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  • Welcome to the Gigi Blog!

    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls & one boy. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King.ย Chicken and goat raiser.
    Lover of Jesus and all things pink and vintage. โ™ฅ

Our Blessing Has Arrived …

Abby and I are so pleased to let you all know … our sweet baby BOY has arrived … straight, fresh from Heaven, smelling all delicious and lovely and completely adored by his big family …
Loyal Albert Kenneth is here, snuggled warmly in my lap, sighing sweet little sighs of joy … a piece of our family puzzle knit so perfectly in the womb by God’s hands …


His birth was wonderful … and I would like to record it as a memory for myself, to remind myself of the sweet, precious quiet details that are often forgotten in the busy-ness of life …

Loyal is our biggest baby yet! Born Tuesday, September 19th, at 3:56 a.m. – 6 lbs 10 oz – his size was a sure shock and surprise to us all! He has lovely dark hair and chubby cheeks and smells of Heaven. More than once, the girls have asked why does Loyal smell so sweet? Because, of course, he is straight from Heaven, I replied …


Things have been busy around here since Loyal’s birth, but it also has been lovely. In same ways, it has reminded me a bit of the Waltons … as family pops in and visits and the days are filled with love from family and coffee mugs are strewn across the long kitchen table, hyper, happy children line the benches at the table, excited with all the attention of the event. As Abby runs a very sensitive business (the funeral home), you cannot just choose your time off – if there is a need, he is there. This week has been busy at the funeral home and a very emotional one at that. My husband has had to work (picture the old days … when men did not get breaks from work and life just continues) but his mom has come over every day to help around the home.ย  Last night, as she took the girls and Lazer for a bumpy golf cart ride through the fields behind the house, I sat holding baby Loyal and watched the children, while indulging in a delicious slice of homemade blackberry pie (lovingly made by my mom)ย  … the children were loud and laughing, silly … the sun was setting quickly behind them, disappearing beneath the canopy of the back forest and I thanked God. Again. He has blessed us.



A favorite verse:
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow,
because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child,
she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

John 16:21

P.S. I would love to post more photos but there, of course, has to be a little technology glitch and I cannot retrieve the photos off the card right now. I will post some as soon as I can figure out the glitch…

September 25, 2017 - 5:24 pm

Chipmunk - He is beautiful, and a wonderful gift from heaven! Congratulations to all!

September 24, 2017 - 6:45 pm

Courtney - Hi Gillian, I looked you up to see if you were still doing photography & came across this beautiful blog you have going ! Your family has grown so much & it is so so beautiful. I think of you guys often. I have two girls of my own now Lyla & Laura. Hmm I wonder where I fell in love with that name lol
Congratulations <3 Sending Love.

From Courtney
{ Your first two lovely girls babysitter }

September 24, 2017 - 2:01 pm

Caitlin - Congratulations on your newest dear blessing! What a sweet and beautiful boy! The Lord has blessed you and your family with another little darling. I must say, I always admire how beautifully you dress. You always look so feminine and lovely. When things settle down for you (haha) it would be lovely if you would write a post about your wardrobe.

September 24, 2017 - 7:51 am

molly - Your family is beautiful in a way that is unlike the rest of the world. Seeing you raise your children to enjoy the beautiful simplicities of life and also in your faith, is reminder of the way I was raised and is so encouraging to me as I raise my own girls. Thank you for putting it out there to encourage others. Congratulations on your new addition, hope you’re feeling well too!

September 24, 2017 - 4:04 am

Rebecca - PS: I laughed out loud when you said he was your biggest baby at 6lb 10oz. My smallest baby was 8lbs 12oz and my biggest was 9lbs 14oz! How in the world are you so lucky!?! Haha!!!

September 24, 2017 - 3:47 am

Rebecca - Oh my goodness how wonderful!!!! Another boy, and I LOVE his name! Congrats!!!!

September 23, 2017 - 6:49 pm

Tara C - Congratulations!!!! Who would have thought that you would have not one, but TWO little boys after a string of girls ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that he was born in the wee hours of the morning too, just as you had prayed he would be! I remember chatting when you just had 3 (or maybe 4) little ones and I had just found out that I was pregnant with baby #3.

