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  • Welcome to the Gigi Blog!

    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.

🌸The Spirit of Creativity: Featuring Handmade {Lovelies} by Lacey 💕

“I still believe that somewhere in the heart of most of us is a little girl who longs to be a lady.
I also believe that today’s world is hungering to be transformed by the spirit of femininity.
What better antidote for an impersonal and violent society than warm, gentle feminine strength?
What better cure for urban sprawl and trashed-out countrysides
than a love of beauty and a confidence in one’s ability to make things lovely?”

~ Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveliness



One joy of watching my daughters change and grow into young ladies is seeing their talents and skills surface … while one daughter loves to paint and watercolour and draw, another daughter loves to bake and write creative stories. For my eldest daughter, she loves to play the harp (and is studying for her next harp RCM exam) and also … crocheting doilies.

Be still my heart.

I love doilies! And have always filled my home with them! If I visit a thrift store, that is exactly what I look for …. a collection of precious doilies, lovingly made by a precious lady somewhere out there…

But now … I have this lovely young lady creating beautiful doilies in my own home!

I have asked her if she would be willing to sell a few here on the blog – knowing that some of my readers may appreciate the same handiwork as me and perhaps may appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating such delicate artwork.

Here are a few photos of her creations this past week… she is willing to sell them to a home that will love them. If you choose to have one made, please specifiy doily number 1, 2 or 3.


“Myra Gillies had 37 doilies when she got married,
and I am determined to have at least as many as she had.”

-Diana Barry


1) This particular doily is large and took her longer to crochet – I was absolutely thrilled with this creation. I think it is truly gorgeous!


2) What a cheery bright happy colour, edging this adorable doily! {Can we edged with colour of your choice….}



3) This particular doily encompasses an old fashioned feel to it … also can be changed to reflect your colour choice.


My daughter is looking to sell a few doilies as she saves up money to purchase a larger harp for her music studies.

If anyone is interested in purchasing a doily — perhaps for the holiday season – do send me an email at

She can also customize the colour of the doily to suit your particular taste and likes, such a pink, blues and reds.



December 15, 2020 - 9:38 am

Gigi Rachel – thank you! I will look into that … I have such little spare time … it’s hard to find computer moments 🙂

December 15, 2020 - 9:37 am

Gigi Thank you all for your encouraging words to Lacey! I will read the comments to her and I’m sure she will be encouraged! Thank you to those who placed orders. She is working diligently on them – we will be in touch as they are ready. We are so honoured to think of her doilies gracing your tables across several countries. What a special treat!

December 13, 2020 - 4:08 pm

Gigi That is a lovely memory, Linda!

December 13, 2020 - 2:36 am

Linda I think these doilies are so beautiful. I was telling my mum about them. I remember mum sitting their making them when I was a child, such a lot of work and skill !!

December 12, 2020 - 6:49 pm

Rachel What exquisite work! So glad you are fostering an appreciation for and development of these kinds of skills.

I’ve looked around a bit at “blog to book” sites. Not sure which one would serve you best but one possibility might be
Seems pretty straightforward with minimal options (and less decisions to make as a result…which has its pros and cons).
Hoping you find the right one!

December 12, 2020 - 3:04 pm

Monica Amazing, Lacey! She could have her own Etsy shop!!

December 8, 2020 - 11:44 pm

Brenda Clair (Gigi’s Mom) WOW oh WOW!! They are amazing and so beautiful!! Having crocheted doilies myself, I know they are not easy and very time consuming! Good for Lacey … tell her Gramma is so proud of her.

December 8, 2020 - 3:43 pm

Kristal Those are absolutely stunning! Please tell her she is doing a magnificent job with her crochet work.

December 7, 2020 - 11:35 am

Gigi Thank you! I will tell her. 🙂 I was so pleased — she taught herself to do the doilies, but over the years, her great grandmother (God bless her!) has helped her learn the basics of crocheting. Her first doily was done without reading a patter, just by copying a doily we had in the house. She can even add flowers. They are so delicate and lovely.

