Mother’s Day

Words for today’s importance and meaning escape me. Instead I’ll wish a happy mother’s day and share a few of my favourite garden finds from last season. I can hardly wait for my garden to fully wake up this spring! Right now only my plum trees, Heather, and Elephant Ears are in bloom, and I don’t have…

When Natural Consequences Don’t Work

Sometimes children do things we don’t want them to do. Sometimes that’s drawing hearts and stars on walls, doors, floors. Sometimes it’s possible to over look the art work, clean it up ourselves, and move on without mentioning it to the child. Sometimes something more is needed. One of our kiddos likes to draw. On…

Life has Happened and We’ve Been Busy!

I know I’ve been so silent over here, and I’m sorry! We’ve hit a strange point in the year when we’re super busy, but also not really doing anything new. Winter has worn out it’s welcome (more snow flurries today), but besides a few hollyhocks and peonies peeking through the mulch, spring hasn’t really arrived…

Why I Keep Going Back to Disney World

So often I’m asked why I go to Walt Disney World so often. Why I don’t travel somewhere else. Sometimes I offer simple reasons: It’s easy to eat gluten-free, it’s fun, it’s relaxing (Yes, I find Disney relaxing!). There are so many reasons. But my reasons go so much deeper than that. Disney is a part…

Teaching Thankfulness and Gratitude

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the difference between a day and a whole life. Sometimes it’s difficult to see the difference between life and a moment.  *The words in italics are about my spirituality. Feel free to skip that and just read about how we guide our children to being thankful and showing gratitude. * Easter is…

Movie Night: Up

I’ve been so excited to write about this movie, it holds a very special place in my heart. ❤ I could talk about the details and nuances for hours, but tonight I’m going to talk about how much fun our family had watching this movie and the activities related to it. We pulled out our…

The Danger of Positive Thinking

Some of you’ve heard me talk about Positive Thinking before and how important it is to me, specifically to my journey through chemo. So you may wonder why I’d suggest ‘positive thinking’ is dangerous. I’d like to explain why I believe it’s dangerous as well as why things like positive affirmations and ‘support’ from friends…

Moving from Black to Beige

I’ve spent much of my life in a black box. I seldom felt I was good enough for others, I didn’t have a sense of self. I didn’t know who I was. Those feelings continued until very recently. Life in a Black Box wasn’t always dark, but the best I ever saw was a muted…

Boxes Defined

A person in a specific box doesn’t look or act a specific way. But rather they have a set of characteristics that all together allow us to see what type of box they live in. Below I’ll describe the general boxes, but remember people can fall into the areas between these boxes too. So a person…

Failure to Thrive

As a nurse working in the Intermediate Care Nursery with premature babies we watched for and treated babies who were ‘failure to thrive’. Those babies didn’t grow, didn’t develop. Sometimes it was a simple matter to help those babies thrive, sometimes it took more work to find out why those babies didn’t thrive. Today I…

A Box With No Windows

A friend recently told me about a parenting moment where he yelled at one of his children, repeatedly, while they were on an outing together. At the end of the outing they were both angry, upset and picking fights with everyone else. Instead of building connection, the outing pushed a wedge between them. While my friend and…

So Busy, So Happy!

Our life has been so busy lately, but such a  good busy! Some of you already know that I’m creating more and more wire sculptures, and selling them! It’s been pretty amazing! The desire to create with wire crept up on me last year, and then it just took over! I’m spending all free time working…