September 23, 2017 - 3:01 pm

Maike - Congratulations to your little boy. How beautiful he is, but then all of your babies look beautiful and they all smile. They must know from the very first moment in what a loving warm family they have been born. And how caring and close-knit all your family always being there to help out. You’re truly blessed – I just adore your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

September 23, 2017 - 12:39 pm

The newburys - So so wonderful!! Congratulations and so happy for you all!

September 23, 2017 - 3:04 am

Teresa - Congratulations; what a handsome gift from God, his cute little smile and those cheeks ~oh my

September 22, 2017 - 10:34 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings - Congrats Gillian!!!! He is amazing! I bet your kiddos are just thrilled!Now we have the same amount of wonderful kiddos!!

September 22, 2017 - 8:15 pm

Sarah Kukucska - Your family is so beautiful, I have been following your blog for years. You are an inspiration to me. I have 4 of my own and my boyfriend has 2. I love reading your blog and seeing your beautiful photos, we live in Mansfield. Congrats on your beautiful baby boy. <3

September 22, 2017 - 8:14 pm

sarah - Your family is so beautiful, I have been following your blog for years. You are an inspiration to me. I have 4 of my own and my boyfriend has 2. I love reading your blog and seeing your beautiful photos, we live in Mansfield. Congrats on your beautiful baby boy. <3

September 22, 2017 - 6:44 pm

Rachel Joy - Congratulations on the birth of sweet Loyal! Such a nice surprise to read today. <3

September 22, 2017 - 4:43 pm

Lauren - Blessings to you, Gillian! What a darling baby boy! Love from us all โค๏ธ

September 22, 2017 - 1:53 pm

Claire - Makes me smile reading your post. Very happy for you and your family. He’s just beautiful.

September 21, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Gigi - Thank you, Jen! Lacey read the name in a Mennonite magazine that had birth announcements… and we all took a liking to it. His middle names are his dad’s and my dad’s names.

September 21, 2017 - 4:20 pm

Jen Heemskerk - Congratulations on another sweet boy!!! A brother for Lazarus!!! This is such incredible news! How did you come up with the name Loyal? It’s so unique. In the one photo, I see a resemblance to Lacey little bit (maybe it’s his lips!=) ) Anyway, rest well and enjoy the new baby stage once again! Congrats!

September 21, 2017 - 3:15 pm

Gigi - Thank you, Sarah!

September 21, 2017 - 3:14 pm

Gigi - Thank you, Regina! P.S. Maybe I wrote that funny – will check my wording!

September 21, 2017 - 2:15 pm

Courtney - Congratulations on another little boy! What a blessi g!

September 21, 2017 - 2:07 pm

Regina Shea - Oh Gigi he’s gorgeous! Congratulations to you all! Oh and I wasnt wearing my glasses when you wrote about the blackberry pie. I read it as ” I sat holding baby Loyal, watching “him”, eating a slice of homemade blackberry pie”. I’m like what? Then I realized what you actually wrote. LOL!
Blackberry pie sounds so lovely!

September 21, 2017 - 1:04 pm

Sarah - What a precious little boy!! Congratulations to you and your family. His name is beautiful too!

When Having Baby #8 is Not the Same as {Shelling Peas}

I had to laugh the other day as a dear friend expressed a comment that someone had said to her, when she had told them our family was about to have baby #8.

“Well, I guess at that point, it’s like shelling peas …”


Well, let me just say- with a smile and some grace to the one who would think such a funny thought – giving birth each time is a blessing and a gift from God. However, it is not easier, quicker, faster or more fun to deliver and be in labour. And I write this as I sit on the edge of my seat, waiting for God to pick a timing for our little one to arrive (officially 37 weeks as Monday!). Each birth is one I thank God for and my husband and I are truly grateful to God for our children!

Yet, that does not make each long pregnancy, every intense, pain filled labour or even messy-grace-filled parenting any easier. We still have our challenges in parenting – oh my, do we ever – and I still have terrible pains while in labour {I am blessed with good labours, but they are still painful!} … babies do not just pop out as some would imagine …. Labour is called labour for a reason, right, ladies?

