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    Mother to six Little Women and Two Little Men. Married to a Happy Mortician. Caretaker to goats, chickens and many, MANY bunnies. Photographer. Homeschooler. Lover of Jesus, coffee & tea and all things pink & vintage.

Dream Small

 

“Each day of our lives,
we  make deposits in the memory banks of our children …”

-Charles Swindoll 

 

It’s hot, humid and fully summer here on Prince Edward Island.

We are busy with the farm, busy with the garden and busy with family life. I do have a post that I am working on but just wanted to quickly say hello … it has been 18 years of blogging and I don’t plan on quitting anytime soon; even though the world has moved onto faster social media and pictures that post quickly from your cell phone. There are a few blogs that I still just love to read; so for anyone out there, who still enjoys reading a blog, I’ll keep at it for you and me. 🙂

I’m so grateful for this opportunity to live life in a way I have always dreamed … I feel so blessed to work with my family and spend time with them every day. This photo is taken after a long day of field work; my husband was hot and tired, but we still managed to take the children down the road to a quiet secluded beach for some cooling off.

These are the moments that make up my beautiful life – and I am grateful. xo

 

 

July 15, 2024 - 5:01 am

Gigi Renee, absolutely delightful to hear from you … I often wonder how you are and where you are and how the boys are doing! I just was talking about you the other day, remembering your gorgeous purple dining room and how clean and cozy you kept your home. Miss you and sending love your way! xoxoxox P.S. I can see why you loved your cottage in the Maritimes!

July 15, 2024 - 12:09 am

Renee Hello there my friend,
I love that you still blog. I check it for updates and then update the boys on their
Old friends. They love too to see what everyone is up to and how their friends are doing. I love that our children were little playing in the fields back in Ontario and now are growing up to become young adults. Time flies however those memories are golden. Please keep blogging as we love to keep reading them. Ps please say hello to them and Abby from us xo

July 14, 2024 - 7:56 pm

Gigi HI GIGI, I LOVE THE PHOTO, YOUR LITTLE GIRL IS GROWING VERY FAST ISN’T SHE? IT’S GREAT THAT YOU CAN RELAX WITH YOUR FAMILY ON THAT NEARBY BEACH, YOU ARE VERY BLESSED. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT WE LEAVE DEPOSITS IN THE MEMORY BANKS OF OUR CHILDREN, WE MUST LEAVE BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS, UNITED FAMILY, WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT OF CONSOLATION, KNOW THAT WE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR THEM AND WHEN WE ARE NOT THERE, THEY WILL RESORT TO THE MEMORY DEPOSIT THAT WE LEAVE THEM. I ALSO HAVE A DREAM, I WANT TO LIVE IN A BIG HOUSE AWAY FROM EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE, WITH PLENTY OF SPACE TO HAVE A VEGETABLE GARDEN AND GARDEN, NOT TO HAVE ANY NEIGHBOR NEARBY, ALONE WITH MY HUSBAND AND FAMILY, I PRAY DAILY TO GOD TO GRANT ME THIS DREAM, ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE TO ME, BUT IS THERE SOMETHING IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD? BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOURS.

July 14, 2024 - 6:43 pm

ANA HOLA GIGI, ME ENCANTA LA FOTO, TU PEQUEÑA ESTA CRECIENDO MUY RAPIDO ¿NO? QUE BUENO QUE PUEDES RELAJARTE CON TU FAMILIA EN ESA PLAYA CERCANA, ERES MUY BENDECIDA. TAMBIEN CREO QUE DEJAMOS DEPOSITOS EN LOS BANCOS DE MEMORIA DE NUESTROS HIJOS, DEBEMOS DEJAR BELLOS MOMENTOS, FAMILIA UNIDA,PALABRAS DE ALIENTO DE CONSOLACION, SABER QUE SIEMPRE ESTAREMOS AHI PARA ELLOS Y CUANDO NO ESTEMOS, ELLOS RECURRIRAN AL DEPOSITO DE MEMORIA QUE LES DEJAMOS. TAMBIEN TENGO UN SUEÑO, DESEO VIVIR EN UNA CASA GRANDE LEJOS DE TODO Y DE TODOS, CON MUCHO ESPACIO PARA TENER UNA HUERTA Y JARDIN, NO TENER A NINGUN VECINO CERCA, SOLO JUNTO A MI ESPOSO Y FAMILIA, ORO DIARIAMENTE A DIOS PARA QUE ME CONCEDA ESTE SUEÑO, AUNQUE A VECES ME PARECE IMPOSIBLE, ¿PERO HAY ALGO IMPOSIBLE PARA DIOS?. BENDICIONES PARA TI Y LOS TUYOS.

July 13, 2024 - 5:59 pm

Emily I love your blog and have read it since I was about 13! I’m now 22 with my own little 18month old and I still love reading it just as much! I’d love to hear what other blogs you enjoy reading though

Thank you so much for your encouraging words

July 13, 2024 - 4:50 pm

Mom (Gigi’s Momma) I am so glad that God has provided this amazing life for you and the family. So nice to see Darling Husband living the dream too xoxo

The Cost of Living

The Old-Time Family

It makes me smile to hear ’em tell each other nowadays
The burdens they are bearing, with a child or two to raise.
Of course the cost of living has gone soaring to the sky
And our kids are wearing garments that my parents couldn’t buy.
Now my father wasn’t wealthy, but I never heard him squeal
Because eight of us were sitting at the table every meal.

