The Family That Skis Together

The Family That Skis Together

Like all families, mine is not always at our best. All it takes is for one of us to show up a little grumpy and we all suffer. It could be due to stress at work, lack of sleep or simply hunger. I’ve learned not to set myself up for disappointment by attaching expectations to … Continue reading

Family Echoes

Family Echoes

I am one of four sisters and our names all begin with “K”. Growing up we were called the 4K’s. I’m K3 in the birth order. So far, a great deal of my focus for 2016 has been on my sisters. K4 had knee surgery last month. I wish we lived closer so I could … Continue reading

Starting The New Year Off “Write”

Starting The New Year Off “Write”

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”  – Alex Haley    Today, I’d like to share my plans for 2016. I hope you’ll share in my excitement as I launch my journal writing workshop business, Writing Life Matters. My first pilot class – Journal Your Legacy – … Continue reading

Christmas, With Love

Christmas, With Love

Christmas is coming quickly and we are wracking our brains for those perfect gift ideas. In Canada, we have so much. Add our tough economy this year and we’re asking, “What do we buy for someone who has everything they need, within a smaller budget?” I know of an inexpensive, yet valuable gift idea for … Continue reading

When Your Kids See You, Who do They See?

When Your Kids See You, Who do They See?

Remember what it was like when we saw our parents as perfect? They were strong and never got sick. They were smart and had all the answers. They were there to encourage us during the day and calm our fears at night. I believed mine were on this earth solely for me. That’s the way … Continue reading

G-Pa Turns Ninety

G-Pa Turns Ninety

There’s a pretty special man in my life turning 90 years young today. When I was calling to invite my father-in-law’s friends to his celebration dinner, they were surprised. Ninety? Already? Yes, it’s hard to believe this young-at-heart grandpa to my kids is hitting this milestone. Buddy and Princess call him “G-Pa.” They’ve grown up … Continue reading

Back to My Accidental Dream Home

Back to My Accidental Dream Home

In a few days, season three of our temporary life in Slave Lake will come to an end and we’ll be heading south – home to the starter house we bought 30 years ago. It’s nothing fancy. My 1,050 square foot, ‘50s bungalow was never meant to be my dream home. We bought it because … Continue reading

Around Here (Slave Lake Edition)

Around Here (Slave Lake Edition)

Around here – Fog rests on the lake I see each morning, a late sunrise brightens only the treetops and bleaches the waves of Lesser Slave Lake to a glow, the caw of a lone crow echoes, and the humming bird feeder swings idle. When the sun shines on the tree out front it turns … Continue reading

My Family Defined

My Family Defined

I’m so excited about my guest blogger today. Buddy, has written his perspective of our family and I’m more than happy to share –    What does it mean to be in our Family? I’ve reflected on the question of what it means to be a member of this family for quite a while and … Continue reading