Merry Christmas 2017

holiday card 2017

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

This year has been a great one! Of course just when things begin to feel comfortable something happens to change everything! And for us this year that is a big move! At the very end of the year we put an offer on a 2 acre property in the Okanagan and are moving in Feb! This holiday season has been a blur of activity and emotion – with the kids both being in school it means many many school and Christmas activities this time of year, adding in staging and selling a house while working out financing and details for the new house.

In 2017 The kids had many new experiences;
Raine – Raine has been a lot of fun this year as she finally remembers things well enough to be excited for things like birthday and trips to the lake house. Her friends are her entire world, and she especially enjoyed her “Pony party” (and has been busy planning her next birthday ever since) and starting Pre-school. She has thrived at preschool, she loves the learning aspect, spending time with her friends as she is lucky enough that her two best friends are in her class with her, and of course if you ask her; snack is the best part of preschool.

Darcy – Darcy is in Grade 1 this year, the fall has been a hard transition from kindergarten to having to put “work” into learning as they are beginning to do more reading and writing and more complicated math then he had been used to. However, he still enjoys school and having the same teacher has been a help in making that transition.
This year he has really Enjoyed fishing, and has decided that he would like to be a marine biologist and study sharks.
He also played soccer for the first time this fall and really enjoyed it.

Overall it was a fantastic year, with more ups than downs and that makes it extra hard to leave. We will miss our community  and friends dearly as each one of us has made dear friends and had wonderful experiences here; yet look to the future to new adventures and being closer to family and give the kids a chance to spend more time in nature on a daily basis.


Katie, Paul, Raine and Darcy


Christmas 2016


Dear Friends and Family,

This year has been one full of growing and learning, at times terrific and at times challenging. So I best begin with the updates.

Raine: Raine is smack dab in the middle of terrible twos, I know what you are all thinking… Raine, the sweet quiet one? terrible? You have it easy…  yeah that one. She has discovered that she can do things to get her way. And that she has the ability to not only “fight back” but to instigate the toddler fights with her brother and friend group. We are definitely seeing her stubborn streak showing up full force (which I am told I am to blame according to my mother)  She loves church and playgroup, anytime she can be around other kids  is exciting. She LOVES to dance and we are hoping to find somewhere that she can try it out in a group setting in the new year.

Darcy: The year started with assessments and challenges, but with the information we have now to help us be the parents he needs and knowing what resources to look for he is really coming into his own. We are so proud of the growth he has shown in the past year. He is very excited that he learned to ride his bike this summer without training wheels, and now wants to ride it everywhere and anywhere! Kindergarten started this fall, it started out a bit rocky but with a great resource team he is doing much better and LOVING school. He is very social and making friends with all the older boys, and tells us he has married one of the girls in his class who lives near us. In October we became permanent parental guardians… in his words “Mom, now I’m a son!”

Paul is still at the same cabinet installation job, and enjoys his work, which has been very busy this year, making us at home miss seeing him as much. His next adventure is to “reclaim” the basement that has been rented out up until now but is much needed space as our kids are getting older.

I am involved in various activities, running the church playgroup and volunteering in the nursery, I am still involved with the cloth diaper lending library – although have pulled back since the summer to take care of my own health and other ventures. This spring I signed up as a Wellness Advocate with dōTERRA essential oils, I love how these precious gifts, straight from God’s creation, have potential to empower not only myself but my family, and those around me to live life fully with more choice and healthier options for physical and emotional well being. And of course ever busy with the kids especially as Darcy has been adjusting to school these last few months.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and time with friends and family!

– Katie, Paul, D and R.

Together We Make a Family


God sets the lonely in families. – Psalm 68:5a 

My every prayer for the last two years have been leading up to this day. My every fear was that this day would never come. Or that it would come, but it would be the wrong timing, or things handled the wrong way, or it would get put off again and again. But today the judge called it heartwarming, and approved the plan that makes us a family. The family that the Ultimate Judge in heaven has created us to be since we first heard of this little person, long before we knew he would ever come to live with us.

There have been struggles along the way, and I sure this is not the end of struggle as to struggle is to grow and live, but it is end of an season, of a chapter, in the story that I am glad to move forward from and on to the next; but for now, I will praise God for his goodness and impeccable timing, and celebrate that this child is home to stay.


Boo is turning Two!


Dear Daughter,

It feels like yesterday we were bringing you home in your infant carrier, propped up with blankets because you seemed so small in the seat, that you had your first smiles, foods, laughs…as we have have transitioned through first steps and first words, at some point you have also crossed the line between baby and toddler.


There is no doubt you are a toddler now. You have definite preferences; You LOVE Owls and call them Hoo’s, Dora and Boots, Daniel Tiger and Baby Jake, and reading your “Bibow” Bible. You love to colour and I am always impressed at how you no longer randomly scribble but you choose what to colour, although sometimes that is still the walls. You love to be outside, whether it be walks, going to the part or building and playing in the backyard.  but you also are developing distinct dislikes as well,  you do NOT like to be woken up, or to wear certain shoes, or going to bed – well maybe that one isn’t new or surprising – but now you have the words to make sure we know just how much you dislike it.  “No” is a very prevalent word in your dictionary these days. You might still look more like Daddy, but you are definitely mommy’s girl when it comes to personality, you know what you want and how to to get it every time.


