One puppy, Many Stones and Some Bread

We gave in and bought a puppy. This makes perfect sense and no sense at all given three children left home to get married or go to university or college. Perfect sense as one of our kids is still at home without those other three. No sense as life could be easy and we’ve made…

Thankful, Ready or Not

‘Are you ready for this?’ A few people asked me the question as they arrived at the church for my son’s wedding. I didn’t know what to say. ‘No’, wasn’t an option, nor was it true. ‘Yes’, wasn’t completely right either. I had a whole load of emotions churning about as we waited for the…

Last Minute Wisdom

Too many times I've tried to pack in some last minute teaching as one of our kids heads out the door. It's often before a big event like the first day of a new school, prom, first day of college, and every time they're driving somewhere. I see the eyes roll, and the inevitable response…

New year, new beginnings, new hope

Something strange happened on the last couple of Saturdays. As we sipped our morning tea and coffee (me tea, Tim coffee) Tim asked, ‘What shall we do today?’ Not such an unusual question, but Saturdays are not often like that for us. For the past I don’t know how long Tim has worked at the…

Every picture tells a story

It was March Break and we got away – not to the warm sunshine of the south as many do, but a little bit north and west of us to Quebec City – as far as our budget would take us. All six of us. Nowadays that is a rare occasion and a reason to be…

Nineteen Years and…still learning

This week we celebrated my son’s nineteenth birthday, my nineteenth year as a mother, our nineteenth year as parents. Amazing. Time flies. I thought I was pretty prepared all those years ago, though I’m not sure I’d thought beyond the baby stage. Nothing can fully prepare any first time parent for what is to come – although…

Table talk

Friday night is pizza night in the Bicknell house. It’s a tradition since I can’t remember when. I think even before we had children, we did the pizza thing. Then I only had to make one, tonight it was five. Enough for us all and some leftovers to eat Saturday lunch time. If I deviate…