Sunday, April 23, 2017

Quote of the day

" If we could learn how to balance rest against effort, calmness against strain, quiet against turmoil, we would assure ourselves of joy in living".

- Josephine Rathbone

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Instagram Saturday: Birth

A couple days ago I received an email from Photobook Canada reminding me that the voucher I had purchased was about to expire. I had initially planned to make Claire a photobook for her birthday, but then had forgotten to collect all the photos from the past six years of her life to do so. Opps! I didn't want to waste the voucher so I decided to make a photo book from Levi's birth. I had meaning to put all the incredible images that Nancy had captured the day Levi was born, but hadn't gotten around to it. It took maybe about forty five minutes to make something that I will treasure forever.

I decided to share one of the images on Instagram. The caption reads:

"I finally got around to making a photo book of Levi's birth. It was the most challenging birth of my three children but incredible nonetheless. I loved bringing him into the world
 surrounded by my amazing team. I love that my children were able to witness the birth of their little brother. I love that I live in a country that allows women to choose where and how hey want to give birth. While I am finished having babies, I am honored to support women as they bring their babies into the world. #thejoysofbeingadoula#empoweredbirth#choices#rawrealimages#midwivesrock"

If you would like to see more images from that incredible day you can view them here.

No matter

"No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle of nowhere."

- Sheryl Crow

Friday, April 7, 2017

It's been awhile....

Sometimes I wonder if my blogging days are over. It seems like the only time I get to sit down is to eat or pay bills, so finding time to sit still and write feels nearly impossible. I find myself asking "what purpose does blogging serve" when I  have so little time as it is? The thing is, I like to write. I like to  share my musings with the world, especially since my "role" in most relationships is that of a "listener". I'm not much of a "talker". I swear my husband has a larger "word quota" than I do. When my hubby gets home from work I am more likely to retreat to my room for some much needed quiet time than talk about my day.

Part of reason I haven't posted much is because I don't feel like I any "pretty pictures to post". Since my lovely DLR met an untimely end in Hawaii, all I have are grainy, out of focus photos taken on my
iPad. *sigh* Needless to say, life marches on with  all its joy, upheaval, tears, triumphs, hopes and mundane moments. Here are a few recent snapshots from my life.

Enjoying a lovely evening at our Church's 20th anniversary

Cleaning out the shop while Levi enjoys some coveted time on Nathaniel's dirt bike.  

 Taking an impromptu bath in my kitchen sink... by himself.

Amelia turned eight and invited WAAAAY too many people. I survived. Barely.

Early morning sweetness with this sweet boy

My eldest got her ears pierced!!!!

This little man stopped taking naps in January, except for the occasional snooze while watching his favorite show.

Visits with sweet friends

Beekeeping with my husband. Notice Levi in the tree behind him. We stuck him in it to keep him away from the cranky hives.

Watching daddy prune a local apple tree.

A typical breakfast: Omelette, bell peppers, avocado and some wasa rye crisps. 

Just a typical meltdown... every day... multiple times a day...

Finding beautiful spots in my neighbourhood that refresh me

Who knew that clam digging could be SO FUN!!!

Both sets of grandparents at the same table. My heart is FULL!

Love watching these men whip up incredible food in the kitchen. 


Saying goodbye to daddy as he heads off for a week of tactical training.

Thoroughly enjoying all the gold I have been finding at value village. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Big Island Bees

Today a girlfriend and I were talking about beekeeping and it reminded me of the beautiful apiary that Nathaniel and I visited when we were Hawaii.

 Everything about their facility was lovely; from the incredible bouquets of fresh flowers to the colors of their bee boxes.

They had a lovely viewing area where you could watch the bees hard at work.

I brought this lovely jar of Hawaiian honey home with me. The honey is as delicious as the label is beautiful! These pretty little jars got me excited about creating a label for my honey.

They had so many varieties of honey to try. I sampled Organic Ohia-Lehua Blossom; organic Wilelaiki Blossom; and Macadamia Nut Blossom. Yummy!

They had a lovely collection of vintage literature on bees.

Erin, I thought you would like this darling little whicker hive.  

I could have taken a bazillion photos of the flowers alone.

Nathaniel spent the better part of an hour chatting with a beekeeper who worked at the facility.

The walls were adorned with vintage prints of flowers and  photographs of people keeping bees throughout history.

The artist who owned the facility created the most interesting pieces of art by placing sculptures in enclosures with bees and letting them cover the pieces with comb.

This little gecko was feasting on  flies in the window.

All in all it was a lovely place to visit on a date with my hubby. If you would like to know more about  Big Island Bees, click on the link.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Deeper Things: Light

A tiny sliver of light streamed across my deck and into  kitchen window this morning. I found myself mesmerized by it and what it promised.... summer, warmth,  and long unstructured days.
The feeling reminded me of times in my life when I have found my self gasping for air, longing for the "light" at the end of a long dark tunnel.  Times when I have found myself drowning under the weight of obligations and expectations all the while longing for spontaneity, quiet and adventure.

A couple months ago I felt exceptionally low; crying into my dishes,...crying into my children's cereal. I felt foggy minded, apathetic and had little desire to get dressed, leave the house or even  brush my hair.  I find I am more prone to such feelings when I have neglected to exercise, when I am not eating properly,  but most of all, when I forget to connect with my heavenly father. When I don't spend time with Him, I find myself trying to stuff the void with chocolate, shopping and mindless television. I begin to struggle with self control and become impatient with my children; seeing them more as burdens than gifts. It's like an avalanche that picks up momentum as time passes. Before I know it, I have gained five pounds, overspent, wasted valuable time, and the tainted the atmosphere of my home with my discontent and irritability. Thankfully, somewhere along the way, I am reminded that the Joy of the Lord is my strength, that He is my sustainer.  I draw near,  relinquish my sadness, disappointment, brokenness, discontent and He fills the void with His peace and joy... and I  find myself thinking for the thousandth time, "why do I keep forgetting how life giving and sustaining God's presence is"? It's like forgetting the incredible endorphin high I get after trail running in the woods and instead, stuff my face with chips while watching a re-run of "Keeping up with the Kardashians". In the moment it feels good, but afterwards I suffer the consequences of bloat and weight gain, not to mention brain rot. It takes effort to be disciplined; to put on running shoes and brave the cold air when my couch is calling and the chips are only an arms' reach away. It takes discipline to nurture the spiritual aspect of myself, especially when I feel tugged in every direction, but when I do, it has a beautiful ripple effect on everything I do and say and think.


Pictures from spring of 2013 in the meadow behind our home.