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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.

Spring on the Homestead

The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes,
and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

“They’re back …. the frogs are back!” I heard the children call through the kitchen window.

With the dishes finally finished and the kitchen put back to order after a morning of school and meals, I donned my boots and tossed on a sweater. Frog hunting is something not to be missed!






“Let’s go, children–  come, show me where they are!” and off we tromped to the pond in the middle of our field … hush now, everyone be quiet (as quiet as you can be with toddlers and anxious and excited four year old boys) or else the big girls won’t find the frogs … shhh, wait until you can hear them croak.


“There’s one!” one enthusiastic hunter squealed, as all the children made a mad dash for the edge of the water. Boots slipping in the mud, arms desperately reaching for their capture … finally, yes, one frog – a bit one – and one missing half his foot! – was detained — and released after a few minutes of investigation by the younger crowd.




Spring – a promise of beautiful moments, fresh air and a clean start … new beginnings and unknown adventures … what will you accomplish this spring and summer, I ask myself … life slips by so quickly – every spring is a miracle and every summer to come is a blessing.




Yes, frog-hunting is sure sign of spring for the Gauthier family … finding tadpoles and chasing frogs is an annual event around here… muddy boots, chilled fingers from dipping into the pond’s cool winter waters, happy little ones and mud streaked overalls …



Yes, spring is here on Prince Edward Island.

And for that, my heart is glad.



May 1, 2022 - 3:18 pm

Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse Have you begin your garden yet? What are your plans for your Tea Garden! May your gardens be blessed and your pantry full!

April 28, 2022 - 6:25 pm

Mrs. Cox How wonderful!

Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.

I wish all children could be loved, nurtured and guided like these dear children.

I feel like putting on my boots and hunting for frogs!

April 27, 2022 - 11:12 am

Gigi Laura, yes, I agree – I had the same childhood and I would not want it any other way for any child! I love the freedom of the outdoors!
So glad you are hearing the frogs; Spring!!!

April 26, 2022 - 9:33 pm

Laura Jeanne What a very beautiful childhood your children are getting to experience…it’s sad to think that many children today aren’t outside enough to experience the joys of frog hunting. Oh, and the frogs are here in southern Ontario too! Amy told me yesterday there were 5 frogs in our small pond. I love the sound they make…when you hear the frogs you know spring has arrived for real!

April 26, 2022 - 12:29 pm

Teresa SF Happy Spring!

April 25, 2022 - 7:34 pm

Tandi Sypolt I love your new post. I’m new to your blog but have been reading all your posts for the last couple of weeks. I’ve learned a lot! You’ve inspired me so much. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

April 25, 2022 - 5:45 pm

Laura We love tadpoles and frogs. We don’t see many where we live, due to little wet areas. We also love the sound of the spring peepers, one of the first sounds to hear in the spring. What blessed children you have to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors!

April 25, 2022 - 5:28 pm

Monica So lovely! Spring has come!

We’ve been hearing toads croaking at night as we sit on the porch (another springtime favorite!). Music to the ears. Love pictures of the Gauthier children. ((Hugs))

{Victory} in your Gardens

 “The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946.
That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food?
Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests.
It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides.
It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.”
-Joel Salatin


“What are your plans for the garden this year? Are you expanding?” asked my husband, one evening, while we gathered around the dinner table.  “Maybe we should …”

My eyes lit up. Usually I a met with heavy resistance from the Man of the House whenever I wish to expand our gardens. However, with this new encouraging attitude coming from his seat in the house, yes, I will most certainly enlarge the garden plot!



The little room off our kitchen has turned into an indoor garden, as we ready ourselves for the upcoming summer of growing food for our family. Furniture was moved out and shelving was move in, along with all our seed supplies. We will not be able to plan to outdoors until May but we can begin our seed planting indoors.

God truly took care of our family last year, moving us in time to plant our important vegetable garden which would feed us through the winter months and until the next gardening season – and now the journey continues, as my daughters and I plan out this year’s vegetable garden.

For the past 8 years, we have tried to grow as much food as possible for our family – to eat seasonally and eat locally. We grow our vegetables, raise our own meat and do our best to find the rest that we may not be able to grow locally. We even have been blessed with two hives of bees that will supply honey for our family.

Eating seasonally and ‘within the natural limits of your garden gate’ definitely changes your menu plan; you will not find strawberries *unless they are frozen from the summer picking* at our meals in March, however you will find cabbages, carrots, farm-raised chicken, applesauce, pickled beans and dried or preserved fruits. You do NOT have to rely on outside sources for your food needs. However, you DO need to adjust what you eat to fit what can grow in your zone.


Taking our inspiration from so many gardens throughout history, George Washington’s garden still thrills my gardener’s soul, as it incorporates beauty and practical needs together. If our family visits a historical home, I’m always keen on seeing the family’s vegetable garden, curious to know what they grow and how they grow it. I also love to watch documentaries on Victory Gardens – a time when people were not afraid to dig in the soil and work hard for everyone, including their neighbours and their country.




Growing flower borders in our family vegetable garden has certainly beautified our days working the soil. I am adding an edible floral section to the garden this year. If you can grow flowers, why not make them edible or medicinal?

Fairlight -our Lowline cow with calf behind her


This year, yes, we plan on expanding and growing more – as our family grew over the past few years, we need more cellar-worthy vegetables that will tide us over through the long winters. We will increase our onions, carrots and dried beans section. I plan on adding a larger pea section, as well. We have recently run out of carrots in our home and we ate our last cabbage, which means I should have planted some additional last year. Keep a mental check on what your family’s needs are will help you decide how of which vegetable to plant.


 By growing your own food – by planting a garden – this is how you begin stocking up your pantry. It requires good old fashioned work, but it is worth it.

Growing our own food and preserving our garden harvest has been a little bit of a passion of mine — and we have learned so much over the years, through success and likewise, failures. Last year, while we purposefully left half our carrot harvest in the soil to harvest in March, we were pleasantly rewarded with crisp, beautiful carrots early spring, grown the previous summer. This past gardening season,  we left our carrots in the soil again — but instead of being preserved by the frost and cold weather, they rotted away. And so, we learn and we grow and we try, try, try again. We do not give up.


