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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.

Feminine Dressing ~ Your Clothes Matter

“In this culture, we should be a picture of femininity.
We don’t want to try and be masculine, we don’t want to look masculine and we don’t want to be masculine in any way …
we were created FEMALE and feminine and therefore that is how we should live.
How sad to go through life and not be to the absolute fullness what God created us to be.
Therefore, because we are female, let’s embrace our femininity with all our hearts. Let people see that we are female …
let our children see that we are female … that we are embracing this role …”

-Nancy Campbell

 

 

I was only 13 years old at the time, but my life was being fully influenced by the lovely writing of L.M. Montgomery – the whimisical scenes, the old fashioned living, the country settings, the dreamy days of walking through farmer’s fields and listening to the birds sing … watching lazily as clouds drift by in the bright, blue summer sky … and the feeling of a skirt swishing around my ankles …

Returning home, I found myself the centre of some of my siblings’ family joke- dressing in a skirt, my head in a clouds, and wishing I lived in another time …. well, I suppose not much has changed in most ways – especially in the manner of dress.

For a while, I did don jeans and tank tops and the world’s attire with satisfaction – in college, one easily falls prey to looking like your peers and I am afraid that is what happened with me. Gone were the days of handmade down clothes and skirts that made me feel like a young lady. [Now, if I could go back to college, I would not be influenced in any way by the current clothing style, but that maturity and confidence comes with age.]

But it did not take long – after stepping away from the world, becoming a Mrs. and then blissfully taking on the transforming role of becoming a mother to many, many little girls that my eyes opened to what I was wearing. My mind was changed and I knew I needed to return – and start – dressing femininely again. It would not matter what my friends were wearing and it did not matter what the current fashions were – I wanted to set a certain standard in my own little home for my own little girls – who, yes, were silently watching everything their parents were consuming, doing, wearing and promoting in our lifestyle.

 

And so, from then on, I was never hesitant to dress my girls in ‘feminine’ dresses, let them look like little girls instead of ‘tiny teenagers’ and allow them to bloom into their own personality and girlhood. Often times, while at church, other mothers would come up and ask, “How do you ever get your girls to wear dresses? Mine will only wear jeans!” And while I have no set answer, I do believe, beginning from their childhood has helped. The older girls now choose to wear skirts and dresses – they enjoy wearing clothes that make them look like feminine, instead of masculine, and they find jeans uncomfortable. I try to find a timeless look for our outfits and one not too modern.

“Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error…”
Tasha Tudor

 

In the mornings, I find time to sometimes visit the local grocery store before the family wakes up. I am always, of course, dressed and ready for the day. Going to the same store at the same time on the same day of the week over a period of time has allowed me the opportunity to recognize the employees and clerks and produce workers.
One morning, one of the produce men approached me and bodly said,
I just have to ask. Why are you always dressed so nice so early in the morning? Is it for a job? Do you go to work after this?”

I smiled, thanked him for the compliment, and told him that no, this is just how I dress and I would be returning home to my children for the day after my grocery shopping was finished.

“Well,” he, said, as he continued to put the bags of carrots on the shelf, “It’s a refreshing change, that’s for sure.”

His little comment encouraged me – even at 7 a.m.,  what you wear makes a difference. It will make you feel more ready for the day and it will lift your spirits to be wearing something tidy and lady-like.


Of course, personally am attracted to an old fashioned lifestyle, a way of living that does not fit into this current world and therefore it comes out in my style of attire. But from what I see in the public, the clothing for women is not very feminine nor even attractive nowadays, with many of the clothes looking like it could be worn by your brother or the man in your life.  The lady-like style is mostly been erased from our wardrobe choices – one must look very carefully in order to find an outfit that will appear feminine in style.

If you have never worn skirts, it may take time to get used to it. It is a different feeling and you will walk and sit differently. This is not bad – this is a good thing. However, if you are interested in appearing more feminine in a world where North American women have lost their feminine graces, I would encourage you to try wearing skirts or dresses for one week and seeing how you feel by the end of the trial time.

Over time, some have questioned our ‘skirts and dresses’ attire, but it has never bothered me to be the only one in my extended family wearing skirts or dresses. I find great joy in dressing like a woman – a feminine woman – it is fun! No need to hide who we are; God made us different from men – and in this day and age, it is time we look like our gender.

Frumpy, loose and ripped (on purpose) clothing is not classy at all.  You *can* be comfortable without wearing leggings or yoga pants.