People fancy. they are martyrs if their children number three,
And four or five they reckon makes a large-sized family.
A dozen hungry youngsters at a table I have seen
And their daddy didn’t grumble when they licked the platter clean.
Oh, I wonder how these mothers and these fathers up-to-date
Would like the job of buying little shoes for seven or eight.


We were eight around the table in those happy days back them,
Eight that cleaned our plates of pot-pie and then passed them up again;
Eight that needed shoes and stockings, eight to wash and put to bed,
And with mighty little money in the purse, as I have said,
But with all the care we brought them, and through all the days of stress,
I never heard my father or my mother wish for less.

 

-Edgar Guest

 

{my sweet son, planting a future tree from a seed he found under our maple tree;
“How old will I be, mommy, when the tree grows big enough for me to climb?”}

 

“How do you feed all those children?” 

“Your grocery bill must be astounding!”

“You don’t see families this size anymore…”

 

Whether or not we like it, our family does attract some attention whenever we go out into public. We try to avoid stares from others – we park far away from the store so people will not notice 12 people hopping out of the family bus, for example. Sometimes the comments are negative, sometimes they are positive. Sometimes they are just curious and wonder WHY do we have so many children; and of course, the next question is … how we can afford it?

 

Yes, the cost of living is so high right now. What does that mean for our family of 12?

 

{My geese may look cute, but they can chase me very quickly from the laundry line
with a threatened peck and bite on my legs!
One must watch out!}

It means more baseball games played at home for free in the field.

It means no eating out for dinner, unless a very, very special occasion calls for such a treat.

It means not travelling  and creating our home a comfortable and cozy space and getaway all in one.

It means more family time at the beach … we have one of the most beautiful beaches right at our fingertips!

It means raising our own meat and working hard to take care of the animals.

It means growing a large family vegetable garden – and weeding that garden, even if it’s hot and tiring.

It means finding creative ways to enjoy our life, even if our life does not compare to others.

 

We are an old fashioned family, that is true. We weed our gardens … we raise chickens … we have early bedtimes and early rising times … we go to Church on Sundays …. we use a laundry line … we go together as a family for ice cream … we eat dinners together every night … our children play together and are not taken to many extra curricular activities …

 

But this, my friends, is a fantastic life. I don’t think my children even notice if they are not wearing the latest fashion or attending the popular events of society.

 

On our road, our neighbour called us “that ultra-religious family” …. well, I’m not quite sure how ultra religious we are – but we do sincerely love the Lord. I suppose that makes us strange and old fashioned  in a world that has turned its back on The Creator. If this is an old fashioned life, then I feel sorry for those who are missing out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

{The glory of May – a beautiful cherry tree in front of our home}

 

 

 

If the cost of living is high right now in our society,  it is still worth it to raise this family for the Lord.

 

In fact, I think it’s priceless.

 

 

July 5, 2024 - 9:19 am

Gigi Hi Teresa, so good to hear from you. Our summer is going very well! I don’t think our summers are short; I think they are the perfect length as I am ready for Autumn and winter living by the time the frost comes. 🙂 I love living seasonally and living in Canada helps with experiencing full seasons. 🙂 The garden is going very well! My next post is most likely about the garden – a true labour of love for us ever year. I hope you are doing well!

July 3, 2024 - 8:24 pm

Teresa What a lovely post with all the beautiful photos of your family. I grew up just like this in a family of 10 and so very thankful I did. I love all the ways to save, thank you for sharing those. How’s your garden doing? Do you all have a short summer up there?
Hugs, Teresa

June 28, 2024 - 10:52 pm

Ruthie You’re amazing Gigi,finding ways to stretch the dollar, and your family does it so well! Teaching the value of hard work is rare these days. I do love that poem.
Much Christian love to you and yours! Ruthie

June 28, 2024 - 9:00 pm

Erin Lynn Your family is beautiful! “Ultra-religious family,”is funny, I tell my girls, it’s ok to be different, that means you are God’s peculiar, chosen people, not like this world, but unique and special. Carry on, my friend.

June 22, 2024 - 7:07 am

Monica What a lovely poem! Edgar Guest truly is the best at writing about old fashioned living!

To God be the Glory for this life He has chosen for you to be a part of! He has given you a beautiful family.

I’m also encouraged that I’m seeing the Lord raising up more families who are on this path of many children (as He allows) and living the old fashioned life. I really do believe it is the best environment in which to raise our children. Hands down. That’s encouraging.

I also spy your lovely window boxes! (Eeek!!!! Wonderful!)

Hugs, Monica

June 21, 2024 - 10:39 am

Gigi Michelle – I, too, hope for more families that see the blessings of an old fashioned life!

June 21, 2024 - 10:39 am

Gigi Ana, it is always so refreshing to hear from you!