Have you ever tried growing your own cooking beans? Kidney beans, brown beans, black eyed beans – yes, you can grow them all in your garden! — and quite easily. We grew them last year and throughouly enjoyed them this winter. (The hardest part was shelling them – does anyone have any suggestion on a time-efficient process? Perhaps the good old fashioned way of sitting on the back porch, popping the beans out of their pods, is truly the only way.)

Have your thoughts recently turned to preparing your pantry for your family — or to grow extra food to help others in need?

Buying in bulk, if an option, is a wonderful way to supply your family with dry goods and grains.

Do you have access to flour for your family?

Do you have a grain mill? While we had a grain mill for about 10 years, I recently checked them out online – a lot of them are out of stock, but wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to save to purchase in the near future?  Bread, good healthy homemade bread – oh, it’s so delicious, fun to make and such a good comfort food for your family!  The nutritional value of milling your own flour is astounding. Plus, it feels old fashioned and I like that feeling. 🙂 We are blessed to have a neighbour who grows wheat – we will have a good supply for a while yet. Not only that, but grains are storable in their original form – so we have buckets and buckets of grain stored for us. My favourite grain so far is Kamut.

{homegrown herbal tea mixed and ready for steeping}


Have you thought about growing your own herbs or a tea garden? This is one of my favourite aspects of gardening – not only are they delicious and beautiful, but the herbs are medicinal, as well. It would be prudent to build up your herbal garden, which will serve as your family’s pharmacy, as well.

There’s so much to be said about growing and raising your own food! Even in a small plot of land, it can be done! I recently came across a neighbour who grows 80% of their own food on .69 of an acre.  We, as women, need to return home, grab a shovel and find a place to grow your food. Carrots, potatoes, beets, tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, lettuce, cucumbers … these are all very easy to grow. As one of my friends would say – there really is no excuse – you choose to do it or you choose to not do it.



Growing your own food, drying your own herbs, canning and preserving your vegetables, stocking your pantry and freezer are all ways of prudence and preparation. It does not matter what is going on in the outer world, as you, dear homemaker, will be busy, minding your own business, working with your hands and, with God’s blessing, providing for your family.

So, ladies – what will you grow this year?







April 18, 2022 - 11:46 am

Gigi Hi Amy, yes, we have one! We are so blessed! Such a great use of space!

April 14, 2022 - 7:09 pm

Amy Have you tried a cold root cellar for storage.
A friend of mine has hers under a chicken coop.
When they built it, they put a basement under it,
poured a cement foundation and she stores her carrots onions, apples, etc. down there for the winter. I think my grandmother used to store them in barrels on sand in her cellar

April 11, 2022 - 7:03 pm

Lynnea Springtime greetings!

We will be planting more snapdragons and dusty millers in our garden pots and on our “observation” deck. I love their beauty and they do so well in our area as they tolerate dry hot spells and the deer leave them alone. Our daffodils look like they are just waiting for a warm sunny day to burst forth their cheeriness!

I have a grain mill just like yours and love it! I grind mostly spelt berries but also want to try einkorn berries. It is very satisfying to grind the berries into flour and then make a fresh loaf!

April 11, 2022 - 2:00 pm

Gigi I agree, Danessa! Your garden will be lovely!
It’s nearly time… 🙂 our violets are up and our bulbs are peaking forth … such a wonderful time …

April 10, 2022 - 7:23 pm

Danessa stride Another lovely post! I am longing to get my hands in the dirt. I wish our winters weren’t so long. I am growing potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, tomatoes, peppers, peas and for the first time will try growing Brussels sprouts, my seedlings are growing beautifully and I am eager to get started! And looking forward to some fresh eggs from our chickens soon, there is no greater joy then preparing food for your family that you have grown with your own hands, it’s a blessing indeed

April 7, 2022 - 11:45 am

Rebecca Love reading about your garden plans! We expanded our garden several summers ago and last summer put up a moose proof fence (the one downside of gardening in Alaska — moose!). I just realized yesterday that we are out of potatoes (other than ones that will be used for seed), so we are gonna increase our potato crop this year. I started my onions, tomatoes, herbs, and peppers already, and this week I hope to start many flowers. We also can’t plant until May, but the “garden” has been going in our house since February!

April 5, 2022 - 2:30 pm

Cathy Bray Hi Gigi!
It’s too bad we never met when you lived in Ontario. I’m sure we would have been great friends 🙂 We also grow most of our food and have filled the shelves with canned goods (also learned to pressure can last year), the cold room with root crops, the freezers full of home grown meat. We just recently bought a freeze dryer. I love it! It brings me a sense of peace that we can feed ourselves. 😀

April 5, 2022 - 9:51 am

Laura Jeanne Gillian, this post is so inspiring, as your posts always are. I look forward to seeing the photos which are sure to come of your beautiful garden this year. Thank you for the reminder that I need to start some tomato seeds as soon as possible! I have been feeling very poorly the past month or so and so I’ve fallen behind on this year’s garden planning. But with my health issues I’ve had to learn to just go with the flow and do what I can, when I can.

By the way, I’m going to send you a letter very soon!

April 3, 2022 - 12:04 pm

Mrs. Cox I love the three little farmers by their tractor….so cute!
I live near Joel Salatin and his Polyface farm I hope to visit them this year. They have an open farm where anyone can come visit anytime or take a tour.
I am planting a smaller garden this year as the deer have destroyed the last three years pretty much.
I am blessed to live near many U-Pick farms so until we get better fencing in our garden I will be picking other folks produce:)

April 2, 2022 - 11:47 am

Gigi Monica, you are so cute. I love your love language! Plants and flowers!
Regarding kamut, fresh ground flour contains more moisture — so you may need to add more flour as you need – I can add in a cup while kneading – it is definitely a learning curve and yet so healthy! You are right. It is certainly NOT white flour bread! We are accustomed to the white flour that using whole grains is so different for us. Try doing half and half until you get what you like. I love Bread Beckers (youtube) tutorials for help. xo

April 1, 2022 - 9:16 pm

Monica Yes, dear friend, I am growing more this year! The garden will be where I am most of this spring and summer and I’ll be as happy as a lark! Peas: I grew up having “pea shellings”. My aunts or grandparents would come over and there would be sheets laid down on the floor full of peas and or beans. Before the nightfall, the sheets would be empty and we would have had a blast shelling peas together…ah, so fun.

