves.  Three years ago, I wouldn’t even have considered doing one.  My mind was holding me back.  So that’s the biggest hurdle we need to overcome is our mind’s desire to hold us back from success and adventure.  With training, anyone can complete a swim, cycle and run triathlon.  


                      JC – 10 years old 

    Swimming in triathlon is a special part of the event because you can drown! Mentally, you need to overcome that thought of dying, overcome the affects of water and waves as well as “Just keep swimming!” as Dory likes to remind us to do.  Now, we get to cycling boys! The part of the event that could lead to injury.  Through contact with other racers or the road.  You may need to hold your composure with equipment failure or getting passed on the hills.  Always remember that the swim and cycle part are really getting you ready for the run.  Imagine the swim as your birth to elementary school years.   Cycling is that adventurous and fast teenage years.  The run is adult life. This is where the real magic happens.  Every little stroke in the water or on the bike has set you up for the run.  On the run one step at a time, you will need to focus. Neither looking back nor too far ahead.  The run, like life, is a time to savour and enjoy a race well done!  And you did this on Sunday!   You showed how you want to live your life and my prayer tonight is that no one will ever take these skills from you, all these skills that you exemplified during your triathlons.  

    Tenacity. 

    Drive. 

    Heart. 

    Intrinsic motivation. 

    Deep feelings. 

    Athleticism. 

    Creativity. 

    And oh did you love that Sun Rype buffet at the end! 

    Keep celebrating.  

    Keep being you.  

    Always be you! 

    Love your very proud Mama 

    Be The Reason, Not The Excuse

    “I don’t have time.”

    “My children are too little.”

    “My work is too difficult.”

    “I don’t have a bathing suit.”

    “My home is too far away.”

    Excuses pouring through our thoughts and out of our mouths.

    Another excuse to do something that you really want to do.

    At 6:15am this morning.

    My son taught me about the importance of turning my excuses into my reasons.

    At 6:15am this morning.

    Looking like this carrying his towel and goggles into the swimming pool:

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    He had watched me compete in a triathlon on the weekend.

    He decided he wanted to start training too!

    At 6:15am.

    Imagine if I had used my children as an excuse not to train.

    Imagine if I would have used my busyness as an excuse not to sign-up.

    Imagine if I would have used my body as a excuse not to put my shoes or bathing suit on.

    My children, my life, my body are MY REASON!

    This is why I do what I do!

    What excuses will you choose to turn into your reasons?

    Imagine what possibilities could happen!

    WOOOOOOAH.

    Smooch, Joanna

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    As always, feel free to join in on the action on Facebook! Share your reasons!

    Be Riding Nana’s Bike (Post about Joy!)

    Lately have you felt that happiness that just flows out of you?

    Your teeth seem whiter and brighter?

    Your smile is larger than life?

    Joy seeps out through every skin cell in your body?

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    Last weekend, we decided to get the bikes ready for a ride to a local coffee shop.

    We noticed Nana’s old bike in the back of garage from when our friend Sara used it last year.

    We asked our oldest, JC, if he wanted to ride Nana’s bike.

    The ride was PURE joy for him and it flowed through us all.

    He loved the feeling of being up on Nana’s bike.

    He was mesmerized with her gears.

    We talked about all the different places that Nana used to ride her bike and how she would often just miraculously show up in our backyard for a ‘break’ and a drink of cold water.

    Really we knew that Nana loved a destination and she loved seeing her people!

    As we watched JC ride Nana’s bike, happiness flowed out of us all.

    Our teeth seem were whiter and brighter.

    Our smiles were larger than life?

    Joy was seeping out through every skin cell in our bodies?

    A perfect joy-filled precious moment.

    Just being.

    Enough.

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    Be Lighting up Flu February

    3 little sickies lying on the couches.

    3 red faces.

    3 fevers hot.

    White candles burning.

    Filling up the space.

    3 little boys lit up with light.

