10 Things “Moms” in my life have taught me

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With Mothers Day here I can’t help but do an “All about Mom” post.

Yes, I’m very blessed to have an amazing loving mom (not everyone has that) who raised me. I also know many other women have come in and out of my life that have filled in the “mom” role from time to time. Here’s a list of 10 things “Moms” in my life have taught me.

1: This one goes to my mom, she’s modeled for me how to be an amazing stay at home mom and to always be there for her kids. If it wasn’t for her awesome, loving and kind heart I wouldn’t be half the women I am today.

2: My Grandmother: Even through her half-spoken English (Main language is Dutch), She always made sure we where taken care of. Even through her diabetes she always had the best treats. We were never without a warm pair of slippers. She’s been gone over 10 years now and recently I had to throw out one of her last pairs of slippers I finally wore through. I’ve been told recently from my oldest I need to learn to crochet.

3: My Mother-in law is the most “get it done” person I’ve ever met. She sees something she likes she makes it or gets it done. She sees a need for her kids or grand kids and helps to fill it.

4: My Omas’ (Husbands grandmothers), these ladies amaze me for the love and care they have for their grandkids and great grandkids and take the time to get to know each and everyone of them.

5: One of my 2 college moms’.  She went out of her way every week to make sure I made it to church.  Not only church but to participate weekly on the worship team. Sure, helped me not miss having worship in my life when I didn’t have it anymore with attending a public college.

6: My other college mom, fully took me in as a daughter.  I always had a safe haven home to go to when college life got rough.

7: My Bus mom: Let me explain… I was stalked and chased when I was living on my own living in Surrey when I worked in Vancouver. A lady I got to know on the bus, invited me to her home and introduced me to her family and told me I had a safe place to “run too” if it ever happened again. I still make her brownie recipe today.

8: My Calvinette Counselor: She helped me make that step of faith to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior in my life. I have to wait until I see her again in Heaven to thank her.

9: My Husbands friends moms: They all made me feel warm and welcome in their families. Over the years I have felt like one of their “kids”.

10: To all the moms who have stepped in and prayed for me, taken me out for coffee to listen.  Provided a meal when I needed it. Gave me a hug, reached out when I needed a hand. Taken my kids when I needed a much-needed break. I could go on.  You know who you are and a big hug and thank you back to you.

My heart goes out to those who don’t have a strong mother figure in their lives.  Those who’ve lost babies or children.  Those who have suffered great loss. Those who long to be mothers. Anyone who finds Mother’s Day difficult and painful to celebrate. I pray you find peace tomorrow and in the coming days.

Happy Mother’s Day

 

 

DIY – Sneak Peak

As this is a “new” part of my blog, I’m going to show you a “sneak peak” of my recent DIY’s.

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“Welcome” sign made from our old fence. 

To me “Doing It Yourself” must require: little money, fun to make, pretty to look at and useful.

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Grapevine Wreath – made from the neighbors grapevine. This is one of many designs I’ve done with this wreath.

Little money or cheap is always great when I don’t supply the materials.

Wall Hanging
Made this at a Women’s Conference. I’ll be making another one soon.

Useful – something that can be used for multiple occasions.

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Chalkboard in use for another event, last May. I love this frame. I painted over a very faded mountain scene.

Most recent, easy and cute DIY I made is this:

Pencil Crayon Holders
Re-purposed tin cans make great pencil crayon holders. Makes time with my kids coloring more fun.

What’s next? 

Chair slip cover, wall hanging, garden signs, picture holder and ….whatever I find is cheaper to make and practical for my home and isn’t too complicated.

I’ll be sharing some of these in the future for step by step instructions soon. Let me know which one you want me to do first.

I’ll be connecting to Pinterest in the near future. My DIY’s will be available to pin and share.

