In the Essence of Time For All that Is Complex

“Time” is really starting to confuse me. I’m not sure if it’s a product of aging, becoming a mother, or of stepping outside the traditional workforce with regular routine and organized schedules… But it’s messing with me. Am I alone in this? I’m pretty sure my baby girl was just born yesterday, but she’s pulling herself up onto couches, and…

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Nesting in Progress

It started a few trimesters late, but my nesting instinct has been in full swing for the past few months now. I’m craving stability, kitchen flowers, and home decorations; nurseries, welcome mats, and pictures hung up on the wall… not worrying about when exactly they’ll need to come down. And it’s all happening right now, of course, when we are…

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Motherhood

I took a quick glance around the room before I left the house this morning, and I think the knee-high loads of laundry and scattered toys are more than a metaphor – somehow over the last 8 months I have settled into this new role of motherhood, and it’s finally beginning to feel like it’s “really” here. After a season…

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I’ll Be Home For Thanksgiving… Just Bring the Tow Truck

I’m not usually an antique hunter, but I was “all over” this refurnished dining set that I’d found on Kijiji. It had just enough “new” to facelift the “old”, and came with an affordable price tag to help us fill our One Day house and still leave room for groceries. So, after making an appointment ahead of time, my husband…

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The Parable of the Girl and the Mountain

One day a young woman came to her Teacher, contented and happy. “Lord, it has been quite the season, hasn’t it?” she asked, sitting down at His feet. He looked knowingly on her smiling eyes, and nodded slowly. “It has,” He replied. “You have learned so much.” She sighed and leaned up against his knees. “You have taught me to…

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Those September Nights (A Dog, A Skunk, and a Kiss)

It’s only 9:45 pm, but we’re already crawling into bed – the “well-adjusted” couple, still in the early throes of parenthood. This isn’t the exception, this is the rule, and by the time Netflix passes the fourth episode of Brooklyn 99, I’ll be curled up in a ball fast asleep with my head on my husband’s chest. The rest is…

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To All The People I Never Forgot

In Care Of: Northern Alberta. Southern Alberta. The Philippines. California. British Columbia. Michigan. Africa. Florida. Saskatchewan. Australia. Illinois. Southwestern Ontario. A lot of Southwestern Ontario… For some of you, it’s been awhile.

And Just Like That… It’s Been 10 Years

It wasn’t everything I owned, but it was everything I thought I needed, packed into two suitcases. One neon green, the other fuchsia pink, I kept them as close as possible in my own little corner of the airport arrivals, fiddling with the unfamiliar Albertan address. Somehow I’d gotten the dates mixed up, and had arrived a day early, but…

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When a Teacher Doesn’t Go Back to School

It’s the morning following Labour Day weekend, and I’ve spent the last 20 minutes perusing Facebook, adoringly spammed with back to school photos of littles and their backpacks, and colleagues and their bulletin boards. I’m trying to sort out my feelings about all of this. For the first time in TWENTY-THREE years, I didn’t buy ANY back to school notebooks.…

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How University Prepared Me to Be a Mom

I’m pretty sure that it’s a requirement to look back on your liberal arts degree and wonder how on earth it was supposed to prepare you for “the Real World”… particularly those with English and History majors. But in the last 6 months, it’s suddenly become very clear to me – it turns out my 5 years in post-secondary attributed…

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