An Easter Story

An Easter Story

I feel we are accomplishing what we set out to do here. And that is very gratifying, and it makes up for the constant tug I feel in my heart towards the mountains and the woods. And the ache of no longer living in one of eastern Canada's most beautiful places, the Gaspe peninsula.

Sitting front row to a person's becoming

Sitting front row to a person's becoming

It has been especially delightful to see the threads connecting their early childhood and their late teen/launching years. And I know it will just continue. This delight, this joy as they engage with and contribute to the world, beyond childhood, outside our home as adults.

A vocation in language and law, motherhood, and lifelong learning (an interview with Francie Gow)

A vocation in language and law, motherhood, and lifelong learning (an interview with Francie Gow)

Meet Francie. Francie is a mother, a translator, and a Montrealer. Vocation and attachment parenting, finding the best educational path for our children and learning how to prioritize our own health and wellbeing are some of the themes we talk about in this interview.

Winter is my country (but then there's March) ~ Part two

Winter is my country (but then there's March) ~ Part two

By the end of February I was feeling a whole lotta cranky. And then it came to me, while I was out in the woods for Laurent's birthday. I needed a solo backcountry ski trip in March.

Winter is my country (but then there's March) ~ Part one

Winter is my country (but then there's March) ~ Part one

I love the rolling mountain winter landscapes of Quebec, the ski hills and all the snow. I haven't had a strong sense of "home" as a place since leaving Alberta as a twenty-three year old wife and new mom, but winter mountains come close.

A vegan teen (and other interest-led learning wins)

A vegan teen (and other interest-led learning wins)

A video interview of Brienne and my mom, Karen Toews, about her vegan diet. Brienne explains why she's vegan and how she maintains a vegan diet in and un-vegan world.

The rewards of parenting in young adulthood (a birthday in the woods)

The rewards of parenting in young adulthood (a birthday in the woods)

I feel grief about these years being nearly over, all that time spent together, the beautiful mundane punctuated by exciting adventures, the whole thing steeped in love. I feel so busy trying to keep up with it all that I'm afraid I'm missing it, even while living it, even while I'm wishing it was done!