Friday, February 18, 2011


Arden woke up a little earlier than usual this morning. We tried to go back to sleep. But between stuffy noses and the cat’s attempts to get under the covers, it just didn’t work. So we stumbled downstairs in search of coffee. There on the counter was the bread I had set out to rise last night, and there through the window was the pink glow of the sun on the rise. In light of these two risings, it didn’t seem so bad after all to add my own to their company.

Late night labours + early morning grace = a good start to the day


the most important work in the world

Just a little inspiration for all the moms and homemakers out there...

"I think I can understand that feeling about a housewife’s work being like that of Sisyphus (who was the stone rolling gentleman). But it is surely, in reality, the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, mines, cars, government etc exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? As Dr Johnson said, ‘To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavour’. (1st to be happy, to prepare for being happy in our own real Home hereafter: 2nd, in the meantime, to be happy in our houses.) We wage war in order to have peace, we work in order to have leisure, we produce food in order to eat it. So your job is the one for which all others exist."

“Letter to Mrs Johnson, 16 March 1955,” in The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Vol. III, ed. Walter Hooper (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004), 580.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Finding our Rhythm

With a new baby, in a new house, in a new province, it’s been a bit of a challenge settling into a routine that fits for us. But I’m really feeling the need to find our own rhythm to our days, and so to that end I am exploring ways to create a pace that is both peaceful and purposeful.

Seasonal Rhythm
Find a selection of books for each season (from our own collection and the library)
Create a nature shelf or display to bring the outdoors in
Buy seasonal food and make seasonal recipes

Weekly Rhythm
Plan and consolidate our trips into town
Bake our own bread
Library day
Trip to the pond

Daily Rhythm
Activities with Arden:
Enjoy music time through singing, dancing, or playing instruments
Explore the great outdoors in our own backyard
Read together
Pray together
Thankfulness journal at the end of the day

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Amber for teething

Arden now has one tooth! It arrived 2 weeks ago, and I think another one may be on the way soon. While the teething didn't seem to make her too miserable overall, there were times I could tell she was just not herself. Some time ago, I learned that amber has traditionally been used as a natural remedy for teething. I had heard about teething necklaces through another blog, and my friend Aimee just showed me this Canadian website which sells amber and hazelwood necklaces. I ordered an amber necklace for Arden, which hopefully will arrive in PEI just as we arrive back home!

Here is the company's website:

And here is the necklace we ordered: Products (We chose "Milk and Butter")

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rhythm of the Home

I stumbled across this website recently and have been really enjoying this gentle approach in creating your own home's rhythm.
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