Friday, February 9, 2018

Currently: February



Reminiscing 
about the days when I lived in the Chilcotin and life was simple but also incredibly lonely at times

Thinking
about India. It was such an incredible feast for the senses

Eating
heaps of balsamic chicken salads sprinkled with pecans, cranberries, feta and strawberries

Listening
to Switchfoot: Where the Light Shines Through 

Wearing
my husbands RCMP T shirt, a pair of cozy sweats and Padraig slippers

Longing 
for a home in the country

Sighing
when I see snowdrops blooming in clusters under trees

Trying
not to eat after 7pm in the evening. All I want to do is stuff my face with salty, crunchy things

Working 
out at the gym an average of four days a week

Wishing
I could sit down and write more often.

Reading
this amazing essay written by Lori Manry

Enjoying
working two days a week at the RCMP detachment as a Victim Service Caseworker. 

Counting
down the days until my breast reduction

Feeling
focused, slight exasperated, and hungry

Dreaming
about warmer days filled with picking berries and exploring riverbeds

Saturday, December 16, 2017

2017 Christmas Letter



Hello Friends and Family,

I don’t know about you, but this year just FLEW by! In January we took an epic trip to the big island of Hawaii with extended family. It was nice to leave the cold and spend two weeks frolicking in the waves, exploring the jungle, swimming and enjoying paradise. We stayed in a lovely home perched on the mountain overlooking the ocean. On any given day we picked oranges, grapefruit, coconut and passion fruit. We saw plenty of turtles and Amelia and I managed to spot a mantra ray while snorkelling together.

We attempted to buy twenty two acres in Port Alberni with my parents this year but had to walk away when the seller had a change of heart.  We were heart broken. We still long to buy acreage where we can keep Nate’s bees, expand our garden and possibly keep sheep and chickens, but we are content to remain in Nanaimo until that time comes. In the meantime, we are thrilled that my parents have purchased a home on the island.  Nathaniel harvested over 370lbs of honey from his hives this year! Amelia kept her own hive this year and was overjoyed to be able to bottle her own honey under the name “Busy Bee Honey”. We are still gardening at the five acre farm down the road and this year we enjoyed growing watermelon and pumpkins in addition to heaps of cherry tomatoes, beans, kale, potatoes, brussel sprouts and lettuce. We are continuing to lead a connect group on Wednesday evening’s and I am leading a mom’s group on Thursday mornings. I have learned what a joy it is to have a home filled to the brim with people.

This summer we camped on Gabriola Island for a week while our children went to Vacation Bible School in the morning. In the afternoon we went cliff jumping, paddle boarding and swam in the ocean until we were prunes.  A week later we headed to Sointula with the Dodds family and enjoyed a week of beach combing, crabbing, cycling, hiking and eating  LOTS of good food. Other than that, we stuck close to home and spent our days swimming in the river and picking berries.

Nathaniel is enjoying his work on the bike unit and was happy to have his position extended for another year. He will be taking a short break in January to have ankle surgery. To his delight he was able to shoot a four point buck with his bow this winter and has enjoyed taking the girls  duck hunting.  I am still working as a Birth Doula, and have supported a few clients this year.  In the spring I applied for security clearance with the RCMP and began my training to become a victim service worker. Since I completed my training I have begun working at the detachment two days a week.   Amelia is eight now and throughly enjoys playing soccer, drawing and playing with her friends. The highlight of her summer was catching four baby bunnies.  Claire is throughly enjoying gymnastics and spends the majority of her day upside doing handstands or swinging around the makeshift uneven bars that Nathaniel constructed for her in the backyard. She is in grade two this year. Levi is three and attending preschool two mornings a week. He has become quite chatty and spends hours playing with his trucks regardless of the weather. I had no idea I could love a little boy so much!

We hope that this letter finds you well. May your heart be filled with love as we celebrate the birth of love itself!

Love the Lord Family! (Nathaniel, Jocelyn, Amelia, Claire, and Levi)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Currently: November




Listening 
My new black skinny jeans, knock off pearl earrings and a plaid button up. 

Eating
sliced bananas topped with Adams peanut butter,  walnuts and cinnamon. It's totally my favorite snack these days.

Looking
forward to making some coconut macaroons that I tried at a birth a couple weeks ago. They were incredibly delicious and satisfying. 

Talking
 about SEX... this morning it was the topic of discussion at our mom's bible study group. I am leading the group this year so I get to pick the topics, and if you know me... you know that "sex" is one of my favorite topics :0)

Starting
to write my annual Christmas letter. This past year has been such a whirlwind. 

