February 20, 2019

akr inspired | 131

Three words, with dictionary definitions, to describe Karrilee:

1. courageous - not deterred by danger or pain; brave

2. resilient - able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions

3. fun-loving - playful; finds happiness in the little things in life

February 19, 2019

family music 57 | Harmonaires

Oh Happy Happy Day
Karrilee and Melodie

I Was There When It Happened
Karrilee, Melodie and Marina

I'm Not Ashamed
The Harmonaires

February 18, 2019

akr inspired | 130

My sister, Karrilee, turned 59 today. She is eight years older than me so it probably made for some interesting times being a teenager with a little sister.

1. She was good about washing dishes, and I seemed to always need my snack of toast and milk after she was done.

2. When she took me to McDonald's, I only wanted ketchup on my hamburger. Back in that day, special orders took a long time!

3. I think I am a fan of 70's music, because I used to sneak in her room and play her records. She had a great stereo!

February 16, 2019

akr inspired |129


Last week, I read the young readers edition of "The Boys in the Boat". (It was a Frenchy's find from a long time ago.) I enjoyed it immensely and found myself thinking that I would really like to have the original book to read. I wasn't counting on having it anytime soon though!

Today I had to put in time before the volleyball match so I decided to browse in thrift stores. I wasn't going to go to Frenchys, because I had stopped in yesterday. I realized that I had not checked the book table so I decided to go back. (I often find treasures for my classroom.) As I dug through the books, imagine my surprise when I saw this cover! (I wish some other things I'm thinking would come to be that easily!)

February 15, 2019

akr inspired | 128 | Kk


Sometimes I post things on Kijiji for Mom and Dad, and will meet the people at school. It's safer and handier for people in the city. Today someone wanted to meet to look at a large stainless steel kettle that my parents had for the camp. When he texted that he was there, I described my sweater so he would know who to look for as it was dismissal time. As I walked out, I realized he would probably be able to identify me with the kettle in my hand.

February 14, 2019

akr inspired | 127

Dad is a storyteller.

It may be about his childhood.

It may be about world history.

It may be about the person he chatted with at the store.

It may be about Mom.

It may be about singing on the road.

It may be about a fishing adventure.

It may be about...

Whatever it is about...

        It is told well.

        It is interesting.

        It is uplifting.

February 13, 2019

Quote | Children's Feelings

Children have very deep feelings, just the way their parents do, just the way everybody does. And our striving to understand those feelings and better respond to them is what I feel is a most important task in our world. - Fred Rogers, Won't You Be My Neighbor?

February 12, 2019

akr inspired | 126

We may be unable to travel to their matches,
but we can still watch them play! We are thankful.

UdeM vs SMU
February 10, 2019

February 11, 2019

akr inspired | 125 | Pp

parking spot

I would rather take the "big, wide-open spot a few cars down" than take the "extra two minutes to maneuver into a tight and awkward parking spot that is a couple feet closer to my destination".

February 10, 2019

Sunday's Photograph | Brothers


Wouldn't it be wonderful to hear the
stories they were sharing in this moment?

February 9, 2019

akr inspired | 124 | Ss

saving seats

I don't like saving seats. I find it hard to tell another adult, "I'm sorry. I'm saving that seat for _____." I have empathy for the persons, friend or stranger, asking to sit down. Along with feeling awkward, it feels like I am disappointing them and making them feel unwelcome. So I try not to do it. (Side note: If your stuff is there, then it speaks for itself. But if I arrive somewhere and you are coming later, I just can't do it. So sorry. Please don't ask me to save you a seat.)

February 8, 2019

something I read | The Boys in the Boat

I picked the book up at Frenchys, because of the cover. It was a beautiful hardcover, and I noticed it was about a rowing team who went to the Olympics in 1936. As I read it, I was captivated by the lives of Joe, the other young rowers, and their mentors.

After his mother passed away, Joe's life was filled with hardships. As a boy and a teenager, he had to fend for himself over and over. He made a way to attend the University of Washington where he tried out for the freshman row team. It was far from easy. After he was named to the first-boat, the boys went out on Lake Union together. This moment caught me.
At the north end of the lake, the coxswain called out, "Way...nuff!" The boys stopped rowing. The shell glided to a stop, the long oars trailing in the water alongside them. The boys sat without talking, breathing heavily, exhaling plumes of white breath in the darkness. Even now that they had stopped rowing, their breathing was synchronized, and for a brief, fragile moment it seemed to Joe as if all of them were part of a single thing, something alive with breath and spirit of its own. Joe gulped huge drafts of the frigid air and sat staring at the city lights in the darkness --- the amber lights of downtown, the ruby-red lights of radio towers, the green lights on docks along the shore. He watched the scene turn into a soft blur of colors as tears filled his eyes. For the first time since his family had left him, Joe began to cry. - Daniel James Brown
I was moved by how this captures the deep need for belonging.