June 21, 2024 - 10:38 am

Gigi Thank you, Kate.

June 21, 2024 - 10:38 am

Gigi Lauren, I love hearing from you. I hope life is treating you well in west!

June 21, 2024 - 10:38 am

Gigi Mom, love you! xo

June 21, 2024 - 10:30 am

Gigi Regina, thank you, we are humbly trying and fail quite often, but we keep on going. We are not perfect, but we are grateful for our family!

June 21, 2024 - 9:37 am

Regina Shea GiGi, Your family is beautiful. I think it’s sad that some people view large families, especially Christian with disdain.
You and your husband are doing a great job in raising wonderful children who love the Lord.❤

June 20, 2024 - 11:21 pm

Mom (Gigi’s Momma) Oh Gillian!! What a lovely post and AMAZING photos! Can’t wait to have one for us 🙂 and can’t wait to see you all so very soon. Love the cherry tree too, how spectacular!! Mom xoxo

June 20, 2024 - 9:30 pm

Lauren Gillian, how you live is so inspiring. We also do not go out to eat unless it is very special, and we grow a big family garden, and…. we just found an All American pressure canner from a garage sale! I see a lot of “putting up” in our future, and our whole family is on board. As you and your family live for God and serve Him, may He richly bless you in every way! Blessings from the North.

June 20, 2024 - 7:05 pm

Kate God’s way is the only way. I truly love reading about your family and how you and your family serve our loving God.
Thank you!

June 20, 2024 - 6:46 pm

Gigi HELLO GIGI WHAT A JOY TO HEAR FROM YOU AGAIN, I FEEL SO IDENTIFIED WITH YOUR PUBLICATION, WE ARE ALSO AN EXTENDED FAMILY, THEY ALWAYS LOOKED AT US AS WEIRDOS HAHAHA, OTHER TIMES THEY TOLD US THERE COMES THE TRIBE HAHAHA, ECT. I REALLY LOVE THIS BEAUTIFUL AND LONG FAMILY OF 12 CHILDREN THAT GOD GAVE ME AND MY HUSBAND, 9 BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN AND 3 ADOPTED CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, TODAY I AM A PROUD GRANDMOTHER OF 14 GRANDCHILDREN,2 IN HEAVEN AND A BEAUTIFUL 4-MONTH-OLD GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER, WE CELEBRATED A FEW DAYS AGO 46 YEARS OF MARRIAGE WITH MY BELOVED HUSBAND, WE HAVE ALSO BEEN MEETING ON SUNDAYS IN A CHRISTIAN CHURCH FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND THEY LAUGH AT US, WHAT A SHAME THEY GIVE, THEY DO NOT KNOW THE LORD AND MISS OUT ON HIS ENORMOUS BLESSINGS AND PROVIDENCE. HAPPY, PROTECTED, RESPECTED AND LOVED THAT’S HOW I FEEL. I SEND YOU A HUG FROM A DISTANCE.

June 20, 2024 - 6:30 pm

ANA HOLA GIGI QUE ALEGRIA SABER DE TI NUEVAMENTE, ME SIENTO TAN IDENTIFICADA CON TU PUBLICACION, TAMBIEN NOSOTROS SOMOS UNA EXTENSA FAMILIA, SIEMPRE NOS MIRARON COMO A BICHOS RAROS JAJAJA, OTRAS VECES NOS DECIAN HAY VIENE LA TRIBU JAJAJA, ECT. REALMENTE AMO ESTA HERMOSA Y LARGA FAMILIA DE 12 HIJOS QUE DIOS NOS DIO A MI Y A MI ESPOSO, 9 HIJOS BIOLOGICOS Y 3 HIJOS ADOPTADOS CON DISCAPACIDADES, HOY SOY UNA ORGULLOSA ABUELA DE 14 NIETOS,2 EN EL CIELO Y UNA HERMOSA BISNIETA DE 4 MESES, CUMPLIMOS HACE UNOS DIAS 46 AÑOS DE CASADOS CON MI AMADO ESPOSO, TAMBIEN HACE MUCHOS MUCHOS AÑOS QUE NOS CONGREGAMOS LOS DOMINGOS EN UNA IGLESIA CRISTIANA Y SE RIEN DE NOSOTROS, QUE PENA QUE DAN, ELLOS NO CONOCEN AL SEÑOR Y SE PIERDEN SUS ENORMES BENDICIONES Y PROVIDENCIA. FELIZ, PROTEJIDA, RESPETADA Y AMADA ASI ME SIENTO. TE ENVIO UN ABRAZO A LA DISTANCIA.

June 20, 2024 - 4:13 pm

Michelle You and your family are such a blessing!

June 20, 2024 - 4:12 pm

Michelle I agree with you! And I appreciate your family and WHO (the Lord) you represent!! I am thankful for you and your family being a light for JESUS! There should be more families who feel the same way!
Thank you!!

The Old {Broken} Apple Tree

“In the embrace of spring, apple blossoms bloom like whispers of hope.”
~ Anonymous

 

“And it has an old apple tree by the pond,” I remember my husband saying over the phone, as he described our new to us property on Prince Edward Island. He had taken a two day drive to visit the new property before the rest of the family viewed it.

