October is Foster Parent Appreciation month and I think there are a few things we could all appreciate! If you never had a family member end up in foster care... be thankful for the family you grew up in. If you never had a neighbour who's children had to be apprehended by Children's Services and… Continue reading Foster Parent Appreciation Month
Does life feel like it runs in a loop? The same things repeating themselves over and over? In some ways our lives are built on the rhythms set by nature. The earth revolves around the sun giving us years and seasons. The moon revolves around the earth marking out months. The rotation of the earth… Continue reading Rhythm
This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and one of my favourite holidays! I love autumn! I love the colours as the trees change. I love the cool crisp mornings and warm afternoons. I love the blue skies. And I love the season of gratitude. We have much to be thankful for and I'm glad we have… Continue reading Thanksgiving
This question struck me differently the last time it was asked of me. It was said to me by someone dropping off children that were with us over the weekend so their mom could have a break. What was implied was "do they behave themselves?". I replied, "Of course they do!" They behave exactly as… Continue reading Are They Good For You?
We are well into the school year and the rhythm is starting to catch on. We are all finding our stride and starting to understand what this year will entail for all of us. I find myself falling into bed at night tired, and looking forward to the one day a week I can sleep… Continue reading Back Down
Sometimes life seems so big... so overwhelming... that you think you don't make a difference anywhere. We are small in the vast expanse... but we can be big in the lives of those we see every day. I have looked up at the stars my entire life and been in awe of how big the… Continue reading Insignificant
When is the last time you complimented someone? The last few weeks I have seen the power of a compliment in action. I was in the local coffee shop meeting some friends for a visit when the lady behind the till asked about my necklace. "Did you make it?" she asked, "It's beautiful, I really… Continue reading Compliments
"Why do I have to go to orientation?! It's not SCHOOL! 3 days at school this week is not fair!!" This is the whining of one of my teenagers! "I only get one day at school and it's mostly orientation?!! Not fair! I hate staggered entry" This is the whining from the other teenager! I… Continue reading The grass is greener…
What is the soundtrack that plays in your head when you have to make a decision? I recently had a conversation with one of my teens where they talked about their process. One of the things that surprised me is that the first thing that runs through their head is that we will be unhappy… Continue reading Voices
What is your Kryptonite? What is it that makes you lose the ability to be your best self? night sky Aug 12. iPhone 12 photo. In case you don't know the back story, Kryptonite is the mineral from Superman's home planet Krypton that has the ability to weaken him. The word is used now to… Continue reading Kryptonite
What you look for, you will find. If you look for criticism, corruption, and conflict you will find it everywhere. If you look for beauty, blessing and bounty you will find it everywhere. And you can be looking at the exact same scenery. The reality is that both exist all around us and we choose… Continue reading What do you see?
We visited the Indigenous Peoples Experience in Fort Edmonton Park recently. It is a beautiful building that is bursting at the seams with history and narrative. You feel immersed as you step into the colour and light, and begin to journey through the displays. The sounds of stories and projected pictures are everywhere as you… Continue reading Cycle of Life
The only time you will be bothered by someone being selfish is when you are being selfish yourselfsource unknown I heard a speaker say this once. It rocked my world As I thought it through I realized that in my life it was true! The only time I am really annoyed with someone else being… Continue reading Selfish
Where we live life moves through seasons and each season has it's unique properties. We have just come through spring and settled into summer. This summer has been hotter than any I have experienced before! Summer is often a time of rest and refreshment but the heat is draining for me. What makes it bearable… Continue reading Seasons
What causes drama in your life? Teenagers are kind of known for their drama. It seems they can create mountains out of seeming molehills just about anywhere! DramaA way of relating to the world in which a person consistently overreacts to or greatly exaggerates the importance of benign events.The Urban Dictionary One of our latest… Continue reading Drama