Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Thank You

I didn't get much writing done today. There was too much going on and I had a hard time focusing. Tonight we held a teacher appreciation night for all our primary teachers. I had food to prepare during the afternoon and I went to help set up for the evening after school.

It was great to be able to gather all the people that work so hard in our primary and let them know how much we value their dedication. We had good food and good conversation. We even played a version of the Liar game although we determined after the game ended, that we would probably remember the lies about each person rather than the truth. As the evening ended, all those teachers that we value pitched in and helped with the clean-up. All-in-all, it was a great evening.

The next appreciation night I hold should be for my family. Every day they do the things required of them with little complaint. I receive lots of loves and hugs from my kids and husband, which makes my day. Every time I sit down at the computer, they leave me alone so I can work and they are so proud of me even though I haven't made it quite yet. But I don't always show them exactly how much I appreciate them. I need to remember to tell them more often.

There is another place where I feel a great deal of gratitude for all the help and support - that is here online. I so appreciate the online community I am part of. Many times I have emailed certain authors for advice and received gracious and helpful replies. There are so many bloggers that I have learned from and look forward to the things they have to say. I'm grateful for every comment left on this blog. There are lots of people I feel like I know just a little bit and hope I can meet some of them at the next LDStorymakers conference.

This thing called the internet can be addicting and time-consuming, but it has also been so valuable in connecting me with a writing community I was totally unaware of last year. So to all those who have made a difference to my writing life, I can't make you a meal but please accept my heartfelt thanks.


A. Riley said...

I feel exactly how you do. I discovered a bunch of writer's blogs a few months ago, and love reading them. I have learned so much from various blogs, published or not. It's fun to meet people that love writing as much as I do.

Good work on your word count novel. I'm at about 17K on mine. Feels good to have that much of a start.

Don said...

Amen. I have over two dozen writer's blogs that I look at daily, and they give me such a boost.

ali said...

That was a beautiful post Stephanie. I'm sorry I've been gone so long ... I have missed reading your wonderful posts.

I think I ought to have a Family Appreciation Night myself. Thanks for the great idea!

Rachelle said...

I am pretty new to the blogging world and really enjoying it too. Thanks for the great post. I can't wait for the next LDSStorymakers conference!
Good luck with your writing and cold weather. :)

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I can't wait to meet everyone who comes to the conference next spring.

ali - I'd love to hear if you do hold a family appreciation night. Any hints on fun things would be great.

Ajoy said...

Why am I crying? I'm such a boob. I couldn't have said it any better.

I already talked my hubby into making a family trip up to Utah in March for the conference. His brother and his family of 4 kids live within a half hour of the conference. looks as if I get to go! It's about a 12 hour drive for me from Phoenix...with kids...ummmm probably 14 hours. Oh well.

At this point we plan on going to Utah. My family will be having fun with extended family and I will be having fun with my blogger family. :)

Stephanie Humphreys said...

The drive to Utah from where I'm at in Canada is also about fourteen hours, but we usually do it in about 2 days, stopping to visit with family in Idaho on the way. I'll have to watch for you in March.

Don said...

Google tells me it's 20 hours from my house to SLC. It's not a bad drive, but I've never done it with the kids before.

I hope to be there in March as well. The conference is the same week as spring break for my girls, and they are dying to see all of their cousins again, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that things will work out so we can come.

20 hours - thank heaven for DVDs and video games!

Ajoy said...

How fun! I am even more excited to think I get to meet you and so many bloggers that have been apart of my writing life so far. I look forward to it.

Don- I hope you can make it too. A sacrifice- yes, but it will be such fun.

We have 5 children and we plan on trying to get pregnant with # 6 any time after the new year. Driving with 5 children ain't no fun for me- especially if I have any morning sickness. Knock on wood...please no morning sickness!

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