You are so social! Everything I have heard about your father and myself as small children, I wasn’t expecting you to be our little social butterfly! You may not have hundreds of words but you have many friends, but you are always wanting to be around others. You know exactly where your friends live and never want to go past without waving or saying hi, you love to share and to make others happy, to smile at babies, and to give hugs to everyone you meet. I hope that this side of you never dulls and you are always as caring and friendly as you grow up.


I love this stage that we are entering, of constant curiosity and learning. You seem to just absorb knowledge these days! You know several words in Spanish (Leche, Cuna, Agua, Gato, Perro, beso, cabeza, pelo, ojo, mano, nariz, boca to name a few) , you can pick out several letters on a page (the important ones….O for owl, R for Raine, A, and I) and most of your body parts. You identify most of the animals by the sound they make. You have surprised us by learning how to get your clothes off, and your favorite day of the week is the day you go to My Gym, where you have really found a new confidence in both your physical abilities and in helping you to really “come out of your shell” and develop your personality.  Of course we were not expecting that would mean you would use the whole house as a gym!

My birthday wish and prayer for you is that you would know how loved you are, that you would never stop learning and growing, that your love for the Bible and Church would become the foundation for a love for God. That this coming year would full of even more exploring and joy.  Mommy and Daddy (Papa as you call him these days) love you so much.



Essential Oils and the Bible

I started using essential oils this past year because my daughter was getting yeast rashes that medications both prescribed and over the counter were not helping at all. Shortly after starting to really  look into them my 4 year old started to get strep…..every couple weeks, was determined that he is more “likely to get it” then other kids, and react badly to it with scarlet fever symptoms. It scared me to have that much continuous antibiotics in his little body…so I looked into not just what could aid (I wasn’t going to take chances or skip the antibiotics) but more what could help prevent.

At the same time I have been convicted over the last number of months about my lack of prayer. I have no doubt God can provide for our needs, no doubt that he loves me and my family, so why was prayer not commonplace in my life. I had a million excuses – not getting enough sleep, 2 small children, too busy….all excuses. I have since set aside the first half hour of my daughters nap time to prayer and bible. It’s not a lot of time, and I think that in itself was part of my excuses – that I didn’t have a lot of time to set aside, but making ANY time allows God to work and he has been giving me more of a hunger for that time, and for further prayer and reading and fellowship. 30 minutes isn’t taking “too much time”, but its the beginning of renewing my commitment to what I believe is important, and acknowledging that my relationship with God needs to be given some room.

Since incorporating oils AND prayer regularly into my life and parenting, I became more and more curious about how my faith and perspectives on medication and science and oils and “natural remedies” interact. Because I don’t have a ton of time, rather then type out all my findings, I am going to point you to an article that I found really insightful. It make sense that a God that loves us and wants to heal us, has already created things that will interact with our genetic makeup as humans in a helpful way. And after 3 rounds of antibiotics basically back to back, the preschooler has not tested positive for strep even with symptoms present since despite spending time with friends who tested positive within days of seeing us! And the baby, well I can’t remember the last time she had a bad yeast rash! I can’t say its 100% the oils, but I can say that paired with prayer and trusting God to strengthen my children, both my children have benefitted significantly since we started to look into ways to live a more natural and God centered life!

And now we are 4

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Introducing Darcy:

Many of you already know, and some of you may not yet know our family has grown again! Our nephew Darcy has come to live with us!

Let me start by saying that the past 3 years have been hard on him, my brother, my extended family and us, as decisions have been (and continue to be) made for the best for the kids. So if I leave details out or you want to know more, please respect that it was probably intentional and out of respect for those involved.  As far as we are concerned, Darcy is a part of our family now and we would want him treated as such by the people around us. However his daddy is still very much his daddy and please respect that he loves him and the my brother is very much a part of his life.

Life is getting busy with a 3.5 year old and 6month old at home, but we are quickly adapting to becoming a family of four….it feels like we pushed the fast forward button…in 1 year we went from being newlyweds to new parents to having a toddler and a baby! And with that comes many more trips to the park, no more TV dinners, a car full of carseats and early bedtimes!

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Darcy adds so much fun to our household, he is constantly trying to make sense of his world and chatters non-stop. Raine loves having a sibling to play with and he can often make her smile. Darcy is also very protective and concerned about her when she is crying or upset. A prime example was this summer at  reunion everyone was clapping and Darcy was saying “shh, be quite, your hurting the babies ears!” of course like any siblings that’s only when he’s not the one taking her toys away from her!  And what a BOY, we now live in a land of Superheros, bugs, trucks, sharks and potty-training!

If you are a pray-er. Please pray for us as all of us are adjusting and that Darcy would feel safe and have a sense of belonging in our home. View More:


Alouette Christmas Tree Farm

This weekend we went with my Parents, nephews and sister to find the perfect tree for my parents house. We went to Alouette Christmas Tree Farm which is not too far from our place. They had donkeys and goats to visit, Train rides on a tractor and hot chocolate…and of course Christmas Trees! Here are a few photos from out outing.

Laity Pumpkin Patch

Lets take a break from Pregnancy posts for a minute and check out the fun we had with the nephews at Laity Pumpkin Patch on the weekend! It was an absolutely gorgeous fall day with lots of stuff on the farm for the kids to do!

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