Lazy Summer Days.

July is almost done, my goodness where has the time gone? I have been very busy these last few months with Doula things. It seems every time I turn around there was another email inquiry, and interview to attend, a prenatal client, an association meeting. It’s been so exciting, rewarding, humbling and I feel so blessed to do what I love. So now it’s time to welcome some new babies into the world and as the last few days of July go by I eagerly wait for my phone to ring!
In the mean time my kids and I have been enjoying a wonderful summer holiday. July is by far my favorite month of the year. It truly means summer is here and we can stay up late, sit around the campfire, and sleep in. There is no schedule, no plans, just camping with friends, BBQ’s, Neighbourhood playdates, Splash parks and a backyard full of fun calling our name. If it’s nice we go do something, if it’s rainy we stay in our PJ’s ALL day. July is our month to relax and just enjoy the break. When August begins my radar starts to go off and I feel the need to get organized for back to school. I know that sounds silly, but August goes by even quicker then July. There’s Vacation Bible School at the local church, usually swimming lessons or summer camps, school supply shopping and a camping trip or two. Then September is here and both my girls will get on the bus this fall. Sigh, it goes so fast!
But it’s not August just yet, so today and tomorrow we are going to have some fun, visit with friends, catch up on a few things and enjoy those lazy days of summer 🙂

In Awe….

Today I’ve slowed down. Today feels like a really great day to reflect on a busy month. There have been many beautiful things happen in the last month that I know are being organized by something greater then me and I’m in awe of that power. It kinda feels like after this long cold winter, spring has arrived inside of me too and if I let it, it will bloom in amazing ways.

I have met some absolutely wonderful women and am building friendships with people who share my passions and understand my life. I have always felt blessed by the special friendships in my life, and now even more so. To be surrounded by amazing neighbors, to meet fascinating birth professionals, and to see my children grow in their friendships is so special.

As I look back over the past month I see gatherings of friends, Doula presentations, playdates, baby visits, newspaper articles (Yes, one more for Red Deer coming April 23), networking of professionals, visits with the elderly, connecting with my hubby,  ladies nights, family gatherings and as the sunshine finally starts to melt the snow, a new found hope and energy for challenges in my days.

But this last week has special importance to me. Last week we said goodbye to a wonderful lady of almost 95years. Dean’s grandma had a long beautiful life, suffered very little and was visited by those important to her in her last few days. Only in the last few years was she in need of minimal care. She was a strong women, born in a blizzard one evening in 1919 at home, a premie, whom when the doctor saw her said she might not make it. But she proved them wrong, and I think her whole life she was an amazing women. So we say goodbye and celebrate her life.

And just as the saying goes the circle of life continues, I received an important call. An unexpected call as it came much sooner then anticipated. Last week I was told my certification is complete, and I can now call myself a Certified Birth Doula. I can now present myself as Christa Duquette – CD(DONA) – meaning Certified Doula with Doulas Of North America.  A new  chapter of my life is beginning as someone else’s comes to a close. How can we not be in awe of that?

Life is strange, sometimes we feel like we will not survive the winter, and other times the sky opens up and shines down on us. If we can only remember in the dark that the light will shine again, then we can get through that dark. I am now continuing on my journey of life, of careers, of motherhood, of marriage and of friendships. I feel like I can let it just be and go the path I am meant to for I am being guided and I want that to continue. I want to grow in knowledge, in peace, and in passion. I hope to see my business grow so that I can reach more women and their families and serve them in the way I am meant to do.

In honour of my celebration of a life, of my certification and my new business plan, today I donated to a cause that spoke to my heart. Samaritans purse allows you to gift to certain areas of service and this one spoke to me:

Provide critical prenatal care for expectant mothers.
1 Safe Birthing kit for a birth attendent in a remote community
Medical training for a birth attendant or local midwife
As I begin my journey as a Certified Doula, I want to know that I have helped someone else on their own journey through my donation.
Thank you so much for all your support, thank you friends and family and especially my husband. I look forward to the years to come. Today I feel renewed and peaceful. What a wonderful day for reflection and celebration. Easter is around the corner and I think it will have even more meaning for me this year! Cheers!

World Doula Week has begun

World Doula Week has begun, and I’ve been a very busy Doula.
I have:
– Helped two moms with their special deliveries
– Had an article in the newspaper
– Attended local Mom’s groups to promote Doulas
– Volunteered at the Olds Location for Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Center
– Helped Organized more Q&A’s events in Olds, and one in Red Deer.

