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Gratitude

December 9, 2014

What a big beautiful year 2014 has been at Living Learning!  I have just updated our photos page with shots that I grabbed over the year.  (If any one else has any photos they would like to contribute that would be great as I didn’t always manage to capture great pictures, or sometimes any pictures at all!)  I am glowing with gratitude remembering all the great experiences we shared with our kids this year.

This year was a special year too, in that Living Learning changed from being run by one person to being run by a whole team of people, so the volunteer loads are all a lot lighter, and we can continue on sustainably.  Massive gratitude to everyone who has come to planning meetings and taken on volunteer roles this year.  It’s so exciting to see so much enthusiasm, and so many new skills, coming in to keep Living Learning going as an ever-improving resource for local homeschoolers.  If you would like to be involved behind the scenes you can send me an email at sparksandflames@soundview.com.au and I will add you to the planning group email list.  And come along to our 2015 planning meetings, with your ideas and feedback! Exciting plans are underway for Term 1 2015 with Ozzie and Cristy coordinating.  Big thank you to you both.

Term 4 2014 was our most ambitious term ever, with 3 workshops a week, culminating in the magical play ‘The Enchanted Forest’.

I want to take another moment to thank every one involved.  Firstly thank you to everyone who came to see the show, and to every family who participated in the workshops and created props and costumes.  This really really could not have gone ahead with out every single one of you! THANK YOU!!! Also, a big thank you to BMHEN and everyone who has volunteered for BMHEN past and present.  A generous donation from BMHEN helped us feel we could go ahead when faced with larger than our usual facilitator and venue costs.  Thank you to all the extraordinary facilitators, Georgia, Claire, Rachel, Rosie, and Cristy.  And huge thank you to Cristy for doing bookings and payments this term.  Thank you to all the other Living Learning volunteers too, Lisa (for helping to vision and cost the project, and organising video), Elly (for opening and closing the hall each week and taking care of our responsibilities to the HEA who provide our insurance), Kellie for taking care of the BMHEN calendar and website, Kaya A for being on the door, and Kaya J for doing the thank you speeches.  Big gratitude to Jade and Rachel and everyone who contributed to the thank you gifts.  Thank you to everyone else involved who I haven’t specifically mentioned, especially those who attended planning meetings and contributed ideas and feedback.  And of course, to young Maddie who came to a planning meeting early in 2014 and said, “I think we should do a play.  I think we should WRITE a play.”  But most of all thank you to ALL our kids for their extraordinary imaginations and creativity and hard work and enthusiasm.  Thank you for every single thing put together, that created this magical show and made it HAPPEN.  I was so moved and so delighted by the performance.  I will remember it always, with warmth and joy, as I’m sure many others will!

Next term, to mix it up, we will return to Living Learning’s previous format of individual workshops and workshop series, rather than a theme for the whole term.  I look forward to seeing you at one of the diverse workshops on offer next year!

Lastly, personally, I want to thank everyone for their support of Living Learning over the past 3 and a half years.  I am so grateful for all I have experienced, living and learning with you all.  I am so grateful our families shared in this journey.  And I am beyond thrilled that Living Learning will continue in such great hands.

Big Love and GRATITUDE,

Julie

 

 

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