• Simple Living

    Living with Anxiety:My Social Media Break-Up

    Instagram, I’m breaking up with you. Facebook? I need some space. Pinterest – this time around, it’s not me actually, it’s you. This social media trifecta has, for quite some time, been my escape, my mind-numbing scrolling past time, often times my inspiration, but more often than not, the root of my discontent. Yes, I’m going to take a hiatus from social media. I feel that this has been a long time coming. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not all anti social media. I have been able to remain connected with people who otherwise may have slipped through the cracks. I’ve been inspired to try different recipes, crafts, designs,…

  • Simple Living

    It’s Been a While…and My Legs are Sore

    Hello, again. It’s been a while. I feel like I almost need to reintroduce myself. Life has been a wonderful, messy conglomeration of chicken-coop building, garden-planting, end-of-the-year schooling, and all around savouring the warm weather. Keeping up with my blog has very quickly shifted to a back-burner pastime. However, we have continued on in our journey of striving to live life more slowly, more intentionally, despite my lack of communication. In fact, this whole season has filled our lives with opportunities to live with less, to live more simply, to savour slow living. We have embraced “urban” farming (yes, all you followers from back home in Huron County will likely…

  • Family

    An End of an Era: Mourning the Loss of Nap Time

    It is an end of an era. We are officially swimming in uncharted waters. Elsie has said “so-long” to nap time. Abruptly. Whole-heartedly. Exuberantly. Like everything else she does in life. I say these are “uncharted waters” because Zoe, at four-and-a-half, has yet to give up her nap. The girl loves to sleep. Each afternoon, she usually does quiet time from 12pm-1ish. Usually, by 1pm, she’s coming down the stairs, asking (yes, asking) to be tucked in for nap because she’s tired. She’ll then sleep for a solid two hours. And then turn around and go to bed at 7:30 and not wake up until 7:30 the next morning (minus…

  • Faith

    Forty Days and Forty Nights: The End of Lent and Living Without TV

    Another Lent season is under our belts, folks. For those of you just jumping in, our family decided to give up TV (including movies, Netflix, etc…) for the forty days of Lent. I am here to say that we have survived. In some ways, living without TV was easier than expected. The benefits were staggering. And in other ways, living without it was extremely difficult and eye-opening. The first week was probably the hardest. I know for a fact that I missed TV not because I was missing my shows, but because my kids were missing their shows. As in, I was missing my alone time while they binge watched…

  • Faith

    Time: On Being Managed, Disposable, Blessed and Holy

    As I type this, I’m listening to the quiet rain fall outside, the streetlights shimmering in the dusk. It’s a quiet night…so far. I have the evening to myself, waiting for Jeff to fly home from his most recent work trip. The girls are tucked into bed extra early, one battling after-school exhaustion, and the other fending off her second ear infection in two weeks. These next couple of hours are completely mine, quiet and composed before we’re rushed with the onslaught of Easter celebrations this weekend. Looking back to the beginning of the month, I have to chuckle. I had a plan on exactly how I was going to…

  • Faith

    Being Obsessed with Busy

    It’s been a while. For the past (almost) two weeks, I’ve been living in a stuffed head, sore-throated fevered fog. It’s somewhat ironic how my challenge for March is to rest. And then I was really forced to rest. And pop Tylenol and drink fluids and consume cough candies like bonbons. Last week was March break, and while we had so many plans, the girls and I were stuck in bed, sicker than sick, battling colds, fevers, ear infections and all around discomfort. It was not fun. (A big shout out to Jeff, who was so patient with us all, taking the night shift with the girls and loving all…

  • Faith,  Simple Living

    Finding Rest in Hospitality

    It looked like a tornado had ravaged its way through our house. Toys were strewn from bedrooms, to living room, to bathroom, to playroom and back again. Dishes were piled and overflowing in the sink. We could feed one of our girls for a week with the amount of crumbs underneath the table. Somebody’s kid had pulled the toilet paper roll across the bathroom floor. Every organized, clean freak nerve in my being was pulled taut. And yet, there was something so beautiful about the chaos all around us. While my mind was frantic with all that needed to be cleaned up, put back in order, my soul felt so…

  • Family

    To My Baby, Who Isn’t

    To my darling Baby, who isn’t, Today you needed me for the first time in a long time. Yes, I know. You’re only two so you still need me for lots of things. Like food and diaper changes and snacks. But today you actually needed me. You have been stretching to grow up from the moment you breathed air. You devour life with the fiercest of independence. But amongst all that determination and mountain moving, you often don’t have time for the quiet, the snuggles, the soft landing of Momma on baby. I love your energy, your insatiable curiosity, your indisputable confidence, yet there are moments I long for you to…

  • Faith

    March’s Challenge – Sabbath Rest

    I’m a doer, a lover of scratching things off my list, checking all the boxes, implementing and perfecting the schedule. I’m your girl if you need something done. Multi-tasking is my jam. I make plans to make plans. I schedule time to make schedules. Organization makes me happy. Rest? Who needs rest? I live under the regime of “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” Or “There’ll be time to rest when you’re dead.” (Seriously, who comes up with these sayings?!) Until recently, I thought that being the multi-tasking, organizing, scheduling, get-stuff-done queen bee was a badge of honour. Like I had somehow “arrived” and hey, everyone! Look at how much I can get done!…

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    A Summary on Living with Less: 3 Benefits of Pursing Less in Order to Live More

    Today is February 28. Twenty-eight days ago we decided to embark on a challenge to live with less in order to remain true to our core values of faith, marriage, family, contentment and hospitality. We have managed to reduce or eliminate a lot of unnecessary stuff/clutter/noise from our lives, yet if anything, this past month has only revealed to us how much we can still give up – how we still have a long way to go in living a simplified life. God has used our month of less to search our hearts, to reveal to us what truly has a hold on our hearts. All the while, He has…