Daily Life {Our Newly Inducted Family of Eleven}

“…in a time lacking in truth and certainty
and filled with anguish and despair,
no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back
to the world, through her work, a portion of its lost heart.”
-Louise Bogan



Have you stepped outside lately? Or have you been hunkering down inside your home, fearful and watching those horrid news reports?

If you have managed to pull on a lovely sweater, some rubber boots and go for a walk in the country or along some pathway, you may see some beautiful and delightful signs of spring. Spring is, indeed, a season of hope, is it not?

Well, here she is …  in all her gentle and welcomed glory, the Season of Spring is in the nooks and crannies of our brown, currently barren property, just waiting patiently for a warm, sunny day to finally and joyful arrive.

While we have had a few days of warmth, we are still experiencing random snow falls and brisk temperatures. On one particular sunny afternoon, a quick walk outside to the garden showed me the delightful faces of some Johnny-Jump ups, relocated from a field last summer into our little bed of flowers. How delightful to see their sunny faces on cold April mornings!

Last year, the girls and I planted a huge amount of bulbs – we are anxiously awaiting to see the results of our fall labour. What bliss to experience the joys of spring together!

Inside, we are still using our cookstove (wood fired) to keep the kitchen warm and cozy during our — Lord willing —  last few weeks of chilly weather. Baby Luther – who is growing so well and a beautiful, delightful addition to our clan– appreciates it very much – as do I.

I will never regret placing a rocking chair in the kitchen. It surely is one of the most used chairs in our home.

And so, as the world around us seemingly spins through cycles of fear and worry over the next news report, we simply and quietly live our somewhat-normal life; we carry on – or rather, we plod on, as my dear friend suggested of a normal, daily life with a newborn and eight other children to care … this hair braiding, egg scrambling, coffee making, plant watering, floor-sweeping, chick feeding, story reading, homeschooling life.

Having a newborn in my arms and a full kitchen table three times a day is enough to keep my mind busy and full. Regarding the outside world … I know the Lord is in control and we have nothing to fear. I’m thankful for a full pantry, a Provision Room, fresh eggs, a vegetable garden and delicious herbs that are already peeking through the drying soil.

In times like this, I’m also so grateful for a chance for other mothers to be at home with their families … to fulfill their roles as mothers and wives and care givers all rolled in one beautiful day … it is a lovely place to be. Perhaps we will see hearts changed through this strange chapter in our lives.

Some of our daily life happenings … making a new batch of homemade vanilla essence …


Lyla, our 13 year old, spent some time making us a steady supply of maple syrup from sap, collected from our friends nearby. We are so grateful for such a blessing. We are big fans of the real deal – real maple syrup for us only, please! The jars are freshly washed and canned and ready for the Provision Room.



Our little chickies are here and, of course, always so cute … for the first week, that is …


Having so many children over 16 years,  we are able to see the joys of childhood over and over again – for example, holding a fuzzy, warm chick for the very first time.


But this time … it’s the boys holding the chicks, so we better watch out … they are not as gentle, we have discovered!

Does your home smell delightful with home baked goods? Is dinner simmering on the stove or cooking away in the slow cooker?
Have you been trying out your hand at break making?

Apparently, everyone is making their bread at home right now – what a fantastic and healthy change in society! Who would have thoughts families would be returning to the dinner tables all together, with homemade bread, food cooked (mostly?) at home and with no place to rush out to after dinner.. not to mention … all families are homeschooling … interesting … isn’t it?


Perhaps you would like to try this bread recipe for your family. It makes fantastic toast and is just delicious.



Old Fashioned Country Bread
[great for toasting the next day or fresh sandwiches]

2 tablespoons of yeast, dissolved in two cups of warm water;
mix in a dollup of good, raw honey if you wish. 
In a separate bowl, mix 6.5 cups of all purpose flour,
two eggs (beat them up first) and one tablespoon of salt.
Mix in the yeast with the flour.
Once it is sticky, begin to knead on an oiled surface.
Gently knead until it forms a nice, soft ball of dough.
Put your dough into a greased bowl and let it rise in a warm area until doubled in size. Punch down and form into loaves.
Grease your bread pans, shape dough and let them rise again.
Once risen, bake until the tops are golden brown or you can tap and it sounds hollow.