Perhaps, in this confused day and age, it is time for girls and women to return to feminine dressing. Don’t be afraid to dress differently  – in fact, in some cases, opposite – than the rest of our female culture.  Yes, a little lady like style may not only brighten your day – but perhaps change the perspective of those little [and bigger] girls that are watching you.

 

November 7, 2019 - 4:06 pm

Gigi Kathryn, that’s so funny – I would be flattered, as well!

November 7, 2019 - 12:42 pm

Kathryn Lovely blog today!
This is an area I very much agree in. About 20 years ago my sister in law, thinking she was cutting me down, declared to our family that she thought I belonged back in the 1800s. LoL Oh, it was the opposite for me, what a nice compliment! 🙂 I didn’t want to be “like the world”.

I do now wear pants more often (wide leg, more like a palazzo pant) as they are just more comfortable, but I wear a very long tunic or often a dress (about knee length) over them for modesty.

Thank you for sharing from your heart, it is always nice to visit with you.
Have a blessed day ladies!
-Kath

November 7, 2019 - 11:37 am

Gigi Yes, Monica, I agree – we cannot earn salvation with our dressing. I was more focusing on the point of feminine attire – 🙂 Thank you for sharing your story. I’m sure it was encouraging for many!

November 7, 2019 - 9:45 am

Monica Lovely post and beautiful ladies. I think your post is so “on point” for our day and age and the culture we live in. No doubt dresses are more feminine and classy than pants and I know there are feminine and classy women who DO wear pants, but it just seems that if someone IS going to be frumpy are harried then they will have on pants. It’s almost impossible to be frumpy and harried in a skirt or dress. And also as our society gets more “gay” (I hate a beautiful word like “gay” has been sentenced to such a bleak imprisonment), the gender differences and distinctions seem so much more important! It’s almost as if we hear a calling, “Let the women step forward as WOMEN”.

A little about me…I grew up as “dresses only” but from
The perspective of I HAD to wear them for salvation, to be “pleasing to God”…it was the false doctrine I was raised in. It is still very prevalent around where I live. We can NEVER earn our salvation or even KEEP our salvation with righteous works and that’s what “dressing right” tends to do. We know the BLOOD of Jesus is the only precious thing that keeps a person saved and as it is applied at conversion then something frivolous as CLOTHING cannot compare in the least bit. Wearing a dressing does NOT make me more righteous or more worthy to get into heaven. Only the blood applied will be accepted.

That being said, a few years ago the Lord called us out of that doctrine into truth. I continued to wear dresses because that is what I was used to and also because it’s what my husband wished for me and for our girls. It IS more modest. Somewhere along the past few years, the Lord has taught me the right perspective of it all. It’s not to gain or keep salvation, it doesn’t earn me a righteous standing with HIM but it is what seems best for me and for our family. I can dress as a WOMAN in a society where lines are blurred, I can be modest while dressing this way, and I can hold on to old fashioned values of simply looking nice and being presentable in an age of sloppiness and slobbiness (which do not reflect Christ).

Being practical, I will wear pants to work in the garden (if it’s a long, hard day of working) and with milking a cow I sometimes prefer my pajamas as I never know if the cow will kick mud or ahem, manure on me, and just the freedom of CHOOSING to wear dresses is so freeing. I don’t HAVE to now, but I choose to because it’s what is best for us as a family. I knew and still know a LOT of people who do not know WHY they wear dresses or skirts, they just do it because their church teaches it, but it’s so nice to have the choice of being feminine and modest, and I choose it! Hugs! xoxoxo

November 7, 2019 - 6:20 am

Gigi Thank you, Nancy. The blouse is a find on ebay. Thank you for your encouragement!

November 7, 2019 - 6:19 am

Gigi Teresa, that is amazing. And now your daughter has a store with modest dresses – we should link it up.
P.S. Shorts are definitely the worst for wearing on girls!

November 7, 2019 - 6:19 am

Gigi Thank you, Stacy. I’m in agreement with you in regards to the boys and what they see in the world today. It’s so sad.

November 7, 2019 - 6:18 am

Gigi Hello Kristal: yes, we do use thrift stores for our clothing, but locally, we have rarely found anything. There’s not even any dresses in our thrift stores anymore. Sometimes, we will visit a Mennonite thrift store about an hour away and they will have nice homemade dresses for the girls to play in. Sometimes we find things on Etsy but they are costly so we are limited with that avenue. I search ebay and Amazon now for pretty styles. I know finding dresses that are nice is much more challenging now – I wish I could sew my own clothes. Maybe one day!

