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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

I received some thoughtful gifts this Christmas. The ones in the first four pictures came from my dear friend Liz, who lives across the ocean from me in England. She's the writer of Liz's Deaf Blog as well as a photography blog and a blog narrated by her cat, Miley. I met Liz in person when I went to England in 2010. We keep in regular contact through email.

I had been thinking to myself that I ought to buy a pretty pen for my purse so you can imagine my delight when I opened the box (on the right in picture #2) and found a pen with my name on it. Isn't the bookmark next to the pen lovely? The photo doesn't do it justice. It has a 3D effect and contains lovely facts related to my name on the reverse side. I always associate the color purple and butterflies with Liz.

Photo #3 shows two books she gave me on castles in England, a postcard of a Robin Hood statue, and a Union Jack tea towel. Just the thing to tide me over until season 4 of Downton Abbey begins.

The plaque I am holding in photo #4 says Life's truest happiness is found in the friendships we make along the way. Liz is certainly a true friend of mine who has added to my happiness this year and ever since we got to know each other. Thank you, Liz. I'm fortunate to have you as my close friend.

More thoughtful gifts I received include those from my Aunt Louise. She reads my blog regularly and is a great source of support for all that I do. She took seriously my posts on my desire to do more public speaking and sent me two recommended books on the subject. I can't imagine a nicer gift than having someone take your dreams seriously and help you to achieve them. Thank you so much, my dear Aunt Louise.

This year I am especially thankful to share the holiday with my family. Although they are camera shy and seldom featured on my blog, I wanted to include photos of them in this holiday post.

The first photo is of my husband Rob. He's my rock. The second is of my son Charlie. He's holding an Army cap ornament. He has enlisted and will be serving our country after he graduates from high school. I don't know if he will be spending the next Christmas with us or where he will be posted, so this ornament is poignant.

The third picture is of my Dad. It's hard to see but he's holding a pocket New Testament. It's our family tradition that my Dad reads the Christmas story from Luke and Matthew before we open our gifts. As soon as he got into my house, I asked him, "Dad, did you bring your Bible to read the story?" With a big smile on his face, he said, "Of course I did."

The next photo is of my Mom holding Melody. My mom was really happy to meet her today. Although we had a present for Blondie to unwrap, we all knew that the real present for her and all of us was Melody, the new puppy who has claimed our hearts. She's a little sweetie, just adorable and Blondie's shadow. Happy Holidays from my home to yours.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Meet Melody

Meet Melody, our new golden retriever puppy, just 7 weeks old.

Golden retriever puppy, 7 weeks old.
Our little beauty

Golden retriever puppy sitting up looking alert.
She's ready for playtime.

Woman holding golden retriever puppy in her arms while seated in a recliner.
Me and Melody bonding.

Golden retriever puppy sleeping.
Sleepy little girl.

2 year old golden retriever awake next to sleeping golden retriever puppy.
Blondie watching over her new friend while she sleeps.

Melody and Blondie meet for the 1st time.
(with captions)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Surprise

A kindergarten girl with Deaf parents chose to sign the songs for them rather than using the generic hand motions with the rest of the class at her school's holiday concert. Now that's what I call inclusive communication! I bet her surprised parents were so proud. Whether you know sign language or not, this short video is guaranteed to lift your spirits this season. I could watch it over and over to see how this little girl stole the show. Enjoy and happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Holidays 2013

Holiday Decorations
I love the optical illusion of the Christmas packages floating in air! It was really fun to take this photo of the decorations where I work. Hope you enjoy it. You can click on the photo to enlarge it. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to all!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What Lies Ahead?

Presenting on Digital Preservation last month
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about what I will do once I have my Masters degree program completed. Previously, I have thought about working in public relations for a nonprofit organization, preferably one which advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing.  But recently, my aspirations have changed direction and I'm thinking instead about being a communication trainer. I have really enjoyed the several opportunities for public speaking that have come my way this fall through my job and my class on leadership and group communication. Mostly because they each gave me a chance to connect with people and share my enthusiasm for a subject. I think it would be great to create and teach a course on how to communicate effectively with people who are deaf and hard of hearing. From stories I've heard and read on the Internet, there seems to be a real lack of awareness on this topic. It is especially hurtful to the deaf/hard of hearing person when their own family members don't have these communication skills and sensitivity. I've been exploring the subject of inclusive communication on the Internet and what I've found resonates with me. Maybe becoming a communications trainer will be the next step in my career.

My family is getting a golden retriever puppy on Friday. Blondie has been so lost without her pal Rusty. We are all looking forward to this new addition to our family. Stay tuned for heart-warming photos/video to come.