My learning journey has diverged. It has a little to do with technology, some to do with reading and writing. Mostly, it's about something that has changed my family's lives, my perspective, my writing and musings, celebrating the small moments, and making a difference.
I have big news...we will soon be a family of FIVE!!! No, I'm not pregnant. We are adopting an Eastern European princess. She has chestnut hair, chocolate eyes, she turned 3 this month, and is chromosomally enhanced. She has Down syndrome and was most likely given up at birth because of her diagnosis.
On the last day of school my RED THREAD journey began and would continue over the summer months until we committed to adoption the day before school began:) Before I began writing our story, I found this quote: "An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break." - Chinese proverb. Then, I learned that it was a book, and immediately bought it as a keepsake for our journey. I've used this book many times when I've been asked to speak about our story. It's touching, the illustrations breathtaking, and every soul, young and old, can understand the message. Even if you are not adopting, the Red Thread message is for all life experiences. We are all connected some way, somehow.
I've learned more about Facebook, but needed to stop Twitter. My focus has mostly been writing our story on our family blog, continually tracking down important papers, and preparing our home for our new arrival, all the while continuing with my "school" work. We've been busy, blessed, and these last two months have gone by in a blur.
We are all on learning journeys. Some continue on a straight path. Some diverge. Some take on a whole different journey. Our mission is to travel a path, one foot in front of the other, going forward. We all have the need to learn something.
Our threads may stretch, tangle, weave, but they will never, ever break.