Things that made me smile on Mother’s Day

  1. Handmade cards
  2. Handwritten coupons for free kisses and quiet time
  3. Child-wrapped gifts
  4. A blouse that my daughter knew I liked and secretly had her dad take her to buy
  5. A camera necklace
  6. Sleeping in
  7. Heart-shaped eggs
  8. Hugs and kisses and spending the day with my son and daughter


It’s Beginning to Feel a lot like Christmas…


With the snow outside (that we’ve had since the beginning of November, mind), the front porch decorated, and an array of ornaments scattered throughout the house, it’s beginning to feel like Christmas around here.

With the stress of gift buying (particularly when the gifts on the lists are impossible to get) – not to mention the madness in the stores and the harried traffic –  it is sometimes easy to forget what this season is all about.

But when I see the excitement in our children as December 25 nears, I am reminded of the true gifts that we have in our lives and it becomes easy to see what Christmas is all about:  Sharing this time with the people we love best.

Ferns (and Family)




Each year my parents arrange a reunion for my father’s family.

At a local chalet, aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, children, parents, and my grandfather gather to eat lobster, catch up, and roast marshmallows by the fire.

The day wouldn’t be complete without a walk to the river. The trail is bordered by lush green ferns.

And so this day was highlighted (for me) by ferns and family.

(Besides, I tend not to post photos of family on my blog, so fern photos were the next best thing – I was too busy eating the lobster to photograph it!)

Snow Fun


A knock on the kitchen window takes me away from preparing supper.

The kids want me to watch them outside, so I head up to my office for a better view, and grin as they take off running and jump onto sleds. They zip down our backyard hill and tumble off giggling at the bottom.

I am so grateful for these two little lives in mine, these moments to share.