November 6, 2019 - 10:17 pm

Kristal Sorry, posting from my phone this evening and my comment posted when I was trying to edit it. I was asking if you thrift your clothing, not thorough your clothing (haha).

November 6, 2019 - 10:15 pm

Kristal Such a beautiful post. This is something so many women should seriously think about. Current fashion styles are so troubling and I find myself working hard to gaurd my girls against it. Nobody has asked you this yet, but where do you like to find your dresses (because even current dress styles can be so inappropriate)? Do you normally like to through your clothing or are there specific stores that are tried and true for you?

November 6, 2019 - 9:18 am

Stacy This is one of my fav posts you have done so far. I feel like I could have written it myself. I grew up dressing like the rest of the world up until 4 years ago. It was so upsetting to see the women of our world dress so immodestly in front of my boys. We have 4 boys and I surely did not want them thinking this type of dress was ok. So I completley had a change of heart and began only wearing skirts and dresses. It has been a wonderful change and even though I get many comments I would never go back to the worldly ways. Thank you for always sharing your heart. I also love your videos as well. It is easy to share those with my mom friends

November 5, 2019 - 11:26 pm

Teresa @ Simply at home I love this, its so nice to find someone who wears dresses and skirts, Thank you for sharing this. I have worn dresses and skirts for 43 years. All five of my daughters and three granddaughters have worn them since birth, they have never worn pants or shorts. What lovely photos of your beautiful family.

November 5, 2019 - 8:24 pm

Nancy Gigi, what a beautiful and captivating post. All the photos are pure loveliness! The long-sleeved, lace-trimmed white blouse your daughter is wearing in the second photo is simply gorgeous. I have always appreciated and admired the way you and your daughters dress. No matter what domestic activity you and they are engaged in, your skirts and dresses radiate feminine beauty. Thank you for adding such a breath of fresh air to my day!

Grow your Own Medicine & Food: Sprouts!

Just a quick note to say: Thank you, my friends, for your sweet words of encouragement and joy in the news of an upcoming baby. We are delighted to share our blessings with you in this way. Thank you for being supportive. It means so much to me.  Right now, I am pretty sure I can feel the baby moving already! Praise God!

I will continue sharing how the pregnancy goes as the baby progresses.  {{hugs}}

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“Until man duplicates a blade of grass,
nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.
Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature,
the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.”

~ Thomas Edison
 The air was warm in our sunny backyard in British Columbia. As little 6 six year old girl, I wasn’t that fond of these crunchy green alfalfa sprouts nestled in between my bread slices, but it was lunch time, and a sprout sandwich was on the menu. Sprouts, cheese and mayonnaise … hair in bouncy pigtails, scrapes on my knees from playing in the large backyard … I remember it very clearly … the beautiful sun pouring down on my head, the warm breeze and the crunchy sandwich with little green sprouts.
While I may not have appreciated these little sprouts as delicious while a child, I certainly see — and taste! — the value in them now. And therefore, my family eats sprouts … and thankfully, we love them {well, some of the little ones will bypass the sprouts, but we sneak them into soups and stews}.
These little sprouts will help us through winter by being our ‘winter greens.’
 How incredible – a sprout can contain up to 400% more protein than lettuce and 3900% more beta-carotine. Amazing!
 
 
 
Sprouts represent the embryo stage of a plant. They contain all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals needed to grow into a strong and healthy plant. At the sprout stage, a plant is at its highest nutritional value. A sprout can contain up to 400% more protein than lettuce and 3900% more beta-carotine.
Cathy’s Sprouters
 