    Holding space with my boys.

    Holding my boys.

    Water.

    Soup.

    Apple sauce.

    Toast.

    3 little boys down for the count.

    Not for long, though, so world watch out!

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    With gratitude for the choices that I have made to allow these days to be simple days where I still get paid.

    Freedom.

    Day by day.

    Being present.

    Mothering my boys.

    Being me.

    Be Doing Imperfectly Great Things

    Striving to be “perfect”?

    Without flaws.

    Without mistakes.

    Living the perfect life.

    Making the perfect decisions.

    Constantly striving to live in a state of “being” perfect!

    Are you exhausted just reading that?

    I feel fatigued just writing it as I think about my former mindset and my former decision-making process.

    I am now striving to do imperfectly GREAT things.

    Just doing the do.

    Writing.

    Talking.

    Loving.

    Being.

    Present to whatever comes my way and knowing that I will NEVER be free from flaws nor mistakes, but I have a depth of spirit that will allow me to apologize and change course as needed!  I am easily adaptable because of the grace that I am constantly given and the grace that I can give others.  I know that great things come out of just being present and imperfect.

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    Tuesday and Thursday mornings are the time when I have all three boys in school. I fill my time with a bit of exercise, writing, and connecting with people.

    This morning, I awoke to one sick, JC, my current sidekick for the day!

    Previously, I would feel deep anguish over the plans for my day having to be adjusted.  I would feel stress in my shoulders and a turning in my tummy as I pondered how to make the day work.

    Today, I felt InCrEdIbLe! An opportunity to hangout with my oldest.  My “to do” list was thrown out into the abyss to be pondered for another day.   I love being able to spend time with each of my boys together and individually.  My “doing” can always wait, but my “being” is the greatest gift that I can give to myself and others.

    Being present.

    Doing great things.

    Through the imperfections of life.

    With flaws.

    With mistakes.

    Loving.

    Being.

    (Toque courtesy of UofAlberta Alumni!  Huge hugs going out to my UofA Panda Alumni that are celebrating the retiring Panda volleyball players this Saturday and are hosting an Alumni auction in Edmonton, Ab. Drop in and bid on something if you are close to the game!)

    Be Finishing our Summer Reading 

      Nine months ago.

    Seven books. 

    Aslan, the lion portraying Jesus. 

    Stories interwoven. 

    Cupboards opened.  

    Magical conversations with my eight year old day after day.  

    Short times of reading over time to completing seven wonderful books. 

    With gratitude to CS Lewis for sharing his gifts.   

    Writing takes discipline, like anything that produces fruit in our lives.  

    Now off to work on my summer body and ponder our next series! 

    Be on a Sunrise Ski 

    Two slender boards sliding through the powder.  

    A Labrador retriever frolicking at the end of a leather leash.  

    A happy mama taking time to be still while gliding through the snow.  

    Be.  

    Be still. 

    Be still and. 

    Be still and know. 

    Be still and know I. 

    Be still and know I am God. 

    Be still and know I am.  

    Be still and know I.  

    Be still and know. 

    Be still and. 

    Be still. 

    Be. 

    Be you.  

    Your strengths. 

    Your gifts.  

    Your talents. 

    Be present.  

    Be still within. 

    Be enough.     

    Side note:  I think this is one of the best parts of my early morning skiis, pajama-clad boys in the window.  

    May you have many beautiful smiles to come home to during this Christmas season. 

     

    Be Grate-full

    Overflowing with gratitude.  

    Pouring out with thankfulness. 

    Grate-full. 

    My heart and soul are full! 

      
    Thanksgiving full with nature, fabulous food, beautiful friends and my brood of boys.  

      
    Our traditions.  

    Our rhythm.  

    Our choices. 

    Our freedom.  

    His fullness.  

    Our Thanksgiving. 

    A gift that keeps on pouring as we continue into this week.  

    Grate-full for life. 

    Celebration. 

    God.