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!
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Christmas 2012

Well I finally feel like it’s  Christmas time. The Tree is up, the carols are playing in the background, Christmas gifts are being wrapped, and Family gatherings have begun. This past weekend we spent two wonderful days with family. Good food, good people,good news and great memories.

As I have gotten older, I really cherish that part of Christmas. The gathering’s, the family traditions, the giving. Yes, I really enjoy finding a great gift and giving more then receiving. I am in the process of trying to teach my eldest daughter just that. And I am also learning that giving does not mean spending lots of money. Sometimes a simple homemade gift or baking is just as nice, if not better, cause it was made with love.  Giving of our time is also a wonderful thing, like some of my family did last week. We helped sort Shoeboxes at the Wearhouse in Calgary for Samaritan’s Purse. Giving our time to this charity felt wonderful, it certainly helped put me in the Christmas mood.

This Christmas will be a first for our baby boy, so that’s always exciting. This year we get to share the joy with our growing family and Christmas with kids is very joyful. It’s the joy in their eyes I look forward to on Christmas morning. Being able to spend the day with my Family, just like I did with my own family as a kid,  means so much to me and this year is special again. I hope that I can pass on the importance of family to my own children.

Now I’ll admit that this time of year brings some stress too. Busy-ness, Sickness, Finances, End of the year just to name a few. Busy-nes; Trying to fit everything in, visiting and shopping, baking, decorating etc… can get a bit hectic. So trying to slow things down and enjoy the moments helps. This year for us seems more relaxed and I will enjoy that I think. It will allow us to think about what Christmas is really all about and try to bring that out more. Sickness; Winter is flu season, and our house has had it twice. It’s hard to get things done when you are tired and cant stop sneezing from that silly cold. My Poor Husband.  Finances; I don’t think I need to say much about this one, but that every year I try to spend less on gifts. Still it can be a stressful time on your bank account. End of Year; Christmas means the year is almost done, and a new one around the corner. Sometimes that is good, sometimes it is bad. I lately have been thinking about all the things that didn’t get done this year, and how nice it would be to do one more project before 2013 rolls around. Oh well, so instead I’ll focus on Christmas 2012. For the next two weeks, I’m going to go easy on my self, do what I can, and just enjoy what the season has to bring.  Family Dinners, visit’s with friends, parties and Christmas Concerts. It’s going to be a wonderful Christmas season.

Plus, I’ve perfected my crockpot yam recipe, and my mom has requested it for Family Christmas. That’s really neat. Boy I’ve come along way this year. Here’s to a Merry Christmas to everyone and to growth and Joy in 2013.  May God bless your home and your heart. From all of Us here at the Duquette house.