However, with the pain and the discomfort of each pregnancy, the expectation of the agony of labour and the worry that goes along with it (will this baby be healthy? Will the birth go okay? Will there be complications? How will we adjust afterwards? Will it be chaotic? Will I get everything done that needs to get done?), I would not trade it for an easier life. Why?

{Oh dear, just as I was caught up with most of my canning, a large lot of tomatoes are ripening in the garden…
I will take it as a blessing!}

I suppose I truly do see these precious babies that are born into our family as little wrapped up gifts from Heaven. Why God would choose to bless our family eight times in a row is beyond me, as we are humble parents, still learning, still fumbling through life and still praying for forgiveness when we make mistakes. Abby and I fail at much in parenting, we are still learning as we go (aren’t we all?) and we are, by far, still sinners. Yet, this journey is wonderful and blessed and filled with lovely surprises, often many challenges, followed by daily joys.

Like tight hugs from your one year old when he sees you sitting and wraps his arms around your neck.
Or the silly, toddler chatter from your three year old as she tells you about her imaginary friend, Violet.
Like the joy you see in your 5 year old’s eyes when you tell her she did a GREAT job at making her bed.
… the gappy-toothy-smile from your six year old who is the sweetest thing to grace our family.
… the eager questions and delight in God’s natural kingdom from your eight year old, intrigued with everything God has placed on this earth.
… the intense strength and strong character of your 11 year old, who just wants to be unique and original.
and the gentle grace and goodness of your 13 year old’s sweet spirit, as she grows and learns how to transform gracefully into a young lady.

No, I would not trade this life for all the riches, all the world traveling, all the money, all the fortune, a fancy house, easier work schedule, more free time, more career time, more “me” time … I would not trade it for anything.

God’s grace is plentiful, thankfully. He has chosen Abby & I to raise these precious children for Him and so we do. We raise them up with the prayer and hope that they will love the Lord with ALL their heart, serve Him and show the world where their hope is to be found – in Jesus! There is no other greater joy than to pray that our children will grow to serve the Lord with all their hearts.

And so, now, as we await the upcoming birth of our precious baby, which happens, yes, to be baby #8, it is still the same fear, the same unknown, the same excitement and the same pain as, perhaps, baby #5 or so. It is labour –ย  but there is relief and joy and abundant blessings and a fountain of love and peace after the baby is born. All week long I have mentally struggled with feeling nervous over this birth, but I know those thoughts are from Satan and not from God! I know God has this birth plan all laid out and I will TRUST Him to bring forth our baby in His perfect will and timing.

Often, while in labour, I will find myself praying out loud. I just can’t help it. That is where my physical strength will come from and I will need to cry out to the Lord … in my rawest pain and with my sincerest cry for help, it will be to the Lord. Not to my husband to help me, not to my midwife, but to Jesus.

I am SO excited to meet our little one when the time comes. I am so delighted to introduce our new baby to the excited sisters and little boy-who-has-no-idea-what-is-to come. I am honored to be a mother and to be a parent. I am blessed beyond measure. And I am thankful. Even for the pain of each labour and the changes in body and life. I would not trade it for the world.

{a batch of make-ahead-muffin-mix for the fridge
For recipe, see below}


P.S. A home birth is planned, but of course, God holds all those details in His hands. If it is to be at home, then we need to move three children from the designated room so I can have access to bathtub, which is in the bathroom attached to the girls’ room. The best case scenario will be if all the children sleep through the birth, even while we move them from their room and place them quietly elsewhere in the house. I am praying all goes smoothy. I have not had a birth in the daytime in a long time so I am hoping this is a night birth, as well. What fun to have the children wake up in the morning and rush in and meet their new sibling!

Recipe for Make-Ahead Fridge Muffin Mix:

9 cups of flour
2 cups of brown sugar
8 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of baking soda
pinch of salt

4 cups of buttermilk
1 1/4 of oil/yogurt/applesauce
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
6 eggs, lightly beaten.

Mix dry and wet ingredients separately.
Once stirred, add dry to wet ingredients, mixing gently. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week.