Question about kamut: I’m struggling to like this flour for bread making…I’m fine with pancakes but the bread doesn’t rise that much and isn’t soft and fresh…not sure how else to describe it…do you mix it with any other flour? Or perhaps add some gluten? Do you use your same bread recipe and just sub Kamut for reg white flour? I’ve been using my same recipe and we just don’t love it. Perhaps we’ve just gotten so used to the (bad) but tasty white flour homemade bread?!

Beautiful pictures! You know you’re talking my language. I love gardening more than any other hobby! (PS. Bought more seeds tonight at Tractor Supply and two fruit trees/bushes! I can’t get enough!)

Loyal looks so much like you!

April 1, 2022 - 12:17 pm

Gigi Yes, nettles indeed! So good for you! We had loads at our last place but I have not seen as many here. Drying is better, in my opinion, as I “lose” things in my freezer! 😉

April 1, 2022 - 7:13 am

Miriam I forgot to mention nettles! They grow without my attention and can be used almost in any dish. This year I plan to dry more of them instead of freezing 🙂

April 1, 2022 - 7:12 am

Miriam Another lovely and important post, thank you! I do plan to increase our garden, and I’ve been looking for ideas using less water while gardening, ie permaculture and hugelkultur. Living in Finland, I can’t wait for a month or two when the snow has left us and the joys of summer chores are to be enjoyed. As to having a grain mill I think it’s essential to anyone who bakes bread. Flour is fresh produce in a sense that it begins to lose it’s nutritional value the minute it’s ground. Fresh flour has stronger rising power as well.

April 1, 2022 - 5:29 am

Gigi That is so good, Susan! I’ll be praying for your husband and your family. I’m so happy to hear you are getting your gardens ready! ((hugs))

April 1, 2022 - 4:17 am

Susan We have land here to grow it is such a blessing, my husband is ill with cancer and we are still shielding, but my daughter and I are busy getting things ready to grow, our victory garden, as we call it too, it is good to work together for both our families. It is such good work, the verse from 1 Thessalonians is one of my favourites. Such a lovely post, thank you. Sue

The Magic of Ordinary Days

“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
1 Corinthians 14:40


I have been asked to share my daily schedule –  writing out what I do in a day was rather challenging, in a tiny way, because every day is different around here. As most mothers know, your day can quickly tailspin or change like a leaf in the autumn winds. I have learned to be scheduled (not my regular personality) but also flexible, to allow our natural interests and immediate concerns to govern our studies and daytime habits, but to also keep things orderly and without (too much) confusion.


A few tips I would give to any mother – whether homeschooling or not :


1) Rise early before your children, read your Bible, pray and have some quiet time.
2) As Mark Twain said, “Swallow the frog.” Get your worst chores over with in the morning. This also applies to schoolwork – do the work you least enjoy, then use the afternoon for more preferred work, such as handiwork, reading, music, nature studies or art.
3) Go to bed early.  I was once a night owl, but now I go to bed with the setting sun and wake slightly before it rises. I do believe our seasons bring natural rest to our weary bodies and I use the winter as a restful season to recharge for the busy and work-related spring, summer and autumn.
4) Have a tea break in the afternoon – do something quiet, lovely and refreshing for at least 1/2 an hour (or more – if you can arrange it!.

With those little tips written out … here is a very loose idea of how a day looks in our busy home…


4:30/5 a.m.- personal wake up and quiet time until 6:15 a.m.

6:30 a.m. – wake up the family and children, get things going for the morning; everyone must be dressed and their hair done by the time they are seated at the breakfast table. This saves me from chasing down little girls with terrible bed-heads for half the day. 🙂

7 a.m. – barn chores for everyone that is responsible for an animal (which is all the girls, right now)

7:30 a.m. breakfast and Bible time as a family; children recite Scripture as a group for memory work.

8 a.m. – cleanup (truth be told, we are usually late around this time, if one of the children sleeps in or takes their time getting their morning work done), put laundry away that dried on the drying rack overnight, washing of breakfast dishes, cleaning of household/bedrooms. Everyone is assigned a rotating morning chore and we all work to make the house presentable and clean up to begin the day properly.

This is the time I begin the bread dough for the day, as well.

9 a.m.  – school begins for everyone; the girls separate and do their individual work, music lessons or practices. I listen to the little ones read, help with grammar/language arts/math – we rotate with sciences/geography and history later around 10 a.m. I am usually still working on meal preparations while working with school.

For example, while girls are at the table doing their copywork, handwriting etc. I will be organizing what we will be eating for lunch and dinner – for example, I may sit and listen to reading while peeling potatoes, etc., chop up vegetables and put on a pot of soup …

I must add: This is the busiest time of the day with all school books open, everyone needing a little extra help, dinner and lunch work being prepared, dishes being washed from dinner prep and working on keeping the little ones happy. It’s a busy, very busy time in our household.

10:30 – read aloud for the little ones (currently reading Geraldine Woodmouse together)

11:30 – clean up for lunch – which is usually soup or leftovers in the winter months

12:30 – I’m hoping lunch is finish at this point and it’s clean up time again (dishes are never ending here!) and children begin to get ready for outside time


1 p.m. – everyone outside until 2 p.m.

2 p.m. indoors again, work on read-alouds with all the children (currently reading the biography of Louisa May Alcott, then moving on to reading the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer).

History, art and science, random poetry – it is all sprinkled into our lives, as well.

2:45 – put Luther to sleep; everyone retires to their room for some personal quiet time, crafts, handiwork, etc.

From 3-5, we have a pretty quiet household and it’s rather nice. We have all done most of our hard work (including my dinner work – Chicken Alfredo tonight, which is already prepped and the sauce made, while the chicken is cooking in the crockpot) so we can all enjoy some free time to do as one pleases.

This winter, the girls have really taken up embroidery work, one is making macramae hangars, working on art or reading. The boys will typically play outside or they are *encouraged* to play quietly inside during the nap time. This is the time I can have an afternoon tea and rest my weary feet.

5 p.m. – dinner readiness begins – prepping of vegetables, etc. table is set and everyone cleans up from their afternoon time.