December 7, 2020 - 11:22 am

Lucy WOW! Those are gorgeous!

Smile Over the Cradle

“Woe to him who smiles not over a cradle, and weeps not over a tomb.
He who has never tried the companionship of a little child,
has carelessly passed by one of the greatest pleasures of life,

as one who passes a rare flower without plucking it or knowing its value.
The gleeful laugh of happy children is the best home music,
and the graceful figures of childhood are the best statuary.

We are all kings and queens in the cradle, and each babe is a new marvel, a new miracle.

-The Royal Path of Life




“You’ll spoil him,” I was told by one of my critiques, as I snuggled my little baby boy into my arms for a rest.  “You hold him too much. He’ll never sleep without you holding him…”

I smiled, pressed my lips to my baby’s downy soft head and inhaled the pure sweetness. If holding my little one in my own arms during the day is spoiling a baby .. then, so be it.

The time with babies is so short – a year of babyhood passes all too quickly, vanishing like a hazy dream as your one year old learns to toddle away on unsteady, chubby feet. Luther — being our ninth baby of the family – is so loved and cherished that we do not need a baby swing, bouncy chair or other items to help entertain and hold him. With eight sibling — six of them being little mommies — he has plenty of love and care offered to him on a minute by minute schedule.

Babies are always a highlight in this family and will always be welcome.




Just today, I heard my 14 year old was rocking her baby brother singing a song about a mother’s empty arms and how a mother needs to cherish the moment with her children, for too soon, they are all grown. As she was singing, she replaced the lyrics with … “when I have no sibling to hold…”

I smiled as I listened to her sweet voice as she rocked her baby brother. How precious to know she felt the same way I did – but as a sister!

“Cherish the moment;
Soon you’ll be apart.
Cling to the mem’ry;
Clasp it to your heart.
Soon comes the day when
you’ll have no {sibling} to hold,
So cherish, cherish the moment…”

Think ahead to a time
When your little ones are grown;
Hold them tight, don’t lose sight
Of the blessings you have known.
Think ahead to a time
When your little boy’s a man
And you’d give anything
Just to hold him again.



Ten years ago, we had thought about stopping at four children, but my heart and arms aches for more children… I did not grow up in a large family nor did my husband. And in fact, we were told by some relatives that having more babies would be detrimental to the rest of the children. When we announced that we were expecting our third baby, and then later, our sixth baby, we were not met with excitement but with disdain.

However, through studying the Scripture, my eyes were opened to see that the Lord, the King of Kings Himself, called children a BLESSING – and I realized what this meant. When God GIVES you a baby, He is giving you a blessing. He is the one who gives the baby to you to raise. What an honour! I was also attending a Bible study through Above Rubies, which helps encourage mothers to embrace the role that God has given them. If you are feeling discouraged in your motherhood role, I would encourage you to read through some of Nancy’s devotions and you will soon feel uplifted. Do not look to the world for encouragement for you will find nothing but emptiness there. Sadly, even in some Christian circles and churches, being a mother and caring for your children is not honoured and is often placed second to a career. Raising a family is all part of God’s plan for the family of God. If you are newly wed, don’t wait to have a baby.  God intended children to come through marriage.

And now,  years later, many of my friends have graduated way beyond the baby years, cumbersome highchairs, napping schedules and potty training. They have more ‘freedom’ with their older children to do outside activities or go on complicated vacations; perhaps now they even have clean and tidy ’empty nests’.  Over here in my little world, my family nest is still very cramped, quite busy, fully alive  — and incredibly sweet.

After 17 years of motherhood, I am still rocking babies to sleep – and I love it.

“Think ahead to a time
When your little boy’s a man
And you’d give anything
Just to hold him again.”

December 3, 2020 - 8:20 am

Michelle Hello Gigi. I just wanted to ask you a quick thought about how you might “spread your time about” between your older children and younger children. They all have different needs and need our time. I have olders and littles too. Just getting your thoughts on that if you have time. Thank you again for your blog it has been and continues to be a big encouragement to me!!