An apple tree and a pond … how delightful, I thought, dreaming up relaxing afternoons, reading by the pond or catching frogs together with the children. I’ve always wanted a pond! And having an old apple tree on the property is such a nod to the romance of the past, as well … how I would appreciate that tree!

At that time, three years ago, we were just planning our family move across provinces – from one country home to another. We were leaving behind many treasured landmarks that I held dear to my heart – cherished memories and sweet places of remembrance from my many years of mothering in our old home. Knowing we were moving to another century home (of course, my favourite and the only kind of house I think I could possibly live in properly) and going to have the Atlantic Ocean just a slight walk from our back porch made my heart excited for the new adventure, of new places to hold and make lovely memories.

“And the ocean is right there,” he continued, detailing what he saw on our new to us property.  I was so proud of my husband – one who does not agree to adventure quickly. His personality is steady and solid – therefore, making this change together was something very special to me.

But now, a few years in and after we had settled quite nicely, a terrible storm had descended upon the island.  As a result, our special apple tree lay damaged and broken.

The old  tree had fallen onto on our grassy field, ravaged by a terrible winds. We had left the sweet tree until the spring came, to deal with the clean up in warmer weather. Now, as my husband started up his chainsaw and began cutting, hacking away limb by limb, I felt a sadness deep down …

“Wait,” I said, trying to divert his attention, “Wait, maybe it will be okay … maybe there’s hope for it still!” 

My husband silenced his chainsaw, looked at me with doubt and a little bit of scorn, perhaps.

“It’s dead,” he replied, matter of factly. “Apple wood makes great fire wood.”

Investigating the branches that he had cut, I noticed one tiny detail.

“Look, there’s tiny pink buds already! It’s not fully dead,” I said, pleading with hope.

Sighing, my husband ceased his chainsaw and packed it away. Life went not – I forgot about the incident until this morning when one of my daughters came into the house, carrying the sweetest bouquet of apple blossoms.

“It’s so pretty down there, mommy,” she said. “The tree is all pink and it’s just gorgeous!”

I knew it! My heart leaped with joy! What a beautiful sight indeed –  our apple tree in blossom!

God is so good to give me this little gift, for I do see these little miracles as presents from our Heavenly Father.

Perhaps our old apple tree will not make it another winter, perhaps it will come for a time when she will be made into firewood — but for now, she is thriving and in full beautiful pink, glory.

June 1, 2024 - 7:36 pm

Rachel Thank you for sharing the beautiful story and pictures, Gigi. It reminds me of how patient and longsuffering the Lord is with His children – not willing that any should perish and not quenching a “smoking flax” or crushing a “bruised reed” – as long as He sees that hopeful life still in us.

Thank you for nurturing and cultivating such a beautiful family life and sharing with all who appreciate and gain inspiration.

May 26, 2024 - 4:33 am

Gigi Hello Anna, I hope you are enjoying the resting season of winter! I love winter after a fruitful and busy summer.
We moved, yes, because of job reasons, and also to afford a larger piece of property – to be able to have a more sufficient homestead. I am originally from Vancouver Island, B.C. I am now way on the other side of Canada – on another island. 🙂 I spent most of my life, however, in Ontario. I did not move out of province until a few years ago.

May 26, 2024 - 4:30 am

Gigi FEMALE NTUITION GIGI HAHAHAHA, IT’S GOOD THAT YOUR HUSBAND LISTENED TO YOU, YOU CAN STILL CONTINUE ENJOYING YOUR APPLE TREE. HOW BEAUTIFUL YOUR GIRLS ARE AND THE LITTLE ONE DOES GROW UP FAST. CAN I ASK: WHY DID YOU MOVE? IS IT BECAUSE OF YOUR HUSBAND’S JOB? WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I HOPE YOU DON’T BOTHER MY QUESTIONS. WE ARE HAVING A VERY COLD AUTUMN, WITH WINTER TEMPERATURES, ACCORDING TO THOSE WHO FORECAST THE CLIMATE, WE WILL HAVE A VERY COLD WINTER, IT IS STRANGE BECAUSE IN BUENOS AIRES BEING VERY HUMID, THE WINTERS ARE VERY LIGHT AGAINST THE SUMMER WHICH LASTS UNTIL ALMOST 5 MONTHS AND IT’S VERY HOT, I LOVE WINTER AND I’M ENJOYING THIS WINTER AUTUMN A LOT, KNITTING, SEWING AND EMBROIDERY SITTING NEXT TO MY WOOD FED SALAMANDER. BLESSINGS SWEET SISTER.