5:30 (approximately – later in the summer months) – dinner time

6:30  – cleanup, baths and showers, laundry is begun (I do laundry every evening and will hand it to dry overnight on a drying rack near the woodstove), stories for little ones, then ending with Bible reading for the family.

8-8:30 p.m. – everyone is in bed, except mother and father. I make myself a cup of tea and retire to my room around 9 pm. for some reading.

And that is our day in a basic schedule!

No day is ever the same and everything is flexible. The summer months are completely different and we stay up later. Winter months are much quieter and allow for early bedtimes and gentle school hours. If you have questions, I would love to answer them. Motherhood is quite the journey and managing a household is a constant work in progress … there’s rarely a day off, but the blessings are bountiful if you do your work with a cheerful attitude!

Keep a heavenly perspective on all that you are required to do and you will be blessed beyond measure.


“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet,
simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder


March 19, 2022 - 3:39 pm

Michelle Thank you so much for your encouraging words and for your prayers! I DO appreciate you sharing, praying and taking the time to help me. It is a miserable place to be!! Thank you for sharing what I MUST do. It is a matter of me being obedient and doing this and letting go of ALL my fears and having the Lord to help me. I am familiar with this hymn but I am guilty of NOT telling it to Jesus and sharing with Him as I should. Also, a hymn ” I Must Tell Jesus” Again, guilty of NOT doing this!! Thank again for being such a godly example to me as well as others! You have encouraged me MUCH!!! ((Thanks for the hugs, and hugs back to you friend))

March 19, 2022 - 2:45 pm

Gigi Michelle, first, I am so sorry to hear about your fears. That must be very hard to deal with every day life when you are fearful. ((hugs)) The only advice I can humbly give you is as follows: you *must* to take ALL your worries and cares to Jesus. Have you heard the hymn “Tell it Jesus”? Look it up … it will minister to you. Your Heavenly Father is the *only one* who can carry your burdens and ease your worry. You need to leave your fears and worries with Him and pray daily that you will trust God in this. He will take care of you and give you strength you need for the challenges will arise in life. ((Hugs)) I am praying for you. xxoo

March 19, 2022 - 2:42 pm

Gigi Hi Bobbie, so nice to hear from you! I will share an updated recipe! They are so easy to make! Yum!

March 16, 2022 - 8:03 am

Michelle Hello again, I am just wandering one more thing…I have such a hard time with worry and anxiety especially when it comes to my family. I stay worried that “something” is going to happen and mostly a lot of “what ifs” in our lives. Like I am scared to death about them getting sick. It scares me so bad!! I don’t like being this way and it causes me to focus so much on this that I can’t be proficient in my duties or be the wife and mother I need to be. It affects everything! Just curious if you have been there and if so…how do/did you handle it?? Thanks!!

March 16, 2022 - 7:46 am

Homeofmanyblessings Those crescent rolls look delicious!What’s your go to bread dough?

March 12, 2022 - 9:12 pm

Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse I wasn’t able to comment on for the sake of the children ~ so I will leave it on this post! Well said my friend,it is so important to carry on for the Children sake! love that post so much! Hugs!

March 12, 2022 - 7:09 pm

Mrs. Cox What a precious picture of family life and homeschool.
I look back on my years of homeschooling as the best years of my life. They were busy and draining at times, but I loved them and will always cherish the memories.
I especially enjoyed the cute photo of the little one combing his hair in the mirror….all the photos are beautiful and so uplifitng.

March 10, 2022 - 5:18 am

Gigi Kristal, we stop when the garden season begins – we find it much too difficult to do the bookwork while we need to get our hands dirty in the soil. Our garden is very important to us (feeds us in the winter and throughout the year) so it takes a lot of our time from May-September. This year, we had to start school even later (past September) because we were putting a crop in the fields and we were delayed until October, so school began a bit late and a bit scattered. We certainly work as hard as we can while we are in school mode – we finish the books, typically in the ‘school year’, but if a child has not finished it, we will probably keep going through the early summer months to finish off. Typically, we work to get it done before June, at the latest. If someone finishes early in the year, yes, we just keep on going onto the next book, depending on the timing … too close to May/June and we may not start something very intense.

March 9, 2022 - 9:00 pm

Haven Wow, thank you so much for these book recommendations! Now to start growing our children’s library…

March 9, 2022 - 2:57 pm

Kristal I loved seeing your schedule! It’s nice to have a great example. May I ask, do you homeschool year round, or do you like to take your summer months off? Also, when the kids are done with their curriculum, do you immediately begin them on the next level, or is there a time in the year when you begin everyone on new curriculum (for example, most homeschoolers in our area tend to begin in September after our Labor Day, and that is when most would begin the next level of work or begin a new grade level)? I find it helpful to hear how other seasoned moms do things (though I’m going on year 7 of homeschooling next year, will that make me seasoned yet, haha!).

March 8, 2022 - 4:05 pm

Michelle Thank you again for sharing. Yes, my computer time needs to be at a certain time and stick with it so that I don’t waste more time. This is really helpful. Such a blessing to me for you to share!! It has encouraged me to get a “schedule” together and use it!! Not waste time!!

March 8, 2022 - 2:06 pm

Gigi Oh, congratulations on our new baby! Wow, what a wonderful time for you! Christian biographies of missionaries are my favourite – but we also read about famous (important) people in history. I would suggest the Sowers Series, Christian Heroes Then & Now, Heroes for Young People, Heroes of the Faith & History, Ten Girls Who Changed the World, Ten Girls Who Made History (look them up and you will see a series – these are for the younger crowd).

March 8, 2022 - 1:58 pm

Haven Hi, Gigi! Reading your blog has been such a blessing to me over the past year or two. My husband and I just welcomed our first child a few months ago, and I am already so looking forward to the coming years of homeschooling her. Could you tell me which biographies you are reading to your children? Are they specifically for younger readers? Blessings!

March 8, 2022 - 1:35 pm

Monica I’ve never thought to use that scripture regarding my homemaking. That is a wonderful one to keep in mind. It was fun to read your schedule. That is a pretty teacup you have there. 🙂 I love the pictures. Lazarus combing his hair with his little overalls on, so precious. Love to you. Monica

March 8, 2022 - 9:07 am

Gigi Hi Michelle, I will check my emails/do any research, listen to audio sermons after Bible reading. I can also listen to something during the quiet time, although there are very few I listen to. I do try to avoid screen time while children are up, but yes, it is a challenge. Keeping the computer at desk helps. I do not have a cell phone.