December 1, 2020 - 8:38 am

Kristal I’m finally reading this as I’m holding my own little one. Our daughter is here! I will send you an email soon with a photo. Every baby is such a blessing. You are right in that the infant years pass by quickly. Getting to enjoy them is wonderful. At our first check up, the doctor asked where I worked. It honestly felt good to say that I was a stay at home mother. Enjoy your sweet little one Gillian and “spoil” him! 🙂

November 30, 2020 - 10:27 am

Ruthie I love everything about this post Gigi, and your daughter singing the little lullaby ❤ …. someday, Lord willing, she’ll be singing and holding her own wee ones. You are rearing excellent mamas for the future. Have you noticed differences between your boys and girls?

November 29, 2020 - 5:08 pm

Kim I so agree! Children are a blessing and cuddles end way to quickly. Thank you for sharing a little piece of your beautiful family to bless the world with Godly truths.

November 27, 2020 - 5:41 am

Gigi And hugs to you, Monica! I know you feel the same way. xo

November 27, 2020 - 5:41 am

Gigi Sending you love, mom! xoxoxoxoxxoxoxxoxo

November 26, 2020 - 7:52 pm

Brenda (Gillian’s Momma) You make me cry! I miss you all so very much and I am one who longs to hold my children again. These words resonate with me and cause me tears.
“Think ahead to a time
When your little child is grown
And you’d give anything
Just to hold them again”
Love you Gillian and your momma’s heart

November 25, 2020 - 6:09 pm

Monica Luther is adorable and yes, spoiled. But not as the world spoils but as the natural way to “spoil” which equals LOVE and CARE! Enjoy your baby days with this sweet treasure, my friend. ❤️❤️

Donut Day {On the Cookstove}





“There!” said the lady when all the ingredients were mixed.
“Just wait till you taste these doughnuts!”

Homer got down from the chair and pushed a button on the machine marked ‘start’.
Rings of batter started dropping into the hot fat.
After a ring of batter started dropping, it was cooked on one side an automatic gadget turned it over and the other side would cook.
Then another automatic gadget gave the little doughnut a little push
and it rolled down a little chute, all ready to eat.

“Here, young man, you must have the first one.
Now, isn’t that just too delicious!?
Isn’t it simply marvelous?”

– Homer Price, Doughnuts

“Mommy, I really want to make donuts,” my 14 year old said one morning over breakfast, as she dropped a spoonfull of cinnamon over her steaming oatmeal.

Not being one to miss an opportunity to have fun in the kitchen, I replied, “Well, let’s do it on the next cold day!”


With much anticipation, we all waited for the cold weather to turn even chillier. Noses pressed against the window pane, the children checked the weather daily. Strangely, we have had very warm weather in November, much to the children’s dismay. Cooking donuts over a cookstove would surely require chilly temperatures.
Finally, this past weekend, the mercury dropped.




With aprons on and mixing bowls ready, the girls {+two helping boys} had a wonderful time, making making the dough, cutting out the doughnuts, frying them and, of course, rolling them in powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar.

Luther was on quality control – he did a great job until he fell asleep on duty …


The donuts were absolutely delicious! So good that we decided to make a second batch the following day, this time, with apple fritters in mind. Those were even more amazing!

The children and I have decided November will certainly  be our ‘Donut Making Month’ in traditional fashion each year.

“Mrs. Sharp believes traditions are like recipes.
Some we don’t alter a bit because they are perfect.
Others need a dash of this or that to suit our family’s taste.
As with any new dish,
you’ll know soon whether the new custom suits your family
and should become part of your repertoire.
Did they enjoy it? Did you?

Was the activity worth the effort it took to do it again?”
~ Mrs. Sharpe’s Traditions



Have you ever made donuts? These were fried in coconut oil, so therefore … they must be healthy, right?
Let us share this delicious recipe with you … I think you {and your family} will thank me.


