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Mother's Day Giveaway
May 07, 2009

A woman who has touched my life in more ways than she knows hosted a workshop at the school I worked at over ten years ago and some of the words she shared are as clear in my mind today as if I heard them just this morning. When we arrived we were each given a mysterious paper bag filled with miscellaneous items that each representing in a concrete way a point that she was going to make. When she eventually said that we could open the bags, we each had a quick peek into our own bags, and then leant over and peered into each others! She laughed and said, "My first point is why are we always looking in each others bags? God gave each of us what we have and as long as we are constantly looking at what others have, we will never be content!"

'Content'- satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.

It is ten years later, and it is still something I need to remind myself of daily! I have found in our family that when we are cultivating an attitude of thankfulness, contentment comes easily but there seems to be a lot of grumbling and moaning when we are focusing on what we don't have!

With Mother's Day around the corner, I would like to encourage each of you not to feel overwhelmed when you look around you at what others are achieving with their children. When I fall into the trap of comparing our family with others that seemingly "have everything together" I sometimes find myself feeling discouraged or inadequate and I have to remind myself that the contents of my "brown paper bag" are different to theirs! As long as I am peering into their bags, I loose focus of what's in mine and get completely off track!

Celebrate your family's uniqueness this Mother's Day by creating many beautiful snapshots to fill your "brown paper bag"!

This month, in honour of Mother's Day, I have put together a set of Mary Cassatt books as a giveaway .

If you would like a chance to win, all you have to do is pop in and share a fun art appreciation idea, or why you think art appreciation is a worthwhile avenue to explore alongside your children and I will have a draw at the end of May. So if you have been thinking about doing art appreciation, and need a little to get you started, please drop by and say hello! I would love to meet you and this might just be what you need to get you on your way :-)

Blessings and happy learning


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