March 8, 2022 - 7:51 am

Michelle So sorry, I forgot to ask….do you have a designated time for your computer/internet usage? As I said before, this time gets too much of my time/wasted time. Thank you!!

March 8, 2022 - 7:33 am

Michelle It should have said BLESSED DAY!!

March 8, 2022 - 7:32 am

Michelle This is great and very helpful! I’m sure it took some time to do this but I DO appreciate you taking the time!! You are such an example of the Proverbs 31 woman. Thank you for this encouragement to spend our time first with the Lord and THEN going about our day serving Him with our time and tasks that He has given us!! Thank you again for sharing this and the MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT that you give!! Have a BLEESED DAY!

March 7, 2022 - 10:12 pm

Katie Taylor Love it <3 similar schedule to ours yet I’m unable to rise before the children! Little Isaac wakes frequently during the night still so I try to get as much sleep as possible! Something I am working on tho as I see the wisdom in rising early.
We use the same schoolbooks 🙂
Love and blessings,
Katie NZ

For the Children’s Sake

  “Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.”
– Be Still, My Soul



“What did your friend have to say in her letter?” I asked, as I carried a load of clean laundry upstairs to the bigger girl’s bedroom. The mail has just arrived and the girls were happily reading through their penpals’ letters.

Handing the letter over, my daughter offered me to read the note from her friend, a girl about the same age.

From the sweet childlike handwritten note, instead of reading about her friend’s childhood tales or joys, I was shocked to read the incredibly sad words describing her life as  “horrible” and “lonely with no friends”; caution jumped out at me right away as she also wrote about the current ‘situation’ that has ‘wrecked everything’ for her.


My heart broke and despair filled my soul. I could see this coming when we last visited with this family…  this was a regular girl, with a healthy, steady family and a good church foundation, loving parents and godly grandparents – and yet, from our times together with this family, I have watched her hide her face as her parents describe the current global situation and the newest political problem.

I folded up the letter and sighed. My heart broke for this little girl, as I read between the lines and saw her child-like sorrow and confusion at this entire present situation.

This is not the first time I have heard of such a tale from our little friends … and it breaks my heart every time I hear of a child feeling anxious or depressed because of the current political situation, a child unable to sleep at night because of fears with which even an adult grapples.


Ladies, I have been silent on this issue for the past two years – but let’s be very clear … there is a war going on.


In my own country, the situation is most dismal. It is a war for more than we may realize. These current events are unlike anything our generation has faced and it certainly caught many of us by surprise – how does one parent through this unstable time in history? I do think many parents are unsure what to do or how to handle the outside world and the inside homelife.


From the beginning of this crisis,  my husband and I have worked very hard to keep our life as regular as possible, to provide our children with a happy carefree childhood — despite the latest headline or destructive measure. We do not worry our children with adults problems.

May I beg of you to do the same … life your live fully for God and do not live in fear.


Mothers, this weighs heavy on my heart: we need to protect our children – they do not need to know every thing that happens across the globe.  We, as children, were blessed to grow up without the internet and social media. Maybe it is time to quiet the influx of information in our households and, with godly wisdom, guide our children through this dark and evil time gently, without causing too much fear in their hearts.

After all, they are only children.

They cannot handle the same heavy load that your shoulders and mind can bear. We have seen adults crumble underneath the weight of the past two years … how can we expect our precious little children to carry the same burden? I cringe when a room is filled with adults who cannot stop talking about the current situation, while little children are in their presence. There must be a protective filter for information on such current events!


In our family, as husband and wife, we will be vigilant and fully aware of what we facing. We will, and have been, praying over the current times.

However, we will make it a point to continue to celebrate birthdays and family holidays … we will never stop going to church and gathering with the saints … we will gather with Christians and have fellowship with like-minded friends. We will stand strong on our beliefs and continue to teach them to our children. We will be honest, upright citizens that will fight to keep our freedoms. We will be calm parents and loving at home, but aware and watchful of current events.


But we will bear such burdens on our adult shoulders, carrying our troubles to a Higher Power.


I am seeing how building a simple, away-from-the-world-life, has truly benefited all my sweet children, as they are blissfully allowed to simply …  be children.  Yes, the strong adults are fighting the battles out there but the children do not need to fight in this war. They need to have a beautiful, joy-filled childhood – that is my goal.

All politics aside, if you have children, it is your duty to provide a happy home, one free of too much stress and worry of the outside forces. If at all possible, I would say move to the country and take your children out of the cities and towns!

Pray together, and if you have older children, yes, perhaps certain subjects can be discussed to teach your child when it is right to stand against the crowd. We do need to instruct our children to be Daniels in a world – even in the Christian world – where one does not stand strong on convictions and can be swayed very easily.

However, this current war is not one, I believe, a child’s mind can handle … it is the parents’ duty to fight the battles.
Let your children be little.

I believe right now, more than ever, it is my duty to provide that beautiful happy home.

Therefore, I pledge to:

~  make lovely, happy memories. Bake a cake and have your children decorate it – for no reason, just for an afternoon snack!  Go on a nature walk. Watch beautiful documentaries in the winter months. Read fantastic books together by the fire… make hot chocolate or tea and read poetry. Play beautiful music. Give your child a pet to care for and love! Grow seeds for springtime. Make plans to grow a garden. Look for beauty in God’s creation. Do good deeds for others. Have like minded friends and stick together during these tough times. Have friends over …. have dinner parties and birthday parties …. build snowmen or go skating in the winter months … swim in the ocean, go to a lovely river and listen to the peaceful water flowing … watch for the return of birds in the springtime ….

… and most importantly, GO TO God-fearing CHURCH and REMAIN in a church family– as our faith is our foundation.



Stand strong, mothers.

Our children need us to fight this war, but we must do it with a smile of joy on our faces and a hug each morning to reassure our children that they have a safe home, free from the (adult) worries of this fallen world. Let’s get through this as stronger Christians, more devout and faithful than ever.


