My Kids Taught Me The Key to Joy

The things that raise my spirits are small and often considered insignificant.  It was my children who taught me how to live in the present moment with joy. I couldn’t help but learn how to live as a child of God because I was surrounded by a crew of little people who greeted each morning…… Continue reading My Kids Taught Me The Key to Joy

Children of the World Through Artist’s Eyes

This is a tiny sample of the some of the beautiful paintings and photos from my Pinterest board called “painting children”. I had to force myself to choose these few images, leaving behind even more moving, funny, or sensitive portrayals of the children of the world. To discover more go to by Greg not Greg


 Raising children is definitely not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power and wealth. . . Exactly how society forms the next generation will directly influence the kind of society they turn create. . Do we want a world focused only on the accumulation of wealth? Are…… Continue reading Mothering

From Her Drawingboard

Victoria’s Art : This Australian artist captures every  fleeting nuance of children’s expressions. I was delighted to stumble on her work on Facebook, through a friend and fellow art lover who wants to see this artist become well-known.   A sense of kid’s fragility comes through many of the portraits.            …… Continue reading From Her Drawingboard

Walt Disney on Children

The American child is a highly intelligent human being characteristically sensitive, humorous, open-minded, eager to learn, and has a strong sense of excitement, energy, and healthy curiosity about the world in which he lives. Lucky indeed is the grown-up who manages to carry these same characteristics into adult life. It usually makes for a happy…… Continue reading Walt Disney on Children

Chicken Pox Times Eight

Imagine this scene. Eight children sprawl limply on chairs, a Chesterfield and on the rug surrounded by pillows,comforters and favourite stuffed toys. Every one is moaning on and off with fever, lethargy, and itchy spots that are driving them crazy. I dole out acetaminophen, rotate who gets an oatmeal bath (that brings temporary relief), continue…… Continue reading Chicken Pox Times Eight

Remembering Christmas Magic with Nine Kids

As I clean and get ready for our adult children to come home from university and work in the city, it is nice to remember the magic of Christmases when they were little. In fact the scent of magic is still in the air, especially as our 3 and soon to be five grandbabies join our family! When…… Continue reading Remembering Christmas Magic with Nine Kids

Are You a Secret Cynic?

Advent is a time of waiting, waiting in silence, in the dark. But how do we wait? Do we wait stoically or with joy? Do we wait like a child, a child who trusts that his daddy will keep His promises or have life’s disappointments left us jaded and closed off to any spiritual surprises?…… Continue reading Are You a Secret Cynic?

Becoming a Mother Inspite of Myself

Thirty odd years ago, I never could have imagined myself as a mother. I was a 23-year old student at the University of Regina on the Canadian prairies. Having just graduated with an Honours Degree in English Literature, I considered continuing my studies as a graduate student. In fact, I didn’t foresee any changes to…… Continue reading Becoming a Mother Inspite of Myself

“My God! How Did She Get Herself Into That Mess?”

I am conundrum. A rather outmoded sort of woman, ridiculed by modern career women, vilified by the earth’s prophets of doom and sanctified by the religious right. I was the least likely candidate to have a lot of children.I mean, I had never even held a baby before my first born.You would think having nine…… Continue reading “My God! How Did She Get Herself Into That Mess?”

My Ceiling is My Children’s Floor Whimsical, philosophical thoughts from a mother of nine. The only thing that could kill a mother of a large family is trying to pair all the socks. Raising children is not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of power and wealth. The existence of a joyful mother of…… Continue reading My Ceiling is My Children’s Floor

Through the Eyes of a Father: The Poignant Art of Steve Hanks

Steve Hanks is a well-known American figure painter who was born into a military family in San Diego in 1949. Just as good writers write what they know, Steve paints what he lives. When his children were born, his work was filled the intimacy between infants and parents, the  joy of toddlers, and the wonder of youngsters discovering the…… Continue reading Through the Eyes of a Father: The Poignant Art of Steve Hanks

Our Quirky House

Welcome to our house. We love kids, animals and plants. We will even love you but watch out! Do not trip over the dog laying in the hallway and please, edge around that blanket fort;  it took an hour to make yesterday! The kindest description for the house where we raised our nine children, would be quaint.…… Continue reading Our Quirky House

Friendship Friday – A Month Of Gratitude

Welcome to Friendship Friday!  Let children teach you about gratitude. The fleeting dream that eludes many of us is happiness. We are running around, miserable in our insular little worlds, only catching glimpses of the world around us through dung coloured glasses. The solution to our dilemma is easy. Stop. Take off our dung-coloured lenses.…… Continue reading Friendship Friday – A Month Of Gratitude

First! Transformed Instantly into a Mother

Daily Prompt: First! Tell us about your first day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever. TRANSFORMED When I gave birth to a baby, I was reborn as well. Pain was instantly forgotten Fear of inadequacy…… Continue reading First! Transformed Instantly into a Mother