May 25, 2024 - 8:22 pm

ANA INTUICION FEMENINA GIGI JAJAJJAA, QUE BUENO QUE TU ESPOSO TE ESCUCHO, TODAVIA PODRAS SEGUIR DISFRUTANDO DE TU MANZANO. QUE BELLAS QUE ESTAN TUS NIÑAS Y LA PEQUEÑA SI QUE CRECE RAPIDO. PUEDO PREGUNTAR: ¿PORQUE TE HAS MUDADO TANTAS VECES? ¿ES POR EL TRABAJO DE TU ESPOSO? ¿DE DONDE ERES? ESPERO QUE NO TE MOLESTEN MIS PREGUNTAS. ESTAMOS TENIENDO UN OTOÑO MUY FRIO, CON TEMPERATURAS PROPIAS DEL INVIERNO, SEGUN LOS QUE PRONOSTICAN EL CLIMA, TENDREMOS UN INVIERNO MUY FRIO, ES RARO YA QUE EN BUENOS AIRES AL SER MUY HUMEDO, LOS INVIERNOS SON MUY LEVES EN CONTRA DEL VERANO QUE DURA HASTA CASI 5 MESES Y ES MUY CALUROSO, AMO EL INVIERNO Y ESTOY DISFRUTANDO MUCHO DE ESTE OTOÑO INVERNAL, TEJIENDO,COSIENDO Y BORDANDO SENTADA AL LADO DE MI SALAMANDRA ALIMENTADA A LEÑA. BENDICIONES DULCE HERMANA.

My Pantry

“Laura returned to the front room… She knew it must be the pantry door, but she stood in surprise and then in delight, looking at the pantry. All one wall was covered with shelves and drawers, and a broad shelf was under a large window at the pantry’s far end…
 
One whole wall was shelved from the ceiling halfway down. The upper shelves were empty, but on the lowest was a glass lamp… At the end, where this shelf was above the window shelf in the corner, stood a row of cans of spices. 
 
Beneath this shelf were many drawers of different sizes. Directly below the spices, and above the window shelf, were two rather narrow drawers. Laura found that one was almost full of white sugar, the other of brown sugar. How handy!
 
Next, a deep drawer was full of flour, and smaller ones held graham flour and corn meal…”
-These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls

 

 

I thought it would be nice to share a little view of one of my favourite rooms in our house … the kitchen pantry. This a room where I probably spend 75% of my day … and I just love it.  This tiny room is just off the main kitchen – and it’s perfect for washing up, prepping food when company is here, or just tucking yourself away to quietly wash the next load of dishes.

We did some change the pantry from when we moved in to make it more my old fashioned style. My husband drove to another province to buy the old cast iron sink (which I LOVE). He also put in wooden counter tops. My kitchen inspirations come from a few sources … The Walton’s kitchen, the Road to Avonlea kitchens (just love that series!), and the real life kitchen, which you can visit when you come to Prince Edward Island, of Bideford House, the historic manse where L.M. Montgomery stayed in her early years of teaching.

 

So while my pantry and kitchen is completely accurate with time periods, it has a mix of everything that I love. (I do want to add wallpaper but that may have to wait until the winter comes around again.) The sink is a 100 years old – imagine how many dishes have been washed and what stories it could tell …

 

I have thought about hanging a light curtain here, to separate the room from the main kitchen, but I’m not sure – I’ll update you if I do. 🙂 

In a recent visit, my mother in law gave me this lovely oil lamp holder. I have two in the parlour but have always wanted one for my kitchen. They are hard to find and are often priced very high. I am very grateful for this beautiful, antique lamp holder! I put a doily underneath to help the lamp from slipping or moving around.

 

And here is one of my favourite parts … my amazing husband made this beautiful “cover” for my fridge. I could not fit my antique ice box into this current kitchen and I missed it greatly. I love the look of an antique icebox and absolutely did not think a modern fridge suited my old fashioned pantry. This winter, my husband created a cover that makes the fridge blend in as an ice box. I just love it! It has made a world of difference for this pantry! 

 

He even added appropriate looking hardware. I am very grateful! 

 

The pantry shelves are lined with antique jars, filled with spices, herbs, dried beans and baking supplies. The enamel pots have been gathered over the years and are often used – including the lovely roaster, which I use for roasting a homegrown chicken or turkey in the wood stove oven.

 

 

I try to use everything that I collect, so I am not just collecting but actually using my antiques in every day life. 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed this little peak into a very well-used room in our little home … God bless!

May 9, 2024 - 7:42 am

Gigi Miriam, I would love that! 🙂 I do love decorating and playing around in my house. My mother always said I loved playing house and now, I’m just a grown up – playing house again. 🙂 Do share photos of your pantry and kitchen! I’d love to see it!

May 8, 2024 - 8:09 pm

miriam M. stoltzfoos Such a beautiful pantry! It gives me some inspiration for my own kitchen and pantry. I always love to see pictures of the inside of your house. You definitely are good at decorating with old fashioned things. I wish you could come help me decorate my house!

May 6, 2024 - 4:17 am

Gigi Thank you, mom! You know Abby did not want to do this project – not sure how I finally convinced him!

May 6, 2024 - 4:16 am

Gigi Danessa, I’d love to see a photo of your pantry area! It sounds beautiful! This is so lovely to have a special place and cupboard to keep all your old bowls and dishes. It makes our daily chores that much more enjoyable!