To use, just scoop out what you need. Place in a greased or lined muffin tin.
You may add in what you wish for the muffins …
…apple chunks, cranberries, peaches, nutmeg and oatmeal, coconut, flax seeds,
chocolate chips and more. Bake at 350 F. for 20-25 minutes.

If the recipe yields to much mix for your liking, feel free to half the recipe.
Or use up the extra batter to bless a neighbour or friend in need.

September 25, 2017 - 12:26 pm

Pianogirl - This is lovely โค๏ธ

September 20, 2017 - 6:35 pm

Lori Speare - Thank you for your encouraging words. I too have been struggling this week as I prepare for our upcoming birth in a few weeks. Spending some time meditating on scripture and praying has brought a peace. Thankful for a God who has gone before us in every situation.

September 20, 2017 - 2:19 pm

Claire - Sending you good thoughts and best wishes xoxo

September 20, 2017 - 10:46 am

Rebecca - So exciting!

September 20, 2017 - 7:16 am

Katy - Such a beautiful post! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hoping for a beautiful labor and delivery for you! The Lord has most certainly blessed your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

September 18, 2017 - 10:07 am

Lynda Lu Gibb - An exciting time for you.. Praying with you today.. your due date that Jesus will grace all of you with a wonderful experience welcoming your new blessing.

September 18, 2017 - 9:02 am

Brenda (Gigi's Mom) - Gillian, I am blessed beyond measure when I read your words and writings! So excited for the upcoming birth but of course, as your mom, I am concerned for the pain you will experience. And of course, I too will be calling out to Jesus to help you and to give you strength and endurance. Love you lots xoxo

September 18, 2017 - 4:40 am

Megan - Absolutely โค this.

{Almost} Turkey Time

Do you remember the pictures of our tiny turkeys from a few months ago?






Well, here is Lacey’s turkey – nearly grown up. He’s a good size but our friends’ turkeys, which are from the same hatch, are even bigger!


They still have one month to grow. Will this turkey, aptly named Mr. Gobblepants, remain for winter or not?

Time will tell.
[Really, it’s up to daddy … I’m voting to keep this turkey over winter …]

September 15, 2017 - 6:52 am

Gigi - Yes, raising him for meat was the point, so ….. the only way he’d stay is if he had a mate and they could promise us fertile eggs for spring for more turkeys….

September 14, 2017 - 10:27 pm

L - Eat him for thanksgiving!!! It will be so yummy. Oh I can just taste that fresh, home farm raised meat.
But I know it would be sad to say goodbye…
It’s a toss up!!

School Begins and Other Happenings


{This may be a rambling post as I have not had as much time to post lately…I do hope that is okay!}




And so it is September – one of the most beautiful months of the year, I believe.

The days are still so lovely and filled with the warmth of the sun and yet the evenings are cooler and require a toasty warm sweater and some wooly socks. I’m almost tempted to start up my cozy cookstove in the mornings, but we have to do a proper chimney clean and a stove clean out the opening of the stove will wait until such a chore happens. We have been busy around our little home, as well, working on small and big projects, getting things ready for the cooler months, working on the last of the garden and yes, beginning “formal” school (although I do like to think we school all the time in life, but the math books and grammar books were officially opened as of today).


{This is not a formal back to school shot – but an end of evening,
everyone-is-sun-kissed-tired-and-ready for the bath shot! Sometimes those are my favorites. Look at those happy faces!
So blessed!}

The girls have helped me gather some of the herbs left in the garden – we tied them in bunches and dry them in a dark corner of the kitchen. These happy, bright calendula flowers were grown from seeds collected from Lacey’s 14 year old friend. Dried, they will make a lovely healing salve for many uses on the skin.

Her friend collected the seeds last fall and gifted some to Lacey in a simple white envelope. In the spring, Lacey sowed the seeds – we were delighted to receive such a beautiful, useful gift! Lacey, in turn, will collect the seeds from some of the flowers as they die off and replant next year, as well as save some for gifting to other young girls wishing to start their own herb garden.

