Make Your Circle

Amazing how our moods can change when surrounded by friends. The other day.... feeling blah.   Invited friends over for games night......feeling happy, giggly, excited and just downright joyful. The next day....feeling blah.   Moody teenagers got the best of me, couldn't go to family celebrations because some of the kids were sick, and nothing much to... Continue Reading →

Do you have a problem child?

That was me! I'm not talking about kids affected by major trauma or with severe behaviour issues or mental health issues today.   Today, I'm talking about inherently good, smart kids who seem to love trouble.  That was me.  I knew what was right but I seemed to love to choose the wrong way, the... Continue Reading →

Exam Day

My university daughter is preparing for exams this week.  It's hard to watch.   She stays up way too late studying and writing papers.   She doesn't eat well, she gets grumpy, snappy and pushes the limits of exhaustion.  Inevitably she will end up physically sick.   I was the same way in school.   I got so anxious... Continue Reading →

Extra Help

I guess my family didn't want to help sweep or vacuum anymore.  Or maybe they just didn't want to hear me complaining about how many times a day I have to sweep.   We have a crawling baby and anyone who has ever had a crawling baby knows that sweeping and vacuuming is imperative.  If there's... Continue Reading →

Looking up at 40

I vividly remember when my parents turned 40.   I remember when all of my aunts and uncles turned 40.  I am sure it's awfully strange that their daughter and niece is turning 40 today! So many people have a hard time with 40.  Lots of people stop at 39 and continue to tell people they... Continue Reading →

Hospitals are NOT Daycares

My grandbaby is in the hospital.  (Yes, my young looking self is a grandmother!)  I was there all day with him yesterday.  His mother (my daughter in law) has been with him day and night since he went in last week.   Her mother has been with him.  Her friends have been with him.   Baby TJ... Continue Reading →

One Weekend In Foster Care

When we took foster parent training classes 20 years ago, we heard a very impactful story.   I am sure I won't do it justice but the basic message will come through.  I am going to attempt to write in the words of the woman who spoke to us and inspired us.   Her words come back... Continue Reading →

International Women’s Day

Geneviève, Hélène, Nathalie, Barbara, Anne-Marie, Maud, Maryse, Maryse, Anne-Marie, Sonia, Michèle, Annie, Annie, Barbara These are names I learned today.   They are names I don't want to forget.   They deserve to be recognized and remembered.   Do you know them? They are the 14 women shot by an angry woman hater on December 6, 1989 at... Continue Reading →

Grandparents vs Grandparents

Grandparenting today can look very different from one family to the next.  Some children grow up having relationships with their grandparents, great grandparents and even great-great grandparents.  To other families who started later in life, this may sound impossible as their parents are much older and their grandparents are in their 80’s by the time... Continue Reading →

Dealing with Disappointment

Today I am disappointed.  There's no going around it.   I had made plans but viruses have their own minds and plans.   We were all packed to go visit friends for a few days but my gut was saying none of the kids were healthy enough to make the trip so guess who else was disappointed?... Continue Reading →

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