It’s been a really good month here for me even if the weather has been sub-par. I really wish the sun would melt all the snow. I feel like I’ve accomplished much and am blazing the right trail this time in my life. I hope it continues, And Happy World Doula Week to you from Me.

Pieces of the Puzzle

What a wonderful start to my celebration of what I do.

World Doula Week is here and I’ve been a very busy little bee, “flying” from this place to another, sharing information about what a Doula is and how they can make a positive change in childbirth. I have been very pleased with the response from people and am hopeful that the interest will continue to grow so we can build a better birthing future for our own children by learning from our past. The power of women supporting women has so much strength.

I feel like a small piece of a puzzle that no-one quite knows what the beautiful picture will turn out to look like yet. Slowly pieces of the puzzle are falling into place and coming together to build something bigger. Each birth I attend I learn something new and my experience grows. I become a brighter and more colorful piece of the puzzle and want to learn more and more.

Being a Doula is a calling for me, and I’m recognizing that more and more as each birth comes. I see strengths in my past that I now can use to my full potential, understanding how my chameleon personality works perfectly into the role of a Doula. I can mold my services to the needs of my clients for bigger benefits to them, and it doesn’t feel like work. Rather it is a natural passion that fills me with joy and bliss,and like Joesph Campbell’s quote “Follow your bliss, and the universe will open doors where there were only walls”, I am looking for those doors to appear with hope and eagerness.

Happy First Day of Spring…. don’t mind the snow.

First Day of Spring…. WooHoo!! Uh then I looked out my window…. WHAT??? Oh Alberta, I just shake my head. My mother reminded me this morning that last year mother nature also thought it would be funny to have a snowy blowy spring storm on this day. Really? Seriously? Can’t we have just a little bit of hope that we don’t live in the North Pole?  Sigh…. oh well. I’m going to call a friend, put on the coffee, stay in my pj’s till the afternoon.

I’ll use this chilly blustery wintery day to once again catch up on laundry, dishes and organizing my events for World Doula Week.

Soon the sun will shine, and the grass will be green and we will briefly forget about all the piles of snow that line the ditches and driveways on the farm. Soon it will be Spring. I know for sure because Dean already has 20 calves in the field and they are one of the signs of spring, so come on mother nature……

Olds Albertan – Article How Do You Doula. By Joesph Ho

Olds Albertan – Article How Do You Doula. By Joesph Ho

This is an exciting and wonderful thing I am sharing with you today. I was lucky enough to be featured in our local paper in an article about Doulas.  I feel very blessed and honoured to do what I do, and am even luckier to be featured in this article. It is a great passion that I share with birthing moms, and I’m excited to  continue my journey as a Birth Doula. Please enjoy and share with your friends. Every pregnant Mom and Dad deserve a Doula if they want one.

And remember Doulas don’t replace the support of your partner, but rather work with them as a team to help them support you better, enhancing their support and taking some of the stress off their shoulders. My Dad clients are one of my biggest advocates for Doula support. : )

Thank you for your support and I look forward to celebrating World Doula Week with everyone.

Cheers.

Click on the link at the top of this post. 🙂

The wait…

Another month has gone by, and February seemed just as busy as December. Our days were filled with activities and places to be. Classes to attend, our kids school events, clients to meet with, cows to look after and unfortunately the cold weather kept my hubby busy with the snow. We tried to stay warm and not drive in all the crazy snow drifts, and eagerly waited for ANY signs of spring to show its face. And amongst all the busy days we still manged to enjoy visits with friends, birthday parties, swimming, wine, playdates, dinners, family time, and even a date with my hubby. It was a productive month, some renos, a bit of cleaning and even a birth thrown into the mix. I’ve also been very busy organizing events for World Doula Week. And I’m happy to say I was also was successful in putting together my certification package to send away!

And now the waiting begins…..

I eagerly wait for the phone call from DONA International about my certification package.

I eagerly wait for spring to come and melt the snow so my kids can go crazy outside.

I eagerly wait for many more births as my April is free.

I patiently wait for our renos to continue.

I patiently wait the roads to dry up so I can go running with our rubber boots

And I mostly patiently wait to see what is in store for me and my family in the year 2014.

 

 

 

Before the rush..

