hello from the other side

Well, there I go again not blogging for 6 or 7 months. Should I be surprised? I guess it's my style. I'll go with that. It also directly relates to when we gave up screens. Coincidence? We'll never know.

And speaking of that, I will be writing a little post on that to fill you in on how it went. I meant to keep going strong with the updates, but again, when was I supposed to blog if my kids don't watch tv? Joking, sort of. And to kill the suspense we lasted about 5 months...I still count it as a success and contemplated changing the title of that post to "Why We Decided to Give Up Screens for 5 Months"...but I'm committed to being real over here I guess, and a little dose of humility can be good for a gal. But I have many thoughts on it all and will get that post going soon.

I think one reason why I haven't blogged since that post was because I put a lot of pressure on myself, and I felt like I needed to only write about how that was going. So then t…

7 reasons why we are quitting screens for a year

On Saturday, June 24, 2017 we started our year of no screen time for the girls. We even put our tv into storage. I've had a difficult time writing this because I don't want it to come across as negative or judging anyone for how they parent. So please read this through the lens of it being our particular story at this time of our life. I'm hoping to be vulnerable in case there are some people out there who could relate. And even if you are at a different, better place with screens, I hope it will still be an interesting journey, I will need some cheerleaders!

I didn't struggle much with screen time at the beginning of motherhood because my oldest, Anna, was very busy and didn't care for the tv. But when I had my second it started to be on more and more. I was tired. A few months ago I had strep throat... cue Netflix for the next 2 months. Ok -- it wasn't quite that dramatic but that's kind of where I can pinpoint a downward spiral of altogether way more sc…

seven quick takes: first day of summer

Happy Summer!! I have been loving the blooms in the yard! Today I'm linking up with Kelly for the first time, I hope I do it right!

(7 Quick Takes is seven quick related or unrelated points or snapshots of your life lately...or so I've gathered? Then at the bottom there is a link up where people can access all the other blogs who are participating that day)

I have been contemplating a drastic change in our household. We are going to do NO TV FOR A YEAR. I know. I haven't decided the details yet, but I have been feeling that this is something we need to do. Some people are so good at setting limits for their kids. I am not one of those people. It has become a real struggle in my motherhood and makes me feel so guilty. When I think about what I want our life to be, it is not simple, slow, or real. Instead its complicated because it's always asked for, it is fast paced and noisy, and it robs of us of connecting. I will write a full post on this and I was thinking for…

the most beautiful place in the world

I was reflecting on something yesterday that has been welling up in my soul for a while now. I feel so lucky to live here on the prairies. It's so similar to where I grew up, just 3 hours west of here. I love turning in any direction and seeing sky. Mountains are beautiful, but the sky is an ever changing work. I think God speaks to me through the sky. 
In the fall Matt's dear grandpa passed away. His parents (Matt and Anna) moved here to Shaunavon, Sk from Denmark and he was raised on the homestead, and then my father in law was raised nearby that homestead. My husband grew up in this town and now our kids are. I love how deep those roots go. Grandpa Markus wrote a letter to his children and grandchildren and it was read at the funeral as the eulogy. I can't remember all of it, but one line stood out so starkly from the rest, that he always thought that God must have placed him in the most beautiful place in the world, and Grandpa, I have to agree. Thank you for walking …

16 books in 2016

**posting so I can update my "reading" page to 2017**

In 2015 I made a decision to be more intentional with reading, so I decided to try to read 15 books! I nearly succeeded, I was only about 20 pages short of my goal! Ha! Oh well. You can find that list here if you are interested: 15 Books in 2015

And without further ado, here is my 2016 list! I will add to the list as I go this year, rather than picking 16 books at the start. That way I can follow what I am feeling like reading at the time! 

1. Simple Matters by Erin Boyle

This was a life changing book for me. It really inspired me to take better care of our earth, and live more intentionally. To step off the consumerism hamster wheel. Since she lives in a 500 square foot apartment it made me realize I have a lot of space to work with! Beautiful photos and a quick read. 

2. A Mothers Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot

This is a book that I will probably read several times in my life. There are so many eye opening tips and aha mom…