{one of my favorite herbal books – it is not so New Age filled as other books,
but contains simple straight forward facts about hundreds of various herbs}

Just yesterday, Lazarus and I sat in the herb garden, warmed by the afternoon sun, and watched the pretty honey bees dance from vibrant, purple hyssop flower to another hyssop flower. He watched with delight and awe – I warned him not to touch the bees, as I could see his little fingers wanting to reach out and explore, but he listened, thankfully. Bumblebees were everywhere, as well, gathering nectar for one of the last few weeks of the year. The wind was blowing through the pine trees and the fluffy clouds were briskly moving across the September sky. It is in those moments that my heart truly thank God for a chance to live in this tiny piece of land. It feels so right to have the children grow up this way – I know this is not the only way to raise a child, but in a busy world with many alternatives to raising a family,ย  this country life feels so comfortable, home-like, for which I am so grateful.

{gathering hyssop}


Our tomatoes are, thankfully, still ripening, although very slowly – and although it is not the same amount as last year all at once, it is still a good number of tomatoes to work through. Today, after we finished our morning school routine, I managed to cut up a bushel of ripe Roma tomatoes and nearly a half bushel of peppers [purchased from a local store, as our garden did not produce many peppers for the size of our family] for another batch of tomato sauce. A hearty, healthy tomato sauce is something you just cannot have enough of – you can use it for everything – even to make a yummy soup, if you so desire in the winter months! Another important tomato resource would be simply chopped or diced tomatoes, canned as they are. Nothing fancy but they are very handy when creating your own sauce, dishes and such in the middle of a long winter. Surely you can taste the difference between home canned tomatoes and store bought when you are served a dish!



Yesterday, I was able to make a batch of ketchup for winter, as the girls do enjoy it. Last year’s batch did not turn out as thick as I would have wanted so I turned it into a tomato soup. However, this year, it turned out much thicker and tastes more like the real deal.

Here is the recipe, gathered from Home Joys:


Homemade Ketchup

1/2 bushel of tomatoes (I used Roma)
2 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 large onions, chopped
1 T mixed pickling spice
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 T. salt

Add tomato juice and vinegar together in large pot and cook, reducing your tomatoes as much as required for your taste. Place pickling spice in a cheesecloth bag and place in juice. Boil for one hour. Stir often to avoid burning!
Saute onions in a little tomato juice, then add to your big pot of tomato sauce/juice.
I used an immersion blender to puree the ketchup and onions.
Add sugar, cloves, cinnamon, and salt. Boil for fifteen more minutes.
Remove cheesecloth bag.
If your sauce is not smooth enough, puree longer or run through a food mill.
Wipe rims and place in clean, warm jars.
Water bath can for ten minutes.

Lovelyn has patiently waited all summer for her sunflowers to bloom – she was rightly pleased this week when their happy faces burst forth to the sunshine.

I never appreciated sunflowers until lately. Now, I would love to plant a whole section of happy, go-lucky-sunflowers for September enjoyment. They are so lively and joyful!


It will soon be time to harvest our honey from our precious honey bees. Contrary to last year, we had minimal bee stings this year (I think I can, thankfully, recall only five stings) – last year was much worse. Perhaps we are remembering to watch the ground more closely as we walk barefoot or perhaps the bees found their way around the fields about us. We are certainly grateful for fewer stings!




September 8, 2017 - 3:17 pm

Gigi - Lauren, how funny – I have a subscription to that magazine. It is my FAVORITE! I borrowed some back copies from some Mennonite friends and tried to write down as many recipes as I could before returning them. I am still trying to find a way to purchase back copies but shipping is very expensive to Canada. So glad you love the magazine too! It is the best I have ever read!

September 8, 2017 - 1:22 pm

Lauren - I read home joys too! Gina writes quite often in a magazine called Keepers at Home, and it is a lovely, most encouraging magazine! I actually wanted to send you an extra copy of one… I’m sure you would appreciate and enjoy it
Your sunflowers are huge! They are so beautiful

September 8, 2017 - 10:23 am

Katy - Such a lovely post! My sister makes homemade ketchup as well (she has a child with food allergies so likes to make things from scratch as much as possible to make sure it is safe). Your ketchup looks wonderful! I must admit, I have never tried to make homemade ketchup before but I should! ๐Ÿ™‚

Your sunflowers look fantastic! I planted some this year…but unfortuanately they didn’t take off…at all! ๐Ÿ™ BUT my pumpkins are doing wonderful! I have a total of 5. A couple of which are quite large! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am loving seeing them grow!

