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A Reintroduction: An Update on My Break-Up with Social Media

This was the first week in almost two months where I intentionally chose to log into my social media accounts. For the past two months, my life has been much quieter, and I have been much more content with literally everything. Taking a break from social media has been one of the best decisions I've… Continue reading A Reintroduction: An Update on My Break-Up with Social Media

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My 5 Favourite Free Activities to do with Kids in Kitchener-Waterloo

Now that Zoe is back in school (part-time, so only 2-3 days a week), Elsie and I are in the throes of finding our rhythm again. Elsie is by far my extroverted, social butterfly who is happiest when Big Sis is around. On the days that Zoe is in school, she is a little bit… Continue reading My 5 Favourite Free Activities to do with Kids in Kitchener-Waterloo

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The Big Question: On Thinking Ahead and Savouring My Last Year Being a Full-Time Stay-at-Home Mom

For the past five years, I've blithely answered, "Oh, I'll go back to work once both of our kids are in school." Figuring that that answer bought me oodles of time to figure out my career trajectory before both girls were attending said school. Yet, suddenly, here I am, in the last year before my… Continue reading The Big Question: On Thinking Ahead and Savouring My Last Year Being a Full-Time Stay-at-Home Mom

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Blood, Sweat and Tears: A Story in which Elsie Bled, I Sweat, and Zoe Cried

*Just a word of caution - if blood isn't your thing, this blog post may not be for you. Consider yourself warned.* Last night was the typical after dinner gong show, except that I was doing it alone after a day of looking after four kids. Jeff was working late and wouldn't be home until… Continue reading Blood, Sweat and Tears: A Story in which Elsie Bled, I Sweat, and Zoe Cried

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Coffee Break Women’s Ministry: On the Blessings of Being Involved in a Community of Women

For the past year and a half, I have had the privilege of being a co-leader of Coffee Break, our inter-generational women's ministry at our church. Our group consists of about forty or so ladies and their kids. We meet women in every stage of their lives, but predominantly, our group is composed of younger… Continue reading Coffee Break Women’s Ministry: On the Blessings of Being Involved in a Community of Women

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Dear Future Self: A Mother’s Prayer

Dear Future Self, Please tell me that we get through this - this messy, sticky, sleep-deprived, ordinary chaos. Tell me that someday, I will drink coffee again for pleasure, not survival. Reassure me that I will go to bed someday at 10 pm and not wake up until my alarm goes off in the morning.… Continue reading Dear Future Self: A Mother’s Prayer

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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,… Continue reading An End of an Era: Mourning the Loss of Nap Time

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The Pre-Baby Dress: Body Image, Raising Daughters and Being Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Last week I wore a dress that had been languishing in the back of my closet. This particular dress had made the cut after my closet purge. I'm not sure why I kept it, besides the fact that it's a pretty dress. Perhaps because it represents my pre-baby body. Probably because I have been hoping… Continue reading The Pre-Baby Dress: Body Image, Raising Daughters and Being Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Solo Parenting When Your Spouse Travels for Work: 5 Tips to Survive

It's no secret that Jeff travels quite a bit for work. It was one of the requirements for his job position. From day one, we always knew that work travel would be part of our lives.  When asked in his interview if he would be willing to travel for work, the answer was an emphatic… Continue reading Solo Parenting When Your Spouse Travels for Work: 5 Tips to Survive

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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… Continue reading Being Obsessed with Busy