Tagged with family

A GIRL NAMED TESSA

A GIRL NAMED TESSA

“Our lives are shaped as much by those who leave us as they are by those who stay.  Loss is our legacy.  Insight is our gift.  Memory is our guide.”  Hope Edelman Last night my son came home from his shift at work wearing a white shirt with a purple basketball wrapped in angel’s wings … Continue reading

Stepping through the stones

Stepping through the stones

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t”   Steve Maraboli Stepping onto the balcony through the double doors just off my bedroom was a morning routine for me.  I would wake up stretch and step outside to … Continue reading

WALKING WITH LIGHT

WALKING WITH LIGHT

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”  Melody Beattie Thanksgiving weekend for me is a chance to hangout … Continue reading

Through God’s Eyes

Through God’s Eyes

“If a Buddhist, Hindu,Muslim, Catholic and a Jew stood in front of God, who would you say he loves the most?  These three questions are really just one question, and it is this:  Have you actually convinced yourself that God plays favourites?”  James Blanchard Cisneros My mother was a good mother who had all kinds … Continue reading

where there is death, there is drama

where there is death, there is drama

“In the end these things matter most: how well did you love?  How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?” Buddha I’ve always been a straight shooter with zero tolerance for bullshit and I come by that honestly as my father was a straight shooter.   Where there is death there is … Continue reading

THE POWER OF POSITIVE

THE POWER OF POSITIVE

  “Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem.  The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.”  Joseph Sugarman When surrounded in negativity, it can be hard to see anything positive.  The more you fall into negative … Continue reading

FINDING ABUNDANCE THROUGH SIMPLICITY

FINDING ABUNDANCE THROUGH SIMPLICITY

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”  Buddha It seems like my whole life I have watched people build a life of material objects to fulfill their happiness.  They will obsess over material things and get what they want only to be bored and … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Apple Crumble

Slow Cooker Apple Crumble

I’ve enjoyed having a few close friends over this Christmas – that is what Christmas is all about  – spending time with loved ones.  Between both boys there were three hockey tournaments over the Christmas holidays so most of my time has been spent driving across town, not leaving me a lot of time to … Continue reading

CHRISTMAS MEMORIES OF A CHILD

CHRISTMAS MEMORIES OF A CHILD

“The magic of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His presence.” When my children were young, I played the Santa game right until the end.  When the boys stopped believing in Santa, they  pretended to believe because they didn’t want to disappoint me.  We always had a nice Christmas and I never overspent … Continue reading

FOOD CONNECTIONS

FOOD CONNECTIONS

“Laughter is brightest where food is best.” An Irish Proverb Call me a foodie –  I’ve always had a healthy relationship with food.  It’s simple really, I believe in eating and I don’t believe in dieting.  I eat three meals plus snack every day.  When people ask me how I stay thin I tell them … Continue reading

THE AWKWARD YEARS

THE AWKWARD YEARS

“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.” – John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647-1680) I wrote about the boys when they were little farts in the “Wonder Years”.   It seemed like those years were filled with special, magical moments that I’ve captured … Continue reading