Living a Less Distracted Life…Focusing on What Counts

Today, I was reminded once again what an incredible blessing it is to have children. I cannot think of another experience in my life that has challenged me, refined me and simultaneously made my heart full more than being a mother. There are days when I am in tears from the frustration and exhaustion of parentingContinue reading “Living a Less Distracted Life…Focusing on What Counts”

A Birthday Celebration…A Little Girl Turns Two

My dear precious daughter, I can’t believe that you are 2 years old already. We can see so much of your personality and interests showing. You have an excellent command of language. You love books, music, dancing and coloring. You love to run and climb. You are a bit shy of strangers but you loveContinue reading “A Birthday Celebration…A Little Girl Turns Two”

Forgiveness Includes Forgiving Yourself

It can be so hard to forgive yourself when you make a mistake that hurts others, particularly those you love. This week was a lesson for me in the art of forgiving myself for not being the perfect mother I envisioned. Of course, I know deep down I cannot be the perfect ‘anything’. But givenContinue reading “Forgiveness Includes Forgiving Yourself”

Fall Leaves, Sandy Parks and the Love of Children

Despite runny noses and some difficult nights with sick kids this week, it was a wonderful week! I had the chance to spend a day with each of the kids alone and it was just so lovely to spend time with each child. Our time together was simple. Long walks to the park or in the woods. WhileContinue reading “Fall Leaves, Sandy Parks and the Love of Children”

Motherhood Reflections and Big Boy Letters

Today was a simple but enjoyable day with the children. We actually made it through the day with only one fight under our belts and no meltdowns to speak of! I decided in the morning not to focus too much on chores. Sometimes I get so caught up with all that needs to get doneContinue reading “Motherhood Reflections and Big Boy Letters”

All Medical School Applications are in…Let the Waiting Games Begin!

Today I submitted the last of my medical school applications and it was a very rewarding feeling to hit the final “submit” button! I have also verified that the universities I have applied to have received all supporting documents and transcripts so I am relieved that this is all under control! I have one lastContinue reading “All Medical School Applications are in…Let the Waiting Games Begin!”

Teaching by Example…Lessons in Servanthood

My children never cease to amaze me in how much they pick up from people around them in word and behavior. Moments like Caleb kissing and hugging his little sister because he has observed us doing this. Or Naomi busily putting away toys as she tries to mimic mummy’s “tidy up” song. Being a motherContinue reading “Teaching by Example…Lessons in Servanthood”

Turkey Tails, Luna Moths and Canoes…Family Time in the Laurentians

Weekend getaways with the kids usually involve a significant degree of preparation. There comes a moment when I must sit on our suitcase trying to squeeze in all the various kid paraphernalia one needs while away from home. Our car is a Toyota matrix (not very big) but somehow my husband manages to cram inContinue reading “Turkey Tails, Luna Moths and Canoes…Family Time in the Laurentians”

Celebration, Friendship and a Walk Down Memory Lane

As I write this post, I hear grunts, giggles and thumping sounds as my son Caleb and my husband roll around in the basement. Every so often, I hear “I’m ready to begin the battle” and “fight!“. In getting caught up in the day-to-day mounds of laundry, dishes, cooking and cleaning, I sometimes forget howContinue reading “Celebration, Friendship and a Walk Down Memory Lane”

You are Mum…You are Dad…And You are Appreciated More than You Know!

The past few weeks have been an amalgamation of wonderful moments with my children as well as some difficult, tearful days. Today, I would like to dedicate this post to mothers and fathers, and the incredible job they do in bringing up their children. It’s a hard job… but know that you are appreciated. TakeContinue reading “You are Mum…You are Dad…And You are Appreciated More than You Know!”