|Mike is thrilled to meet the other Michael.|
1. Let your husband or significant other pursue his or her passions. Michael has been a contented person thanks to his cooking hobby. Is it really a hobby? I am not sure it is. His cooking pursuits are more like an obsession and I refuse to prevent him from chasing after them. He had such a lovely time at Michael Symon's cooking class learning how to make summer squash salad, grilled lamb and keftedes or Greek meatballs. Plus I get the benefit of tasting his experiences.
|Diane is smiling because of visiting one of her favorite cities, Chicago.|
|Natalie and Tim are hanging out at Scooter's Dawg House.|
|Ben is proud wearing Dayne Crist's jersey from Notre Dame.|
5. I and my family benefit by continually learning new ideas. My field experience in the classroom was a real eye opener to how education takes place. Yes, it was demanding devising lesson plans for high school students. Despite that, it was worth the effort making sense of how adolescents learn. My appreciation for intellectual enlightenment has increased a thousand fold. I am a more humble and patient person because of my experiences. I am more compassionate parent because I am more aware of the struggles that my children and husband face.
Yes, this year has been a formidable year for us, but it has been most satisfying. Michael, the children and I have thrived with appreciable experiences. I actually look forward to additional challenges next year because I know they will pay dividends to our family growth.