Around Here

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These days have been full of wonderful things and full of awful things–sickness. I have been very sick for over a week and had to go on antibiotics again, but I am so grateful to have my wonderful family; such a love-filled unit that always works together to keep peace and harmony in our home.

Autumn and Kesa have been being extra helpful with cleaning. One day they just said, “We are going to clean the house super-good for you.” Of course I didn’t object to that! They were so thrilled about it and set to work, organizing, dusting and even scrubbing. It was quite a heart-warming moment for me, yet another to add to the storehouse of beautiful moments that I keep etched upon my heart.

They have also been helpful with cooking. Tonight we made chili for dinner.







Schooling was going really well, until we ran out of paper. The store in town has not restocked it and I got sick, so school was/is kind of on break now, although we are still reading together and Autumn is still doing her summarizing.  Right now we are on the third book in the Anne Of Green Gables series. This series is quite enjoyable for us all. I really love the character Anne Shirley. I feel as though I can relate a lot to her and I was often told that I looked like Anne when I was a girl, with my red hair in pig tail braids.



We have been enjoying dessert every night after dinner these days. It is something that we all look forward to after a long day. In the evening the girls and I bake a cake, or apple crisp and we all gather at the table and indulge in some healthy sweets. My kind of way to relax and appreciate life!

Serafina is on a gluten-free diet trial, to see if it will make any difference in her sociability and mood. These days she has been super outgoing and sweet, especially to her momma and has had less issues with whining and her getting angry, as well as less obsessive compulsiveness; we just aren’t sure if it is a part of her normal phase, or if it is the removing of gluten from her diet. She is really craving bread these days, constantly bringing us loaves of bread from the freezer as if to say, “Come on, I need my bread!” She has gluten-free bread, which I tried and is not too bad. Still, she is missing what she is used to. I am thinking of having all of us transition to more gluten-free baking and bread if this really does make a difference for her too, so it won’t have to be an issue to keep it away from her, but for now, we still have some gluten-laden goodies.

The other day Serafina was into the garlic and decided to suck on some raw garlic cloves. I think that she really does intuitively know what is good for her. I REALLY hope that she doesn’t get this cold that Autumn and I have had. So far everyone else seems healthy and happy, so I am glad.






Autumn has been busily looming dragons, and made this special dragon for a contest she plans to enter (and hopefully win).



She also has been wanting all year to donate her ponytail at the Terry Fox run in town. Last Sunday was the event and she had to go. We were all planning on going, but I was so sick, so daddy just took her. I wish I could have come to watch and support her, my brave and generous daughter. She was happy to have done what she did and she knows her hair will grow back soon enough.








Kesa learned to ride an even bigger bike this week! At the beginning of summer she was so afraid to ride without her training wheels and the first time was so scared for anyone to let go of her bike. She got on this bigger bike with such confidence. I reached onto her handle bar to help her the first time on this bigger bike and she said, “Mommy! I can do it myself!” No fear at all. She is looking so, so grown up to me (and is acting it too)!


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Life is beautiful! I am grateful! 🙂


16 thoughts on “Around Here

  1. Besides you being sick of course, seems like you guys are just full of happiness. Hugs to Autumn for donating her her, the short bob looks wonderful on her.

    I’m so happy you are giving the gluten-free diet a try. We’ve seen such an improvement in our little man. We’ve deicded to pretty much gluten free here as well except for some homebaked bread. But Little Man is used to his GF bread. We’ve found a great brand (I don’t think you would have it down there) and he has his toast in the morning just like us. If you need recipe ideas, please write me! I have a million by now. I also have a few favorite websites that I’ve tried so many of their recipes.

    Hope you feel better soon. xo


  2. These are my favourite posts of yours! The way you write is as if I’ve been there this whole time 🙂 talent!
    I hope you feel better soon. We have all had the flu over the past 3 weeks and we moved during it all to boot. Ugh!
    Your girls are darlings! Autumn has a heart of gold! Kesa seems like an adventurer at heart and I always think her and my girl Nevaeh would hit it off! And sweet seraphinas smile melts my heart!! I’m interested to see how the gluten free diet will work. We did it for 3 years and it was a little getting use to but I felt the best when I removed gluten. I’ve been thinking too of going back to that but it can be challenging with 5 kiddos 🙂 maybe in the future….
    Look forward to future posts! 💕


    • Thanks! 🙂 Sickness is never fun or welcome. I also hate having to take any medication unless I have to. I always try natural remedies first and use medication as a last resort. This time I knew I needed to go to the doctor and so I went right away. I am feeling a bit better today. It would be cool if our girls could meet someday, or maybe be pen pals! Autumn and Kesa have some pen pals from Germany and Autumn has one from Malaysia and one from Singapore as well (all through ladies I met through my blog). Let me know if you think your daughter would like that. Maybe send me an email and I can send you my mailing address. And thanks for the comment in regards to the gluten free diet. I am interested in seeing what comes from this! I know a lot of people are interested in me posting some gluten free recipes too, so I will have to get on that! ❤


    • I know! I am very touched that she wanted to do that, and was so determined to get it done, even though I thought we couldn’t go because I was sick, she still had to go. I am happy Craig took pictures for me. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!


  3. Hope you get better soon.
    It is so kind of Autumn to donate her ponytail. Kesa is looking grown up too! Time just flies too fast.
    Hope gluten free diet works for Serafina 🙏


  4. I’ve found eggless gluten-free baking to be particularly challenging, but I know you can do it. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!… And I love Autumn’s loomed dragon. It’s awesome!!!

    Sending you my healthiest wishes to get better soon 🙂


  5. I hope you are feeling a ton better by now! That is so sweet that Autumn donated her hair. 🙂 It always makes my heart so happy when I see children making decisions like this. You and your husband are obviously doing an amazing job!


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