Be strong, mothers, and make your home a beautiful place to be — for the children’s sake.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

P.S. For you Canadian mothers, why not print this off and frame it at your front door? Also, learn our history.


Here is a sweet little movie for your children to watch … note the coziness of it all. Best of all, if you can read these books together, you will truly enjoy it.


February 25, 2022 - 1:48 pm

Laura Jeanne Gillian, I loved this post very much. Thank you sincerely for the reminder. I have always tried to make our home a warm, safe refuge from the world, but sometimes I forget and start talking about things I shouldn’t. I also wanted to say that the embroidery and baked goods shown in this post are all so lovely – you have taught your daughters so well!

February 24, 2022 - 2:09 pm

Sue This is such a great post! I really love you’re last paragraph too. With God, all things are possible! Also to those who are not able to move or live in the country, we can certainly bring the country to us in our homes wherever we live. There are some great ideas in this post and I would like to add home canning/preservation (Gigi has fantastic recipes here), backyard / container gardening, sewing, crafting, creating, construction and repair skills and caring for small pets can all be utilized and taught to our families and ourselves!

February 23, 2022 - 10:45 pm

Julianne Amen!! I thank God everyday that he placed homeschooling on our hearts long before we knew this predicament would happen the year our eldest would start kindergarten – that has allowed us so much freedom in keeping the negativity and fear out of our home. And choosing to stay in community with fellow believers throughout these last two years has been essential in keeping out hearts and eyes focused on the truth!

February 23, 2022 - 4:36 pm

Michelle Thank you! Thank you! You are such a blessing! I am so thankful that God has had our paths to cross!! Have a blessed rest of your day!!

February 23, 2022 - 4:33 pm

Gigi Hi Michelle – okay, I will work on this for the next post. ((hugs))

February 23, 2022 - 4:25 pm

Michelle Please don’t go to any trouble with it! Maybe just a rough draft…things you do every day, at a certain time of the day, allotted times to do your tasks which I know would include your chores, your children’s chores, schooling, meal times, times spent with them and/or your husband and so on… Just kind of looking for some ideas to help me get a jump on this. I think(know)a schedule would benefit me much. You CAN “schedule”..(hee hee) this in if you need to… I know you are VERY BUSY. And if you can’t right now, that is perfectly fine with me! I appreciate you taking time to listen, help and encourage us ladies to be the wives, mothers, teachers and keeper of our homes that we should be!!

February 23, 2022 - 4:14 pm

Gigi Hi Michelle – thanks for the reminder … Let me schedule it in .. hee hee … just kidding! Okay – remind me what you want to hear … a schedule of my day? It will be a long schedule, that’s for sure.

February 23, 2022 - 3:31 pm

Michelle By the way….did you think any more about sharing if you had a schedule that you use? I could use some ideas for help!!! Thanks!!

February 23, 2022 - 3:03 pm

Gigi Michelle, you are so dear. Thank you … we all struggle but work daily to be Christlike … keep pressing on!

February 23, 2022 - 2:56 pm

Michelle AGAIN, such a wonderful and timely post for me in my life. I find that I desire to be this way with my family every day–BUT fail! They should see and hear Christ in me ALWAYS! Thank you for this provoking thought! You are SO ENCOURAGING!!

February 23, 2022 - 11:20 am

Gigi Lena, oh, how GOOD it is to hear from you! I think of you *all* the time and thank God for the years we had together. You are so special to me. (Come visit sometime!) Yes, I agree – raising up Daniels … AMEN and AMEN.
Hugs and give our love to your family!

February 23, 2022 - 8:20 am

Lena Gillian, This is a good post, especially for younger children. We live in the country with older teens and I do find there needs to be a balance of information. Everything we discuss is in the context of the word of God. We are living in tumultuous times, how do we go forward? With prayer and supplication, giving our requests to God. We have lost jobs, my children have been denied entry in final years of university and the future is unsteady. BUT God! If we teach security of salvation, the sharing of the gospel, and standing for truth, our children should not be fearful. Faith is crucial in this time of uncertainty, for both children and adults, we all need to know where our Help comes from. I want my young adults to know what they are facing, if I didn’t prepare them I would be at fault. I want them to be the Daniel, if they are to deny our Father or face the fiery furnace, I pray they will be prepared. The best thing to teach our young adults are to stand in the face of persecution and know God is more than enough. They will only know that by knowing their Heavenly Father.

February 23, 2022 - 4:37 am

Gigi Miriam, thank you so much for your beautiful words. Your parents sound like wonderful people. You have re-confirmed my conviction on letting children be children during this messy season. You are so right.

February 23, 2022 - 3:10 am

Miriam This is my first time commenting but I have been enjoying your blog for at least a year. Thank you for your beautiful posts! Your words as well as the breathtaking photography are uplifting and inspiring!

This post reminded me of my own anxiety growing up during the cold war. My parents did the right thing, I wasn’t aware what was going on nor was I burdened with what happened during their youth (WWII) At the age of 13-14 someone my parents trusted exposed me to End Times prophesies and how Soviet Union is going to xyz and from that day on I was anxious. I mourned the life I wasn’t going to be able to live, have a family of my own, and have children which was my ultimate wish. Finally 5 years later I asked my father: There is no point in planning for future if everything is going to blow up any day? My father answered, without lifting his eyes from the newspaper, What if it doesn’t?

Yes, there is war going on, and always has been. But we must, we must, we must focus on the opposite. Just as you mentioned, the sweet things ordinary home life consists of, they are the way to physically overcome this world. The faster and crazier the world becomes, the slower and more God-focused we stay.

God bless! Miriam in Finland

February 22, 2022 - 11:05 pm

Monica PS. I’ve been reading to Everett, The Wind in the Willows at bedtime! He loves it! And I was wondering if there was a movie!! Thank you!!

February 22, 2022 - 11:00 pm

Monica Good post. I love the pictures in this post. I agree with Mrs. Cox, the children look so happy and peaceful. I think the important thing is to set the tone in the home to that of peace and tranquility. According to the ages, some children might could handle some news if done in the right way (not with a parent’s face in panic and terror), perhaps during devotions as a way to share with children that we will be bold or that we will not bow or that God is sovereign and we can have rest even in hard times. Certainly if mom and dad aren’t peaceful and are always talking to friends in a panic, then children are going to be nervous and scared. And that’s heartbreaking. Glad for your reminder to remember to do the childhood things with them! Baking, laughing, sewing, enjoying God’s creation. So wonderful and so needful in their lives. And ours too! I know for myself, *I* can’t handle much world news so I certainly wouldn’t want a child to bear what I can’t myself. Prayers for our friends in Canada and for God to strengthen the church and parents!