 
“Three-day-old broccoli sprouts consistently contain 20 to 50 times the amount of chemoprotective compounds found in mature broccoli heads, and may offer a simple, dietary means of chemically reducing cancer risk.”
Paul Talalay, M.D., J.J. Abel, Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology.
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Here’s a link for broccoli sprouts – let me know if you try them out!
I’ve always used just a simple mason jars for my sprouts, but my mother gave me a fascinating “sprouting tower” recently and it has been fun to try it out. Simply rinse every day and within three to five days, you will have your sprouts ready for eating. You may purchase sprouting drain lids here for a very cheap price.
 Sprouts help boost metabolism, prevent anemia, improve heart health, boost immune system and aid eye care. If you are looking to feel full and be filled with healthy nutrients, sprouts are an amazing addition to your dinner table, lunch time. You can add them to stews, soups, sauces or just make up a salad with them. They are great as topping for tacos, as well.
{Furthermore, the fiber in sprouts helps to make you feel full, both by adding bulk to your bowels and also by inhibiting the release of ghrelin, which is the hunger hormone that tells our mind that we are ready to eat something. This can reduce snacking and overeating between meals, two of the biggest problems for someone suffering from the problem of obesity.}
-source
Sprouted mung beans have the richness of Vitamin C, K, folate and iron all packed into their tiny little form. They also add protein to your diet. [Mung beans are suggested to be eaten cooked in a dish, such as a stir fry.]
So, this winter … do your family a favor and purchase some mung beans, broccoli seeds or alfalfa seeds to sprout. The the middle of winter, when fresh vegetables are hard to come by and the ones offered at your local grocery store are loaded with pesticides, your body will thank you for those nice, crunchy healthy greens.
November 1, 2019 - 4:32 pm

TERESA @ SF Oh how I need to do this! ((((HUGS)))) How are you feeling sweet friend? So very happy for you all!

October 31, 2019 - 10:52 pm

Rachel Sprouts! A few years ago I dabbled with sprouting and guess I’ve forgotten about the wonderful and healthful benefits of consuming them. It’s so important to continually strive for our health. Thank you for this excellent reminder! Btw I used to own a sort of plastic cylindrical stack for sprouting, but I’d like to try the simpler jar method. Blessings, Rachel from FL

October 31, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Gigi Rebecca, you will love them!

October 31, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Gigi Ruthie, so nice to hear from you. I am glad this is a safe spot for your daughter. Even for my daughter, I find very few safe locations “online”.
The sprouts are mung beans and then a salad mix of various types… a mixture of alfalfa, clover, radish and broccoli.

October 31, 2019 - 11:30 am

Ruthie Dear Gigi and family, It is wonderful that God is blessing you with another precious child! So happy for you all! I just wanted to share that I allow my daughter to read/watch your posts because it’s a safe spot for her. No garbage or junk. She asked how old your eldest was, and I told her. She thought she looked older than she was (17 or there abouts). My daughter is 16. I thought your daughter might like to know that 🙂
What kind of sprouts are you using here in these pictures? All our best to you & family!

October 30, 2019 - 6:37 pm

Rebecca Great idea! I usually sprout my grain when I am not doing sourdough, but I haven’t tried sprouting seeds for fresh eating — I’ll have to order some!

Tea Time – and Some Sweet News 💕

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November 1, 2019 - 5:07 pm

Nancy This was such a beautiful and joyful video to watch! Congratulations to your entire family on the newest blessing to love. There will be many open arms and hearts to welcome him/her! I look for reading more as you anticipate the upcoming birth.

October 31, 2019 - 6:42 pm

Kimberly Congratulations!!! Children are such a blessing!

October 28, 2019 - 11:12 am

Paula Congratulations to you and your family. A new baby is a blessing. Thank you for reminding us.

October 26, 2019 - 11:16 pm

Sherry Varkel Congratulations Gillian, Abby and family. I hope all is well and wishing you a blessed pregnancy

October 26, 2019 - 10:51 am

Erin Lynn Congratulations! So happy and excited for you! What a huge blessing! I love how babies are celebrated in large families. May Jesus bless you with an easy, beautiful pregnancy and delivery.

October 26, 2019 - 6:06 am

Gigi P.S. The baby is due the beginning of April. 🙂

October 26, 2019 - 6:06 am

Gigi Sorry about the sound quality. I was speaking too quietly, I suppose. Not used to the video-ing!
Rachel, ohhh, bedtime – 🙂 Yes, sure I will add that to my list of ideas to share.
Natural healthcare and pregnancy care are very simple for me – but I’d love to share that, too. Everyone is so different in their healthcare opinions; what works for one woman will not work for everyone women, but I do think there are some great lessons I have learned throughout my pregnancies.

October 25, 2019 - 7:16 am

Rachel Congratulations on the wonderful news of baby #9! That is so exciting God is continuing to grow your family! When is baby due? (Sorry if you did mention in the video, I could not hear every part well). I hope you share more about your pregnancy/natural healthcare. I’d also love to hear more on your daily routines such as bedtime tuck-ins. You definitely have the beautiful glowing feminine look only a mother to be can posses. Blessings, Rachel from FL

October 24, 2019 - 12:35 pm

Gigi Kristal, the girls are 15, 13, 11, 9, 7 and 5 and the boys are 3 and 2, right now.

