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…

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…

It’s a Disney Life

To pass time while we wait for winter to be over, we’re starting our 3rd annual family Disney Movie tradition. Each year we plan a list of Disney movies to watch (yes, sometimes we add other movies as well). With each movie we add a couple activities that we do together as a family during…

Hibernating in our Cocoon

It’s been so cold around here lately! Cold enough to turn boiling water into snow. Cold enough that our poor puppy, Moana, hasn’t wanted to go outside without her parka. Cold enough that all we’ve wanted to do was stay inside and never leave. We skipped violin lessons so we could stay home huddled under…

Fostering Connection

It’s not always easy to foster connection with the people we love. Sometimes we’re tired, hungry, stressed, or just worn out. Connection isn’t always easy, but it’s always important. This week I’ve found myself connecting more by stepping back than by stepping toward my children. We went swimming this week. Brom wanted to learn to…

Wire Bliss

It’s taken some time. Everything’s taken time lately. The kiddos all had classes, keeping us busy almost every day the week. Party prep followed by Christmas prep also kept us busy. Then there’s the time spent taking care of sick children and needy children. Ryan and I have also been working on a business plan to…

Autumn

There is nothing so wonderful and joyous as autumn in Alberta. The brisk air, warmed by brilliant blue skies and sunshine, wrapped in an earthy musk that lightens the step and quickens your pulse. Before the snow hit, our family took the time to get out and enjoy one of the gorgeous forests in our…

Giving and Receiving

“It is better to give, than to receive.” An old adage designed to encourage others to donate. But I wonder if it does more harm than good. “It is better…” think about it for a moment. If it is better to give, then the person giving is better than the person receiving. I know many…

Fighting Fear with Love

I feel a depth of emotion about today that I haven’t experienced since that day 15 years ago. That morning I had a Stats class. Our prof didn’t think any reason was good enough to not pay attention. I cried. We all cried. I don’t think she knew. After class, I spent time in Sub…

Another Year

Sept arrived in a blur this year. My birthday came on the 1st, it was a pretty low-key affair (we didn’t really do anything lol) I did get a present though (check out our instagram to follow along while I build the Lego Cinderella Castle – be warned, I build between parenting children and dealing…

How to Offer Forgiveness

Whether you believe in God, the bible, or not, forgiving others allows us to live a whole life. If we hold onto anger, pain, and bitterness it festers and consumes us. But forgiving isn’t easy. It takes much  more than saying the words, “I forgive” to truly let go of a grudge, especially when it’s deep,…