February 22, 2022 - 3:11 pm

Mrs. Cox Yes…so important that they have a happy childhood tucked under their belt.
We cannot re-do childhood. There’s only one chance to build right the first time.
You’re children look peaceful and content. They will have fond memories of the fleeting years of childhood.

February 22, 2022 - 1:19 pm

Gigi Tara, you are NOT alone. And I will pray for you ever night. You can email me at if you need to.
Prayers are going up everywhere. xo

February 22, 2022 - 9:17 am

Tara Gillian, your post is SO timely! Last night as I was struggling to fall asleep I prayed that God would give clarity to my mind. It has been so full lately of “what do we do?”. There have been so many directions that I have been felt pulled in lately. This whole situation has had huge, lasting impacts on our kids and us. I feel like we are stuck. Stuck because of a job situation, stuck because of the housing market, stuck because of our childrens special needs, stuck because our church family is so good and I don’t want to see our kids struggle even more if we were to leave that. Please continue to pray. The last 2 years have felt like a waiting room.

February 22, 2022 - 4:00 am

Susan lane I have never commented before but you are so very right, children must be protected against the worries of the world. My children are grown now and I have grand children, children need to grow up in a carefree world, they are children for so little a time and adults for longer. God bless you all. Sue

February 22, 2022 - 12:12 am

Brenda (Gigi’s Momma) Thank you Gillian – this is a GOOD word. So encouraging for all of us … to remember that little ones had to live through wars before and we need to protect them. Many parents in the World Wars did what they could to protect their children, even to the point of sending them to live with relatives in safer places. Of course, I pray that would never happen here in Canada. The adults need to fight the war, while the children enjoy the sweet precious and innocent times of childhood. I love the family pictures, thanks for sharing. And the embroidery is amazing! Good work, my sweet girls. Again, thank you for speaking out, a well needed reminder. God is with us and HE will see us through this. Thankful for your godly wisdom. Love you xoxo

Make It a Good Life

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder


“Be quiet, now, children, and don’t touch anything on the shelves,” I warned, as we entered the store — a store I had wanted to visit since moving to our newest location.

This particular local tourist attraction was well spoken of – everyone told us we must visit and see their lovely jams and preserves.  As a canning-enthusiast, that sounded ideal! I eagerly looked forward to the day when we would dress up, cart our big family over the island to this special location and sample all the lovely jams, perhaps purchasing a few jars for myself.  Upon browsing the shelves, filled with prettily labeled jars and preserves, my daughters and I noticed one thing: these jams were nothing different or particularly special;  they were easily the jams we make every year in our outdoor kitchen with the summer breezes blowing around us, after berry picking at local farms or from our own garden.

“Girls, we can make this at – we *do* make this at home,” I whispered quietly, as I signaled to my husband it was time to leave. Instead of jam, we bought the children a jar of organic candy instead. As we walked out of the store, there was a new thought in my mind …

If the girls and I were making those jams and jellies and preserves, what made them so special to sell at a store?  Why did I think I would want to buy store bought jam? Perhaps it is all about presentation, the label, the cute little jars … or was it because not very many people make homemade preserves anymore? If it was the appearance, why not offer our preserves in an attractive way at home? Why do we think we have to pay an outsider to create a lovely atmosphere in our lives?

Ladies, we can create these kinds of treasures in our own homes — at a fraction of the cost — and with the satisfaction of working with our own hands.

And so this summer, in the heat of July, I found myself ladeling sparkling ruby red preserves into the tiniest little jam jars I have ever seen … wouldn’t these make delightful presents to guests? Or a cute little breakfast-in-bed tray? It was rather delightful to create such tiny little preserve jars ….



Now, in the tail-end of our first winter on Prince Edward Island, it is such a treat to have a tea time tray with homemade rolls and our tiny little Rose Petal Jam Preserves. Would you like to share tea with me today? I surely wish I could mail you a sample!



Life is good. Life is beautiful – if you choose to see it.
Do you sense it? Does your home showcase beauty for your children?
Do you see the glorious beauty in the simplest snowfall?
Or the frozen crystals on your windowpane early in the morning?
In the steam rising from your kettle? In your child’s embrace as they hug you good morning?
In the eyes of your husband when you serve him his favourite meal?

Oh, life is not boring at all. Life is never dull … but it is an attitude you need to embrace, if you want to see the good in things. You can choose to see the negative in your life — but wouldn’t you rather see the beautiful, the pretty, the joyful moments? You can choose to make your own life like a bed and breakfast stay by simply adding in some beautiful details.

I remember distinctly the day I decided that I wanted to live a beautiful life and to enjoy the little things and see the beauty in the every day life.  Gathering together with other homeschooling moms and little children, we had spread out blankets in the woods for an autumn picnic. The children were all playing in the dry crunchy leaves, exploring and having a wonderful time. Mothers were setting out their picnic food and settling hungry babies. I pulled out my teapot, filled with hot tea, and unwrapped my china teacup, ready for the filling of tea. Food wrapped in pieces of cloth, instead of plastic wrap, was in our picnic basket. Homemade bread, home preserved jam, some apple slices and homemade cookies. Nothing fancy, but all homemade and all pleasant to look at … spread out on a pretty quilt … in our home I had decided no more plastic … and while yes, we broke a lot of glass dishes in our lifetime as a family (and still do), it’s worth it to be rid of plastics.



The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest
in all the details of daily life. 

William Morris



The other mothers laughed a little at my picnic, saying it was a little strange to put so much effort into a school affair.  However, as I sipped my hot tea from my tea cup, one mom mentioned how lovely it looked compared to tupperware and toss away forks. I couldn’t agree more. It was not about pride or showing off – it was simply about curating beauty in the everyday moments.


I’m so sad when I meet mothers who cannot see the wonderful beauty in their daily lives.