May 6, 2024 - 4:16 am

Gigi Hello Faye, thank you for your note. I have always loved reading your blog. Maybe one day we will meet! I really want to take my family to the Bay of Fundy this summer – I know we’d love it! Thank you for the kind words about the pantry. I do so love a good pantry and will keep fluffing up and changing this pantry with the seasons … God bless!

May 5, 2024 - 7:55 pm

Faye Henry Good evening Gigi! What a lovely post! I so love a pantry and yours is exceptional for sure! Your house is darling and you have dressed it so beautifully! I have enjoyed your posts since you moved to the Island.. Your family is certainly blessed! God is so good! This is the first time I have posted. I have a new phone and just found out I can post one with it . I hope! God bless you ! Faye.

May 5, 2024 - 6:00 pm

Danessa stride Once again you have pulled on my heart strings! It’s absolutely adorable and I can just imagining spending hours in that cozy pantry. I too have something similar, we have a back porch in our home and I turned it into what I call my pantry room, there is a large hutch that my father in law made for me, lined off with all my baking and day to day essentials, and an old fashion looking counter with a butcher block top my brother made me, and wooden shelves he made that I have lined off with old dishes and bowls, that I use daily that has been landed down from my grandmas and great grandmother! I cherish every piece! How I wish we lived closer, I think we could have made good friends My husband always tells me I was born in the wrong time lol. May God continue to bless you and your family

May 5, 2024 - 11:11 am

Mom (Gigi’s Momma) It truly is beautiful and inspirational! My favourite part is the icebox cover that Darling Husband made! And all the antique collectible items that you actually use!! Way to go, Gillian xoxo What a treasure!

May 3, 2024 - 11:45 am

Gigi Thank you, Laura – this is the little room I described in my letter to you. I trust one day we will be blessed with a visit from you and we will enjoy tea together. 🙂

May 2, 2024 - 9:24 pm

Laura Jeanne I never cease to be amazed with the beautiful images of your home that you share with us, Gillian. Your home is truly a work of art! Your pantry looks like something out of a historical movie. I particularly like the tiny whatnot in the corner with the miniature teapot – adorable!

How blessed you are to have a husband who is so skilled in woodworking and also so willing to please. The cabinet he made for the refrigerator is truly amazing! And how lovely that he drove so far to bring home that amazing sink for you. 100 years old, wow.

May 2, 2024 - 2:07 pm

Gigi Hello Ana, it is always so lovely to hear from you. Yes, we are blessed to have good husbands! I love Little House on the Prairie, as well – such a great show and the books are fabulous.
Regarding church, we are attending a mixed denomination church, come together over the past few years … it is hard to give it one name/type … (I could probably better explain through email).

May 1, 2024 - 7:20 pm

Gigi HELLO GIGI: I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN WITH THAT OLD AND FRUGAL TOUCH, I LOVE ANTIQUES, THE COUNTRY STYLE, THE WOOD ON THE FLOORS, WE HAVE SIMILAR TASTE, YOUR HUSBAND DOES KNOW HOW TO WORK, HE HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB CONGRATULATIONS TOO MY BELOVED HUSBAND WORKS A LOT AND USES ALL KINDS OF THINGS THAT HE FINDS DRAWN BY OTHER PEOPLE AND GIVES THEM AGAIN, THAT IS A NEW USE. HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE HUSBANDS WHO WORK HARD FOR THE HOME, DON’T YOU THINK SO? I IDENTIFY A LOT WITH LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, MY FAVORITE SHOW, THAT LIFESTYLE IS BETTER THAN THE CURRENT ONE, WE LIVE IN THE OLD WAY EVEN WITH TOUCHES OF ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES. I ASK: WHICH CHURCH DO YOU CONGREGATE IN? WHAT IS ITS NAME? WE ARE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS. BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOURS DEAR SISTER

May 1, 2024 - 4:11 pm

ANA HOLA GIGI: ME ENCANTA TU COCINA CON ESE TOQUE ANTIGUO Y FRUGAL, AMO LAS ANTIGUEDADES, EL ESTILO CAMPO, LA MADERA EN LOS PISOS, TENEMOS GUSTOS PARECIDOS, TU ESPOSO SI SABE TRABAJAR, HA HECHO UN EXCELENTE TRABAJO FELICITACIONES¡¡¡¡ TAMBIEN MI AMADO ESPOSO TRABAJA MUCHO Y UTILIZA TODA CLASE DE COSAS QUE ENCUENTRA TIRADAS POR OTRAS PERSONAS Y LES DA VIDA NUEVAMENTE, O SEA UN NUEVO USO. QUE BENDECIDAS QUE SOMOS AL TENER ESPOSOS QUE TRABAJAN DURO PARA EL HOGAR ¿NO LO CREES ASI? ME IDENTIFICO MUCHO CON LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE,MI PROGRAMA FAVORITO, ESE ESTILO DE VIDA ES MEJOR QUE EL ACTUAL,VIVIMOS A LA ANTIGUA AUNQUE CON TOQUES DE APARATOS ELECTRICOS. PREGUNTO: ¿EN QUE IGLESIA TE CONGREGAS? ¿CUAL ES SU DENOMINACION? NOSOTROS SOMOS CRISTIANOS EVANGELICOS. BENDICIONES PARA TI Y LOS TUYOS QUERIDA HERMANA

