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    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King. 
    Lover of life, coffee and all things pink and vintage. ♥

Growing (and CTB giveaway update)

Hello.:)How is your morning so far?

I am a bit behind on my blogging (according to what needs to be written in my head) …  it’s amazing how fast the day flies by and I must guard my time carefully lately. Hopefully I can catch up soon, as we have had birthdays and babies growing and such that need documenting…


Speaking of growing – so is Winnifred, our Great Pyr. We have come to (sheepishly) realize she does need some training in the guarding of the chickens, but we are hoping to accomplish this throughout winter and into the spring. Meanwhile, she is a great furry friend for the girls – they love her! Winnie is growing fast!


Also, thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for the Child Training Bible!


The winner, picked by, is #10 – Courtney!

Courtney, please email me and I will set you up with your copy of your Child Training Bible. I know it will be helpful and a blessing to your precious family!

For those of you who entered, I would encourage you to still think about purchasing this valuable resource- you will find it a wonderful, Biblical tool in parenting, raising children and life in general.

January 27, 2015 - 1:23 am

Mama H - Congrats Courtney!!And I would still love to get them!…..Your dog is sooooo cute!

Nourishment {Giveaway}


**giveaway below**



When I became a mother, I didn’t realize I would need to be a meal planner. Thinking about the next meal, what nourishment is needed for the children, snacks that are healthy, dinners that were filling and tasty but would not cost a fortune … it would mean a switch in eating habits.

Long gone were the days of fending just for myself, eating what I wished and without thought … suddenly, and rather slowly as we had more children enter our family, preparing nourishing meals to set on the table three times a day quickly became a priority …



{Lavender’s first feeding of {homemade} baby oatmeal}




But not only was the physical nourishment vital for our healthy family, I also need to turn my sights on spiritual nourishment …


..teaching the Word of God

…memorizing Scriptures with the girls

…reading the Bible aloud together

…the constant struggle and delight of daily devotions …








Enter the Child Training Bible!

When I discovered the Child Training Bible, I knew it would be well used in our family … this is a tool I believe all parents  – and Christians! – should have on their dinner table, at the school desk, sitting in the living room ….it is definitely my go-to parenting tool! The children are drawn to the bright, pretty colored coded verses and we find it easy to use.



This is how it works – each side of the Bible has tabs and coordinating highlighted verses … all the categories apply to daily life – and each category definitely applies to any age – not just children!

The website easily details how to set up your Bible!

If your little ones are having a hard time with getting along together … look up the pink tabs along the top for the section of ‘fighting’ – and you will find beautiful Scriptures that will reinforce the need to love each other. If they are struggling with being diligent with their school work or chores around the house, flip open to the verses on ‘laziness’…


It can definitely apply for adults, as well, as, yes, we will struggle with nasty jealousy, ill-fated laziness, stubborn pride and even wrong friendships, at times.


The children had a great time highlighting the verses to match the color code keychart … it was a great practical way of immersing ourselves in the Word.

Good news!

The makers of the Child Training Bible are giving one one copy to a blog reader – all you have to do is simply leave a comment below. Your prize will be mailed to you after the draw is closed. Please spread the word – the Child Training Bible is a fantastic way to teach and bring up your family using God’s word as your compass! You will *LOVE* using this special way of reading the Bible together!


January 25, 2015 - 10:17 pm

Lynda Lu Gibb - You are doing a great job Gillian..I will continue to pray for you to have wisdom, strength and great courage in your efforts to raise your children to be strong Christian blessed.

January 25, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Amy - looks like a great tool to add to our household

January 24, 2015 - 11:11 am

Amy - I’d like to be included in the draw, if I’m not too late. This bible looks very useful for our family

January 20, 2015 - 2:36 am

Teresa - What a great idea!!! I doubt i’ll win this as I don’t ever win things haha but I am definitely going to buy one! Thanks for the tip Gillian!

January 20, 2015 - 12:48 am

Charmain - Keep on writing, great job!

January 19, 2015 - 1:59 pm

Kathy - I would like to have a copy of this!

January 18, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Monica - Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this bible. I know that as a homeschooling mom of four this bible would be a blessing on a daily basis! I love how it’s so user friendly! Thanks again.

January 17, 2015 - 9:52 pm

JES - What a wonderful tool! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

January 17, 2015 - 8:05 pm

Teresa - Oh my ~ Lavender is such a sweetie, that dark hair, she is adorable, and my goodness Lacey has grown up quick !

January 17, 2015 - 11:07 am

Christina - Wow, this Bible looks amazing. I would love the opportunity to own one. Thanks so much.

January 17, 2015 - 9:47 am

Kari - Would love one of these. It’s perfect!

January 16, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Jessemyn Pekari - I would love to have a tool like this! I end up “stuck” in the same verses over and over with my kids….it’s good but fresh nuggets of truth are good, too!

January 16, 2015 - 7:13 pm

Emily - What an amazing giveaway! I love your heart and how you are always doing amazing things for those sweet little people of yours. You inspire me.

January 16, 2015 - 11:33 am

mamatotwo - Thank you for sharing this great resource. And thank you again for sharing wholesome family life with your readers. Blessings to you.

January 16, 2015 - 1:34 am

Katrina - Looks like a very handy tool! I would love this, or something like this, for my home.

January 15, 2015 - 7:36 pm

jkendall - love it, you need to share where you got this from! :)

January 15, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Erin Lynn - Love this! Would be so excited to utilize this Bible in our devotions and daily life!

