We Are Family

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New Life

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This week we met Mirabel’s baby calf… we have been waiting for over a week to meet the calf, as his mamma was quite overdue! The kids wanted to visit the farm daily (so we did) to see when the baby would be born.

Friends of ours have also welcomed new baby girl Kotoha to the world… what a journey this family has been on – from moving from Japan to having pregnancy complications so that Mom had to stay back in Canada while Dad and little girl Hazuki traveled back to visit Japan, and finally to having baby girl early and having to commute back and forth to Nanaimo until baby could come home.

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Their resilience and capacity is outstanding. Always smiling and happily greeting us at school, they demonstrate the quote “feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which one to surf”. I am sure their journey has been filled with a dynamic array of feelings… they appear to treasure each day, no matter what it brings. We provided this soup to welcome baby to the world. Welcome Kotoha!

Yam, Carrot, Apple and Red Lentil Soup: 1/4c butter, 2 large yams (peeled and chopped), 3 carrots (peeled and chopped), 1 apple (peeled, cored and chopped), 1 large onion, chopped, 4c vegetable broth, 2 c water, 1/2c (or more) red lentils (dry), 2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger (or to taste), 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 t black pepper (I did not add pepper). In a large pot melt butter, add vegetables and apple, stir often about 10 min saute. Then add broth, water, lentils, ginger, salt, and spices (I might have added less spices). Bring to boil and then reduce heat to medium low and simmer covered until everything is soft (about 30 min), then blend to make soup a puree. YUM!


Spotlight on the eldest

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Every once in a while I have a moment of true clarity. I feel like my eldest has these moments one after another, all day long… in the above photo she is running her first apple juice stand with her siblings. She is discerning all the ins and outs of this stand: how can we make this stand more “tempting” for people coming by? She is concluding her stand will become busier as “rush hour” starts and people are coming home from work. She is contemplating giving out samples, and then people can buy a cup if they like it… but also realizing if she does this she might make less money as she would give away more juice (rather than sell it). She is dreaming, planning, playing… and I have never been able to keep up!

Her mind is always going, always discovering, always creating, always integrating… it has been amazing to watch and listen for 7 years. One of the things I am most looking forward to about Waldorf education is having someone else spend every day (almost!) with this child, for 7+ years (as we have!), and finding out what this person sees, what they intuit, what they feel. We very much feel little d is an “old soul” – many of her characteristics she has had, and honed, since an incredibly young age… so far, her kindergarten teachers have felt her “heart sense” and quiet leadership – that she always seems to know what the group needs, what each child needs (and she is often able to provide it!) from moment to moment.

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As she prepares for her first musical theatre performance this week, I pray she always reaches for the stars… she always climbs high… using all of her gifts, and yet, she remains soft in her heart, like the center of these cream filled chocolates we made last week. She is an incredible gift to our family, and it is my absolute pleasure to spend each day with her. My little treasure… as your Godparents have said this week “break a leg!”. You finally have opportunity to share your love of the stage, performing, and theater. I have always been your biggest fan, and can’t wait to be a part of your audience!




Food nut

I am a food nut. I really am. Only a food nut would do the things I do…

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Let me explain.

In 17.5 hours, our family is boarding a ferry and off to celebrate a dear cousin’s wedding! Are any suitcases packed? Just little J’s – which is not a surprise, she is by far the most organized and clothing-aware person in our family. Way to go J! We appreciate your talents.

As for me? I am making 5 loaves of sourdough… melting cocoa butter to make chocolates for the bride and groom… sprouting… and generally doing WAY too much with food for my own sanity.


A food nut.

Food love

Food nutty.


Running with Ideas

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Yesterday we had a friend over to play. O. is lovely and has a kind heart, she is sweet and creative, and… she wanted to go in our hot tub. Only… it was empty! I had recently read a post from my friend J (who inspired this blog). No sooner had O. had the idea, then she had the lid flipped, and was in the empty tub! Well, I took the idea and ran with it…


The kids all scoured and scrubbed, they scooped and they wrung… and – then the hot tub was clean and empty! Time to refill.


It was so cold that I ended up running in with buckets of warm water from the tap and creating little pools for them to sit and curl up in (see top photo). After all our fun it was 5pm, so time for a simple dinner. We’d just done pasta & pesto (homemade from garlic scapes!) and it was time for “the mighty tuber” served with some green and home made Caesar dressing:


Caesar dressing (from Rebar): 1 bulb roasted garlic, juice of 1 lemon, 1 T capers, 1 T caper juice, 1.5 t dijon mustard, 2 garlic cloves, 0.25 t salt, 0.25 t pepper, 1/3 c parmesan cheese grated. Mix all this together in blender and blend – then add 1c. olive oil slowly in a drizzle until mixed. YUMM!



There is something magical that happens as a child drifts off to sleep… while we no longer cuddle them in our arms as they do so, we do enjoy watching them breathe and seeing how the have fallen to sleep – cuddling a favorite teddy, leaning into their pillows, nestled comfy in their blankets.

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Daria’s teacher, Ruth Ker, put together this lovely poem for Daria’s birthday. She makes a unique one for each child, and she says it is always true of the child. We read it every night at bedtime. Ruth suggested this, as doing so strengthens the child. Simple. Caring. Heart sense.

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The beauty and intuitive aspects of Waldorf education have really fueled our family over the years. What also fuels us each day is just taking a few moments at night to observe and be with our sleeping children. Precious. Quiet. Peaceful. Now to weave our day with this peace…


Breakfast at the Beach

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It was a reflective morning. The kids were busy making houses at Cherry Point beach, while I took time with a PhD OT student from Winnepeg to reflect on my professional journey as an OT… She is using The Kawa Model – a framework developed by the Japanese, which brings in nature as a familiar metaphor.

The model uses a river to represent the flow of our life. While the river wants to flow, there are “rocks” that get in its way – events that happen – and there are “logs” that float here and there in all different patterns which represent our personal characteristics at the time the events occur. Some of these logs are just “there” and some actually block the flow of the river down its natural course.

After taking some time to reflect… we all swung out into our day, full of the ah! wonder of nature, and feeling joyful at all the blessings we have shared:

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