Let’s Peek Through a Window

window_wood_darkI think we live in the best of times, enjoying the best of the present AND the past. The wonderful technology available to us today gives us a window into what was happening at any given point in the past.

Let’s take a peek through one of those windows now, shall we? [Read more…]

May 1, 1882

What does the First of May mean to you? Does it conjure up images of ribbons and maypoles?

To some, today is known as International Workers’ Day. To others it is Labor Day. Perhaps it makes you think of the Bee Gees song, The First of May.

For me, the First of May will always be remembered as my paternal grandmother’s birthday. [Read more…]

The Day My Life Changed Forever

December 29, 1982 began like any other winter morning in northern Alberta. But when they laid a tiny bundle in my arms early that afternoon, I knew my life would never be the same again. Six more children were born to us through the years. But there is something special about the firstborn child. As I gazed into her wonderful blue eyes and nuzzled her fuzzy blonde head, I prayed that Ian and I would be all she needed in a mother and father. [Read more…]

NaNoWriMo!

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participant-180And the Madness begins again! November Madness. NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.

It’s Year 12 for our family, with a possibility of four of us participating. This time Nathaniel opted out, so I am the only one in our home who’s doing it.

NaNoWriMo. The best way for me to describe the fun, the excitement, the atmosphere of NaNoWriMo is to share something I wrote after our Kick-Off Party six years ago… [Read more…]

Little Robbie’s Big Day

rabbit3It was a beautiful October day in Rabbit Hollow. The afternoon sun shone brightly in a cloudless blue sky. The trees were brilliant red, gold, and orange.

Harvesting was done. The storerooms overflowed with carrots, turnips and cabbages. The village was alive with excitement and delicious smells as all the rabbit families prepared for the big day tomorrow — Fall Harvest Festival. [Read more…]

An Unusual Family

Willena & Jim - 1955

Willena & Jim – 1955

I wrote this 3 years ago…

An Unusual Family

There are plenty of reasons why I am thankful for the family I grew up in. Despite the loss of our father when we were very young, we were enriched by having him for a father. My mother was only 28 when Daddy died, leaving her to raise three little ones alone. It’s a tribute to her strength of character that she raised us with strong morals, and did everything in her power to give us all she could. [Read more…]

“I Like Big James Best”

Big James

Big James

Little James in this story turns 11 years old today. Big James was our oldest son, who was taken ¬†from us about 7 months earlier. The following conversation took place in my living room on a summer evening in 2010… [Read more…]

Stealer of Dreams

74When I was a child, I wanted to be a writer like my favourite author, Enid Blyton. But none of my teachers ever told me I could write, or encouraged me in that direction.

When I was a student at Ontario Bible College, I wanted to write stories for weekly Sunday School papers. I was delighted when a representative from a large Christian publishing company came and told how to get published. But the list of obstacles was huge, and I was sure they would never accept my writing. [Read more…]

A Withered Hand

reach out your hand

I wrote this ten years ago, and posted it last year on this blog. When I wrote it, all 7 of our children were still at home, and I was homeschooling 5 of them. I had just discovered I have ADD. I’m re-posting it now, because it has a new meaning for me… as I will explain in an upcoming post. [Read more…]

God of All Comfort

God's Wordoriginally published by me on FaithWriters.

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort…” ~2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (KJV)

The words penetrated the aching cloud of grief that had held me captive for the past month. The God of all comfort… [Read more…]