G is combining, and I need Jesus.

G is combining, and I need Jesus.

It's May 1st here in Canada, and the combines are out in full force. If you didn't grow up in a farming community you're probably thinking "ok cool, whatever." If you did grow up in a farming community, you will think one of two things: 1. She's obviously on drugs. 2. What the heck happened [...]

In which a dysfuntional family funeral has a silver lining.

In which a dysfuntional family funeral has a silver lining.

It's been a busy few months. Granny passed away, my Great Aunt became ill, our oldest son is in a serious relationship, and as you all know, the world has kind of exploded with this COVID-19 epidemic. I'm now working from home, along with helping six kids with their schoolwork. There are days when I [...]

What is family?A different way of looking at step-kids.

What is family?A different way of looking at step-kids.

I went to therapy recently. My lovely friend helped me with some of my issues regarding my step-kid's mom. She opened my eyes to a few truths I was having trouble seeing, and it helped. But that isn't what this post is about. This post is about an epiphany of mine that happened quite recently. [...]

Why is self care so much work?!

Why is self care so much work?!

I love Esma, I really do. She's like my soul sister. I have a job in the service industry as the front end staff for the local humane society. I love it at work. It's quiet and the cats don't talk back. I know what I'm supposed to accomplish, and when I'm done I can [...]

I deserve some freaking flowers.

I deserve some freaking flowers.

Daughters: A mom's best friend. A soul sister. The child who never leaves you even when they grow old... Yeah, ok, maybe. But they forgot to tell you about the part where they almost kill you before they turn twenty. One particularly monumental little daughter of mine started out in life weighing 6 pounds. The [...]

“Dirty dishes belong in the dishwasher, not the sink!!!” …..says every parent ever.

“Dirty dishes belong in the dishwasher, not the sink!!!” …..says every parent ever.

We have a lot of kids around here. Seven of them ranging in age from ten to nineteen. It gets really stressful having this many people in the house, but not for reasons you might assume. Funnily enough, it's not the kids who stress me out. It's my husband, God bless him. Poor G has [...]

The fire chicken has entered the building.

The fire chicken has entered the building.

It's sports season for the kids. We are in volleyball tournaments every weekend. I used to think I was kind and patient and understanding (for crying out loud I'm pursuing a degree in social work!). This weekend I realized that I can be none of those things. Instead I can be angry and impatient and [...]

I refuse to make sandwiches

I refuse to make sandwiches

My poor, sweet children. How I adore them. There. I said kind words about them (totally sincere and filled with meaning..) so that I can say the following: Over the course of the summer they have turned into lazy, selfish, argumentative little cretins of darkness. Not so much my step-kids, but my children that live [...]

Camping, but not like in a tent because who does that.

Camping, but not like in a tent because who does that.

We went camping, all nine of us. We drove for ten hours to get to the first location and nobody died. In my books that's a miracle. You see, I'm not at my best when we are camping. I'm crabby and overtired and my anxiety is always running high. There is of course a perfectly [...]

When you fall off the horse..literally

When you fall off the horse..literally

Well then. You can probably assume what happened from my title. G has been checking hay fields lately, this is part of his job. He has to walk through the fields and check for different kinds of weeds before the hay is cut and baled. The hay is currently up to his waist, which is [...]