Fighting
the beginnings of a cold. I felt a tickle in my throat when I woke up last night for the millionth time to cuddle Levi back to sleep as he has been quite sick. I almost ALWAYS get a wretched cold in December. 

Working
on my chin ups. I am determined to be able to do 10 in a row by Christmas. 

Planning
a getaway to Victoria with my hubby to celebrate 14 years of marriage. 

Listening
to Chris Tomlin's ADORE CD on repeat. 

Hoping 
to spend less this Christmas.

Thinking
 about taking the kiddos to the" Ladysmith Light Up" tonight. 







Tuesday, September 26, 2017

My heart's cry

The lyrics to this song echo my hearts cry these days.........


"Trust In You"
Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see

I've tried to win this war I confess
My hands are weary I need Your rest
Mighty Warrior, King of the fight
No matter what I face, You're by my side

When You don't move the mountains I'm needing You to move
When You don't part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don't give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

Truth is, You know what tomorrow brings
There's not a day ahead You have not seen
So, in all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less

When You don't move the mountains I'm needing You to move
When You don't part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don't give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

I will trust in You!
You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation; the rock on which I stand

Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There's not a place where I'll go, You've not already stood

When You don't move the mountains I'm needing You to move
When You don't part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don't give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

I will trust in You!
I will trust in You!
I will trust in You!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Currently: September

Photo Credit (Jessica Landry)


Reading
Les Miserables.
It is such a  heart wrenching incredible account of humanity and the power of grace. 

Hiking
Mount Benson with a bunch of girlfriends. 

Wearing
a pencil skirt, a polka dot cardigan, and my pretty feather earrings made from upcycled bicycle tires

Volunteering
at the Nanaimo RCMP  detachment providing Victim Services a couple mornings a week. It is all kinds of awesome.

Eating
 a homemade to die for dark chocolate peanut butter cup (thank you Nicole Zult)

Waking 
up between 5am-6am most mornings  so that I can get my workout and devotions done before I wake my children up. This is a huge departure from the summer when I rarely rose before 8am. 

Pining 
for a pair of dark black "made in Canada" yoga jeans from Cayo Fashions. I already purchased a pair of cross fit runners and some dreamy kilm pillows for my couch so I will have to wait another month or so for those delicious jeans

Living
without a microwave since ours crashed to the ground a couple weeks ago when the shelf holding it snapped. I really haven't missed it at all. 

Trying
to secure childcare for Levi two days a week (feels like mission impossible)

Filling 
out strong start forms, police record checks and my big happy planner

Trying
to motivate myself to edit and upload some pictures from the summer for this blog. This is my first attempt at  blogging in ages.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ordinary Days: Part 2

It's only breakfast but I'm already grubby


The day I dropped a knife and it cut my foot.


A fat lip and a snotty nose.


I can't believe how much dirt comes off this boy.


My counters pretty much everyday


Gum covered toys 


Levi managed to achieve this is 15 minutes.



Monday, July 31, 2017

Currently: July




Reflecting
on what an incredible summer we have had so far and that we still have a whole month left!!!

Looking
forward to going camping at Upper Campbell Lake.
It was one of my favorite places to camp as a child and I look forward to building more memories there with my children.  

Longing
for more quiet and peace in our household.. sometimes I feel like I am raising wild animals instead of children.

Feeling
far too relaxed.... the state of my house can attest to that fact

Enjoying
sleeping in, eating fruit for dinner and going swimming at various water holes everyday around 4:00pm

Wearing
 a navy blue swimsuit dress, a fedora from value village, black feather earring, and  a pair of gladiator sandals.

Eating
Way too many cherries

Longing
for the motivation to go to get up earlier so I can have some much needed "quiet time".

Listening
to some old CD's in my car (Bethany Dillion, Leland, and Nicole Nordman)

Wishing
I could get to the kiddos to bed earlier. It is ridiculous how late their bedtime has gotten.

Working
on the last section of our yard. We have hauled two trucks loads of dirt but have to wait until mid August to get sod.

Thinking
about my hubby as it is his birthday today and he is in the interior doing relief work.

Picking
lots of blueberries. Yesterday we picked over 50lbs at a "U Pick" farm.

Trying
not to waste what little of the evening I have surfing the internet. I  would rather sit on my deck under my patio lights with a book  or play dress up in my closet.