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!

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