October 24, 2019 - 12:35 pm

Gigi Thank you, everyone!
Jen, yes, that’s always a fun job … thinking of another “L” name! I have a boy one in mind, but not set on a girl one…

October 24, 2019 - 8:12 am

Sarah Congratulations to you and your family! Praying for you and your little one. : )

October 24, 2019 - 3:36 am

Julie So exciting and wonderful to hear this special news. Congratulations to you all!! Much to be thankful for. Praying for you, the new blessing, and the rest of your family also. Much love from Tennessee.

October 24, 2019 - 2:59 am

Linda Congratulations Gigi 🙂 I watched your video on YouTube (the sound wasn’t so good), well it wasn’t for me, but I heard enough to hear the announcement..woo hoo, how wonderful. Children are indeed a blessing from the Lord. God’s blessings to you all ~ Linda

October 23, 2019 - 11:02 pm

Jen Oh Gillian!!! How thrilled I am for you and your family!!! I love that the Lord is blessing you with another baby!! He has entrusted you with his most precious gifts and I think you and your husband are doing an amazing job at raising up mighty arrows for the Lord!! May you have a great and safe pregnancy !!
As a side note: I also can’t wait to hear the name you will choose for this precious child!!

October 23, 2019 - 3:42 pm

Monica Congratulations! Lovely, lovely video. I can’t wait! What a blessing!!

October 23, 2019 - 3:37 pm

Teresa @ SF Oh I am so so happy for you all. Exciting News! I was just thinking the other day if you guys plan to have another baby. I will be praying for a healthy baby and mama. Blessings indeed

October 23, 2019 - 3:11 pm

Ourhomeofmanyblessings Oh congrats,mama!!!!! Soooo happy for you!!!

October 23, 2019 - 2:59 pm

Brenda I am SO HAPPY & EXCITED!!!! xoxoxooxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoox

October 23, 2019 - 2:22 pm

Kristal Congratulations Gigi and family! Children are truly a blessing, and I love the open heart you have so willingly shared with the internet world about accepting each new child into your home with love and joy. May I ask, what will be the age ranges of your children when this new little one arrives? Congrats again!

October 23, 2019 - 1:55 pm

Rebecca Oh yay!!! I am also having a baby the first of April — our #6! So excited to follow your journey! And I LOVE your shirt!

October 23, 2019 - 1:13 pm

Regina Shea Oh Gigi I’m so excited for you all! I can’t wait for your baby to get here. I’ll be praying you have an easy pregnancy and delivery.

October 23, 2019 - 12:28 pm

Lynnea Such wonderful, exciting news ~ very happy for you and your family!
Visiting here always leaves me with nuggets of encouragement and inspiration!
Thank you for sharing another lovely video!
With love and prayers ~ Lynnea

Slow Living {And Why I will Probably Never Own a InstaPot}

“The brambled cares of everyday,
The tiny humdrum things,
May bind my feet when they would stray,
But still my heart has wings
Clear DotWhile red geraniums are bloomed against my window glass,
Clear DotAnd low above my green-sweet hill the gypsy wind-clouds pass.

And if my dreamings ne’er come true,
The brightest and the best,
But leave me lone my journey through,
I’ll set my heart at rest,
Clear DotAnd thank God for home-sweet things, a green and friendly hill,
Clear DotAnd red geraniums aflame upon my window sill.

-Margaret Haskell Clark

 

 

Resting the clay pot against the windowsill of the kitchen, I stepped back to admire the new-to-me plant.

Every September for the past few years, my parents have given me their old red geraniums from their front porch, as they switch to their fall flowers for around their home.  I poured a small amount of water into the new soil and turned the little plant to the warm Autumn sunshine.

 

One reason I appreciate the red geranium in the windowsill is I have noticed it in old movies and mentioned it in vintage books – a cozy home always seemed to have red geraniums blooming in the windows. And so I do the same. It speaks comfort and “home” to me. It speaks of a house that is filled with a family, warm memories, tea by the fireside and slow days together. Truth be told, I probably have too many geraniums, but maybe others would see the beauty in it and would appreciate geraniums as little, encouraging gifts throughout the winter months…?

