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

Time For Play

Time For Play

  “Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.”  – Dr. Stuart Brown, physician, clinical researcher and founder of the National Institute for Play.                              If you’re like … Continue reading

Honouring Loss

Honouring Loss

I had an empty nest piece all set to post today but I’ve changed my plan. On Sunday, a life changed abruptly. Today, my heart is with one of my best friends whose partner passed away suddenly on the weekend. Out of respect for her and for the life of her partner, I’d like to … Continue reading

Blissful and Blessed

Blissful and Blessed

I haven’t quit smiling since I left Calgary for Slave Lake yesterday. After a week of connecting with family and friends, I am feeling truly blessed.   I can’t express these feelings any better than Janelle Ross has in her post, All My Blessing Breathe. Thank you, Janelle, for allowing me to share it with … Continue reading

My Two New Loves

My Two New Loves

Dear Buddy and Princess, Sorry kids, I have two new loves. When you started moving into your “big people” lives, there was plenty of room for a mom to fill and I’ve been determined to fill it with good stuff. I had to dig way back in time to reconnect with that person I was … Continue reading

Finding Peace in Places

Finding Peace in Places

“I need peace in my life.” This is the silent prayer that has looped through my head for years. Ever since I was in my teens, I’ve sought out perfect spots to find the silence needed to think. The first I can remember was just a few short blocks from home, in a city park, … Continue reading