Motherhood, yes indeed … a cozy calling not to be missed … oh, how I love holding my baby and smelling his sweetness!


Our family on Resurrection Sunday … surrounded by children, I would say Abby and I truly blessed.



I am loving waking up with this little one beside me … even if the nights are a bit less full of sleep than before he arrived. 😉


… and now we enter a new chapter of having three boys in a row. This will be a fun journey, I am sure! I have lots to learn, but I am thankful for this opportunity to raise men for the Lord.


A trio of boys, getting to know each other … what fun adventures are ahead!

Happy mothering, my friends. Thank you all for reading the blog and sending us warm congratulations on Luther’s arrival. It is always such an encouragement to receive your little notes.


April 22, 2020 - 8:43 am

Homeofmanyblessings Such a sweet group of kiddos!!Hope you are doing well.On your bread recipe,it says to knead on an oiled surface.Not a floured surface?How much oil are you using?How many loaves does this make?

April 19, 2020 - 8:22 pm

Teresa I always took it as a very important role as a Mom as i was raising boys, to teens, to men, who would the Lord willing one day become husbands and dads ! Men who have a relationship with Jesus, knew what hard work was, loved their wife. One down, one to go 🙂 Your family picture is sooooo beautiful, God is good ! Faithful through the generations….

April 19, 2020 - 8:57 am

Danessa stride you are welcome for tea anytime! And maybe a slice of pie

April 18, 2020 - 8:01 am

Heather Congrats GG on your sweet baby boy! I stumbled across your blog awhile ago as you linked it on a comment you made on a blog I follow. So glad I did! I’ve needed to learn from some women pursuing Biblical womanhood and your blog is so full of light and cheerfulness! It’s like reading a good book but it’s real life! So inspiring thank you!

April 17, 2020 - 7:02 pm

Sherry Varkel Hi Gillian! I agree with Jen, Luther reminds me of Lyla! Hope you are all
Well. The kids and I are keeping busy and although I baked a fair bit before we are discovering many new recipes.
Blessings to you all

April 17, 2020 - 4:58 pm

Gigi Hi Sam – business is not ‘usual’ {new restrictions, guidelines, etc}, but it has not really changed, in that he is still going to work every day and the calls are still happening, just smaller funerals. I think there will be a busy season of long awaited proper funerals {without number restrictions} in the coming months.

April 17, 2020 - 4:55 pm

Gigi Danessa, I always love to hear from you! Have fun making your syrup.
Yes, those winters are long, aren’t they? If I ever get to NFLD (inlaws have a cottage there), I’d love to drop by for tea!

April 17, 2020 - 2:03 pm

Sam Congrats Gigi! Every child is a blessing. I am curious about your husband’s work during this time? Is he at home more as well with limits on funerals? or business as usual for him in Orangeville?

April 17, 2020 - 1:34 pm

Danessa stride Congratulations on the birth of your baby boy! The picture of all the family together is just beyond precious. I am also making my own maple syrup, but here in Newfoundland it is still a little to early, not much flowing yet, I joke with my husband telling him its time for us to move back to Ontario, we use to live in Orangeville until I wanted to move back home( newfoundland) our winters here in NFLD are to long. well, keep up the great work with your blog, I always look forward to reading it and see how the kids are doing, they are growing so fast. take care and keep safe.

April 17, 2020 - 8:49 am

Gigi Jen, so good to hear from you. How are you doing?
Yes, you are right – I think there is a resemblance!

April 17, 2020 - 8:49 am

Gigi Hello Teresa,
Thank you for your comment. Well, making syrup is not *hard* but it is time consuming – and it can burn very easily at the end so it requires patience and a good eye!
I will work on the Provision Room post again. It has been such a help in our lives! Worth the effort!

April 17, 2020 - 12:08 am

jen B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!! These photos are so precious! Is it just me or do you see a bit of Lyla in Luther’s sweet sleeping face? Such a special time right now- cuddling a newborn and watching all of your pretty gardens bloom! Happy Spring Gillian!

April 16, 2020 - 9:03 pm

Teresa @ SF lovely post, beautiful family picture , your children are growing up! Is it hard making maple syrup? Love to see a post on your provision room when you find the time… take care – sweet friend