Saturday, January 11, 2014

Pausing to Savor on Saturday!

                          So excited to join Saturday Celebrations with Ruth Ayres! 
                   It is fun to live my week thinking about what I will celebrate on Saturday!
Discover. Play. Build.
                            A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!

I'm celebrating babies this week.  A colleague stopped by school with her new baby and we were delighted to see her, big brother, and baby sister.  Our staff had two babies in November, another one due this month, and a new pregnancy announced this week.  Our church congregation has welcomed many babies this past year, after years of having only a few.  Last Sunday, I watched with delight as a sweet baby girl held her mother's hymnbook and intently watched the song leader.  It was precious and there were more than a few of us watching her instead of the song leader.      

I'm celebrating words this week.  It was through reading many of your words at Two Writing Teachers that I finally found my writing voice.   My OLW (One Little Word) for 2014 found me last Saturday evening.  I'm inspired by your OLWs and look forward to the word journeys we'll share this year.  Take a moment to see some of the words we've chosen at Cathy's post and add your OLW to the comments if you missed Cathy's call.  It's a great place to round up our One Little Words for 2014. 

I'm celebrating my students this week.  I asked them to read a Mock Newbery book over winter break.  Almost all of them returned ready for book clubs this past week!  Final book clubs will meet on January 21st, followed by fishbowl discussions in defense of each title before voting in our Mock Newbery, and we'll enjoy a celebratory breakfast meeting on January 27th as we listen to the announcement of the 2014 Newbery Award.  Yesterday, we enjoyed a little more time than usual to dive into our final book club titles.  I love a room full of engaged readers!     


  1. It's so exciting to be blessed with new babies in our church families!

  2. Babies indeed are so special. My daughter and I were just talking about how we missed seeing a baby now & then. I don't think they'll have another. I just answered you about the Newbery. I'll find some of the students, but we won't meet again until the 23rd. This is a random group of avid readers who meet with me and the librarian at lunch. We'd love to know ahead what you are rooting for, though.

  3. Babies! I love to snuggle the babies. Glad to hear the celebration. :-)

  4. Sounds like life is back in full swing in your part of the world. We are just now getting back to a regular life. What great kids to be ready for discussion after the holidays. It will be exciting to see what the award winners will be.

  5. My school has been blessed with babies too! Seeing new babies just makes you appreciate new life and what a blessing they are. I need to go back and reread some of your posts about your Newbery club. I started one this year and it was a learning experience for me. Several things I want to change. I can't wait until the 27th! Have a great week.

  6. Babies are great but, book talks with your kids will be bringing yet another celebration!

  7. Any day is a great day to celebrate babies! At school we have had one baby this year, and six or seven more are still waiting for their babies to be born this school year.

  8. I love to read the great things you are celebrating, especially the way you are getting your kids excited about reading.

    My kids are very challenging this year. I haven't been able to push my kids in reading like I have in the past. I'm sad to say I don't know who the frontrunners are. I'm anxious to learn about this through you.


  9. I love, love, love babies. I don't think my boys are ready yet, but I can't wait until they are! I'm definitely going to be a babysitting grandma!

  10. Hi Ramona,
    Babies. What a great celebration. I always find warmth in those who are so fresh from God.
    Shine on,