January 15, 2015 - 2:55 pm

Kristie Walraven - What a great idea! As a mother of four boys I am always looking for innovate ways to dig into the Word! I love the hands on activity of highlighting the corresponding verses.

January 15, 2015 - 10:01 am

Courtney - How cool! We would love to try this in our home :)

January 15, 2015 - 7:58 am

Terri-Ann - What a great resource. I would love to give it a try.

January 15, 2015 - 12:57 am

Liz Bronsveld - This would be well loved in our home! :)
Gillian, you always have such great ideas on teaching your girls! So awesome:)

January 15, 2015 - 12:18 am

Mama H - Oh my gosh!I have been looking for something like this!!Thank you for the giveaway!!!

January 14, 2015 - 10:42 pm

Melanie - Oh I would love this for my toddler and new addition on the way!

January 14, 2015 - 9:41 pm

Sarah - Yes please, This looks like something we could certainly use!

January 14, 2015 - 9:40 pm

MammaOf4 - Yah! Love this … Looks amazing!

January 14, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Sarah - This looks great! Thanks for telling us about it. Would love to win!

January 14, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Jen Heemskerk - Oh….I would love to get a copy of this bible to add to our daily devotions with our children. What a great way to learn scripture and apply it to everyday real world issues that may be happening in our home.

January 14, 2015 - 6:21 pm

Lacy S. - I absolutely love this! I have never heard of it before and it looks like something incredibly helpful. Thanks for the chance!

Dedicating Lavender


She said, ‘Oh, my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the LORD.
“For this {child} I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him.
So I have also dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the LORD’
And he worshiped the LORD there.”

1 Samuel 1:26-28

This past Sunday, in the cold of the winter, our house was filled with twinkling lights, pretty lavender colored bunting, purple and violet colored cake, loved family and one darling baby … we dedicated Lavender Kate Delight to the Lord, promising to raise her to know Jesus … A huge calling and a gigantic responsibility … but one we accept with joy and humility.

We love you, Lavender! xx

{hoping to post most pictures soon}

January 13, 2015 - 11:42 am

Lynda Lu Gibb - And she will be blessed all the days of her life…Praise the Lord for believing parents.

January 13, 2015 - 11:06 am

Erin Lynn - Can’t wait for more pictures! So beautiful.

CPR {training}

Christmas is over {was it lovely?} and a new year is beginning – fresh starts and new chapters are a favorite of mine …

Why not start the new year with medical training for the family? Just a few months ago, we had a minor injury in this house – and although it was minor, we did have to call the ambulance. It took at least 20 minutes for the paramedics to arrive.

With that in mind and with all these precious little ones in the house, it was certainly time to have a refresher course.  My last training was approximately 10 years ago. Today, a wonderful friend of the family and certified CPR instructor spent the morning at the house, along with his wife, who  is a heart nurse, training the girls & I {and their godmother, Kate}.

{This is something I love about educating at home – the opportunity to learn at any age *with adults and young alike* and any time of the year … }



{working the defibrillator}

All the girls sat through the training – it’s amazing how little ones can pick up a variety of information just by listening and gathering with adults. The two oldest girls, ages 10 and 8, will received their CPR certificate in the mail. I was quite proud of them!

You can find more information on courses at

Thank you, Keith & Kim, for an amazing morning learning such a valuable, life saving skill! We are very grateful!

January 7, 2015 - 11:21 am

Sherri Smith - Excellent idea. I’m sure the girls learned a lot. You never know when it will come in handy.
Miss you all.

December 30, 2014 - 10:34 pm

Grandma Cardinal - Wonderful! So happy you have the traing! Proud of you all! Xxxxx

December 30, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Katrina - You are so right! Such training is very handy to have. I hope everyone is okay :)

December 30, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Brenda - Proud of you all

Cinnamon {Love}

A sweet older lady came up to me at church yesterday and, shaking her head,  said “You must be so busy this time of year ….”

While I suppose that is a teensy bit true, aren’t we all a little bit busier this season?

But somehow, we have managed to stay clear of the crazy, busy schedules – no work parties or strange awkward get togethers, we have not rushed to every town celebration or holiday activity that has appeared attractive, we are not bustling around to the stores (in fact, I avoid them this time of year), the shopping that had to be done was accomplished online {what a lovely treat!} and now we are baking, giving gifts to the neighbor, celebrating each day with acts of kindness in some way and enjoying a less-rushed schedule.



Christmas cheer and fun-filled memories are just as easily made baking up goodies for the neighbours in your cozy kitchen … thinking of ideas and ways to bless the grandparents or piano teacher …

Here’s a simple activity to cheer up your Christmas house.
Hide the car keys, cease the rushing, put on some sweet Christmas music and roll out the cinnamon dough with your children.


Homemade Cinnamon Scented Ornaments


  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. cloves (I omitted this because I didn’t have any)
  • 1 Tsp. nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp. white glue
  • cookie cutters
  • drinking straw
  • ribbon


Knead the ingredients together until it forms a dough. Collect your kids favorite cookie cutters. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the table and roll out the dough. And have some fun from there! You can make anything! And you can decorate it any way you want. We used sparkles, but you could paint, add eyes and create creatures – anything!
Make sure you poke a hole in the top to hang a string through so you can hang these lovely ornaments on your tree.


When everything is all cut out, bake in the over at 200 degrees for a few hours (I baked them for just over an hour).
Add a string and you’re done!


December 19, 2014 - 12:55 am

Mama H - Oh how wonderful!!!Thank u for sharing!