April 30, 2024 - 7:42 pm

Gigi Thank you for sharing my joy, Lillibeth! There certainly are treasures in the old fashioned things, even sinks! I hope you find your sink one day. I actually found a second one but the drainboard when the other way – it is in the barn and awaiting, perhaps, a future project. 🙂

April 30, 2024 - 7:14 pm

Lillibeth Your pantry is beautiful! I love the sink! When I was a child we lived in an old house for a while that had a cast iron sink just like that, only double sized (with drainboards on each side). I am so happy for you to have found one! I hunted for a similar sink when we built our house, and sadly was not able to get one. I can understand how much you are enjoying it and the whole room:)

April 30, 2024 - 5:19 pm

Gigi Thank you, Monica! I love it, too! It makes dish washing my happy place! 🙂

April 30, 2024 - 3:50 pm

Monica I absolutely love it!!!! I’m still amazed over the ice box!! xo

Lovely, Common Things

“It’s amazing how lovely common things become,
if one only knows how to look at them.”
~ Louisa May Alcott

 

It’s wonderful to be at home! Do you feel the same way? I have come to love and adore the common, ordinary ways of a simple life.

Sitting in my cozy kitchen, I can hear the beginnings of the spring rain, slowly greening up our fields and yards. There is fresh bread, baking in the oven for dinner. Shepherd’s pie is cooking away in the slow cooker …

There is a mini rose bush in front of me, an indulgent purchase from the local grocery store this morning – how can one resist such a pleasant, cheerful burst of spring? It is even a scented mini rose bush … a little bit of heaven on earth…

 

 

The Lord has blessed us with so many good memories of another winter here on this little island … ice fishing .. skiing for the first time as a family … skating together on the pond in our field … family visits and cozy movie nights… visits from grandparents … We truly love winter and I, too, in some way am a little sad to see it end.

However, as faithful as ever… the seasons change. And life begins a new, fresh chapter. Here we are again, embracing spring! And what a beautiful spring it is …

Fresh life has burst forth on our property –  our turkeys have spring fever and have been laying us the most beautiful eggs … my over wintered geraniums have burst into bloom … little seedlings are growing in windowsills … chicks in the barnyard (and orphans ones inside at times) …

… tiny flowers blooming in the front yard … Lariah’s first chance to walk barefoot this year …

Every day is a good day when I wake up and know I don’t have to leave the house to enter the “world” out there. I truly enjoy being home and on my own property, working away, cleaning up, planting new items and hanging clothes on the laundry line. There’s so much to keep me busy and occupied. I have never understand how some women are enchanted with the outside world. I’ve always been a homebody and will always prefer my cozy nest to the shiny outside world.  Do you feel the same way?

I love to decorate in a way that will make my chores more pleasing and attractive; if you are in the kitchen for most of the day, it’s such a treat to use dishcloths are a pretty and not stained, or to have a nice tablecloth at the lunch setting, to use attractive dishes while you eat and serve your homemade food, to light the candles and put on soothing music – or energizing music that will help you clean and tidy up. If you must do chores, why not do chores with pleasant surroundings?

Yesterday, I planted four more pink climbing rose bushes around the property – in time, they will give me so much joy to see them blooming. We have planted four more lilac bushes this week, as well. When we moved from a few provinces over a few years ago, I even brought my lilac trees and replanted them next to the porch. It takes three to five years before a lilac tree will bloom when starting with a seed – last year was the 7th year and so this year, I hope for so many more blooms!

When we first moved here, I planted a honeysuckle vine outside my kitchen window. The hope is that it will one day grow up across the window so that when I am washing endless dishes on a warm sunny morning, I will be able to open the kitchen window – which is just over the sink – and smell the amazing, sweet scent of honeysuckles.  There are roses at the beginning of the driveway and roses at the walkways … lavender plants planted in my herb garden … bulbs buried in the beds for early spring joy …

 

 

Even at home, one can make their little world beautiful and exciting.  For our family, our home is a little haven from the outside world, the chaos and noise and confusion. I am happy to cook in this home, to clean this home, to tidy up the yard and beautify its surroundings with pretty flowers and gardens. Happy is the mother who can find true rest and joy in her home!

 

“Oh, I can’t describe my home. It is home, and I can’t put its charm into words.”
~ Elizabeth Gaskell,  North and South
April 26, 2024 - 3:44 pm

Gigi Hello dear friend, so good to hear from you. I look forward to having all the flowers grow! P.S. Write soon! 😉

April 25, 2024 - 8:30 pm

Laura Jeanne What beautiful photos. The description of all the lilacs and roses on your property makes me think that a few years from now, it will surely look like heaven on earth!

April 24, 2024 - 7:10 am

Gigi Ana, I always love to hear from you. Enjoy your beautiful day!

April 24, 2024 - 7:10 am

Gigi That’s okay! I’d be curious to know what they taste like, as well!

April 23, 2024 - 6:43 am

Ruthie Oh! I’m sorry. I should have realized about the baby turkeys. I’ll be praying that you will have sweet, little hatchlings to add to the flock.