Have a lovely weekend!

September 8, 2017 - 6:04 am

maike - How tall the sunflowers are! The sunflowers growing on the farmer’s fields here are only about an adult’s size. What are you going to use the hyssop flowers for? Aren’t older books the better ones? I really put more trust into the vintage books, because I’m afraid that the helpful ones are on purpose getting erased from books.

Cobs of Corn, an Unexpected Flood and Beautiful Tomato Sauce


Wow, well, it feels like we have had quite a week. Every day held new adventures, chaos, challenges and blessings.

I am glad tomorrow is Sunday so we can all breathe and rest a little. Sadly, the Happy Mortician (as we call Abby, husband and father of this large family) has to work so he does not get a day of rest, although I am sure he needs it.

Earlier this week, we purchased 220 corn cobs from a local organic farm – we picked up the corn early in the morning and by 9:30 a.m., all were gathered together, sitting on benches, shucking the corn. My mother in law came to help cut the corn off the cob, which was a great help. Lacey’s best friend had come for a visit that day so her mom (thank you, Laura) stayed to help shuck the corn. Before 11 a.m., all the corn was cut off the cob and ready for canning. Everyone proved to be fast workers and it is true, as they say – many hands truly do make light work!

{My husband blessed me with a new canner, which holds 14 jars instead of the usual 7!
It is a beauty and well worth the investment for our large family! I am very grateful!}

Soon, the jars were filled and the first batch was in the pressure canner. I ran both pressure canners all day long to finish up the corn. Many hours later, the last jar was finished. All together, we processed 40 jars and froze 12 bags of corn. My mother in law was calculating the cost – for all that corn, we only paid $60 for this organic corn. To purchase all that corn in the store over the winter months, it would certainly cost us over $400. This corn was locally grown and organic, and it supported another family who grew the corn. It is ready for adding to our family meals at any time and is very convenient. I would say it was certainly worth the morning of work, the cost of the corn and the cost of propane needed to run the canners.

[Yes, even the corn silk is useful! I saved some corn silk for medicinal purpose.
I will share about this in another post, as well!]

By the way, in case you are like me, you may wonder if corn is nutritious and worth eating. Corn often is disregarded as a nutritional benefit to one’s diet, however, we must know that God would not create the delicious well-loved vegetable without a purpose – qualities such as containing vitamins A, B, E, minerals and has a high fibre content. This humble folate-rich vegetable also is noted to control diabetes, prevent heart troubles and even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.ย  There’s more – make sure to read about it!



The following day after our corn adventure, I sat outside in the morning – the girls were working on their morning chores and getting ready to play outside for the day. I had my tea, the laundry was hung and Lazarus was toddling about while I wiped down the canned corn jars, checking the seals before putting them into the Provision Room. Yes, it looked to be a relaxing morning after a busy day working.ย  Perhaps, I thought, today would be a good day to scrub the tile grout in the kitchen, as it was a chore I knew needed to be done.

Suddenly, one of my girls ran outside and informed me the toilet was “flooding” our upstairs bathroom. Hmmm, I thought, “Okay, I will handle this calmly, sip my tea and tell them to just place a few towels down on the floor, I will compose myself and not be stressed and go upstairs and asses the damage.”ย  Well, it was not long before EVERYONE came running and yelling as the flooding started to seep through the floor (oh boy!) and pour into the downstairs kitchen …

Yes, well, my forced calm nature was replaced with panic as I instructed all the bigger girls to lay down every towel we own to start sopping up the water while I attempted to turn off the running toilet. It felt like ages before it finally shut off – in the meantime, I frantically called my husband and told him we were flooded.