Yes it has been a very long time since I’ve sat here to write. My focus has been on a project two years in the making, and yesterday I mailed my certification package away. I hope to hear news in a few months. But as I worked on that,  life still went along. Kids in school, laundry, snow outside, playdates and visits with friends, family, sports and all of the things that fill our day. So much to share, but so little time in the day. Inspiration came to me today as I felt I wanted to write this:

Before the Rush.

I sit here now and all is quiet

but I know well enough it won’t last.

The day will begin be it warm or cold

and my little ones will wake with adventure to behold.

 

What will be in store for them today?

What will come for me today?

I think of all the things we need to do

I wonder what mischief and joys we’ll get into.

 

How many toys and dishes will I clean up,

How many loads of clothes,

but more importantly

How many hugs and kisses and tickle of toes?

 

My mind wanders off to a place up ahead

To the future of life for my children.

Where my grand-kids run and play

and listen eagerly to hear what I have to say.

 

Our world is forever changing,

Life brings us challenges

I hope that my kids can learn and grow

as their experiences teach them all they need to know.

 

Lessons can come in profound moments

taking your breath away,

or they can be simple and kind

reminding you the joys in life you can find.

 

Before the rush of the day begins

I take a moment to quietly listen

What is my heart saying to me?

That today is a blessing, if only I’ll just let it be.

 

2014 Focus

It’s time to Focus…

The New Year has arrived and it has a way of making you take stock of your life and looking to the future. Goal, Plans, ideas all come flooding in as you anticipate the coming year. Well January has flown by and I’ve definitely be thinking about what 2014 will bring and looking back with fondness on 2013.

But why do I feel so unorganized and bored…. I’ll blame the snow…. but really there’s a big deadline hanging over my head and I want to get it done. This February will be two years since I took my Doula course and I really want to focus on getting my certification completed. I want to be able to fulfill that role in a more professional way. I now have everything I need to put together my essay and resource list, so all that’s need now is time. And January is going by so fast, yet so slow thanks to the weather. Lol.

I am generally not a big believer in New Years Resolutions per say as they mostly end up being too cliche and by March you’ve forgotten all about your resolution to eat more veggies, or read a book every night, or loose 40lbs.. you get the picture. Sometimes just a few goals or a simple goal will help us feel more satisfied because we can set so many goals that we don’t know what to focus on at all. But this year I do want to make some New Years Resolutions.  To help me A: Reach a goal and feel fulfilled. and B: Help focus my bored winter energy.

So in 2014 I will:

1. Complete my DONA Birth Doula Certification

2. Take the HypnoDoula Course

3. Change my Sentsy scents at the beginning of every month ( I have enough scents to last a lifetime, time to use them up)

4. All that other stuff, like be a better mom, cook more crockpot meals, loose 20lbs, read more, exercise more etc. etc etc….

😉

And just so you know I am well on my way to Resolution number 1….. and 3 😉                                                                                          I am busy compiling my resource list, trying to do one Category every day. It’s nice cause it’s given me something else to focus on besides laundry.  Lol

So here’s to 2014…. What is your focus going to be?

 

Days gone by

Today as the year 2013 grows to a close, I took a moment to look up the history and words to the song Auld Lang Syne. At New Years when I hear this song it fills me with warmth and has become a tradition to me as I’m sure to many others as well. But I never really knew the words, so thank goodness for google.  Two verses caught my attention and I really liked them.

We too have run around the slopes

And picked the daisies fine

We’ve wandered many weary foot

Since auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne

We too have paddled in the stream
From morning sun to night
But the seas between us broad have roared
From auld lang syne

“Auld Lang Syne” is very widely used to symbolise “endings/new beginnings”, hence why it is sung on New Years. I also learned just what Auld Lang Syne means… It can be translated different ways, but some common ones are; days gone by, long long ago, old times.
The song now has more meaning to me and I will make an effort to learn the words better instead of just singing the chorus.

I will look fondly on the memories 2013 held for us. The joys, the laughs, the challenges, the growth and the love we shared. Our friends and family made this year wonderful and that is such a blessing. I look eagerly to  2014 to see what it brings, but will not forget the days gone by and how they helped bring me to where I am today.

So here is a toast to 2014, as we think back to all the memories of 2013, of those days gone by, may they warm your heart, give you hope and bring you joy as you move forward into the New Year.

Cheers My Friends!

Be safe!