They are constantly wanting another chapter of life  — more free time, quiet time without children around, another location to live, a younger age or more children or less children … if we cannot be happy in the situation that God has placed us, what makes us think we will be happy in the next situation? We will all have challenges to work through — no one has an easy life in this fallen world. Do not judge your friend and think “Oh, she has it easier …”

You do not know the hardships that woman has worked through to get to the stage where she is … keep your eyes on Jesus and work on your own problems, finding joy in every situation and weaving beauty into your every day moments.


So, boil the water and make your faouvrite tea.

Set the table pretty for dinner.

Make your husband’s favourite meal.

Read good books to your children.

Watch the snowfall and listen to the incredible quiet of the winter season aasit melts into a vibrant spring.

Thank your Heavenly Father for your family and enjoy today.

And whatever you do – whether you spread a lace tablecloth over the table before breakfast and serve your hot oatmeal in pretty bowls, be grateful. See the beauty. Enjoy the moments with your family that are just simple and everyday.

Make it a point create a beautiful life for your family.

February 23, 2022 - 1:52 pm

Gigi Danessa, you are a dear. I’m so encouraged when you leave a comment.
Maybe we can visit together this summer? Who knows what God has in store…

February 22, 2022 - 8:51 pm

Danessa stride How I wish we lived closer! We could be best friends lol, we are of the same mind set, I too find it so disheartening how mothers feel that cooking for her family is an inconvenience, like you, I feel it’s such a joy to provide home made meals cooked from food that’s mostly grown in our gardens, to feed our families, I only have the one son, and my Husband and there is nothing that brings me greater joy than preparing a meal, or making that bread for them, even folding up there laundry, I consider it a privilege! I find that the art of homemaking is becoming less important in today’s society, (my husband always tells me I was born in the wrong era) I long to have conversations with like minded woman as myself, to sit and talk recipes and encourage each other, and to lift the other up. I think that’s why I love your posts so much, it gives me just a few moments, of feeling that I’m visiting with an old friend, someone with the same mindset, and it’s so refreshing! May God continue to bless you and your family and keep you well

February 21, 2022 - 2:47 pm

Gigi Miriam, that is so kind of you to let me know. Thank you. I covet your prayers!

February 21, 2022 - 9:50 am

miriam stoltzfoos Hi Gigi,
Just want to tell you that we’re praying for you Canadians right now. The world is watching your bravery and courage. I believe God is going to vindicate his people.

February 20, 2022 - 3:35 am

Katie Taylor Such wonderful encouragement reading this ❤️

February 17, 2022 - 9:06 am

mrs C Such beauty in every post. Yes…I would like to have tea with you sweet Gigi! It would be a blessing to sit at your tea table.
I have always been encouraged visiting your blog “home”.
I too bring my best dishes and tea cups on picnics and even on day trip outings. It just adds something lovely and unhurried to the experience.
My nest is empty now, but I still try to treat my day as a special day by arranging things in a pretty way, and making meals lovely.
The beautiful things of home add such beauty to life. Even if I were alone I would seek ways to enjoy the lovely things the Lord has given. Always treat each day as a gift.
Hugs from Mrs.C

February 13, 2022 - 3:36 pm

Christina Thank you! I sure hope the dollar trees carry something cute like that this year here myself. And thank you for sharing the technique you used. I wouldn’t have thought of an egg wash!

February 12, 2022 - 4:39 pm

Teresa Lovely my friend, you have giving me a lot to think on ~ Yes, we are a all glass dishes home as well. My youngest was little she would ask me if I would buy her a plastic plate, cup and fork…she thought eating off of plastic would be cool. I laughed realizing she only grew up in a house of glass…so I bought her a set. She now has grown and doesn’t eat off of plastic. Thank you, for the lovely thoughts, and beautiful photo’s! Hugs, stay warm!

February 11, 2022 - 4:47 pm

Gigi Oh Laura, we are kindred spirits indeed! Laura Ashley dishes — swoon! What a find! P.S I am sending your letter this weekend.

February 11, 2022 - 4:42 pm

Laura Jeanne I love this post, Gillian. Your tiny jars of jam are simply adorable! And I feel the same as you do about using “real” dishes instead of plastic. The only plastic I buy is containers for my husband to bring his lunch to work, since he doesn’t want to have to carry glass with him. Everything we use at home is glass, and oh my, have we ever broken a lot of dishes over the years…I just go buy more at the thrift store. One time I found a whole set of blue floral Laura Ashley dishes, including tea cups and saucers, at Value Village. Of course, that was many years ago and they are mostly broken now…I only have one tea cup left! lol.

February 11, 2022 - 3:29 pm

Gigi Christina, I found the jars at the dollar store, believe it or not. I hope they sell them again this year. The crescent rolls were my basic bread dough (6 cups of flour, four teaspoons of yeast into two cups of warm water, you can add in a dollup of butter and an egg if you wish – a dash of salt, etc.) – but we cut them into long, skinny triangles and rolled them up, brushes them with egg and baked. I was trying to make them as croissants and this is what we came up with.

February 11, 2022 - 3:15 pm

Christina Everything looks so cozy and yum! I love the little jars. Where did you find them? I am also curious if you could share your technique and recipe for the crescent rolls. Thank you for your encouraging thoughts.

February 11, 2022 - 2:28 pm

Gigi Hi Michelle, sorry, I will go re-read your comment. A schedule for my day?

February 11, 2022 - 1:25 pm

Michelle You may have even done a post about it in times past.—Don’t mean to be a bother!! Thanks!!

February 11, 2022 - 1:15 pm

Michelle Did you happen to see my last comment about you using a schedule? Just trying to get ideas. Thanks!

February 11, 2022 - 1:08 pm

Gigi Thank you, Michelle. I hope you have a great day!

February 11, 2022 - 1:07 pm

Michelle Another WONDERFUL AND ENCOURAGING post. It prods me as well!! Have a blessed day!!

February 11, 2022 - 12:04 pm

Gigi Laura, that is so precious. Thank you. I hope you have a good day.

February 11, 2022 - 11:25 am

LAURA This one hit home hard. I’m so thankful I found your blog, you have been a blessing!

February 11, 2022 - 11:22 am

LAURA This hit home hard. I’m so thankful I found your blog, it’s been a true blessing!