Category: motherhood

  • free fallin’ and fast cars.

    The kids are now the following ages: 24, 19, 17, 15, 13. Yes, four teenagers and an adult. For the longest time, Chris and I talked about the day that this would happen. The day we would have to navigate life with teens. All the literature had told me how this was a time when…

  • wintering.

    For those of you living in places where you see your breath when you exhale, and you don’t exalt in the joys of sub-zero weather by strapping on three layers of woolies to frolic in the snow-covered woodlands, then I apologize in advance for sounding obnoxious. I am freezing this morning. It is 20 degrees…

  • Near/Far.

    Me: “Our organic tea tree essential oil has a strong refreshing scent, obtained by steam distillation of the leafs of organic Melaleuca Alternifolia trees, also known as ‘Tea Trees’.” Daughter: “Mom, what are you doing?” Me: “Avoid direct contact with eyes, If contact occurs, rinse well with water. Discontinue use if irritation or redness occurs.…

  • Vision.

    Q: “Mom, how many fingers am I holding up?” Me: (Cue deep sigh of annoyance) “I am not playing this game.” Q: “Come on Mom, how many?” Me: “You know I can’t see anything.” Q: “Ok, but like, what do you think you see?” – Little did my son know the weight of that question…

  • A Book of Hours Twist. And arts and crafts.

    I posted this little piece of a recent Book of Hours entry a few days ago. Here is the rest of it: Lately we have been drawing and painting as a family and I find quotes that match the words and images. We have had a couple of art afternoons when I lead the kids…

  • F*ck The Brady Bunch…and John Mayer.

    As we were all gathered in the kitchen prepping dinner, I watched my kids do their chores and cook in harmonic bliss, all with the usual hip hop beats in the background. Today’s choice: The DJ Filthy Rich playlist of Tribe. They were laughing and chatting as usual. I remarked to them, in a rhetorical…

  • A paradox and my “word” for 2020. (And no, thank goodness, it’s not “paradox”.)

    I agonized over my 2020 word, my intention for another year and potentially the decade. It’s April already and I am so grateful for the word I eventually chose. As I contemplated my word for 2020, I thought about different things. I was opening a little independent learning centre and I was a little nervous.…

  • READ ALOUD.

    Why the shouty caps? I can’t EMPHASIZE how important this activity is to do with your child of any age. I am reading aloud again to my five children: my 22 year old, my 16 year old, my 14 year old, my 12 year old, and my 10 year old. We are on Chapter 3…

  • 22.

    My eldest turns 22 years old today. I made her this card: I distinctly remember writing her this blog post when she turned 12. In the blog post, I write the following: I have seen her struggle – struggle with employing tact vs honesty, struggle with her need for independence vs her need to feel…

  • Daily Habits.

    “The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us.” – Mary Oliver This morning my second born made me this yummy smoothie bowl for breakfast as I was furiously typing away, prepping for lessons: She even served it in my bowl. She’s a pro. My eldest bought me this to-go bowl (it comes…