It seems to me
that November has often been
a somewhat eventful month in my life.
Quite a few major life events
have happened in November,
both good and bad:
November 1979 - my baby brother was born when I was 10
November 1980-1982 (?) we had family holidays at Dutchman's Beach
November 1986 - Steve and I met, playing in the orchestra for a school musical
November 1987 - I finished high school
For my senior school years, and Conservatorium years,
November was the month for study and exams.
November 1997 - I finished full-time teaching to go on maternity leave before Emily was born
November 1999 - Laura was born
and not surprisingly,
I've put on a party for her every November since then!
November 2006 - Emily's brain tumor was diagnosed
(I sewed that Alice costume for her at nights
in between doctor consulations,
when we were led to believe she had brain cancer,
but no, thankfully it was benign)
November 2010 - my IBS was diagnosed
November 2011 - our renovations began
November 2012 - I ran a big cardmaking night at church
November 2013 - I am also putting on a birthday party
and running a bigger cardmaking night!
Add to that the normal pre-Christmas things to do,
and usually some more Christmas cardmaking classes ....
... I guess it's not surprising that I approach
each November now
with a mixture of excitement and trepidation!