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.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Currently: June





Loving
my new eyelashes from a salon/spa in town called House of Kiyo.

Neglecting
to deal with my email inbox. I currently have 2042 unread emails. Gah!

Wearing
my favorite jean and lace cut-offs from bootlegger, a sheer pink tank top and a first nations inspired beaded necklace.

Daydreaming
about the regimental ball I went to in Victoria with my hubby this past weekend

Looking
forward to spending lots of time at the river

Enjoying
my new earrings made from bicycle tires by Rose Pedals Jewelry

Anticipating
a birth

Planting
white and blue delphinium's in my front garden

Trying
to scrapbook my December Daily album.... in June

Planning
out my summer

Hoping
I have the resolve to keep eating clean through the summer

Friday, June 16, 2017

Deeper Things: Love



I don't know how old I was, maybe eight or nine, but I remember picketing with my grandmother in front  of an abortion clinic in Ontario one summer. At the time, I didn't really understand what we were doing, but it felt purposeful. I don't remember what the sign I was carrying said, but I remember walking in circles around the clinic. I remember thinking that my grandmother was a warrior and I admired her passion and her fearlessness. While I admire her immensely  I couldn't fathom doing something like that again. Not because I am afraid , I'm pretty fearless, but because it isn't loving.

Furthermore, I  don't think that's how Jesus would have handled things.

As much as abortion makes my heart ache, Jesus gave humanity the freedom to make choices whether they are life giving or otherwise. We are not responsible for others actions but we have been called to love. Period. Being loving means supporting someone when they decide to make the decision to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, love means walking them through the heartache and speaking life and hope and grace into their lives.

I understand righteous indignation, I understand wanting to save babies lives, but I don't think that we will ever achieve that through shaming, condemning or pointing
fingers.

As a Doula, I am passionate about providing women with information so that they can make informed decisions about their pregnancy, birth and postpartum. My job to is prepare women and then support their decisions along the way. My job isn't to dictate a women's journey so that she achieves my vision of a "dream birth". My job is to help her feel supported and empowered regardless of how her birth unfolds.

I think this is how we need to approach women with unwanted pregnancies. They need to know what their options are, and have support regardless of the choice they make. They need to have the facts but they also need to feel supported regardless of what  they choose. That's why I love our local
Crossroads Pregnancy Center. They are an amazing non profit facility that does just that. They offer free pregnancy tests, options counselling, post adoption support and counselling, miscarriage support, parental support and counselling, and free baby supplies. They are amazing!!!!

If you would like to partner with crossroads pregnancy center you can support them by clicking HERE.