 

I made my way to the pantry in the kitchen and choose my stained and worn garden apron – it was time to head outside with the girls and collect the many walnuts falling so heavily from the large black walnut tree in our front yard. Years ago, when we lived in town, we did not appreciate our black walnut tree, as it made a mess of our driveway. I also did not know the benefits of collecting free food or the health benefits of black walnuts 10 years ago. Now, I see a yard full of wonderful walnuts as a blessing – a gift!

 

 

What a great season we have had, now that summer glories have faded and Autumn has fully set in. The leaves scattered around me as I walked down the now barren aisles of finished vegetable rows in our garden. A Provision Room stocked to the brim, home grown potatoes curing in the back shed, nearly 800 cloves of garlic already planted for next year’s season …. various soups and preserves, bright red and purple jams and jellies … all laid up for the long winter ahead of us. Breathing in the fresh Autumn air, I felt so grateful. The garden is work – it takes a lot of time, sweat and effort, but it is so worth it.

It is also a slow process – starting seeds indoors in March, waiting for them to grow and filling up every space of natural light in the house with seedling trays … watering them every day … waiting patiently for the frost to end and the soil to warm up enough to plant outdoors … transitioning all the plants to the outdoor world … weeding, watering, taking care of the gardens- flowers and vegetables – it is work but it is slow work. Daily work. I truly believe it is healthy for the body and mind.

Slow work, slow living … the other day, my husband planted another apple tree on our property. Each fall, I try to find a few trees on sale and plant them together with hopes of bearing fruit one year. It’s will be slow growing – a slow process – but we plant a tree for tomorrow, not for today. It was the last apple tree in town, the local greenhouse told me – I was grateful for another tree to add to our one-day orchard.

Indoors, my little rosemary plant – do you remember this story? – is growing slowly, but steadily. I have high hopes that it will survive the winter, nestled up on the windowsill of a bright window. I have noticed we care for things we grow ourselves in a different way. Indeed, I could just go out and buy a rosemary plant, but it is more rewarding to watch this little sprig grow into a healthy plant.


{the little sprig of Rosemary from our dinner plate at a fancy restaurant}


{The sprig has grown!}

 

This slow living – sowing and waiting – trusting and working steadily – is somewhat of a peaceful life.

My wood-fired cookstove is part of the slow living – it takes much longer than a regular modern stove to get going … there’s a kindling to gather, a fire to build, the slow process of having the heat build up in the firebox … but I would rather smell dinner cooking slowly all day at the back of the cookstove – or in the crockpot, in the summer months – than rush through dinner preparations with an Instapot any day. The comforting smell of a delicious, homemade dinner simmering away in the warm kitchen brings a sense of order to the day, knowing the meal is cooking away, prepping for the end of the day as a family gathers together.

What joy would it bring to have dinner instantly, without much thought or preparation, by just dumping it all into a instant-cooking pot? It would seem a little like a drive-through-dinner style for me.

But I know I am an odd person – and not everyone will think like me – and that is okay. 🙂 We are all different.

I will prefer to wait and have a slower life …

One good weather days, the girls & I have planted a huge box of various bulbs around the gardens …. we are dreaming of what it will look like in a few months … what will the ground look like as our bulbs come to life once the winter snows have melted and the promise of Spring is in the air?  Yes, it will be a long winter – and hopefully a snowy one! – but I don’t mind. I will wait patiently to see those sweet, pastel flowers make their humble appearance admist the melting snow.

 

This slow living in a busy world is intentional. However, this does not mean our days are boring or hum-drum. Quite the contrary – in our large family, something is always happening – the difference, I suppose, is that is is happening here, within our home, on our little piece of property and involving all the family members of our little/big clan. It means more time to be outdoors, whether it is working, planting hundreds of bulbs for a future spring day of blooms or just laying underneath the big evergreen trees and listening to the wind whistle through their needle-filled branches …

 

It means having time for a cup of tea in the afternoon … for setting out a new tablecloth on the family kitchen table or playing a game of chess with my seven-year-old.

 

The slow lane may seem dull to others but perhaps it is more exciting and rewarding than speeding through life in a blur jammed up in the fast lane.

P.S. Here is some music for your slow day at home.

 

 

 

October 23, 2019 - 3:13 pm

Ourhomeofmanyblessings I would also love a post or two on time management. And more large family simple recipes!!

