Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ten Things

We have had a string of beautiful, spring like days here. It has been indulging to my senses, creating a whole lot of happy in my heart, and has allowed the kids to run free and wild minus their winter gear. Good times. 

There are some pretty exciting things happening in my world, and I am excited to share them with you...soon.

A wise person told me that on this new journey things would get a whole lot worse before they got better. I am finding this to be true, but am staying focused on the good things in my life, and that is helping me immensely as I find my way.

The opportunity to sit down with a friend (and homeopath) last week and share my entire story of the last few months was both therapeutic and healing. Since then I have been moving forward from a better place.

All summer I worked hard in the garden growing food, and later in the kitchen, putting the food I grew by for the winter. Reece and I are enjoying the benefits of all that work, whether it be a jar of dilly beans, a jar of peaches, or a vibrant green pesto, it is all delicious, and makes me so grateful for this land I call home, and the opportunities I have to tend and nurture it to feed us.

We celebrated Candlemas on Tuesday by making candles and enjoying an outdoor fire in the afternoon. I love Candlemas, the halfway mark between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, and welcome the light, longer days, and warmer temperatures it brings with it.

I just finished this book, and highly recommend it. This one is next.

I am knitting fingerless mitts at the moment, just a project to keep my hands busy. Up next is a milo for a baby boy due next month, and a shawl for me, to be knit with yarn gifted to me last year on my birthday from a very dear friend.

Plans are being made for a trip down south to visit with my parents. The beach, the ocean, gorgeous sunrises...yeah, I can't wait!

Life is moving forward, it does that, and I have a choice to sit back and watch it, or I can be an active participant. I choose to be an active participant, to live each day, each moment as best as I can. I will admit it isn't always easy these days, but I am trying. The good news is when I try, and succeed, the choice to be an active participant comes with a few, freedom and contentment.

I hope whatever is going on in your world that you are finding little bits of joy to brighten your days. Wishing you a beautiful weekend my friends.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Morning on the Homestead

Saturday morning found me making my way through the woods with field guides and kiddos, tracking animals. It was another Morning on the Homestead day, and we had a a great time. The woods were full of prints....coyote, deer, rabbit, and shrew tracks were discussed, identified, and followed before heading back for a snack and to warm up. Then it was back outside to make snow candles, and while they set, snow sculptures. By the end of the morning the kiddos were tired, and happy, and I was feeling happy and content.

I am loving these Morning on the Homestead workshops, and have some fun ideas planned for the spring session. Can't wait to share them with you.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


A photo of my little man, once a month, on the last day of each month, in 2016

Reece, how is it that we are the end of January already? Time has flown little man, but not a moment was missed. We have played hard, and studied hard. We have walked in the woods, played in the snow, and begun your introduction into the four processes in arithmetic. We have cooked and baked together, snuggled up for reading, and to watch a movie on movie night, and we have talked about the things we want to do this year.  We are enjoying the extra light that comes this time of year, and soaking up the sunshine any time it decides to shine. It's been a good month for the two of us, mother and son, moving forward on a new path, one that has bumps along the way, but is also filled with so many wonderful moments. I love you, little man, with all my heart, and more. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Sunday Morning Request

It all started with a simple question on Sunday morning...what do you want to do today? His response, let's go to the creek. And so we did!

We walked along the creek, talking and laughing, playing a game that caused us to giggle uncontrollably. At times we stopped to look at ice formations, or to toss a few rocks to see if we could break the ice. We paused to watch two squirrels playing, chattering up a storm as they chased each other from tree to tree. We heard the soft rhythm of the water running under the ice, and we watched as a woodpecker did his rat-a-tat-tat thing on a dead tree. Everywhere we looked we found beauty, simple, untouched beauty, shared with us on a quiet and slow Sunday morning.

It was a good way to spend a Sunday morning, and I wouldn't be surprised if we do it again soon.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Gratitude Gathering

Saturday I had the honour of gathering with the most amazing group of ladies I know. There are no words to really express how much these ladies mean to me. When the world as I knew it crumbled in the fall these are the ladies that were there. They cried with me, hugged me, and held me. They brought me food and care packages. They sent texts checking in, and they ordered knitted hats, rope baskets, and herbal products to help support Reece and I. They were supportive and understanding, provided a listening ear and love, and above all else gave me solace at a time when I felt deeply hurt and alone. In short, they were there when it truly counted. They stood by me, without question, and showed just how much they care about Reece and I. They stepped up and helped me rebuild my foundation, one rock at a time, allowing me to stand tall again, letting my light shine through the darkness.

To honour them I planned a special day of nature connection, crafting, and food. We meet at the conservation area, and hiked through the woods chatting, laughing and enjoying each others company. Back at my place we made tea and sat around the table making kite paper stars, chosen as the craft for the day to represent all the light they shared with me during those dark days, and the light that is now shining in my days again. Lunch was enjoyed and more tea, and then the need for more comfort. My tribe was there when a little bit of darkness clouded the afternoon, and I honestly thank the Universe for the way it all worked out. Again we cried, they held me and they offered love, support and advice. By the time they left, many hours later, I felt much better, and yet again grateful for the ladies I am honoured to call friends.

Thank you my friends, my tribe, for everything. I don't feel it really is enough, those words, but I think you know just how much gratitude comes with them. I love you guys, and my life is full because you are part of it.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Right Now...

:: I am sitting at the dining room table typing this post (it is Wednesday evening 7:45pm)

:: I am enjoying a hot cup of tea made from tea given as a gift from my very dear friend in England

:: I am listening to the pages of a book being turned as a certain little man "reads" before lights out

:: I am struggling with bits of my new reality...there are some things on this new path that aren't so easy

:: I am finding strength in the love and support of friends

:: I am loving the book Daring Greatly by Brene Brown...a perfect read for me right now

:: I am smelling beeswax as the candle beside me slowly burns down

:: I am pondering new projects that I know will bring me joy

:: I am learning more about who I am, and who I want to be as I move forward

:: I am soul searching for answers to some deep questions I have

:: I am journaling daily, sometimes twice a day, as I seek to discover more of me

:: I am planning to soak in the tub once lights are out for my little man

:: I am finding peace and joy in the little things, the ordinary of each day

:: I am happy, and excited about what lies ahead, and maybe a little fearful too

Sending a little love your way, my friends, and wishing you a beautiful day.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sharing My Love of Plants

Saturday was a big day here on my little homestead, it was the first adult workshop for Life at Nature's Pace. A few lovely ladies gathered in my kitchen, and while we drank tea, I had the honour of sharing my love of plants, and plant medicine with them. Together we talked about herbs, some of their benefits, and how to use them to keep our families healthy, and then we got to work creating a few herbal potions.

We put elderberries on to simmer for an elderberry syrup, we combined a few skin loving herbal infused oils to make an herbal salve, and we mixed a variety of herbs together to create a mineral and vitamin rich tea that the entire family can enjoy. Working together, chatting and sharing as we did, always makes the workshops I lead feel less like work, and more like time with friends.

I realized something on Saturday, it has been a long time since I have taught a workshop, at least three, maybe four years, and I miss it. I love sharing things I am passionate about with others, I love knowing that I have inspired someone to try something new, and I love that I always finish leading a workshop feeling inspired myself.

Next up at Life at Nature's Pace is a Morning on the Homestead for kids, and then another adult workshop, this time soap making. I am excited about both, and can't wait to share more with those who are attending.