Change is not always a bad thing. Change can be scary, stressful, and sometimes even dreaded yet when we accept the change and move forward with it, instead of fighting it ~ only wonderful things can result. The teacher I'm working with has been a friend for years, and was a dear friend to my sister too. This helped my transition because I knew who I would be working with outside of the classroom so we just needed to figure each other out as educators for a cohesive classroom.
I figured it would take a couple weeks, I'm happy to say I was wrong. After a couple days, the laughter and finishing each other's projects and thoughts began. It has been a joyful, fun, and amazing few weeks. I look forward to the year ahead. Not only am I making oodles of new friends, meeting new families, and enjoying being "in town" daily ~ I cherish the time spent getting to know a friend a lot better. She has already been such an encouragement to me, more than she might know.
Thanks to the change I've enjoyed conversation about high school, life, and girl talk each morning on the way to school instead of shedding tears. On the days prior to Heidi's birthday, instead of grieving the day to come, I shared memories and highlights of things to come with my family and friends.
I found myself missing my Gram and Aunt Nancy more than normal this month. I'm not sure why, maybe it was reading some of my aunt's notes in preparation for a community event (which we didn't make it to due to being sick), or because we've been going through pictures again for upcoming blogs. Whatever the reason, I'm thankful for the memories. My book, Encourage Others: One Day at a Time, is inspired by these two woman and their dedication to send cards, notes, and goodies to others on the special days in their lives. For more information on this book, click on the picture of my Gram and I above.
With less than a week left to enter for your chance to win a FREE book ~ be sure to enter. There are two ways to enter: 1) Write a review on Amazon.com for any (or all) of my three books. Each review enters you for a chance to win - so you could actually have 3 entries. 2) With your copy of any of my books, or with the cover showing on your Kindle - take a picture of you reading the book, the book displayed somewhere at your house or office, or whatever creative way you choose and then post the picture on the "Where's Heidi?" Facebook page. My parents are going to pick their favorite pic - so far, no one has entered so if you do it this week, the odds are in your favor.
Other than that - enjoy your family and friends, cherishing each memory. And don't forget there is another day like Heidi's birthday coming on the day double her birthdate. Hint, hint!
A woman who downloaded Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey posted this on the Where's Heidi? Facebook Page today: "I just wanted to thank you for the free kindle download of your book. I lost my little sister just over seven years ago. All though it was to domestic violence and not kidnapping it was still helpful to read about someone else who felt and
continues to feel the same feelings. Thank you Lisa and god bless you. I pray someday Heidi comes home to you and your family." E.L.B