April 22, 2024 - 7:02 pm

Gigi HOW NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU AGAIN GIGI I MISSED YOUR POSTS, THEY ARE SO NICE AND INSPIRING WE HAVE SO MANY THINGS IN COMMON. I LOVE TO BE AT HOME MOST OF THE DAY, I GO OUT VERY LITTLE TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, FULL OF EVIL AND ANGRY, SHOUTING, INSULTING PEOPLE, WITH LITTLE OR ALMOST NO PATIENCE, ISN’T IT A HATE-FILLED WORLD WE LIVE IN? I LIKE TO BEAUTIFY MY HOME WITH CRAFTS OR KNITTING THAT I MAKE, CLEANING, COOKING, WASHING, ECT. ECT. EVERYTHING THAT A HOUSEWIFE DOES WHO LOVES HER FAMILY, HER HOME, BUT FIRST OF ALL THE LORD, WHO LEFT US THIS BEAUTIFUL TASK OF BEING A WIFE, MOTHER AND HOUSEWIFE, DON’T YOU THINK SO? I SHARE WITH YOU AND I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THERE ARE MANY THOUSANDS OF WOMEN WHO PREFER THE MADDING NOISE OF THE OUTSIDE WORLD TO BEING IN A HOME FULL OF NOISES OF CHILDREN RUNNING AROUND THE HOUSE OR THE YARD, THE NOISE OF THE WASHING MACHINE, THE SMELL OF FRESHLY BAKED FRESH BREAD OR DELICIOUS HOMEMADE PIZZAS, IT IS PRICELESS. HOW BEAUTIFUL AND FAST YOUR LITTLE GIRL IS GROWING. BLESSINGS FROM A DISTANCE.

April 22, 2024 - 11:17 am

ANA QUE AGRADABLE SABER DE TI NUEVAMENTE GIGI¡¡¡¡ EXTRAÑABA TUS PUBLICACIONES, SON TAN AGRADABLES E INSPIRADORAS TENEMOS TANTAS COSAS EN COMUN. ME ENCANTA ESTAR LA MAYOR PARTE DEL DIA EN CASA, SALGO MUY POCO AL MUNDO EXTERIOR, LLENO DE MALDAD Y GENTE ENOJADA, GRITONA, INSULTANDO, CON POCA O CASI NADA DE PACIENCIA, ¿NO ES UN MUNDO LLENO DE ODIO EN EL QUE VIVIMOS? ME GUSTA EMBELLECER MI HOGAR CON MANUALIDADES O TEJIDOS QUE HAGO, LIMPIAR,COCINAR, LAVAR, ECT.ECT. TODO LO QUE HACE UNA AMA DE CASA QUE AMA A SU FAMILIA, A SU HOGAR PERO PRIMERAMENTE AL SEÑOR, EL CUAL NOS DEJO ESTA HERMOSA TAREA DE SER ESPOSA, MADRE Y AMA DE CASA, ¿NO LO CREES ASI? COMPARTO CONTIGO Y NO ENTIENDO COMO HAY MUCHAS MILES DE MUJERES QUE PREFIEREN EL MUNDANAL RUIDO DEL MUNDO EXTERIOR A ESTAR EN UN HOGAR LLENO DE RUIDOS DE NIÑOS CORRIENDO POR LA CASA O EL PATIO,EL RUIDO DE LA LAVADORA, EL OLOR A PAN FRESCO RECIEN HORNEADO O DE UNAS RICAS PIZZAS CASERAS, NO TIENE PRECIO. QUE HERMOSA Y RAPIDA ESTA CRECIENDO TU PEQUEÑA. BENDICIONES A LA DISTANCIA.

April 22, 2024 - 11:02 am

Gigi Hello Ruthie, I love that you are getting a new tea towel. 🙂 To be honest, we’ve only just begun to get the turkey eggs and I put them straight into the incubator – so I’m not sure what they taste like. I’d rather have baby turkeys!

April 22, 2024 - 10:23 am

Ruthie This is beautiful as always, Gigi. Your babies are growing so quickly! I do prefer home to the outside world as well. Nothing makes me so happy as to be working in the kitchen, while listening to the family’s laughter from another part of the house.
I think I’ll take your advice to heart & treat myself with a new dish towel, and light a candle for dinner tonight.
Love, Ruthie
P.S. Do turkey eggs taste similar to chicken eggs?

April 21, 2024 - 2:50 pm

Lynnea Yes, Gigi, I do feel the same way – truly there is no place like home! This is such a lovely, inspiring post…I whole-heartedly agree with all that reader Rachel wrote!
With love,
Lynnea

April 20, 2024 - 7:27 pm

Gigi Thank you, Rachel, for your kind words. You have blessed me!

April 20, 2024 - 12:41 pm

Rachel Thank you for capturing and embracing such lovely moments and sharing them with us! God truly is the Giver of all good things; if we could just learn and accept what they are and how to fully appreciate them it seems. Thank you for being a lover of good things and discipling your children in them. So thankful for you brightening the corner where you are and letting it shine out to others who visit. 🙂