{I wish I could insert the photo I took of the mess but it is on a handheld device and I have no idea how to get it onto my old, aged computer from which I do my writing. Just imagine wet, stinky towels everywhere, water dripping from the ceiling and a flooded bathroom and kitchen …}

Of course, there’s nothing my husband could do while at work, but he called his parents, who live nearby to come help. In the meantime, picture four little children running through soggy puddles, giggling, screaming, going up and down the stairs to both rooms that continued to be soaked … while the big girls & I were throwing towels down in the fastest fashion trying to soak up the water. We quickly ran out of towels and I swiftly banned anyone under the age of 7 to be in the house- there was still water everywhere. Now, picture a very pregnant momma needing to carry those heavy, HEAVY towels downstairs to the washing machine. I have to say, I just could not do it. We ended up separating the towels into garbage bags and then we could carry them drag them downstairs without it being too heavy.


My mother in law (God bless her!) showed up and dragged the big braided rugs outside to the fence to wash and dry. She helped scrub down the kitchen floor while I tackled the upstairs.


Funny how God works. So grateful that I had not scrubbed the kitchen floor yet! It ended up getting cleaned but in a much more detailed process with all the furniture removed to the outside for washing, as well.

We also had to call the septic people to empty the tank. Ahem – yes, a country-home chore that is just something that needs attention and often, with so many people (and girls!) in our home.

It was an exciting, exhausting day indeed (shall I mention, this was a busy week at the funeral home for Abby, so many nights he was not home, this being one of them). BUT we got through the day! Phew!


The next day it was a catch up-cleaning day on the rest of the house, putting away all the laundry, along with canning some tomatoes for sauce. We also were able to make a meal for our new neighbours who are just in the process of moving in. Four loaves of homemade bread and some chocolate zuchinni muffins later, it felt like another productive and yet happy day.


After the previous day, sitting and slicing tomatoes – even baking bread –ย  was much more relaxing than washing floors, dealing with gross flooding and septic issues.


At least, in my outdoor kitchen, I can sit and listen to the birds, the sounds of nature outdoors and children can come and go, play or help … it is a lovely way to do my kitchen work.

It did not take long to have 30 jars of sauce done. I am just finishing up water bathing the last few jars this morning. You can find the recipe for the sauce here. Having this sauce ready for meals is a must for my Provision Room.




Filling up the canning pot with water … the redneck way …

And now, it is the night before Sunday! The week flew by. I wanted to make some pizza sauce for canning, but I decided against it to rest this Sunday. I will start up the canning again on Monday.ย  Plus, I really should put all the jars properly away in the Provision Room and that has not yet been done.
I do hope you have a restful Sunday, no matter where you.

September 7, 2017 - 11:22 pm

Gigi - Yes, grateful for the parents’ help!
I hope you a blessed week, as well.

September 5, 2017 - 9:46 am

Katy - Wow! What a time you had! I hope you were able to get some good rest that Sunday! Such busyness…with all the corn and canning and then the toilet mishap! EEk! Glad you were able to get it all cleaned up and having your husbands parents to help! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you and yours have a lovely week ahead!
Katy ๐Ÿ™‚

August 30, 2017 - 7:47 am

Gigi - Barb, thank you. What kind words! I’m not sure about paid photography. I am not against the idea, but would need to balance it properly with the family. It is still a love for me, โค๏ธ

August 30, 2017 - 7:38 am

Barb Mason - Gillian, I just love the way you continue to capture your beautiful family’s adventures; your photos are stunning. Are you planning on doing any paid photography again in the future?

August 28, 2017 - 6:40 pm

Lauren - Shucking corn takes a long time and is hard work!!! Wonderful you all had it done so soon! The ladies here usually just freeze the corn but i actually like canned corn! Saves room in the freezer! ๐Ÿ˜€
Septic issues… yuck! We need ours pumped once a year or so… this year we’re going to try 2 years. Hope we don’t have poopoo flooding!!!!! Grossssss.

August 28, 2017 - 1:29 pm

Gigi - Bobbie, I bought my pressure canner from Walmart online. Do your u need a pressure canner or water bath canner?
Jars are from anywhere- always looking for sales on them!
I do have three freezers and yes, I stock up that way on some items – cheese, butter, meats…

August 28, 2017 - 7:49 am

Our Home of Many Blessings - What a busy week you have had!Hopefully you get to simple times soon! Do you suggest a canner?Also where do you purchase your jars?How far along are you now and I’m excited about the silk medicine!!!I never even knew!I know your into canning but do you have a freezer stock up as well?