Advent Week 2: Peace!

With who knows how many days to go until our baby is born, it has been hard to find peace this week. These are some thoughts and predicaments that make me start to worry and steal my peace: I have had contractions a few times this week that have started and then just stopped. Poor…

Skipping Church The First Week of Advent

Church at Christmastime is my favourite. And the Christmas Eve service just might be my favourite part about Christmas. I love the themes and celebrations. I love the decorations and the carols. I love the hope that Christmas means for the world. And today, on the first week of Advent, I missed it. My rock…

Baby on a Plane

My husband had to be in Moncton for a week this past June so I took the opportunity while he was already going to be away to visit my very good friend who lives in New Hampshire. With him gone and with my parents watching all the other kids I decided it would be best…

NYC: Delicious Food, Wonderful People

I was caught daydreaming at the dessert counter at the coffee shop today. “Do you know what you want?” The girl at the counter startled me. One of the kids had a dentist appointment and on a cold dreary fall day I decided to hop over to get a tea while waiting on them. I…

No pain, No gain… Right?

I don’t want to have this baby. I was at zzzzx bhhcccff54fnffdsxhhr¸sxtttayf gsssttytt664eeddssuhgg ghttbnsFJMNCM,,xxccc   cccccccyerffres///;.L;L;KOOKHGGDA  … this is what happens when you leave your computer on the coffee table for three seconds with an 18 month old running around… Let me try that again, and perhaps it’s better worded like this anyway: I don’t want…

“Not a Musician’s Musician”

When I woke up this morning by my husband’s alarm clock exactly three years into our marriage, the memory from our wedding day was not the one I would’ve expected. And I remember our day! From beginning to end, what a great day it was! The image that first came to me today was of…

Dry Eyes in Third Grade

It was the first day of school today. Over the past few years I’ve dropped her off three times to new classes and I’ve always gotten a hug and kiss and an extra wave but not today. Of course, those extra looks back to me for reassurance have also turned me into a blurry-eyed mess…

Maple Grove

This summer my family and I had the opportunity to go to Maple Grove Christian Retreat Centre’s Family Camp in Thamesford, Ontario. It is our third summer in a row and though we fell in love with it right away we have also grown very fond with it to the point that it has become a place where…

Mom Shamed at Costco!

I was Mom Shamed at Costco! It had never happened to me before and I was flabbergasted. I have recently joined some ‘Mom’ groups on Facebook and noticed a theme of many moms lamenting about feeling shamed. Some had written about guilt over feeling like they weren’t doing everything right as a mom because they…

My first Back to School

My first “back to school” was a disaster. I was completely unprepared for the onslaught of paperwork that would accompany five children on their first day of classes. We were married September 20 but I was up at their house every day from August on to help get acquainted with my new life. The day…