Homemade Donuts

2 cups milk

1 cup sugar or 1/2 cup honey

3/4 cup butter

2tsp salt

1 Tablespoon yeast

1 C. warm water

3 eggs

10-11 cups flour (we often use half whole wheat and half unbleached white flour)

Scald milk. Stir in sugar, butter and salt; set aside to cool.
Dissolve yeast in the warm water; set aside.
Beat eggs. When the milk mixture is luke-warm, mix in the egg, sugar and yeast mixture.
Stir in just enough flour to make a soft dough.
Let dough rise until double in size.
Roll out and cut into doughnuts.
Let rise again until light.
Fry in 365 degrees (we use coconut oil).
Sugar or glaze as desired. Makes 65 delicious doughnuts.

P.S. Do you have the vintage story of Homer Price book on your bookshelf? It is a very fun read, clean light-hearted for your children. You can find it here.

Also … here is a fun song to play while you are baking donuts together!

November 23, 2020 - 6:41 pm

Gigi Rachel, thank you so much for your encouragement. I would love to put the book into a blog format. It has been a goal of mine, but I have to figure it out. Any tips? 🙂
Have a beautiful day!

November 23, 2020 - 12:25 pm

Rachel Oops…failed to type the correct letters in the website…

November 23, 2020 - 12:21 pm

Rachel Dear Gillian,
What an oasis of inspiration and encouragement your blog is. I so appreciate your love and pursuit of the most important things in life. I was thinking today how nice it would be if all your posts and pictures were able to be compiled into a book! Have you considered such an undertaking?! (I guess I was thinking how we might not always have the internet and wishing I could preserve some of the best inspiration from it.)

Blessings to you all and thank you for your lovely contribution to our lives as readers!
Kentucky, USA

November 23, 2020 - 3:02 am

Linda Hi Gigi, I loved reading about your doughnut day 🙂 I also made doughnuts with my little granddaughters about 6 weeks ago and we all had so much fun too! I did find them very moreish, so I don’t think I’d trust myself to make them too often. Thank you for sharing this new tradition with us all Gigi. Blessings ~ Linda

November 22, 2020 - 5:40 pm

Cathy Thank you so much for the recipe!
I will definitely be trying these. 🙂 A few years ago you had posted a recipe for ginger cookies and they were so delicious they became a family favourite and we have since made them every single year at Christmas. We also give them as gifts and have been told by many people that that’s all they want for Christmas…… 😀

November 20, 2020 - 12:10 am

Janine I do have the original Homer Price on my bookshelf! Thanks for reminding me about it. My son says he doesn’t remember us reading it so…we must read it again! I love Mrs. Sharp, too…though I’ve never finished the book!

Your pictures and your children and your home are absolutely beautiful! I so enjoyed this post.

The last time I made donuts was in 8th grade Home Ec. One day soon I must try it, since you’ve whetted my appetite and given me the recipe : )

November 19, 2020 - 9:19 am

HomeofManyBlessings What a lovely day and oh so yummy!! Have a wonderful day.

November 18, 2020 - 4:12 pm

Diane Looks so yummy! I don’t think I could stop eating them. We used to make them with the smaller refrigerator biscuits. Just pop open the can and take a biscuit, then punch a hole in the middle with your finger and shape it like a donut.. Drop in the oil and then cover with powdered sugar mixed with cinnamon. I am sure your homemade ones are much better, but if anyone wants a shortcut there you have it. I think I would prefer the homemade ones. Your daughters are growing up prettier every day. How fun!

