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I’ve been suffering from writers block lately. When I sit down at the computer, it seems like there’s lots I could say – but someone has already said it, and better than I ever could. Really, it’s hard not to compare; not when there are so many great writers out there.

Still, I like to write. Because, no matter what other people have written, this is our life. It’s something my kids like to read. And someday, down the road – maybe I’d like to remember what I thought when I was in the middle of raising my kids, being a wife, mom, juggling everything. And I hope, looking back, I can say, we enjoyed the journey. That even though there were hard times and not every day was easy, life was good.

One of my favourite books I’ve read in the last while  is called A Lantern in Her Hand. It’s a story set in pioneer days, and I love pioneer stories.  This book doesn’t gloss over the hard times (and really, there were a lot!) but it also shares the good times. How being a mom is such an important job. How, at the end of the day, it’s not your circumstances that were important, but how you lived through them.

At the end of the book while looking back at her life, Abbie, who’s lived through all those pioneer years, shares her happiest memory with her granddaughter. She says:

“There are many memories. But I’ll tell you the one I like to think of best of all. It’s just a homely everyday thing, but to me it is the happiest of them all. It is evening time here in the old house and the supper is cooking and the table is set for the whole family… the robins are singing in the cottonwoods and the late afternoon sun is shining across the floor. Will, your grandfather, is coming in to supper… and the children are all playing out in the yard. I can hear their voices and happy laughter. There isn’t much to that memory is there? Out of a lifetime of experiences you would hardly expect that to be the one I would choose as the happiest, would you? But is is. The supper cooking… the table set for the whole family… the afternoon sun across the floor… the robins singing it the cottonwoods… the children’s merry voices… Will coming in.. eventide.”

It makes me remember, as Gretchen Rubin, from The Happiness Project writes: “The days are long, but the years are short.”  And someday, the kids will grow up, and start their own families. I hope when that day comes (not too quickly!) we’ll be able to say, too, those are our best memories, the simple things…. sitting at the table together… enjoying each others company…  just living life… together.

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New Years Day

We got to sleep in this morning!!  Generally, we are early risers, primarily because our kids (the boys, anyway) never sleep in.  So imagine our surprise this morning when no one stirred until 9:30…

We decided to make brunch, and everyone helped out with something.  Here’s my youngest kitchen helper at work.  Evan really never wants to help, he just wants to do it himself.  So after finding out that he really does need help to crack the eggs into the pan without getting shells in, he decided making juice was a better option.

Counting the pitchers of water….

Pouring…

Looks good… hmmm… maybe I should stir it…

Stirring…

More stirring….

I love this stage – he is young enough to really want to help me in the kitchen, but old enough to actually be a help.  (And everyone loved the juice…)

Thanks for your help, Evan!


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It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of 2010! It was a good year; nothing extraordinary, but lots of fun moments….
Visiting Vancouver during the Olympics.  We got to pretend for a moment that we could actually drive this thing.  I wouldn’t even want to try, but I have a feeling that my boys would love the chance.

One of my three hockey players.  We’ve spent many hours at the rink over the past year, and had fun cheering for our favourite teams.

A hockey themed birthday cake … I think I baked three of these this year.  Hockey is a bit of an obsession at our house!

Hiking with family.  We are so blessed to live near the mountains, with plenty to explore.

A spring find in the yard!  We’re not sure what happened to the mama bird ….

Raising butterflies this spring.  No one was that keen on feeding the caterpillars – who grew amazingly quick, but we sure loved watching them transform into butterflies.  God is amazing!  It was fun to see them now and again around the yard after we released them.

Summer camping with friends – definitely a highlight each summer.  These teenagers who never rose before 10:00 when camping set their alarm and headed to the lake to watch the sunrise!

We started school a week late in September and enjoyed some beach days at Birch Bay.  Definitely one of the benefits of homeschooling.

Visiting the pumpkin patch – an annual tradition.

Decorating Christmas cookies - we got this idea from Pioneer Woman.  We had so much fun making these cookies, we did it twice!

Decorated Christmas cookies.  This was a great idea that we found on Pioneer Woman. We had so much fun with this we made them twice over the holidays!

It was a fun year.  Here’s hoping the next year will be just as good.

Happy New Year!

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