Passions and Interests

I fully believe we are made with our own personality and uniqueness. There is no one else out there that is a person that is identical to me.  I know I have people that look like me and get the comment “you look just like….”. Even with identical twins, they may work the same jobs and have the same hobbies, but they are still their own individual person.  With each person having their own personality and uniqueness comes our things we are passionate about and we are interested in. What I’m about to share will be the driving force behind my blog.

Here’s my 4 Passions and Interests:

1: Faith – If you read my “About me” you will have noticed I went to a Private Christian School and my family and I today go to church. It’s my goal for this blog to be a WITNESS, not the “bullhorn” lady.  As my faith plays a big role in my life it will pop up every now and again in the blog.  In the FUTURE I will be writing an e-book about my faith journey. You will be able to read my faith story all in one place. Being a Christian is a Passion that affects how I live everyday.

2: Music – It all started with the guitar pictured to the right.

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I can’t get enough of the pic guard on this guitar

My mom played her 12-string guitar for a children’s program when I was 3 or 4.  It’s my earliest memory I have of music in my life and it started with my mom. She is not musically trained and plays all by ear. I’ll be sharing insight and practical tips about music on the blog for ex. “Piano lessons as an adult” or “How to keep a kid motivated to practice”. In the FUTURE I will have a You Tube channel to share my Flute music and some other music related tips. Right now, family life is a bigger priority which is my next passion.3: Family – This may be one of my biggest topics for this blog, why, because family life goes deep for me. I’ve been hugely inspired by other people online and now have a time in my life where I can share mine. Seriously, truth be told, Pinterest saved my cooking (maybe not the Avocado Pasta recipe I tried). Anything related to family will be here, on the blog. I’m very blessed to have an amazing husband in my life and we are both incredibly happy and blessed to be parents, among all the fun things that come along with that.

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One of many “hope chests” my dad made.

4: DIY – I don’t know where I would be without this? Probably broke. I mentioned in my “About Me” that my dad is super creative. Well the picture to the left gives a small glimpse of that. In our living room we have a bookshelf he made as a part of a furniture set when my parents got married. Pictured to the left is a small hope chest I got as a gift when I was a kid. Speaking of books, the one on the hope chest is“Build It Better Yourself” is from his book collection, sums up the art of DIY. You will find all my DIY, not just from me but ones my husband has done as well.

So – If getting a bit of a glimpse of what I’m up to is of interest I would love to have you follow me or be a part of my e-mail list, so you know when my new blog posts are up.

Living Our Dreams

Here is an ‘About Me’ on my blog. Check out my link for more.

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Living our dreams, also known as “Living your dreams”, seems to be the phrase of the century doesn’t it.

I used to think this was such a fluff statement and didn’t give it much thought.  I used to never believe in this stuff.  Or didn’t think that dreams ever do come true.

Well, something I have learned is life isn’t handed to you and when I learned you have to pursue it yourself that changed everything.

The only person that physically can make a mindset change and work towards goals is YOU.  In our home and family life we also acknowledge our faith as our number one, second comes us listening to the Holy Spirit.

What is our Dream?

I grew up in the Fraser Valley on acreage. I’m still deeply a country girl at heart.  The desire to be outside and being surrounded by nature runs deep.

It’s my husbands and I prayer and dream to own acreage.

It would be great to raise our kids with the similar childhood experiences as mine and my husbands love for the outdoors.

IMG_7936How it all began:

After I graduated High School, through a young adult ministry I got to help co-ordinate and start up, my “man of my dreams” showed up to one of the first meetings of getting the ministry started. It didn’t take long after sitting at Starbucks for a “first date” we got kicked out when the coffee shop closed, we both knew we needed to get to know each other better. Just under 2 years later we got married and this September we celebrate 10 years of marriage.

Today we have 2 boys and 1 girl.  We are in our second home and our home is full as a family of 5. Our faith is important to us and our family is very connected to our church community.

We do whatever we can to get outside and have family time.

My oldest loves to create projects like I do and is loving learning music like his mom.  Our youngest could be outside everyday (rain or shine). We are loving figuring out his passions and interests.