November 17, 2020 - 11:56 pm


November 17, 2020 - 6:52 pm

Brenda (Gillian’s Momma) Gillian, what a FUN day(s) that would have been!! You are such a creative momma, I see how much the children loved it. And I hear you shared them with neighbours/friends … how very kind! I will have to visit in November next time, so I can indulge. xoxo

Little {Red} Apples

“And I wake up in the morning
With my hair down in my eyes and she says hi
And I stumble to the breakfast table
While the kids are gonna to school goodbye
She reaches out and takes my hand
And squeezes it and says how you feeling hon
And I look across at smiling lips
That warm my heart and see my morning sun

And if that’s not lovin’ me then all I’ve got to say …

God didn’t make little green apples
And it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime
There’s no such thing as Doctor Suess
Disneyland or Mother Goose is no nursery rhyme
God didn’t make little green apples
And it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime
And when myself is feelin’ low
I think about her face aglow and ease my mind…”
-Little Green Apples/Dean Martin

{a favorite song of mine}



Using a step stool, I reached the highest shelf in the pantry and pulled down the dusty apple corer. It has been a while since I have used this contraption, as I have found it easier to simple core and peel the apples with a simple knife. This time, however, I knew I would have more helpers if I secured a little old fashioned apple corer to the counter to help process the table full of {free} apples that needed cutting.



With having so many  big and little ones, it’s wonderful to re-live those fun, magical childhood moments – like watching mommy pull out the apple peeler … the two little boys eyes lit up as they watched the wonderful swirls of apple skins come tumbling out of the little contraption and pile onto the table.

“May I try it?” the four year old asked excitedely, his fingers just anxious to start the little twirling action that produces such a fun, fancy apple-delicious treat.

His little brother watched in sheer amazement as a regular apples turns into a twisty spring of juicy goodness.

Having boys – and I’m only four years into the journey – is so different than raising girls. I love seeing how their eyes and minds work in such a different way than my little ladies. Anything involving machinery or screws and buttons captures their interest for hours …







October has come and gone, but I am still processing our abundant apple harvest. In this very strange year, the Lord has blessed our family in many simple and quiet ways.


We specifically sought out an orchard that would be not a problem with such a large family — and God led us to a FREE orchard that allowed us to pick all the windfall apples we wanted.









We came home with many bushels of lovely, amazing apples! So far, this has been turned into apple cider, apple pie filling and apple butter.

Here is the recipe for the pie filling:

Apple Pie Filling


5 cups peeled, sliced apples

2/3 cup water

3/4 cup sugar

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp butter


Combine all ingredients in a pan. Cook until the apples are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Combine 1/4 cup water with 2 tbsp cornstarch. Stir into apple mixture and cook for 1 minute. Cool before filling unbaked pie shell & topping with a top crust. Brush pie crust with a little beaten egg or milk. Bake at 420F until crust is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Maybe longer if apples are not cooked.

To can this pie filling …  only lightly cook the apples and omit the butter and cornstarch. Add a dash of thickener {clear gel, not cornstarch} until the desired thickness is reached. Fill jars as usual Process in a water bath canner for 25 minutes.




And now I leave you with one of my favorite songs … I love Dean Martin’s voice … and his family photos are so precious …




November 11, 2020 - 5:04 am

Gigi Monica, yes, I felt blessed to receive those apples, for sure! I think they are the best North American fruit.
Soon – Lord willing – I will serve you some pie! 😉

November 11, 2020 - 5:03 am

Gigi Cathy, I agree, me too! I adore songs from the “old days”. Hardly does something in this era strike me as interesting. I’m old fashioned to the core! 😉
Yes, clear jel. I had mine ordered through our bulk ordering of dry goods, but yes, I think most canning supplies were harder to find this year. I’m glad you found it.

November 10, 2020 - 10:55 pm

Cathy What a beautiful song! It’s mesmerizing. I think I was born in the wrong decade 🙁 Lucky you with the apples! I had a hard time finding Clear Jel this year but eventually found some at the country bulk store in St. Jacobs. Was so excited!

November 8, 2020 - 6:54 pm

Monica You are so blessed with the apples! Apple picking has to be the epitome of autumn goodness. I’m so glad your family got to partake. I wish you could send me an apple pie. Or that I could come over for a piece.

