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A simple life. For three weeks, anyway.

I told my kids that this year we wouldn’t be taking a vacation–we would be going on an adventure instead! My family was blessed to have three entire weeks of vacation together and we chose to spend it camping in … Continue reading

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The tree was beautiful before it fell down

On Friday night, all six of us set up our fresh, fragrant Christmas tree in the living room. First, we hung the white lights, and then the ornaments one by one. I reminded the kids that they made the beaded … Continue reading

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Five tips for a soul-satisfying vacation

My husband’s family decided to take a trip together at an all-inclusive resort in Cuba.  After a year of illness (and recovery) they hoped for a life-affirming week of family time. It meant fourteen people travelling together, including six children. At … Continue reading

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If these walls could speak

When I was a teenager, Amy Grant was my favourite singer. I had a huge collection of her albums and music books as well. I used to sit at the piano and belt them out after school when no one was home. One of my … Continue reading

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The family jewels are growing on my patio

As a little girl, one of my favourite people in the whole world was my maternal grandmother. Gramma Nicholls always saved the plastic toys inside the Shreddies box for me and let me help her bake chocolate chip cookies when I went to visit. I … Continue reading

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Parents, let my shrubs give you some child-rearing advice

The recent warm spell has coaxed local forsythia bushes into blooming, even though it is only March. I have always loved their bright, cheery arrival while the grass is still brown and the weather is still cool, especially when there are nearby … Continue reading

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J-cloths and church ladies

Growing up, there was always a J-cloth in the sink. It was blue and usually faded from washing, since my mother was frugal and used them until they fell apart. Sometimes they were wet and drippy, other times they hung over the fawcett, … Continue reading

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