Hello World

Hello World ~ Open Adoption Journey

 

I know it’s been months since I’ve had time to pop onto here. There’s been just a *few* big changes in our life since June. The biggest by far has been in the area of our adoption journey. We were matched with a birth mama at the end of July, were chosen by her in August and spent as much time as we could getting to know each other before little babe made his appearance.

World, say hello to our son Boaz Asher Dale. Born Oct. 20th.

 

Hello World ~ Open Adoption Journey
Little Bo is healthy & loved by so many. He’s already firmly planted in our hearts. His name means “strength within” and is entirely suited to him and his birth & adoption story.

We brought him home on Oct.21st and have had the honour of being his adoptive parents from day one (with that official title coming in another month or two hopefully).

Hoping to share a bit more about our experience as we learn to navigate conversations dealing with the open adoption process, while being respectful of all the privacy needed for both birth mama and Bo. I love the relationship we have with her & her whole family. We’ve truly adopted a family, not just a baby.

So if you’re wondering where I am, I’ll just be soaking in this little babe & getting all the cuddles I can.

Board Games for Kids

Board Games & Card Games for Kids - From One Mama to Another

 

I’ve probably hinted before that it has been a long winter in these parts. The warm sun is shining, but there are huge mounds of snow yet to melt. And we are currently in the middle of Spring Break for the kiddo. I’m sure we’re not the only ones needing some fresh inspiration for activities, so I’m sharing some of our favourite board & card games to play together.

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At Home: Winter Days Indoors

At Home: Winter Days Indoors - Activities for kids & mom to do together

There’s one word that people start to dread at this time of year. Winter. Folks here tend to start wincing and grimacing when it comes up in conversation toward the end of February. I enjoy the snow, some cold, and know the importance of having these season, but it can be hard not to grow weary of all the layers needed just to leave the house, the freezing wind, the cars that don’t want to start or need digging out. And we get grumpy about it now, because honestly, we’ve still got a ways to go.

I’m a homebody by nature anyway, but we definitely spend more time at home during these cold weeks. As a mama, it can be nice to have a *few* activities up your sleeve to do with the kiddos, that doesn’t involve snowsuits. Today I’m sharing some of the things that Sammy & I have been up to this winter, to pass the time cozy & warm.

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Advent: A Flood of Troubles Calmed

Advent Essentials: Keeping the holidays simple and creating focus

 

Truth be told, I started working on this post before Advent started. Before our life took a sudden turn. I thought I knew what our Advent season would look like. I had a devotional in hand, the notion of daily quiet time, Advent candles at the ready, simplified Christmas goals & acts of kindness planned… we would quietly and joyfully anticipate the arrival of Christmas Day. An “ideal” Advent. But life is far from ideal, a lesson we have learned over & over.

All we can do is trust. Be present. And trust.

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Advent with Children

Advent With Children ~ A mom's perspective on Christmas

 

As a household, we get excited for Christmas, we grab hold of events and traditions, we bake, we sing, we watch our favourite movies.

This year I’ve been trying extra hard to keep things simple and our schedule more open than past years.

I also want to try a few “retro” activities like simply driving around in pajamas to look at lights. Maybe build a classic gingerbread house. Some sledding. That kind of stuff.

I’m trying to avoid the bustle a bit.

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Another Sad Goodbye

We pray for peace wherever she finds herself. Never gone from our hearts.

Judy Riedner

March 28, 1951 – December 4, 2017

Another goodbye ~ Judy

 

It is still with much shock and sadness that we share the unexpected passing of Marcus’ mom, Judy. She was only 66. As the days keep passing, her presence will be missed. We we not always the best of friends, but I loved her greatly. And I will be forever thankful to her, for raising the wonderful man that is now my husband.