winter children

Even though the weather is cold, we still make a point of spending either the morning or afternoon outdoors. Because Remy and Wilder are not yet in school, staying indoors all day long is enough to make us all go crazy. We all feel better (and much more tired) after getting some Vitamin D!

The other day when we were at the park, I was trying to convince them to go back home so that I could start lunch. Remy turned to me and said, “but we are winter kids, mum. We don’t need to go inside. We are warm enough out here.” It was so sweet and innocent and I was really proud of her for saying that. I think that it was about -20C that morning and we had already been out for over an hour, but the cold wasn’t phasing her. If only I had the same ability to always look at life through rose coloured glasses.

This morning we decided to stay home and go sledding on our little hill. We worked on our snow fort and played pirates on the jungle gym. It was just below zero that morning (which is incredibly warm for the end of December), so the cats were sunning themselves on the deck. That is, when they weren’t eating compost with our dogs.

This is just a regular thing that we do everyday and I probably take for granted at times. I wanted to document it at least once, because they won’t be this young forever. I feel lucky to live where we do and with our winter children.

Emory

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new year

As I write these words, I am just so relieved that 2020 is coming to an end. At the same time, I am wary to say that we are in the clear just yet. It seems like every time I turn around, bad luck is coming someone’s way (and we are not exempt).

Personally, this was a year filled with medical appointments and mental health issues. From physical symptoms that triggered anxiety, to anxiety that caused physical symptoms. I had so many tests done, and yet, no answers from doctors. I heard words from them that had life-changing and even potentially terminal outcomes, and then was told that I’m too anxious when I would break down over their mention of a horrible illness. They all threw an assortment of drugs my way together with more and more referrals. That is, until I stopped going.

I am coming out of this year with a deeper understanding of mental illness, and ways to treat and cope with one without relying on western doctors and medication. I’ve had so much help from professionals in alternative medicine- with their gentle and effective treatments, complete understanding of what goes on inside someone’s mind and body, and positive mindsets. I don’t think that I would have survived this year without them. Actually, I know it.

I hope to one day write a blog post about anxiety and what I, as someone who is only just learning about it, have tried and what suggestions to do to overcome it naturally. I’m sure it will be a life-long journey, and it is one that I can share in these early days.

As 2021 approaches, I am trying my hardest to leave all of this negativity behind me. 

Goodbye to the most challenging year, on a global scale, this century. You tried to break us, but you did not succeed. You will not be missed!

Emory

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happy (belated) halloween

Happy Halloween, ghosts and ghouls!

Even though it looked and felt different this year, I hope that everyone was still able to fully enjoy this spooky holiday!!

Tell me what you did below!

Emory

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taking a break

“What’s meant to come into your life will come. Everything will work out sooner or later. And it will work out in the most magnificent ways that you didn’t even see coming. Let go of your worries and overthinking, surrender to the infinite positive possibilities. Put your focus into abundant energies of gratitude, joy, love daily and watch magic unfold before your eyes.”

Moon Omens via Instagram

I will be taking a short break from social media. With the busyness of fall and all that it will bring- preschool, home renovations, and more- I am already finding it harder to pour my energy into this blog.

I am also feeling a change coming. One for the better. I am hopeful that this world will become easier to live in, and that everything will return back to “normal” sooner rather than later. Our mental and physical health will improve, because we will actively try to make it! It’s time to let go of those negatives thoughts and energy. They aren’t doing anyone any good.

See you soon!

Emory

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berry picking

On one particularly beautiful morning in August, we went berry picking.

We drove out to a farm near our old house in Pike Lake called Rhodes’. They offered black currants, raspberries, and Saskatoon berries. Although we went a little late in the season, we were still able to find a great selection of berries.

It was so beautiful out there. We were able to grab enough to eat and freeze in just over an hour.

The kids had a lot of fun, which made it such an enjoyable (and productive) experience. I’m almost positive that next summer, we will be returning to the same place.

Emory

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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