Happy (re)Birthday!

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I really loved this week's blessing... when I read it for the first time just about a week ago, I read through it once, put it down, got up, paced for a few moments, and then immediately sat back down and read it three more times.

"Praised be your father and mother, who loved you before you were, and trusted to call you here with no idea who you would be."

With no idea who you would be. ... I mean come on.  I just love that.

And the people he writes of, with their kind hands and urgent deeds, finding you amidst the grey, opening windows, letting in the blue.  I have a lot of those people in my life. 

His words stuck with me all week long.  And yet, I seriously struggled to come up with an art project (hence the lateness of this post!)... I think maybe I felt so attached to the words he wrote, that I wanted to just let them be. 

Plus, my birthday isn't until September... so I was a little unsure as to how to make all the cosmic puzzle pieces align.

Last Tuesday was my final day at a job that I've had for the past three years.  The entire faculty and staff of the school gathered together that day to say farewell to those of us who were leaving.  It was strange to be acknowledged alongside teachers who have been mentoring and guiding children at this school for over 30 years.  But there I was, being thanked, and hugged, and well-wished. 

Though three years isn't a very long time in the grand scheme of things, it was a big three years for me.  I am really ready for this next step in my life, but I am going to miss my colleagues (friends) at school, and I'm going to miss the kids.... a lot.  A lot more than I realized.  But onwards I go! 

So even though my birthday isn't for another 2+ months, this week, I am celebrating my (re)birthday.  I am taking my very first wobbly steps in the wild unknown of this new life.

During the final days at school, my colleagues and I spent most of our time cleaning out the classrooms.  Getting rid of things, reorganizing, packing up... In the process of doing so, we collected a whole bunch of unused to goods to donate to goodwill; books, art supplies, games, puzzles, posters, you name it.  This morning, as I was lugging trash bags full of stuff to the goodwill in Davis, I stumbled across a puzzle that had fallen out of one of the bags, and BAM!  I knew what I wanted to do for my art project!

Here is a little video of my puzzle project: 


Ya know what's cool about (re)birthdays... they can happen whenever you want!