October 23, 2019 - 1:21 pm

Regina Shea I confess I’ve always wanted an instant pot but I know I don’t really need one. I have a pressure canner/cooker named Little Bertha( I know it’s weird naming a canner) that I just love. I have a slow cooker and an electric roaster. So in reality an Instant Pot would only take up space.
Thank you Gigi for this lovely post.

October 21, 2019 - 5:38 am

Gigi Teresa, I have been told they will go into a dormant, resting stage (mine seem to do the same from January on until spring) and then will bloom again in spring as they see the light coming. It might be prudent to try some extra fertilizer and see if that will help them bloom. I’m sure you have more light seasonally compared to our homes here in Ontario. Hopefully you can get those lovely red blooms when you would like them the most – in winter!
I love that big cast iron pot. Yes, slow paced is not always happening but it is the aim here, as well. Have a great day!

October 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm

TERESA @ SF I have a question about the red geraniums. I brought one in doors to enjoy this winter. It was blooming and they soon fell off. Do you have any hints on how could I get them to bloom again? I love bringing in annuals for the winter. I have a cast iron pot like yours above, that I cook all my soups and other meals in…all day on low. I love a slow pace life, it doesn’t always happen but when it does I find some much peace in a slow day.

October 20, 2019 - 6:17 am

Gigi Kristal, the year certainly did fly by, didn’t it?
I would love to write a blog post about time management. I’m still learning and every day is different in that area. I will see what I can write up. Have a great day!

October 19, 2019 - 11:38 pm

TERESA @ SF *have it any other way.

October 19, 2019 - 9:23 pm

Teresa @ SF Gigi, as I read through this post…you described our home and our slow pace life. I would not have it any of the other way. Lovely post.

October 19, 2019 - 12:08 pm

Brenda (Gigi’s proud Momma) Love it so much. I too do not have an insta pot and have refrained from buying one even though my life is in the fast line right now. But the future looks bright for retirement and hopefully I will be in the slow lane soon I look forward to making bread and simmering soups and tea time. Thank you Gillian for encouragement to live life and slow it down. xo

October 18, 2019 - 5:59 pm

Kristal Gillian, I truly admire and appreciate your slow and intentional life. It gives me much encouragement and inspiration to slow down and enjoy each and every moment. Especially now that November is almost upon us. It truly feels like we just celebrated Christmas, how is the advent season almost upon us again already!!? I am curious if you might share some day your tips on time management and how you plan out your day? Your days seem very full (in a good way!), but I would love to hear your encouraging words on how you do it. God bless! P.s. your little rosemary plant is darling. I’m so glad to see that it is starting to thrive and grow. 🙂

The Finest Age

The Finest Age

When he was only nine months old,
And plump and round and pink of cheek,
A joy to tickle and to hold,
Before he’d even learned to speak,
His gentle mother used to say:
“It is too bad that he must grow.
If I could only have my way
His baby ways we’d always know.”

And then the year was turned and he
Began to toddle round the floor
And name the things that he could see
And soil the dresses that he wore.
Then many a night she whispered low:
“Our baby now is such a joy
I hate to think that he must grow
To be a wild and heedless boy.”

But on he went and sweeter grew,
And then his mother, I recall,
Wished she could keep him always two,
For that was the finest age of all.
She thought the selfsame thing at three,
And now that he is four, she sighs
To think he cannot always be
The youngest with the laughing eyes.

Oh, little boy, my wish is not
Always to keep you four years old.
Each night I stand beside your cot
And think of what the years may hold;
And looking down on you I pray
That when we’ve lost our baby small,
The mother of our man will say,
“This is the finest age of all.”

-Edgar Guest

 

Mothers, love your children!
Time flies all too fast – enjoy them, cuddle them, read them stories and be with them in the daily living.
We are so blessed to be mothers.
Let us not take it for granted.

October 18, 2019 - 5:36 am

Gigi Kathryn, how sweet. I think I would do the same even if I had big boys!

October 17, 2019 - 11:49 pm

TERESA @ SF So true, lovely thoughts.

October 17, 2019 - 4:27 pm

Kathryn Beautiful poem…
I am the mom of 2 sons, my “baby” turned 27 this year…the time flies so swiftly! I still tell him every day that Mommy loves him…yes a bit silly sounding, but he indulges my sentiment with a kiss on my cheek each time he leaves the house. Please cherish those days dear Mommys. 🙂

October 17, 2019 - 8:37 am

Monica Precious boys! What a lovely poem. xoxo