Lovely photos! XO

Family Ties



“I do think that families are the most beautiful things in all the world!”
Louisa May Alcott



With wild winds and drizzling rain, Autumn has entered our lives quite with force this year. We have been working hard to quickly to plant next year’s garlic, close up the garden, put away all the harvest that we have worked to gain, collect straw for animal bedding, close up the outdoor kitchen …  and so forth …

{on a family hike}

It seems every season has its own set of required and time sensitive chores. We are nearly finished, and Lord willing, I will be in my resting period from November to March. I still have a patio full of apples that need processing but I am taking my time on it because, well, because apples keep a little longer than most produce …


{Autumn outdoors in Algonquin}


All that aside, I wanted to share a family photo we quickly took the other night …  in my heart of hearts, I surely wish I could freeze time. My mother’s heart becomes a little sad when I see how big my children are growing … I love having my children at home, I love being a mother and I do not wish these days away. The Lord is faithful and I am learning so much through my motherhood and wife journey. In many ways, I wish I knew what I know now back when I started parenting 17 years ago.

When I see my family all in one photo, I realize what a blessing the Lord has given me in these smiling faces.


I couldn’t help but leave this photo in the series – as I see Lazarus looking up at his daddy. That’s his entire life – looking up to his daddy. He LOVES his father OH SO MUCH, to the point where he cannot even sleep without daddy at night. There is a definite bond there that I love to watch unfold.

There’s much more to write about – this has been a very busy Autumn. Heavy ponderings are in my heart and stored in my mind to share … in the meantime, enjoy these last few days of October in your cozy homes and be thankful for all the blessings God has given you.



November 8, 2020 - 6:09 am

Gigi Michelle- God bless you!

November 8, 2020 - 6:08 am

Gigi Regina, I agree. I really dislike Halloween. Thankfully, as we live in the country, we don’t see the ugliness of it unless we drive to town. Hoping you have a pleasant November!

November 8, 2020 - 6:08 am

Gigi Hello Teresa, well, yes and no – we do have a lot of prep for the garden. The animals need good bedding to keep them warm. It’s always a new hustle and struggle every winter as we realize something is forgotten or broken – water is always an issue in the winter (freezing over).

November 8, 2020 - 6:05 am

Gigi Thank you, Monica!

November 8, 2020 - 6:04 am

Gigi Lynea, thank you! Tea and books and popcorn and apple cider, knitting and crocheting … all by the fire while the snow falls! This is why I love winter!

November 8, 2020 - 6:04 am

Gigi Thank you, Bethany!

November 8, 2020 - 6:04 am

Gigi Hello Amanda, so nice to hear from you. Yes, I will post the apple butter recipe. And advice regarding a pressure canner. I think I posted about it already but yes, I will work on some proper details. Thank you for your note! Have a great day!

November 8, 2020 - 5:14 am

Amanda I’ve been a long time reader of your blog and love it! I’m a mum of 6 in Australia. Would love it if you share your apple butter recipe some time.., I also wonder if you could give advice on choosing a pressure canner? As I’m hoping to purchase one soon and want one that will last well for a large family! Thanks for your encouraging blog, Amanda

November 4, 2020 - 1:05 pm

Bethany Beautiful family!

November 3, 2020 - 5:43 pm

Lynnea Just so precious! I always love visiting here, seeing your lovely photos, reading all of your encouraging and helpful writings. Praying you have a beautiful resting period.…

November 1, 2020 - 9:51 am

Monica I love seeing the family photos! Beautiful..growing…healthy. ❤️

October 31, 2020 - 1:04 pm

Teresa @ SF Love seeing photos of your lovely family ❤️ Families are the greatest blessings for sure. I look forward to seeing your posts during your rest time. We are loving the warm days of fall – in our area. Do you guys have a lot of winter preparation to do for the animals and your home? Blessings to you and your family

October 30, 2020 - 5:02 pm

Regina Shea Your family is beautiful Gigi! I can’t believe how big those children are getting. I’m ready for November to be here so the ugliness of Halloween can go away.

October 30, 2020 - 8:55 am

Michelle Thank you

October 30, 2020 - 8:55 am

Michelle Such a beautiful and precious family!! Thank you for sharing, your life is so encouraging and I appreciate your testimony for the Lord! You and your family are a wonderful witness for God!